first_imgEvery morning, Tufail Ahmed calls his parents in India at around a quarter to nine, or before what he calls “office time.” But Ahmed has no office to go to. He hasn’t been employed since he came to the US in 2014. Ahmed is on an H-4 visa, a dependent on his wife’s H-1B visa, which means he cannot work legally in the US. He is a househusband. But he doesn’t want his parents to know. So every morning, Ahmed calls them before “office time” and pretends like he’s going to work.Read it at Vice Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgSania Mirza and Saketh Myneni defeated their Chinese rivals 6-4, 6-3 to win the Asiad goldIndian tennis sensation Sania Mirza teamed up with Saketh Myneni to clinch the elusive gold medal in mixed doubles tennis event as India maintained the ninth position in the overall standings on the 10th day of competitions in the 17th Asian Games on Monday.The Indian duo thrashed the Chinese Taipei pair of Hsien Yin Peng and Hao Ching Chan in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 during their final clash of the event.Wrestler Bajrang and the men’s tennis combination of Sanam Singh and Myneni picked up silver medals on yet another productive day for the Indian contingent.Athletes O P Jaisha (women’s 1500m) and Naveen Kumar (men’s 3000m steeplechase) and wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav (74kg) also contributed to the medal collection by picking up bronze medals.Sania Mirza unleashes a forehand during her mixed doubles final at Asian GamesThe 27-year-old Sania stole the limelight as she paired up with unheralded Myneni to carve out an easy victory in the final against the Chinese Taipei pair of Hao Ching Chan and Hsien Yin Peng as the Indians ended their tennis campaign with an impressive haul of five medals.On the track and field, it was Seema’s day as she clinched the coveted gold medal, making amends for her non-participation in the last two Games in Guangzhou and Doha.Bajrang (61kg) was also a star performer as he scripted remarkable come-from-behind victories to reach the final where he ultimately succumbed to Massoud Mahmoud of Iran in a closely-contested bout.advertisementThe wrestlers continued to provide the much-needed boost to India’s medal collection as Narsingh Yadav also claimed a bronze in the men’s 74kg freestyle event.Sania Mirza and Saketh Myneni celebrate after winning the mixed doubles gold medalWith the addition of seven medals today, India maintained their ninth position with a total of haul of 42 — six gold, seven silver and 29 bronze. China maintained their supremacy with a tally of 238 (112-72-54) followed by hosts South Korea 146 and Japan 132.However, there was disappointment for the women’s hockey team which lost the semifinal match against South Korea 1-3 and will now take on Japan for the bronze medal play-off.The boxing ring also did not bring much cheers for the Indians with former World Championship bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) being the only one to advance to quarterfinals.Gaurav Bhiduri (52kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and Kuldeep Singh (81kg) bowed out after losing their respective quarterfinal bouts.last_img read more

first_imgTiger Woods got off to a struggling start to the PGA Championship when he double-bogeyed his first hole, the 10th, in the opening round.Woods, fresh off his Masters victory for his 15th career major, drove into the rough and had to pitch out to the fairway. His third shot sailed past the green, and he needed three more to get into the hole for a 6. He then parred the next four holes.Defending champion Brooks Koepka fared much better with a birdie on 10 and another on 14 to be one stroke behind early leader Matt Wallace.British Open champ Francesco Molinari bogeyed the 10th and 12th but birdied 14 in the group with Woods and Koepka to stand at 1 over.Wallace, from England, birdied Nos. 1, 2 and 4 on a sunny but windy morning.Tiger Woods is back at Bethpage Black after a late decision to skip the final round of practice at the PGA Championship.Woods had planned to play the front nine early Wednesday morning, but never showed up at the course. That led to speculation his surgically-repaired back was acting up. His manager says all was fine.Coming off his emotional win at the Masters, Woods is in the traditional group of current major champions. He is with U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.The forecast was good. The course was soft and wet. The scores were predictable. With a two-tee start, players starting on the back nine had a far more difficult start. Thomas Pieters opened with a triple bogey at No. 10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat had back-to-back double bogeys.advertisementThe only early drama was J.J. Spaun. He was in the first group and walked onto the tee at No. 1 with a minute to spare, avoiding a two-shot penalty. It didn’t seem to bother him. He was 2 under through four holes.Tiger Woods goes after his next major on a