CUPW health and safety key factors to reaching agreement in ongoing postal

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS)- Rotating strikes continue for Canada Post workers as the union rejects the latest contract offer.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUP-W) did suggest a counter offer, that they haven’t heard a response about yet.They are also requesting the federal government appoint a mediator to aid the organizations in reaching an agreement.Gord Fischer, National Union Director for the prairie region said Canada Post needs to create better work environment.“We are seeing an increase in parcels year over year, that is just burying our workers on the deliver end with parcels and they’re doing nothing to address that. We end up with workers that are working 12-13 hours a day.”Fischer adds that they know the holidays are coming up and it’s their busiest time.“I’m hoping that Canada Post starts finally taking us seriously and the government finally starts taking us seriously and realize that our problems are real and these are working conditions that can no longer be tolerated,” said Fischer.Trudeau said last week that “all options” would be on the table to end postal disruptions if there was no progress in bargaining.last_img read more

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Canadian military unfazed by fishy beluga whale suspected of spying for Russia

first_imgOTTAWA — Norway may be wondering about the porpoise of a beluga whale found in its waters sporting a Russian harness, but Canadian defence officials say they are dolphinately not worried about militarized cetaceans being used here.The beluga in question was discovered by Norwegian fishermen last week wearing a harness bearing the words “Equipment St. Petersburg” and featuring a mount for an action camera. It is also apparently unafraid of people.The white whale has alarmed Norwegian officials prompted speculation it might have come from a Russian military facility and been trained as a spy. The animal has refused to leave and appears to enjoy interacting with its new hosts.While Canada might seem a prime country to train belugas — about two-thirds of the global population of the small-by-whale standards creatures regularly summer in Canadian waters — the Department of National Defence said that is not the case.“We do not train sea or marine animals, nor have we discovered any,” National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an email, adding: “While we find the situation a bit fishy, we are not concerned at this time.”Norwegian experts appear convinced that the beluga found in their country’s waters was being trained by the Russian military for some purpose, though exactly what isn’t clear.Russia does not have a history of using whales for military purposes but the Soviet Union had a full-fledged training program for dolphins.The Soviet Union used a base in Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula during the Cold War to train the mammals for military purposes such as searching for mines or other objects and planting explosives.The facility in Crimea was closed following the collapse of the Soviet Union, though reports shortly after the Russian annexation of Crimea indicated that it had reopened.The Russian Defence Ministry published a public tender in 2016 to purchase five dolphins for a training program.The tender did not explain what tasks the dolphins were supposed to perform, but indicated they were supposed to have good teeth. It was taken offline shortly after publication.—With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jamie Foxx Recounts The Role Of His Mentors During Big Brothers Big

first_imgOn June 17th at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recognized the generosity of its corporate and individual partners at its annual awards gala with special guest, Academy and Grammy Award winner, Jamie Foxx.Foxx shared a moving personal story about being encouraged by his grandmother to learn to play the piano as a means of seeing the world outside of his hometown of Terrell, Texas. Foxx also reaffirmed his commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters and to the cause of mentoring children who face adversity. He thrilled the audience with an impromptu singing performance with event emcee, NBC journalist and correspondent, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Board Member Kate Snow.Big Brothers Big Sisters of America presented Foxx with its Common Good Award, which is given to a partner who provides an investment of services to benefit the common good of the organization and brand as a whole. Since 2012, Foxx has been Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s national spokesperson. In addition, Foxx regularly hosts “Littles” at his home and, earlier this year, helped to launch the BE AMAZING! campaign.The gala culminated with the presentation of the Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year awards, which were given to Tom Fascia of Randolph, New Jersey, and Dakotah Taylor of Bennington, Nebraska, respectively.Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 110 year history. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and 200,000 volunteer mentors. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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The story of OujeBougoumou Promo

first_imgAPTN National NewsNext week APTN National News will tell the story of the people of Ouje-Bougoumou.From living on the margins of society to becoming an award-winning community.APTN’s Annette Francis will bring you a three-part series beginning Jan. 15 and also show the influence of Christianity and the struggle to bring back old traditional spiritual practices.last_img

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Super Bowl ads offer simple escapism with star power

