I would draw the line candidate for premier opposes abortion for rape

first_imgREGINA – One of the leading candidates in the race to become the next premier of Saskatchewan says he doesn’t believe in abortion, even in the case of sex assault victims.Ken Cheveldayoff, a long-time Saskatoon member of the legislature for the Saskatchewan Party, also says anyone under 18 should need parental consent for the procedure. And he thinks abortions should further be restricted to women facing medical risks, not victims of sexual assault.“No. I think it’s when the life of the mother is in jeopardy — that’s where I would draw the line,” he told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.His comments follow an interview recently posted on a website belonging to the Ottawa-based group Right Now, which is dedicated to electing anti-abortion politicians. It ranked Cheveldayoff as the most preferable candidate to replace outgoing Premier Brad Wall.Wall, who has been one of Canada’s highest-profile premiers, is retiring after a decade in office. Cheveldayoff and five others are in the running to lead the Sask. Party, and one is to be chosen Jan. 27.Cheveldayoff, the former minister of parks, culture and sport, told Right Now that he would support any provincial legislation that protects “the unborn child, anything that emphasizes that life begins at conception.”He told The Canadian Press that his comments represent his own personal beliefs as a father of two children and that abortion is also one of the top five issues people talk to him about.“It is an issue that has to be discussed in every caucus and every political party in the country,” he says. “And again I’d welcome those discussions within the caucus if I’m fortunate enough to be elected premier.”Candidate Rob Clarke, a former Conservative member of Parliament and retired Mountie, also told Right Now that he is anti-abortion and Indigenous people are as well.“Here’s an interesting aspect that I think most people don’t realize, especially amongst non-Aboriginals, and that is that First Nations don’t believe in abortion. I’m First Nations and I don’t believe in abortion.“It’s a stereotype, where many people believe that First Nations and the Metis are so left-wing and vote NDP.”A spokesman for Clarke’s leadership campaign says the posted interview is accurate and that Clarke is letting the interview stand without further comment.Former environment minister Scott Moe told Right Now that he doesn’t support abortion and, if made premier, he would support a discussion of parental notification for abortions.Abortion is a sensitive but important issue, Moe told The Canadian Press.“If it was caucus’s will to have a discussion with respect to a topic such as this, I would support having that discussion. And I would support and encourage each of our caucus members to participate on behalf of their own beliefs and also on behalf of the beliefs of the people they represent,” he said.“It would be the will of those caucus members that would ultimately become the will of the government.”Former justice minister Gord Wyant didn’t tell Right Now whether he is for or against abortion, but said in his posted interview that politicians cannot attempt to influence the judiciary.“The courts have mandated the procedure has to be provided as per federal law and restrictions would be unconstitutional.”The website ranked the two remaining candidates in the leadership race, both women, as the least preferred. Right Now says Tina Beaudry-Mellor, former social services minister, and Alanna Koch, the premier’s former deputy minister, did not respond to its interview requests.Officials with Right Now did not respond to calls from The Canadian Press.— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

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Vancouver police say mom accused of parental abduction may have dyed boys

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a woman who allegedly abducted her nine-year-old son contrary to a custody order may have changed his appearance and dyed his hair.Police say Shawana Chaudhary, also known as Shawna, could also have changed her own appearance and may be using an old legal name.She was previously called Virjinia Leeman, which could be spelled Virginia Leman.Police say the boy, named Emerson, was last seen on Friday morning with his mother and six-year-old sister, who is not believed to be the subject of a custody order.Police say Emerson’s father went to pick him up on Friday after school as per his court-ordered parenting time, but the boy was missing.Chaudhary is 34 and police say she may also be travelling with one or two dogs.last_img read more

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Failing to address harassment allegations can cost employers