familiar golf course for a PGA Championship held on an unfamiliar spot on the calendar.The 101st PGA Championship began Thursday morning on Bethpage Black, the first time it has been held in May since 1949. The public course known as the “people’s country club” previously hosted two U.S. Opens.Rob Labritz, one of 20 club professionals in the 156-man field, hit the opening tee shot under a clearing sky on a course still damp from rain. He sent it well to the right in the rough among the trees.Woods plays later in the morning with defending champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari. Woods has not played a practice round since nine holes Monday morning.Also Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attackAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgNick Kyrgios was defaulted from his second round Italian Open clash against Norway’s Casper Ruud on Thursday after the hot-headed Australian hurled a chair on to the court.World number 36 Kyrgios was given a code violation for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after being broken early in the third set. Having already been handed a code violation earlier in the match, the latest outburst meant the umpire also handed him a game penalty.This prompted an angry Kyrgios to slam his racket into the ground, kick a water bottle before he tossed a chair towards the centre of the court.Cannot remember the last time this happened on the @ATP_Tour… King @NickKyrgios just got a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct then decided to peg a chair onto the court Humphreys (@JHumphreys28) May 16, 2019The frustrated 24-year-old shook hands with his opponent and the umpire before he strode off the court, effectively defaulting himself from the contest.Ruud was leading 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 when Kyrgios was disqualified and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.Also Read | Federer, Nadal and Osaka through to last 16 in Romelast_img read more

first_imgI think this might have been the best catch I’ve ever seen Dez make live.It wasn’t the most spectacular or the most highlight-worthy or maybe even the most difficult. But I think it might have been the best.Dez’s stats that game:Six catches — 91 yards — 2 TDIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgOhio State players running onto the field before a game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leads his team on the field prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Few sports have a tougher home-field advantage than college football. The best teams in the country almost never lose on their home turf.With the 2018 college football season approaching – we’re now less than two months away from opening weekend – which teams are the toughest to beat at home?247Sports’ Brad Crawford compiled a top five list.Here are the five teams that have been the most dominant at home over the last 10 years:Alabama 66-4Ohio State 65-7Boise State 58-5Clemson 62-8Oklahoma 52-8CFBs best home records over past decadeAlabama 66-4Ohio State 65-7Boise State 58-5Clemson 62-8Oklahoma 52-8— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) July 11, 2018Alabama, unsurprisingly, is the likely preseason No. 1. Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma are all preseason top 10 teams, too.We can’t wait for the season to get here.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Tanker market’s slowdown has slashed SCF Group’s net profit to USD 39.9 million during the first quarter of the year from USD 103.1 million booked a year earlier.“Tanker freight market experiences significant headwinds, with some spot market segment TCE rates down over 40 per cent year-on-year,” Russia’s shipping major Sovcomflot said.The company’s TCE revenues came at USD 274.4 million, a decrease from USD 290.8 million posted in the first quarter of 2016.  EBITDA also saw a dip to USD 161.2 million, from the previous year’s USD 193.6 million.During the quarter,  the company secured a USD 174 million 15-year credit facility with Sberbank, to refinance two Arctic shuttle tankers (Mikhail Ulyanov and Kirill Lavrov) servicing Prirazlomnoye project.Sovcomflot said that the final installment payments for three ice-breaking stand-by vessels for the Sakhalin 2 project scheduled for delivery until the end of the current year have been fully funded with no envisaged cash outlay by the group, further stressing that the group does not face any refinancing needs for the rest of the year.In addition, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG tanker, Christophe de Margerie, was delivered during Q1 and entered in long-term time-charter agreement with Yamal LNG.“The first quarter saw a significant downturn in the global tanker market. Despite the challenges faced in the conventional market segment, Sovcomflot showed resilience and was able to outperform many of its peers. Our offshore business segment performed especially well and now represents over 40 per cent of our operating profit,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.