NEW YORK — Star power abounds in this year’s Super Bowl ads.Sarah Michelle Gellar, for instance, is making a horror movie parody for Olay, while Jeff Bridges revives his “The Dude” character from “The Big Lebowski” in a pitch for Stella Artois.Advertisers are hoping to provide some welcome distraction as economic fears persist and the nation’s political climate remains sharply divided.As much as Sunday’s Super Bowl will be a battle between players on the field, it will be a battle between advertisers over who gets the buzz — and who gets forgotten.The stakes are high. A 30-second Super Bowl ad can cost more than $5 million. More than 100 million people in the U.S. are expected to tune in to Sunday’s game on CBS.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of May 20.Bicycle Therapeutics – Cambridge, United Kingdom, 4.3 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Goldman Sachs/Jefferies. Proposed Nasdaq symbol BCYC. Business: Phase 1 biotech developing novel oncology medicines based on bicyclic peptides.GX Acquisition – New York, 25 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Cantor Fitzerald. Proposed Nasdaq symbol GXGXU. Business: Blank check company led by the managing partners of Trimaran Capital Partners.IDEAYA Biosciences – San Francisco, 5 million shares, priced $13-$15, managed by JP Morgan/Citi. Business: Phase 1 biotech developing targeted therapies for genetically-defined cancers.Peloton Therapeutics – Dallas, 9.4 million shares, priced $15-$17, managed by JP Morgan/Citi. Proposed Nasdaq PLTX. Business: Phase 2 biotech developing small-molecule HIF-2a inhibitors for kidney cancer.Rattler Midstream LP – Midland, Texas, 33.3 million shares, priced $16-$19, managed by Credit Suisse/BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed Nasdaq symbol RTLR. Business: Oil and gas midstream services unit being spun of Diamondback.The Associated Press read more

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SecretaryGeneral sees political will for nuclear disarmament

The 25 May underground nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was “in clear violation of Security Council resolutions,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to a meeting in Vienna of International Scientific Studies Conference, which is working on verification aspects of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).He added that the DPRK’s recent test is a “direct challenge to international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts [and] underscores the urgency of ensuring the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” which outlaws all nuclear explosions and establishes a verification regime to monitor compliance.According to the website of the CTBT’s Preparatory Commission, 148 nations have ratified the pact to date.Despite the recent DPRK test and “other recent events, I sense increased political will for disarmament,” the Secretary-General said in today’s message.Next year’s Review Conference of the UN-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, “is an important step on gauging our ability and readiness to detect nuclear explosions worldwide,” he said. “I believe we are well on track.”Last month, the Conference on Disarmament – the world’s sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations – adopted a Programme of Work for its 2009 session, ending a 12-year stalemate.The move will allow the body to negotiate and substantively discuss strategic disarmament and non-proliferation, Mr. Ban said. 10 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he perceives an increased political will for disarmament, calling on the international community to seize the momentum and take decisive action to ban nuclear testing worldwide. read more

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UN official wins top sustainable development award

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, will share the $125,000 prize with Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, and Sören Hermansen of Denmark, who was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time Magazine last year.“With over 50 per cent of humanity now living in urban areas, the award highlights the urgent need for sustainable urbanization for the future of the planet,” said Ms. Tibaijuka.She joins former United States Vice-President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore as a recipient of the Göteborg Award, which is celebrating its tenth year and is funded by the Swedish city and private companies.The jury panel said that this year’s winners, who will receive their prizes at a ceremony in November, “are ambassadors for one of the most decisive factors for humanity – the battle for sustainable development in the cities and towns around the globe.” 22 June 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable housing is one of three winners of this year’s prestigious Göteborg Award, known as the “Nobel Prize in Environment.” read more

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NY lawmaker wants ban on plastic toiletry bottles in hotels

ALBANY, N.Y. — There’s a new push to ban those tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from hotel rooms across New York state.State Sen. Todd Kaminsky announced his legislative proposal Wednesday, calling single-use toiletry bottles a big source of plastic waste. The Long Island Democrat cited estimates that hotels in New York City alone dispose of an estimated 27 million plastic toiletry bottles annually.If the ban were enacted hotels could instead use wall-mounted dispensers or packaging made from non-plastic materials.The idea is gaining support in the industry, with the Hotel Association of New York City and the state Hospitality and Tourism Association both backing Kaminsky’s idea.Last month Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, announced plans to eliminate small plastic toiletry bottles worldwide by December 2020.The Associated Press read more