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – When it comes to sexual harassment allegations, no employer wants to find itself in the position an Indiana university was in during the 1990s, when a woman complained to a senior administrator that the school’s chancellor had groped her.“Oh, no, not again,” said the administrator at Indiana University’s South Bend campus.A jury awarded the woman $800,000.Although a judge later slashed that to $50,000, the message was clear: Failing to address allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace can have expensive legal consequences for employers.“You don’t have to fire people necessarily, but doing nothing is usually not helpful,” said Camille Hebert, an employment discrimination professor at the Ohio State law school.Earlier this year, a former University of California, Santa Cruz student who alleges she was raped by a professor settled her claim against the university system for $1.15 million over what she says was its failure to address previous allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence by the faculty member.It is with that reality in mind that companies are swiftly firing powerful men accused of misbehaviour and taking a zero-tolerance attitude toward such wrongdoing. But whether a no-mercy approach is a good idea is a matter of debate.While businesses are usually within their rights to swiftly fire employees accused of misconduct, as was done this week with former “Today” show host Matt Lauer and former “Prairie Home Companion” personality Garrison Keillor, such actions can also backfire, legal experts say. For example, they say, women who just want the harassment to stop and don’t want to see anyone get fired might hesitate to come forward.Philadelphia-based employment attorney Jon Segal said zero tolerance for harassment is important, but the consequences should be commensurate with the offence and should include steps short of firing, such as mandatory training, suspension or demotion.“You don’t want to send the message to people that if there is an allegation and it’s found to be true, it’s automatic termination,” Segal said.For employees who choose to sue, the timeframe can be short for raising the allegation: 300 days if employees want to sue in federal court. States often have more generous deadlines — six years in Ohio, for example — and fewer caps on financial damages.Time limits don’t mean lawsuits can’t be brought over older complaints of harassment. For example, employees can argue that a recent incident within the 300-day limit allows them to revisit an older complaint outside that window.Employers can also inadvertently breathe new life into old complaints by threatening employees with retaliation.“That is very high on the list of dumb moves for employers to make,” said Washington-based labour attorney Richard Seymour.Last year, a federal appeals court agreed that an Illinois circuit board company retaliated against a woman who brought sexual harassment allegations by firing her. She was awarded $300,000, even though her actual harassment claims were dismissed.Employers can also take actions they think are fixing a problem but often end up hurting them in court, such as transferring a woman who complained of harassment but not the man who harassed her.As new allegations crop up daily, labour attorneys say they are already hearing of a troubling trend: men unwilling to interact with female co-workers for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing.Such behaviour is a mistake since it contributes to a new form of discrimination by putting opportunities for women out of reach, experts say.“The answer to no sexual harassment isn’t polarizing the workforce into male versus female camps. That would be the very definition of sex discrimination,” said Washington labour attorney Deborah Kelly.But Hebert, the Ohio State law professor, is skeptical of men who say they’re worried about getting accused.“Most men understand the difference,” she said. “I always say, ‘If you’d feel uncomfortable with it happening to your daughter or your wife, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.’”___Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/andrew-welsh-hugginslast_img read more

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Wash hands to curb infections UN agency tells hospital doctors health care

“We can reduce these numbers dramatically, and more and more countries are showing they are ready to take action,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Acting Director-General Anders Nordstrom stressed. “With the help of WHO and other partners these countries are laying the foundations for patients everywhere to receive cleaner, safer care.”Twenty-two countries representing 55 per cent of the world’s population have signed on to the Global Patient Safety Challenge – Clean Care is Safer Care – since it was launched by the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety in October 2005.In developed countries, 5 to 10 per cent of all patients fall ill to infections acquired in hospitals, while in some developing countries as many as a quarter of patients may be affected.Many countries have already substantially improved hand hygiene practices among health professionals. During a recent four-month hand hygiene campaign in Switzerland, for example, compliance with good practices increased 25 per cent among doctors and nurses working in two cantonal hospitals.Based on the results of that study it has been estimated that the Swiss could avert 17,000 such infections each year if hospitals nationwide achieved comparable improvements. “I urge countries throughout the world to follow the example of those who have already committed to ‘Clean Care is Safer Care,’” the chairman of the Alliance Chief Medical Officer for England, Liam Donaldson, said.Hand hygiene remains the primary measure to reduce health care-associated infection and the spread of antimicrobial resistance, the leader of the Global Patient Safety Challenge and director of the infection control programme at Geneva’s University Hospitals, Didier Pittet said. “It enhances the safety of care across all settings, from complex, modern hospitals to simple health posts,” he added. read more