“With the long-term nature of many of our charters, some being over 25 years in duration, Sovcomflot’s earnings and cash flow visibility is unprecedented for the industry. Indeed, overall contracted future revenues stood at nearly USD 8 billion at the quarter end,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, added.The group’s fleet comprises 148 vessels with a total deadweight of over 13.1 million tonnes.last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Imports at the major retail container ports in the U.S. are expected to set a new record this month driven by increasing consumer demand and rising retail sales, the National Retail Federation said.The record numbers are expected on the back of the entry into force of the new tariffs on goods from China on July 6.“Retailers cannot easily or quickly change their global supply chains, so imports from China and elsewhere are expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future,” Jonathan Gold, NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy, said.“As tariffs begin to hit imported consumer goods or the parts and equipment needed to produce U.S. goods, these hidden taxes will mean higher prices for Americans rather than significant changes to international trade.”“July 6 was the beginning of the United States’ trade war,” Ben Hackett, Hackett Associates Founder, said, referring to U.S. tariffs on USD 34 billion in Chinese products that took effect on Friday.“There will be no winners, only losers – particularly consumers – as costs increase.”Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.82 million TEUs in May. That was up 11.6 percent from April as the annual wave of summer merchandise began to arrive and up 4.3 percent year-over-year.June was estimated at 1.83 million TEU, up 6.8 percent year-over-year. July is forecast at 1.87 million TEU, up 3.8 percent and August at 1.91 million TEU.The June number tied the record of 1.83 million TEU imported during a single month set in August 2017, and the forecast for July would break that record while August should set yet another record.The first half of 2018 is expected to total 10.3 million TEU, an increase of 4.9 percent over the first half of 2017. The total for 2017 was 20.5 million TEU, up 7.6 percent from 2016’s previous record of 19.1 million TEU.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Megan began acting at the age of 9, landing her first lead role at 11 in the TV series Matt and Jenny. Her long list of TV credits includes playing Queen Catherine de’ Medici in Reign, the 2012 miniseries World Without End and Michelle Gibson in Wynonna Earp.Follows also appeared in the films Hockey Night, opposite Rick Moranis; Stephen King’s Silver Bullet; A Time of Destiny, with William Hurt and Timothy Hutton, and Inherit the Wind, opposite Kirk Douglas and Jason Robards. Advertisement The actress who will forever be known to a certain generation of Canadians as Anne of Green Gables is this year’s recipient of the Stratford Festival Legacy Award.Megan Follows, who portrayed the literary character in the 1985 miniseries Anne of Green Gables and its sequel Anne of Avonlea, will receive the honour at a gala Sept. 24 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel.Follows, 50, was a member of the festival company for two seasons and played Juliet to now artistic director Antoni Cimolino’s Romeo in 1992, but her family’s connection with the fest goes back to its founding in 1953 when her mother, Dawn Greenhalgh, joined. Her father, Ted Follows, joined two years later and sister Edwina Follows was a company member in 1974, Stratford said in a news release. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment She has done theatre for Soulpepper, the National Arts Centre, L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse and San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and starred in 2013 in Nightwood Theatre’s The Penelopiad, a sort of sequel to Homer’s Odyssey by Margaret Atwood, which Follows will direct for the Grand Theatre later this year.“Megan was always incredibly gifted and she has become extremely accomplished not only as an actor onstage and screen but now as a director as well,” Cimolino said in the release.The Legacy Gala will be hosted by longtime Stratford actor and TV and movie star Colm Feore, who received the award in 2015, and will include tributes from Cimolino, author Margaret Atwood, actress Sara Farb, singer-songwriter Dayna Manning and more.By Debra Yeo Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAnishinaabe-Metis comedian Ryan McMahon believes in breaking down barriers.“As a Native comic, it’s a lot more challenging. I’m political, I’m angry, it’s my chance to ‘fist-fight’ the audience with my ideas and my words,” said McMahon.He performed in Winnipeg this week and APTN’s Jaydon Flett caught up with him.last_img