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After weeks of snow winterweary Americans plead with travel agents Get me

After weeks of snow, winter-weary Americans plead with travel agents: Get me out of here In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo, bundled up pedestrians walk past an advertisement for South America and Central America in the window of a travel agency in Blue Island, Ill. With yet another polar vortex like storm system bearing down on many parts of the country, suffering Midwesterners dream about being anywhere but home. Florida resorts and other tourist operations have been fueling this with email and other ad campaigns dangling a little sunshine and beach scenes in front of us. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Don Babwin, The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2014 1:04 am MDT CHICAGO – Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she’s back in Mexico, where she’s already vacationed once this winter.She’s toyed with the idea of joining her mother in Hawaii or just driving to an indoor water park, figuring that while the palm trees might be plastic and the “beach” smells of chlorine, at least it’s warm.“I don’t need a vacation. I don’t need the relaxation,” said Frauenholtz, of New Ulm, Minn. “I just need the heat.”All over the Midwest and the East Coast, travel agents are being inundated with a simple request: Get me out of here. And travellers fortunate enough to have escaped are begging hotels to let them stay a little longer.Because they know how miserable people are, warm-weather destinations in California, Arizona and Florida have stepped up their enticements. Trains and billboards in Chicago have been plastered with ads showing beaches and pool scenes. In Philadelphia, one promoter put fiberglass mannequins dressed in flip flops, tank tops and shorts atop taxis with their arms outstretched — a whimsical inducement to “fly” south.Reminding Americans that there are places where nose hairs don’t freeze is an annual tradition. But those in the business of luring visitors to warmer climates say it’s rarely been easier than this season, when “polar vortex” has entered the everyday vocabulary and “Chi-beria” has become popular enough to emblazon on T-shirts.“This year we wanted to have a little more fun with it,” said Susannah Costello, of Visit Florida, the state’s official marketing organization, which came up with the mannequin idea.The ads showing children and bikini-clad women making snow angels in warm beach sand are more plentiful than in years past, acknowledged Erin Duggan, of Visit Sarasota County.“We did that because we knew winter was shaping up to be brutal,” she said.Not that people needed much reminding of the harsh conditions.“The winter is so bad, there is a certain amount of desperation,” said Alex Kutin, an Indianapolis travel agent. “They come and say, ‘I’ve got to get somewhere warm. Where do you recommend?’”Another assault of bad weather was expected over the weekend, with forecasts for at least 6 inches of snow through Monday in a 1,500-mile stretch from Kansas to the East Coast. Parts of the Northeast could see a foot or more.Kevin Tuttle, of Verona, Wis., was so intent on finding warmth that he decided against Florida out of fear that the polar vortex might reach down and find them there. Instead, he and his wife will take their 4-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter to Manzanillo, Mexico, a resort on the Pacific ocean.“That’s near the equator, right? It’s got to be pretty warm,” Tuttle said, adding that “a lot of sand castles are in my future.”Just how many more people are trying to get out of the ice box is unclear. Airlines do not release any route-specific data. And although the government tracks some of it, figures will not be released for six months.But other travel statistics suggest there has been a jump. The jetsetter.com travel site found that the number of hotel bookings in warm-weather spots made by customers from Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and the Washington, D.C., area rose 7 per cent in January compared with last year.Visit Florida says hotel bookings in the state rose 3 per cent in the four weeks ending Feb. 15 compared with the same period last year. And the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association reports that RV parks from Florida to Arizona report are packed, with one Arizona park expecting a 6 per cent increase in revenue over last year.Travellers are also staying longer once they arrive.Micah Hilgendorf said the thought of heading back to ice-covered Chicago, where he owns a couple of bars, prompted him to tack on three days in Florida before and after a cruise out of Miami. He also flew to Palm Springs, Calif., for four days.“All of that is last-minute because of the weather,” Hilgendorf said.Dave Knieriemen, a retired engineer from Fremont, Ohio, is doing the same thing.“We’ve reserved a room for another night in case our flight gets cancelled because of the weather,” he said this week from Arizona as he watched the Cleveland Indians play a spring training game. “And it’s so horrible (in Ohio) we might stay a bit longer, anyway.”Travel agents say the numbers of travellers would be even higher if all those who wanted to get away could find a seat on jets that are already full.“It’s far easier to find people a resort to stay in or a cruise ship than to find them a flight,” said Gail Weinholzer, of AAA in Minnesota.The inability to find a flight, afford a trip or get time off from work has sent a surge of customers to businesses at home that can offer even a short escape from the cold, such as tanning salons.“We’re getting a lot of people coming in here to warm up,” said Kirstin Leffew, the manager of Bronze Bay Tanning in Pendleton, Ind. “They want the beds that have been used the most, the ones that are nice and hot.”Indoor water parks say they are busier than usual, too. Joe Eck, general manager of the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, said business is up 10 to 15 per cent because of the bitter cold.Among those who decided to go to the Wilderness — which has real palm trees, the resort will remind you — were Jennifer Drost and her family.“Our kids are young enough where they still enjoy playing outside, but they haven’t been able to because it was so darn cold,” said Drost, who lives with her husband and three children in Fond du Lac, Wis. “All of us were getting on each other’s nerves, (and) we just needed to get out of the house.”___Associated Press writer M.L. Johnson in Milwaukee contributed to this report. read more