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US agency says Takata air bag inflator recall could expand to 7

DETROIT – Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., according to letters they received last week from U.S. safety regulators.So far about 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger air bag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million U.S. vehicles sold by 11 different companies, including Honda and Fiat Chrysler. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel. At least eight people have died worldwide and hundreds have been injured because of the problem.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters to Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar-Land Rover, Suzuki, Tesla, Volvo Trucks, Volkswagen and Spartan Motors seeking information on which models have Takata inflators.“It is expected that the scope of the current Takata recalls may expand as time goes on and will likely grow to include vehicles that are outside the scope of the current recalls,” the letters said.NHTSA said one purpose of the letters is to figure out how many additional vehicles might have to be recalled. The agency is preparing for an Oct. 22 public meeting in Washington to discuss an ongoing investigation into Takata and whether the agency will take over management of all the recalls to speed up repairs. As of Sept. 1, only 4.4 million air bag inflators had been replaced. Automakers have had to scramble to get parts.The agency says it also could issue an order expanding the recalls, which now cover 11 auto and truck companies including BMW, Daimler Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.NHTSA is asking each of the seven additional companies to identify every model that uses a Takata air bag inflator with ammonium nitrate as the propellant. The letters say Takata’s theory on the cause of the problem is that the chemical degrades over time. This “could potentially lead to overaggressive combustion or potentially cause the inflator to rupture.” Time, temperature and airborne moisture also play roles in the problem, the letters say.The agency already was investigating Volkswagen because of a June crash involving an SUV near St. Louis in which the left side air bag inflated with too much force and blew apart the inflator canister. The crash between a deer and a 2015 VW Tiguan was the first reported in a Volkswagen and the first in a side air bag. Previously Takata had said the problem was limited to older designs in front and passenger air bags.VW said at the time that the Tiguan driver did not seek medical attention, and it was working with NHTSA and Takata to better understand the problem. The company would not comment further on Monday.Mercedes, Jaguar-Land Rover and Tesla all said the Takata air bags they use are not part of current recalls, but wouldn’t say which models had them. Mercedes and Jaguar-Land Rover said they were co-operating with NHTSA.Messages were left Monday seeking comment from the rest of the companies that received letters from NHTSA. US agency says Takata air bag inflator recall could expand to 7 more auto, truck makers FILE – This Oct. 22, 2014, file photo shows the North American headquarters of automotive parts supplier Takata in Auburn Hills, Mich. Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 8:29 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Fiji UNICEF on standby with supplies and personnel in wake of Cyclone

In a statement released today, UNICEF noted that its main concern is for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers across Fiji. “Little is yet known about the status of communities living on the outer islands of Fiji that were directly under the eye of Tropical Cyclone Winston, as communications remain down for many,” the agency said. According to UNICEF, the Government of Fiji is rapidly working to assess the overall situation in order to pinpoint the critical needs. The Government has declared a state of natural disaster for the next 30 days and has initiated the clean-up process by clearing the huge amounts of debris scattered everywhere. Alice Clements, a Communications Specialist with UNICEF Pacific, said from her base in the capital city of Suva that “the amount of destruction to infrastructure, livelihoods and homes that something like this can do is just immense. It can also completely destroy or severely damage school facilities and health facilities.” Noting that UNICEF staff members are standing by to assist as required, Ms. Clements stressed that “if we are talking about a worst-case scenario, in addition to injuries and loss of life, you have a situation where people’s entire lives, top to bottom, have been turned upside down.” In a separate statement yesterday, Ms. Clements said she felt the impact of the storm in Suva, with “destructive, howling winds and the sound of rivets lifting from roofs a constant throughout the night.” “It is likely that smaller villages across Fiji will have suffered the most, given their infrastructures would be too weak to withstand the power of a category 5 cyclone. Families may have lost their homes and crops therefore leaving them without shelter, food and a livelihood,” she added. UNICEF, a member of the Pacific Humanitarian Team, said it has pre-positioned supplies in Suva and Nadi, including water kits, health kits and education materials such as school tents. The agency said it will actively support the Government of Fiji, if called on to assist, in leading clusters of agencies working in water and sanitation, education and nutrition, and in child protection. read more