13 March 2008Women who have survived sexual violence endure a “triple tragedy” – physical, psychological and social – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African singer and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba has said. Women who have survived sexual violence endure a “triple tragedy” – physical, psychological and social – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African singer and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba has said.Ms. Makeba, on a four-day visit to the capital Kinshasa, is touring small farming projects which seek to help rape survivors feed their families and boost their self-reliance. The women taking part in the scheme have received seeds, tools and agricultural training from FAO.“Women guarantee the survival of 80 per cent of the households in DRC. Yet despite their crucial role for the well-being of the family, they are frequently victims to rape and sexual violence,” she said, adding that the systematic rape of women in recent years is the “most horrifying feature of the complex emergency” in the vast Central African nation.In the volatile North Kivu province alone, 27,000 cases of sexual violence were recorded in 2006, the singer, who was appointed FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 1999, noted.She also pointed out that despite the DRC’s “vast potential for economic growth,” 70 per cent of the population faces food insecurity, malnutrition rates are rising and approximately 3.5 million people have lost their lives in the past two decades to violence, famine and disease.In concert with other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local authorities, FAO’s Emergency Coordination and Rehabilitation Unit has helped 500,000 households, or over two million people, and intends to increase their assistance to aid some 800,000 households this year.The agency’s projects, prioritizing vulnerable groups such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), malnourished children and ex-combatants, have provided farming and fishing equipment, seeds and disease-free plants and road repairs to bolster market access.“I would like my visit to this country to be an opportunity to renew and strengthen our commitment and ensure that innocent victims suffering from hunger have access to the necessary resources to cultivate their hope for a better life,” said Ms. Makeba, recipient of the 1986 Dag Hammarskjöld Prize for Peace.While in the DRC, she also plans to visit a project for families impacted by HIV/AIDS, as well as meet with high-ranking Government officials and representative of UN agencies and NGOs. read more

MONTREAL — Air Canada has finalized a previously announced order for at least 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets, worth US$3.8 billion at list prices.Deliveries of the CS300 jets — currently the largest model of Bombardier’s new CSeries planes — will begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022.Air Canada also has an option to order up to 30 additional CS300s — making the order potentially worth up to US$6.3 billion, at list prices. The actual price is usually discounted but not announced.Air Canada Inc threatens to walk away from Bombardier Inc CSeries deal if legislation over maintenance isn’t passedBombardier Inc slams Moody’s downgrade as Quebec investment is finalizedThe two Montreal-based companies announced a preliminary agreement in February as part of a series of initiatives by Bombardier, Air Canada, and the Quebec and federal governments.The province agreed last week to provide the first $500-million instalment of a $1 billion investment in the CSeries program by the end of this month and the second instalment on Sept. 1.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Ottawa is continuing to negotiate potential financial support for Bombardier, which is seeking $1 billion from the federal governmentAir Canada’s order confirmation was announced a day before Bombardier delivers the first CSeries aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines, the first carrier to operate the new generation of plane. read more

TORONTO — Air Miles is raising some of the recent daily limits imposed on redeeming miles for in-store purchases from retailers.The customer loyalty program says the new daily limit on Air Miles Cash redemptions, in most cases, has been raised to $100.Air Miles has set a different limit for in-store redemptions at Shell — capped at $60 per transaction.The new limits, effective Monday, are up from a $50 limit set in April.In-store redemptions of Air Miles Cash points were briefly stopped in March due to the discovery that some stolen cash miles had been used to make purchases.In April, some Air Miles collectors expressed frustration with the $50 limit because it was down from $750 prior to the suspension.The rewards program also angered many members last year with its proposal to void unused Air Miles after five years, only to abandon that plan weeks before it was to take effect.The back track on the five-year limit also provoked outcry from members who said they redeemed their miles thinking they were about to expire and wouldn’t if they had known Air Miles was going to walk back from that policy. read more

Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? This client needed to record workers who weren’t otherwise part of the contact center environment. Its options were:Pay for a much moe expensive contact center license for these users.Get a less expensive license that resides on the administrative side of the system and store the calls in a separate repository from the contact center recordings.Eventually the client was able to negotiate a reduced license fee and used the contact center licenses for these users. Again, this was an unanticipated increase to its monthly costs. In both cases, the clients ended up with solutions that were somewhat different than they thought they were buying. Here are some things the providers glossed over during the sales process: 4. Contact center separation. While both clients knew that the contact center capabilities were provided separately from the administrative call handling, they still expected a cohesive solution where the two components worked well together. Instead, they both have issues with calls from one system being treated differently from calls that originated in the other system. For example, if an agent is on a call that came through the contact center system, the contact center software sees the agent “active” and so doesn’t route another call to that agent. But if a call comes in to an agent from the administrative side, the contact center doesn’t “see” that call and will route a call to the agent even though the agent is already on a call. Log in or register to post comments Each system lacked a simple, direct method for allowing callers to reach agents with whom they were having an ongoing discussion. Workarounds made it possible, primarily by routing calls to the agents through the administrative side of the system. This impacted reporting and call recording because they only tracked or recorded calls coming through the contact center side of the system. The reports don’t provide a full picture of agent activity because they exclude calls from the administrative side, and the time that agents spent handling them. Furthermore, these customer-facing calls weren’t recorded, resulting in a loss of documentation and customer data. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. 3. The learning curve. Each client was told it would have an implementation team that would guide it through the process. This was true. Both implementation teams included competent people who cared about the success of their projects. But both teams were remote; neither provider had an onsite expert available to answer questions or participate in spontaneous discussions. Emails and scheduled calls took the place of real-time conversations, and the burden fell on the clients’ IT teams to figure a lot of things out on their own. Lack of real-time onsite expertise caused some frustration; by the time the client’s team was able to talk with the vendor’s team, some of the context was lost. In other cases, the back and forth (“try this and let me know what happens”) just took too long. While both clients were able to resolve their issues and both teams learned a lot, neither had counted on the frustration involved. This client’s call recording capability is provided by yet another third party. Although the cloud provider had recommended this call recording solution, during implementation the engineers assigned to the project turned out to be unfamiliar with it. They spent a lot of time just getting the settings and the configuration correct, and the client heard a lot of comments from both sides to the effect of “I know my product, but not the other one we are working with.” It’s simply not possible to anticipate all of the potential challenges when working with complex technology implementations. However, understanding all of the components included in potential solutions will help you evaluate their complexity and at least give you an idea of what to expect. sctcperspective_Small.png “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & ViewsSCTCcloud deploymentcloud gotchasCloud CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesDeployment Models Articles You Might Like Join me at Enterprise Connect 2019, taking place March 18 to 21 in Orlando, Fla., where I’ll be sharing more practical guidance for cloud migrations. (Register by Friday, Jan. 18, to receive the Advance Rate — and as a No Jitter reader you can use the code NJPOSTS to save an extra $200.) I’ve recently worked on a couple of projects that involved migration of my clients’ UC environments to cloud solutions. Both projects involved contact center and business user requirements, which the clients discussed at length with their selected cloud vendors. See All in Cloud Communications » 5. Call recording. One client was told that it must have equipment on its premises to handle the storage for call recordings, so the traffic wouldn’t overload the link to the provider’s data center. Because the hardware was on the customer’s premises, the client would be responsible for maintenance, patching, updates, etc. on the hardware. Since one of its primary goals in moving to a cloud solution was to reduce the amount of hardware it was supporting, this wasn’t welcome news. Eventually the provider concluded that as long as the client only used call recording for a few agents, on-premises hardware wouldn’t be required. However, if the client’s need for call recordings increases over time it’ll have to revisit this issue. cloud_pieces.jpg 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. 