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Prince Harry coos over adorable babies

first_img 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. The Prince seemed enthralled by the local babies as he shrugs off selfie requests on his first official visit to Northern Ireland.last_img

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Goedverwagting accident victim identified

The vehicle involved in the accidentThe woman who on Tuesday morning died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after she was struck by a motorcar on the Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) public road on Monday night has been identified 63-year-old, Cammanie Sukhdeo of Sandy Bobb Street, Kitty Georgetown.The woman’s body was on Wednesday morning identified by her daughter Simi Singh.INews previously reported that at about 22:02h the woman of East Indian decent reportedly ran into the path of motorcar PRR 6071.The motorcar, which was at the time being driven by a Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown resident, was proceeding west along the southern carriageway of the above mentioned road.The woman, who had on little clothing, reportedly ran into the vehicle’s path from south to north and was struck.She was quickly picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in unconscious state but subsequently died on Tuesday morning while receiving treatment.The driver, who passed a breathalyser test, is in custody assisting the Police with their investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnidentified woman killed in Goedverwagting accidentSeptember 11, 2018In “Crime”Woman succumbs to injuries following vehicular accident with ConstableAugust 17, 2017In “Crime”Strathspey accident victim succumbsNovember 13, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Tractor Beam Moves Molecules Imagination

first_imgThe future’s here, someone tell Starfleet. Scientists from Fudan University in Shanghai have developed a plan to make a tractor beam that is capable of moving molecules using only light. The device hasn’t been produced, but an NYU scientist is convinced that it can work. The physicist, David Grier, built the first ever working tractor beam last year, based on a similar design.According to this article on geek-ceteraNews, the theoretical machine developed by the Chinese scientists would focus a beam of light on an object, creating electromagnetic fields on it. The light scattered by these fields would push the object towards the beam, instead of away from it like in a traditional laser. Physicist Jun Chen at Fudan University said that this type of beam would work as a way to draw in particles using only light.Grier’s beam, demonstrated in a paper published about a year ago, showed how light could be used to pull objects instead of push them in a lab. He wasn’t exactly using it to rearrange his furniture though; the device moved a 1.5 micrometer sphere about 8 micrometers. With that in mind, Grier said a similar type of beam could be used to pull a person, but it would have to carry about a terrawatt of power. Definitely not a safe amount of energy, as he was quoted saying “it would be a short trip.” Yikes.Just knowing that something like this exist brings us that much closer to feeling like we’re living in a sci-fi movie. We may not have flying cars, but tractor beams? No problem.[via geek-ceteraNews]last_img read more