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UN chief welcomes new law giving extra autonomy to Muslims in Southern

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, signed the new legislation, formally known as the Organic Law for Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, on Thursday, raising hopes that years of separatist violence involving central Government troops and militants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, can be brought to an end.“The Secretary-General congratulates negotiators for the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Bicameral Conference Committee, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and civil society groups for their efforts,” said the UN chief, in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.According to news reports, the long-anticipated new autonomy came four years after the Government signed a peace deal with the separatist group, which dropped its bid for full independence, seeking instead a new deal over self-rule.The Front began its uprising in 1978, marking a period of violent confrontation which left around 120,000 dead. The new expanded autonomous region in the south, will be led initially by a transitional authority, before being run by a new parliamentary body, say reports.The statement from the UN chief said that the UN “will continue to support the Philippines in the implementation of the law, and to help build the capacity of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority as an effective conduit for peace, democratic governance, and human rights”. read more

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Automotive Academy boost for West Midlands workers

Fifteen former workers from the MG Rover Group car plant have today (Wednesday 28 June) completed the Automotive Academy Re-employment Training Programme, and with it, been awarded their Skills Passport. The Work and Pensions Minister, James Plaskitt MP presented the first set of passports at a ceremony at BMW’s Hams Hall facility in Birmingham.For the last 15 weeks, the successful candidates have been developing new skills as part of their training in engineering operations. This has been supplemented by the Academy’s Business Improvement Techniques Level 2 course, including live assembly operations simulation and visits to two best practice companies. They have also completed work experience at the BMW Hams Hall engine plant and the Land Rover facility in Solihull.The Skills Passport will prove to potential employers that the candidate possesses all the key skills to go straight into any production environment. Candidates have also been guaranteed a job interview with the possibility of working for a number of major automotive manufacturers. James Plaskitt said, ‘I am delighted that these former MG Rover workers should soon be able to start car production jobs thanks to the Automotive Academy’s Re-employment Training Programme and the support provided by BMW and Land Rover. It is encouraging that the essential skills these workers gained at MG Rover will be kept within the automotive industry, proving that there is life after Longbridge.’ Academy chief executive, Dr Alan Begg, said, ‘In the wake of recent highly publicised job losses, the Academy strives to retain essential skills within the industry, as well as raise the skills and expertise of those actively seeking re-employment. These dedicated men and women are a credit to the industry. Their Skills Passport proves they have all the skills in lean tools and techniques making them significantly more valuable to prospective employers. We congratulate them on gaining their Passports and we hope to see them back in the industry quickly.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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MP Michelle Thomson reported to prosecutors after mortgage fraud probe

first_imgThe MP Michelle Thomson has been reported to prosecutors along with four other people after a police investigation into allegations of mortgage fruad.Ms Thomson, 51, the independent MP for Edinburgh West, resigned the SNP whip and was suspended from the party last year after officers began investigating a solicitor involved in property deals linked to her.Christopher Hales was struck off by the Scottish Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal in 2014 in connection with 13 transactions conducted by a property firm, M&F Property Solutions, in which she was a partner in 2010-11. Mr Hales is understood to be one of those named in the report.Prosecutors last year instructed police to carry out the investigation into “alleged irregularities” relating to the deals. 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 MP addressing the Commons last weekCredit:PA Ms Thomson, who moved members of the House of Commons to tears last week when she revealed that she had been raped at the age of 14, has denied any wrongdoing.Police Scotland confirmed on Tuesday night that a report had been submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service “in relation to an investigation into alleged mortgage fraud”.A Crown Office spokesman said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning four men aged 48, 56, 59 and 59 and one woman aged 51, in relation to alleged incidents between 16/06/10 and 26/07/11. The report remains under the consideration of the Procurator Fiscal.”A spokesman for Ms Thomson said: “Michelle Thomson MP voluntarily attended an interview with Police Scotland on October 13 to assist in the ongoing investigation into solicitor Christopher Hales.”No charges were brought and, as is standard under Scottish legal procedure, a report has now been submitted to the Crown Office. She looks forward to a conclusion on this matter at the earliest opportunity.” Michelle Thomsonlast_img read more