1. The actual carriers for the PSTN traffic. Each provider portrayed its offering as a “one throat to choke” solution. But when it came down to it, there were other players on the field. In one case, the UCaaS solution required separate carriers for the direct-inward-dial (DID) and toll-free traffic. In the other case, the cloud provider relies on one carrier for the client’s MPLS network and another for DID/toll-free numbers. While the clients do each have one place to call for all issues, they’re now hearing the familiar blame-game excuses about problems being due to the carriers and out of the cloud providers’ control. In both cases, the carriers included as part of the solution weren’t the clients’ preferred choices. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. The other client also had challenges with call recording. It had compliance requirements for storing recordings beyond the threshold offered by the cloud provider, which told the client it could move the older recordings to another (client-provided) location and create its own tool to search and access those files. Eventually the provider did find a way to lengthen the storage period, but at an additional — unanticipated — cost to the client. 2. Integration capability. This is often a challenge and one of the biggest areas for potential problems. Realizing this, one client had done a lot of upfront investigation into integration between the cloud solution and an in-house CRM system. The client talked with both providers, receiving assurance that they could make the solution work. This proved to be one of the biggest issues in the implementation; as the providers dived into the details, they discovered unanticipated difficulties. The new system went live without the integration. read more

In a joint statement, three UN Special Rapporteurs, or independent rights experts, said that “new accusations” against fellow rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, had been made by officials in the Government of President Rodrigo Duterte, “clearly in retaliation for her invaluable work defending the human rights of indigenous people worldwide”.Government officials have accused Ms. Corpuz of being an affiliate of the Communist Party in the southeast Asian island archipelago, and it’s alleged “terrorist activities” there. On 13 March, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Brigadier General Antonio Parlade, alleged at a news conference in the capital Manila, that the UN itself had been “infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines through Ms. Tauli-Corpuz”, said the experts’ statement.This was despite the decision of a court in Manila, dated 27 July last year, which in effect ordered the indigenous rights expert’s name be removed from a petition filed by the Department of Justice, which was then seeking to declare the Communist Party a terrorist organization.Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, has been repeatedly targeted by the authorities, and accused of terrorism and alleged membership of the so-called New People’s Army. Last year, President Duterte’s spokesperson publicly accused the Rapporteur of seeking to embarrass the administration, according to the statement.“The criminalising discourse used by Philippine public officials undermines the value of the vital work of human rights defenders, denigrates them in the eyes of the public and may put them at risk of threats, violence or other forms of harassment,” said the experts.“We call on the Philippine Government to immediately stop these unacceptable attacks on the human rights work of Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, and to ensure her physical safety.”The three experts speaking out on her behalf are Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.In the fulfilment of her mandate, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz conducts fact-finding missions and reports on the human rights situation in specific countries, addresses cases of alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples through communications with Governments and others, promotes good practices and conducts thematic studies on topics of special importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.She is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. As an indigenous activist, she has worked for over three decades on building movements among indigenous peoples and as an advocate for women’s rights, and is a former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Last year, UN News spoke to her about her life and work, for our podcast series, UN Gender Focus: read more