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Gym owner who broke girlfriends teeth avoids jail

first_img File photo Share5 Tweet Email Short URL 25,259 Views File photo Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professional http://jrnl.ie/3240067 Gym owner who broke girlfriend’s teeth avoids jail The woman was treated for two broken teeth and swelling to her face after the “brief alcohol-fuelled incident”. Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:06 PMcenter_img Feb 14th 2017, 8:06 PM 32 Comments By CCC Nuacht Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professional A GYM OWNER has avoided a prison sentence for beating his girlfriend and breaking her teeth after she questioned him about being out late.Kevin Loughnan (28) brought €10,000 to court as compensation for his now former partner.Judge Melanie Greally ordered that this be paid over.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Loughnan attacked the woman after she poured a bottle of Sprite on his head to wake him up.His defence counsel called the assault a “brief alcohol-fuelled incident of great seriousness.”Judge Greally said “it was a most brutal and abrupt end to a lasting and valued relationship” but that it appeared to be “an aberrational incident of violence.”She said it was a “borderline case” but that she was not going to impose a jail term. She imposed a three year sentence which she suspended for three years on condition Loughnan remains alcohol free.Loughnan of The Maltings, Skerries, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at his home on 4 October, 2010.Sergeant Darren Barry told Monika Leech BL, prosecuting, that the couple had been out in Skerries before the incident. Late into the night Loughnan went to another premises with his friend while his girlfriend went to his house.She waited there for Loughnan and was upset that he was late home. She tried to sleep but couldn’t because she was too upset.When Loughnan arrived home she asked him where he had been but he told her he was going to sleep. When he went to sleep she poured the Sprite over him to wake him.He got up and pulled her by the hair before punching her to the face and chest. He then pulled her onto the bed and poured the rest of the Sprite onto her. When she started to scream he put his hand over her mouth.The victim fell to the floor with blood coming out of her mouth and Loughnan said “Oh my god, what have I done?” The woman then went to Loughnan’s parents for help and she was brought to hospital.She was treated for two broken teeth and swelling to her face. She had to spend two nights in hospital. Loughnan went to the garda station the next day and made admissions.Defence counsel John Fitzgerald BL said Loughnan and the woman were in a five year on and off relationship. He said she was very generous towards the accused in her victim impact report.Counsel said Loughnan did a degree in business studies before setting up his own gym. He handed in various letters and testimonials for his client and said Loughnan was conscious of the shame he had brought on his family.Read: Former hairdresser who claimed she was intimidated by ex-employer awarded €25,000 in damagesRead: Man jailed for eight years for making 500lb bomb Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home survivor Were not shocked by the news

first_img Share Tweet Email2 Justice for the Tuam Babies march 2014. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Remond http://jrnl.ie/3269464 Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home survivor: ‘We’re not shocked by the news’ Tuam must not be seen in isolation and unfortunately is only the tip of the iceberg, writes Paul Redmond. Short URL Justice for the Tuam Babies march 2014. Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland 86 Comments Mar 3rd 2017, 7:30 PM Paul Redmond was born in Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home, transferred to Saint Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, and then adopted at 17 days old, on mid winter’s day 1964. He has been an activist, campaigner and researcher into Mother and Baby Homes for several years, and has founded three activist or support groups.THE SURVIVOR COMMUNITY is not shocked by the latest news that hundreds of bodies of babies and children have been “discovered” at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home at Tuam. This is something we have known for many years.What is shocking is that once again we have to learn of this news via the media.The communications skills of the Minister and the Commission of Inquiry leave a lot to be desired when it comes to keeping the survivor community up to date with developments.Tuam must not be seen in isolationIt was the fifth biggest of the nine so called “Mother and Baby Homes” and it is the tip of the iceberg for deaths which amount to at least 6,000 babies and children across the nine homes.There are over 227 confirmed deaths in the notorious Bethany Home in Dublin, and recent research has revealed the names of over 200 babies and children buried in the Angel’s Plot at Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home. These range from a few hours old to over two years.There were also at least 77 confirmed stillbirths in Castlepollard, above and beyond the 200 registered deaths. There will be hundreds of unregistered stillbirths discovered in Tuam too.There’s worse to come Tuam mother and baby home infant deaths. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe worst is yet to come as the huge behemoths of Saint Patrick’s, Bessboro and Sean Ross Abbey have yet to be revealed. But it is likely that the total for these three “Homes” alone will be well over 4,000 babies and children buried in shoeboxes and rags.Our community is divided about the issue of excavations and exhumations.Many are adamant that all the babies must be exhumed, identified and given proper burials. Others feel strongly that our former crib mates should be allowed to Rest In Peace.There are no easy answers and some survivors will be horrified no matter what happens. Mutual respect and understanding must guide our community.The Government must listen to survivorsThe Government, Minister Zappone and the Inquiry must consider living survivors and their needs before any further excavations are pursued. They must keep us in the loop.Our community is ageing and has been viciously cut in two by the current official policy of excluding many survivors from the Inquiry.Survivors need to be heard instead of ignored, consulted instead of insulted. They must be treated with respect, instead of learning the latest developments via the media.May our crib-mates in all the Mother and Baby Homes, Rest In Peace.Paul Redmond is the chairperson of the Chairperson: Coalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors (CMABS).Remains of young children and babies found in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby home>Tuam babies: Next steps in finding the truth behind their deaths> Friday 3 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM 2,660 Views last_img read more