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Schneider Electric enables smart control with EcoStruxure control advisor software

first_imgSchneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has added a new enterprise-wide IIoT plant performance and control optimisation software to its PES and Foxboro Evo process automation systems and Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system. Leveraging Expertune PlantTriage technology, EcoStruxure Control Advisor, a native smart decision-support tool, provides plant personnel actionable real-time operating data and predictive analytics capabilities so they can monitor and adjust every control loop across multiple plants and global sites 24/7. The software empowers them to optimise the real-time efficiency of the process throughout the plant lifecycle and to contribute directly to improved business performance.“Strengthening the efficiency of the process in real time has a tremendous, positive impact on the entirety of the operation and business, and it puts customers on the path toward controlling other critical business variables, like safety, reliability and even profitability, in real time sooner,” said Grant Le Sueur, Senior Director, Control and Safety Software, Process Automation, Schneider Electric. “Control Advisor continuously monitors plant performance and identifies potential issues in real time, before they occur. The information it provides empowers the workforce to be more actively involved and responsible for the success of the business. In short, Control Advisor is a great example of how Schneider Electric can apply its IIoT expertise and technology at every level, especially when it comes to Big Data, predictive analytics and other emerging technology, to help our customers drive operational profitability improvements, safely.”Because it is more tightly integrated with the company’s PES, Foxboro Evo and I/A Series process automation and control systems, Control Advisor gives users better opportunities to improve business performance. An easy-to-use tool that works natively across a broad spectrum of industrial applications without substantial capital investments, it extracts more value from existing investments by bringing plant operations closer to set point, minimising out-of-spec production and identifying predictive maintenance indicators. Improving the performance of each control loop not only restores stability to the operation, it can drive up to a 2% increase in energy savings and up to a 10% increase in production capacity. In addition to its ability to drive energy savings and production efficiencies, it is proven to enhance safety, optimise maintenance, lower operating costs, increase product quality and reduce emissions, among many other things. “Because of the significant impact it can have on the efficiency and profitability of the industrial process, there has always been a need to simplify the complex task of optimising control-loop performance,” said Greg Shinskey, Process Control Consultant and member of the Process Automation Hall of Fame. “Expertune and Schneider Electric, with its Foxboro brand, have set the industry benchmark when it comes to control-loop performance, and I am thrilled to see this work continue with the inclusion of Control Advisor technology. Its ability to identify performance metrics and relate those to real-world diagnostics customers can easily act on will indeed help process manufacturers improve the quality of their production, reduce energy consumption and avoid unplanned downtime. For example, an LNG facility that employs this technology has been able to save an estimated $1 million per year in operating costs. That’s real money that goes straight to the bottom line. I congratulate Schneider Electric and Expertune for taking this step and I look forward to seeing how their customers will continue to benefit.”“Control Advisor builds on Schneider Electric’s long history of excellence when it comes to connected technology, closed-loop control and performance optimisation across the entire manufacturing operation,” said Chris Lyden, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Schneider Electric’s Process Automation business. “In a world of diminishing domain expertise, today’s industrial workforce is expected to be more critically involved in the business. Control Advisor, with its easy-to-use analytics, helps them convert valuable raw data into actionable information so they can make better business decisions in real time. It is a powerful IIoT platform that empowers plant personnel to advance from controlling the efficiency of the process, which was their traditional role, to improving the overall performance of the business, including improvements to plant safety, reliability and, especially, profitability in real time. That is the true promise of IIoT, and the first step toward realising the future of automation.”last_img read more