Deshaun Thomas was named a third-team All-American selection by the Associated Press Monday. As the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game en route to a 29-8 finish after losing to Wichita State, 70-66, in the Elite Eight Saturday in Los Angeles. Thomas, who was also honored as a first-team All-Big Ten selection, had 23 points on 8 of 20 shooting in the loss. He joins three other Big Ten brethren to make the AP’s shortlist. Here’s the full list: First Team Trey Burke (Michigan, sophomore guard) Otto Porter, Jr. (Georgetown, sophomore forward) Victor Oladipo (Indiana, junior guard) Doug McDermott (Creighton, junior forward) Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga, junior forward) Second Team Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State, freshman guard) Cody Zeller (Indiana, sophomore forward) Mason Plumlee (Duke, senior forward) Shane Larkin (Miami, Fla., sophomore guard) Ben McLemore (Kansas, redshirt freshman guard) Third Team Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State, junior forward) Jeff Withey (Kansas, senior center) Russ Smith (Louisville, junior guard) Erick Green (Virginia Tech, senior guard) Nate Wolters (South Dakota State, senior guard) read more

first_img1. The odd sentence now ends with the words “Please God” Source: Shutterstock2. Keeping tabs on what “yer wan next door” is doing is a favourite pastime Source: Shutterstock3. Your knowledge of weather patterns knows no bounds Source: Shutterstock4. “In my day” has become an important resource in your vocabulary Source: Shutterstock5. Your draught detector has gone in to overdrive Source: Flickr6. Picking your housemates’ or other half’s clothes and towels up off the floor in a huff is now a regular thing Source: Flickr7. You’ve developed an inexplicable urge to feed all friends and visitors Source: Flickr8. It’s taking longer to actually hang up the phone than ever before Source: Shutterstock9. You can’t buy clothes or shoes without considering how much wear you’ll get out of them Source: Shutterstock10. Washing powder and fabric conditioner must be vetted before purchasing Source: Flickr11. A good deal on textiles, bed linens or home furnishings can genuinely make your day Source: FordsofoakhamThere’s a two-for-one on fitted sheets and those curtains you’ve had your eye on are FINALLY down to half price. Source: Giphy12. You’d rather spend your Friday night in on the sofa watching the Late Late Source: Imgur13. Meanwhile, nights out are spent commenting on younger revellers’ appearances Source: Flickr Source: Flickr14. And there’s nothing better than getting out of there early and snuggling down into bed at a respectable hour Source: Giphy12 signs you are suffering a quarter-life crisis>9 of the worst smells found in every Irish household>last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TWO IRISH MEDIA students have created a mental health awareness video which has been aired on ABC’s flagship show Good Morning America.The short film, ‘Dear Future Me’, got young people to write down and list the good things about themselves. Source: The One Year Project 2016/YouTubeClips from the four-minute video were featured on the popular morning US show while singer Michael Bublé was being interviewed about his new album and his future self.Third year students Alice Kiernan (20) from Julianstown, Meath and Megan Daly (20) from Arigna, Roscommon, are both studying media studies at Maynooth University.Kiernan said they called on friends and fellow students to appear in the short film.“It took us a week to create Dear Future Me, including filming and editing, and it went online on Wednesday. Irish students’ mental health video seen by over four million people in America ABC’s flagship show Good Morning America showed clips of the video during an interview with Michael Bublé. Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 6:20 AM The producer of Good Morning America contacted us on Thursday evening and asked if she could use the video on the show and for some information about us both.“An article about it appeared on the ABC news website and then they showed some clips from the video on Good Morning America.My hands went numb when I saw Michael Bublé on television looking at our video and photos. His album is about talking to his future self so it was amazing timing.The video was made in conjunction with ReachOut’s ‘Note To Self’ campaign. ReachOut is appealing to young people to write a positive postcard about themselves and to give with it the ReachOut team, who will post it back to them in the future.Read: Outrage as Government accused of U-turn on mental health budget commitment> By Cliodhna Russellcenter_img Short URL 9 Comments Share538 Tweet Email6 23,386 Views Oct 23rd 2016, 6:20 AM last_img read more