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Barry Jones to launch GOCMV seminars

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In its fourth consecutive year, one more series of the Greek History and Culture Seminars hosted by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria will be launched this Thursday. With the main purpose of the seminars, apart from the educational one, being using them as a vehicle for people to reconnect with the community, all the lectures are deliberately given in English to attract interested parties from all ages and generations, as well as from the wider community. With regards to the 2014 program, GOCMV Seminars’ convenor Nick Dallas told Neos Kosmos that this year seminars will comprise of 80 per cent new speakers in the community’s bid to try and promote new faces.“We try and set the benchmark higher every year, bringing quality speakers. This year we’ll have 27 speakers, a third of them from interstate, as we try to get them from all corners of the country. “At the same time we have a balance between speakers of Greek and non-Greek background, which shows there are quite a few people out there in our community who are of non Greek background but are interested in Greek subject areas and have expertise in those,” Mr Dallas said.The first term of the 2014 Greek History and Culture Seminars, that will take off with the launch next Thursday, will feature themes mainly from antiquity and philosophy. Term 2 and Term 3 will deal with more modern topics, as modern history, topics relevant to diaspora and others. “With respect to the subject matter, we don’t shy away from the sensitive or controversial subjects – there will be lectures on Greek civil war, as well as on the future of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia. One of the highlights of this year’s program will certainly be the lecture of Lt Cdr Andrea Argirides, an officer in the Australian armed forces, who is involved on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan trying to preserve Greek and other archaeological and cultural heritage sites.”Advertised to a community membership base which is directly associated with the Greek Orthodox Community, the seminars are mainly attended by Greek Australians. “Often this sort of marketing involves some extra cost. This year we were very fortunate that the Ithacan Society has given us its premises free of charge until the Community building is up and running. In terms of reaching out to the broader audience, it is a challenge for us.”With the expression of interest shown for the seminars at the GOCMV stall during the Lonsdale Street festival, higher attendance is expected this year. Launching the 2014 seminars next Thursday, as a special guest speaker, will be former Labor minister and academic Barry Jones. “We are very honoured to have Barry Jones, a well known intellectual figure and parliamentarian, to launch the seminars.“We are also very honoured to have for our first lecture Professor Alastair Blanshard, Chair of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. While keeping the seminars free of charge and with a certain level of cost involved in staging the lecture series, this year the community will give people an opportunity to sponsor a lecture, or a speaker. “For $100 they become a sponsor of the lecture, and this is part of the way of mitigating the cost involved in staging these lectures,” Mr Dallas said. All seminars for 2014 will be held at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society building at Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. To see the 2014 program and to enrol in the seminars, visit www.gocmv.com or enrol on the spot at the venue.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday Oct 26 2015