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HSE report recommends closer State monitoring of dioceses

first_imgAN AUDIT BY the Health Service Executive into safeguarding arrangements in the Catholic Church in Ireland has recommended that the State should monitor dioceses closely and apply its resources to intervene and work with all dioceses to address various shortcomings outlined in the report.It advocates a “hands on” approach by the State until such a time that there has been a “substantial and demonstrable improvement in child protection practices across all dioceses”.The publication of the Diocesan Audit Report, which was ordered by the late Brian Lenihan in 2006, has been broadly welcomed today.The HSE examined 24 dioceses across Ireland, taking account of 579 allegations of child abuse in relation to 189 priests. Of the 189 priests, 39 were in Ministry at the time of the claims. In total, there were 31 criminal convictions.Similar to other reports, the audit identified a number of historical poor practices, including failure to take precaution in relation to known offenders, lack of recognition of abuse as a serious criminal offence, a desire to protect reputation without recognising the paramount need to protect children and the removal of priests from parishes but not from direct contact with children.It also noted the Church’s failure to understand the psychological damage resulting from abuse and its failure to educate priests about its impact.“For too long consideration of reputation, livelihood and institutional damage were put before the rights of children,” said Gordon Jeyes, the National Director of Children & Family Services in the HSE. ”No institution, organisation or profession can ever again be allowed to put the protection of its own interests ahead of the protection of children. The reports like this Church Audit are important milestones in the journey towards a society that always puts children first.”As a final part of the audit, in November 2011, the HSE reviewed the practices in place in each diocese against the seven standards for safeguarding children as set out in the Safeguarding Children: Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland.The improvements made by the 24 dioceses in the recent past were recognised by Jeyes. However, he added that a number of dioceses still have “considerable improvements” to make, particularly in relation to data collection and record keeping.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she is “very pleased” that the audit is now in the public domain but is aware of it serving as a “very painful reminder to many victims of the abuse they suffered”.In a statement, Fitzgerald said she believes that this audit, together with reports published in recent years in relation to the Diocese of Ferns, the Dublin Archdiocese, the Diocese of Cloyne, and the recent Church Safeguarding Board reviews, have contributed to a significant body of knowledge on the subject of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland and the ongoing initiatives and efforts to improve child protection practice in the Church. However, she added that she remains concerned by some aspects of the findings.The focus must remain on addressing the need for ongoing improvements, she said. In some instances, dioceses had stated in their audit returns that they had reported all allegations promptly but the HSE then found that this was not the case.“There is no room for complacency,” she continued. “While progress is welcome, ensuring implementation of best practice must remain an ongoing and continuing priority.”Support group One in Four noted the good child protection polices and procedures in some dioceses but said the audit confirmed implementation continues to be “inconsistent and patchy”.“While some dioceses have clearly absorbed the lessons of the sex abuse sandals, others continue to delay in making sure that children are safe,” commented executive director Maeve Lewis.The HSE has acknowledged that the audit is limited because the information was submitted voluntarily and diocesan files were not examined. A number of discrepancies in figures and other details were apparent when compared with other reviews into safeguarding.One in Four singled out one clarification. Lewis explained, “It is difficult to equate singling out the Diocese of Clonfert for particular praise in the HSE audit when Ian Elliot’s recent review concluded that the diocese did not even have a child protection policy in place as late as 2011.”Other dioceses that were found to be performing well were Armagh, Waterford & Lismore, Elphin and Dublin. Kildare & Leighlin also proved examples of good practice, it said.The HSE is currently working on part two of the report which involves a separate review of about 150 Religious Order/Congregations.Connect provides free telephone based counselling and support at 1800 477 477. One in Four can be contacted at 01 662 4070.Download the full report here>last_img read more

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Samsung Mobile is Building Real Universal Translators

first_imgA few months ago, WordLens, an iPhone app that could translate text just by directing your iPhone’s camera at it, made waves for being one of the first augmented reality apps that could achieve the promise of an actual universal translator. Now, Samsung Mobile says they’re working on something similar, only for spoken language instead of printed text. Their version of the translator will have a pair of AMOLED displays on a transparent display, with the side facing the user displaying his or her words in their native language, and the side facing away from the user with the translation in the viewer’s native language. Samsung hopes the translations will work in real-time, and may be the closest thing to a Star Trek-style translator, where one person speaks and the other person hears the words in their own language. Sadly, Samsung’s design is still a concept for the moment and there’s no guarantee that the concept will ever turn into a real product, but if it does, you can be sure there’s a market for it. [via Gizmowatch]AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Lego Gears of War 3 Lancer does Dom proud