PNPs Washington Misicks Complete Remarks at JAGS Memorial Service

first_img Recommended for you TCI: ‘Demons JAGS conquered are resurrected’; Preacher calls the country together at Natl Hero’s Day service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, may 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Today, on National Heroes Day, the day he officially established into law, the leader of the Opposition, Washington Misick made a series of distasteful remarks in his address at the Memorial Service for the country’s only National Hero, Rt Excellent JAGS McCartney.Below are Mr. Misick’s complete remarks:“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” Henry David ThoreauThat my friends is why most heroes live short lives but achieve more than many who go on to live into old age and Honourable JAGS McCartney was no different – meeting his early demise just shy of his 35th birthday.As someone growing up in the sixties, just five years younger than McCartney and witnessing the unprecedented wave of decolonization: 32 countries gaining independence between 1960 and 1968, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana – a combination of the civil rights and the black-power movement in the US resulting in the civil rights act in 1964 and the voting rights act in 1965 instilled a sense of racial pride and self-esteem in blacks across the world, and greatly influence the fearless courage of McCartney and others to agitate for change in the status quo from colonial rule to the attainment of self-determination.I knew JAGS; we disagreed on the means and the timetable for self-determination – a divisive argument to this day, but we were never disagreeable. JAGS had a strong conviction and an unshakeable focus on improving the future of these islands. And in this he was selfless. McCartney was a humble man who never forgot his roots, or seek out credit for things he did or did not do, as so many of us do today. He was empathetic, and compassionate, always displaying a sense of concern and kindness devoid of partisan politics.Don’t get me wrong JAGs was no saint. He was human and never hypocritical about his faults. His love of women is legendary. He was a regular guy with his share of domestic issues, but he was also a great visionary with a profound sense of purpose leaving a legacy that testify to the fact that imperfection, has never been a barrier to greatness. JAGS were about love and about cooperation and compromise and working together. The decision to introduce legislation to establish a National Heroes Day on which JAGs was inducted as our first National Hero was easy for all of those reasons.There is a lot of cheap talk these days about change, but Jags was a real change agent, a leader who refused to work in the system but choose to work on the system instead. Change – historic change and heroic change comes by working on the system. Real change is not spin without substance. It is honesty in the face of vulnerability. McCartney despite his vulnerabilities demonstrated that he could be trusted with power. May those who have inherited his baton and all of us who lead prove to be trustworthy as we remember the contribution of our first National hero.#magneticmedianews#NationalHeroesDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmeidanews, #nationalheroesday TCI: 25 Years of National Hero’s Day; JAGS is still the ‘One’ Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootingslast_img read more

first_imgFive months ago, Jimmy Nickell worked alongside other inmates from Larch Corrections Center to plant more than 40 rows of seeds in a 2-acre plot of land in the Andresen-St. Johns neighborhood.He and other prisoners then returned a handful of times over the summer to weed and spray the plants to keep away mildew.On Monday, Nickell worked to harvest the fruit of his labor: tens of thousands of pounds of butternut squash.“I think it’s pretty gratifying to see something at the beginning and to finish it all the way through,” he said.Snipped from their vines and then packed into crates, the squash was hauled off to the Clark County Food Bank. Although prison inmates have worked with the food bank in the past, the recent harvest was the product of a collaboration where the inmates did all the work — from seed to harvest.“I think they’re amazed at what their efforts led to,” said Jerry Hofer, co-owner of J’s Custom Landscaping. “Their effort was 90 percent of the work.”Hofer and Blair Wolfley, who manages Heritage Farm on 78th Street, worked together to lead the inmates and teach them how to grow the squash. That included laying about a mile and a half of irrigation drip lines.“These guys are good workers,” Hofer said. “The commitment and enthusiasm is high.”For the Department of Corrections, the work fell to its work crew program, which charges government agencies and nonprofits $1.31 per hour per inmate for their labor. For their work, inmates earn 50 cents an hour.last_img read more