first_imgDeep-draft Arctic port study in Nome gets shelvedMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeA highly anticipated study looking into a deep-draft Arctic port for Alaska is being shelved for at least a year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—due to what the Corps calls the changing economic picture of the Arctic.To buyout, or not to buyout? A Legislature debatesLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageRachel Waldholz, APRN – JuneauThe legislature is meeting in Juneau this week  for a special session on the Alaska LNG project. That’s the proposal to build a giant natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.Park Service bans controversial methods of hunting bear, wolvesLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe National Park Service has published its final rule on hunting in Alaska’s national preserves, turning a corner in a long-running tousle with the state.Walker appoints attorney general to Permanent Fund boardAssociated PressGov. Bill Walker has appointed the state attorney general to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Wasilla lawmaker: Keep education spending in check, cut rural schoolsJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauAt least one state lawmaker wants to propose an education cost-savings measure that could close dozens of rural schools across the state.Marvin Roberts testifies at Fairbanks 4 hearingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAnother one of Fairbanks men seeking exoneration from murder convictions has testified to his innocence.Former Dutch Harbor fisheries observer missing at sea off PeruJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaWith crab season under way in the Bering Sea, some 70 crab boats are bobbing around Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the Aleutian Islands. About a dozen of those boats have a fisheries observer on board. The observers keep tabs on what the boats haul up from the deep. Keith Davis was supposed to be one of those observers. But he went missing in September while working on a boat off the coast of South America.Writer Nick Jans captivates audience with tales of Romeo the wolfLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauWriter Nick Jans calls the years between 2003 and 2009 “a magical and transformative time” in Juneau’s history. It was during those years that a wild black wolf, who came to be known as Romeo, lived in the community, played with dogs and interacted with residents.last_img read more

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Former Harris County Deputy Sentenced to 8 Years for Sexual Assault

first_img Share A former Harris County deputy constable accused of sexual assault has been sentenced to eight years in prison.Brandin M. Glispy, 31, was accused of sexually assaulting two women while on duty. Glispy worked for Harris County Constable Precinct 6 for less than a year before the accusations led to his firing, according to the Harris County District Attorney.“Rapists posing as law-enforcement officers are still rapists,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a press release.Glispy is said to have assaulted one woman after pulling her over for a traffic stop. He is also accused of assaulting a woman in the restroom of a Popeyes restaurant. Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder called the assaults “an utterly grotesque abuse of power.” last_img read more

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All the Ways in Which Your Smartphone Can Track You and How

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 11, 2018 A friend and I had the strangest discussion: He had been at a jewelry shop, looking for something for his wife. And, never one to browse among such shops’ glittery merchandise, he had hoped to make a quick stop, pick up the best option his wallet could agree with and head out.Related: How to Get Google to Quit Tracking YouIn fact, this friend couldn’t care less about jewelry and to the best of his knowledge, he told me, he had never searched for anything glittery online.Yet, just as he reached home, he started getting bombarded with ads — featuring jewelry! Not only were the ads of jewelry, but they were actually the same type of ring he had been inquiring about; they came from Facebook, news sites and blogs.Wherever he went, there were the ads again (more or less) promoting that same kind of ring. So, was his phone eavesdropping on his jewelry jaunt? Observers abound in their theories as to how this phenomenon might be possible. Others say it’s just paranoia fueled by sheer happenstance.But, how many times have you had the same experience? YouTube is filled with videos on how smartphones apparently track their users even when those phones have been turned off. So, what gives? And just how is our data being collected and used? Is there really evidence to suggest that you might be giving your phone and the apps within it more information than you know?How phones collect and use dataIn fact, our phones collect a lot of data in the name of providing a better user experience. A plethora of sensors are used, including:Compass: Also known as Magnetometer, your phone’s compass can track your location relative to the Earth’s magnetic field.GPS: The Global Positioning System uses signals from various satellites to establish the user’s location. Many phones can accept signals, as well, from different services, including Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo and China’s BeiDou. Gyroscope: This device determines how a phone is positioned in three-dimensional space.Accelerometer: This sensor reports how fast your phone is moving in a linear pattern.Related: Here Are 6 Weird Ways You’re Being Tracked in the Real WorldHere’s a complete list of the sensors that your phone has. The four listed above are how your smartphone primarily collects location information.Depending on the type of phone you have, its OS (operating system) will use the information collected from these sensors in different ways. Both types of phones allow you to manage location. With an Android, location services can be toggled on and off from the main drop-down menu. In iOS devices, location can be turned on/off from privacy > location services.However, this is far from everything that may happen to you regarding your data. Often, a smartphone will busily send location data even though the user has turned it off. As it turns out, your location data is probably still being collected by Google, which is obviously a grave concern. Google has been caught trying to track users even though they thought they had turned off their location services.Fortunately, there are ways to ensure your privacy is protected at all times. While it’s desirable to understand how privacy in the smartphone world works and to cultivate smart habits, sometimes we are strapped for time and can’t be bothered with observing every nuance. If this sounds like you, here are the apps that can defend your privacy from prying eyes …DuckDuckGo private browser: Browsing the internet is just about the scariest thing, say privacy enthusiasts. Websites keep a log of your activity, and the search engine you use does the same. What’s more, if you are operating on a nonsecure network, then good luck to you. DuckDuckGo is a browser that carefully works to ensure your privacy.Not only does the browser not store any information locally, but the app goes out of its way to delete data that other sites might be holding about you. Furthermore, it can even block out ad networks trying to track you and will compel sites to use encrypted networks wherever possible.Privacy Badger: For power users, Privacy Badger presents an awesome way to monitor what apps are snooping on you. As of now, the app is available only for Firefox on Android; however, it’s worth it.By now, you’ve probably heard that the websites you visit are tracking you. This is usually done via social buttons on web pages. Privacy Badger can identify buttons that are snooping on you, and stop them in their tracks. Furthermore, it will also replace these buttons with its own, safer versions.Privacy Badger also brings a rather cool cookie management system to the table, with which it can smartly disable the undesirable sites tracking you, while leaving the desirable ones operational. The app presents any privacy dangers you may be facing, in color coded sliders. Green means the site’s not tracking/has been disabled; yellow means third-party tracking is necessary for user experience; and red means content on a site has been disabled.Disconnect: Disconnect is best thought of as a jack-of-all-trades privacy app, which offers every feature you could ask for under one header. In fact, Google went so far as to remove Disconnect from Playstore without giving an adequate explanation (cue the X-Files theme). The app has a powerful malvertising and tracker listener that can tell you exactly what scripts are attempting to access your data, and block them. The information is presented in an easy-to-read table.The app also comes with a VPN that can encrypt your data online. But apps like NordVPN or ExpressVPN offer better features and generally speaking are more powerful.CoverMe: Billed as a private texting, calling and vault app, CoverMe offers comprehensive features to help you keep all your data and communications securely encrypted. CoverMe’s private vault uses AES-128, AES-256 and RSA encryption to ensure all data remains secure.Sending any messages or calling someone through CoverMe is covered by its encryption technology, as well. Messages can be instructed to self-destruct once they’re read or following a specified time period. While this feature is no doubt impressive, CoverMe does not guarantee whether a message will go boom, as that depends a lot on the email client and security features the receiver is using.While the apps mentioned above will no doubt help you keep your privacy intact, learning as much as you can about privacy rules and the policies of the technologies you use is still your best defense against being caught off guard.Related: Blockchain Is How We Can Protect Our Privacy in a World of Ubiquitous SurveillanceAll too often, we accept privacy policies without giving them a second thought, only to realize later that we have willingly signed away our freedom. Smartphones do come with features that can help you turn off tracking completely if you want to. You just have to dig a little deeper. Register Now »last_img read more

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November 14 2012Sunday saw Arcosanti celebrate Pi

first_imgNovember 14, 2012Sunday saw Arcosanti celebrate Piemas for the second straight year.  The holiday, created by foundry worker Chad Repp, is spent baking pies and brewing festive drinks to be consumed en masse after dinner, followed by a movie.[Photo by Donald Mahoney]Repp created Piemas five years to be, “[A] holiday to just be together in a time of year with a lot of rushing around.  I was talking with a friend about how stressful the holiday season becomes, and she said what she looked forward to more than Christmas morning or the Thanksgiving meal was baking pies with her mother in preparation for them.  So I thought, ‘Hey, let’s just to that.’”  Repp brought the tradition to Arcosanti where he enlisted Ceramics worker Brian Thompson (seen here with Repp and, between them, “The King of Piemas”) to help him organize it.  “I love the convivial nature of it,” says Thompson, “I enjoy the synthesis of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, all of which I’ve missed or will miss this year at Arcosanti.  Wholesome pies and a horror movie!”[Photo by Donald Mahoney]Eighteen pies were baked by twelve participants, among them vegan, raw-food, gluten-free, and traditional versions, served in a packed bakery.  The stuffed crowd closed the night with a screening of the Finnish film Rare Exports.[Photo by Donald Mahoney]last_img read more

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