first_imgIf you’ve played Gears of War then you know about the Lancer. It’s the game’s most famous weapon, a full-automatic assault rifle equipped with a chainsaw. Also known as the Lancer Assault Rifle Mk2, it’s a mainstay of the COG fighting force and it’s the weapon you’ll carry with you for most of the game. It is, in some ways, outclassed by Gears of War 3‘s Retro Lancer, but that chainsaw bayonet is just about as much fun as melee combat gets.Lego expert PLUM B has created a working version of the Gears 3 Lancer… working being the operative word in that statement. Just a quick list of the functional parts in case you don’t think it classifies as a working piece of Lego art: the trigger, safety, the cocking spring (or whatever you call the thing on the top that gets pulled back), the cartridge, the cartridge lock, the side-mounted handle, and — best of all — the chainsaw bayonet.If all that hasn’t blown your mind, then fast forward to 2:45. At that point the gun starts firing rubber bands (semi-automatically). A clip full of eight rubber bands is loaded and then they are fired at paper targets, one by one (don’t miss the Gears-style HUD on the top right).So what’s missing from this amazing creation? Well, obviously it’s not fully automatic and you don’t get a power bonus by reloading at the perfect time. Also, chainsaw bayonet doesn’t have a pull-start like in Gears of War 3. Finally, it’s not as beat up as the equipment in the game, but hey, they had to be new at one time, right?So our most formal golf clap goes out to PLUM B for the creation of the Lancer Mk2. It would have been much easier to make a Boomshot, Gnasher shotgun, or Hammerburst, but they wouldn’t have been as impressive as the iconic Lancer.PLUM B, via Kotakulast_img read more

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This Dublin tech firm is hiring and the perks include a meditation

first_img 30 Comments Share Tweet Email16 This Dublin tech firm is hiring (and the perks include a meditation and yoga room) Globoforce today announced 100 new jobs at its HQ in Park West. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 17,344 Views By Garreth MacNamee The Disappeared: Search to take place in France for man murdered by the INLA >center_img Image: Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov May 2nd 2017, 7:52 AM http://jrnl.ie/3368364 Tuesday 2 May 2017, 7:52 AM SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS GLOBOFORCE has this morning unveiled its new 45,000 sq ft Dublin headquarters and announced the creation of 100 jobs over the next three yearsRecruitment is underway for the first phase of the jobs and 50 of these positions are expected to be filled at the Park West facility within the next year.The new jobs will range from graduate level upwards and will be in the fields of software development, software engineering, user experience, analysts, finance and customer service. Globoforce currently employs 400 people around the world with 210 in its Dublin office.The new HQ will include a wellness room which will offer yoga, meditation and amenities for new mothers, while the cafe provides employees with healthy snacks, a coffee bar, and modern diner style seating.Eric Mosley, co-founder and CEO of Globoforce said he is looking forward to seeing the business he started grow from strength to strength.“These are very exciting times for Globoforce. When I co-founded the company in 1999 we started out with 5 employees in Dublin, we now employ more than 400 people in Dublin and Boston, and the company is growing year on year.” Image: Shutterstock/Andrey_Popovlast_img read more

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Protesting the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus

first_imgIn July 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus, divided the island by force, and ethnically “cleansed” the massive area taken and occupied by the Turkish army. Almost four decades later, the island is still divided. This month marks the 39th anniversary of the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey. PASEKA (Pan Australian Coordinative Committee for the Cyprus Struggle), a nationwide federation of Cypriot Organizations and its local arms are once again organising a number of events this year in various state capitals of Australia, in order to draw attention to the as yet unresolved Cyprus Issue. The commemorative events started in Melbourne on Thursday, with a peaceful protest outside the Turkish Consulate (24 Albert Road, South Melbourne).On Friday, 12 July, at 5.00 pm there will be a candlelight vigil and a human chain on the steps of the State Parliament in Victoria, with an aim to remind the Government and people of Australia of the plight of Cyprus. A candlelight vigil will be followed by a ‘deipno litotitas’ that is a frugal supper, at 6.30 pm, at the premises of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria, 495-511 Lygon St, Brunswick East. The Frugal Supper will be held in memory of the sufferings of the many thousands of Cypriots from the north of the island who were forced to flee their homes and ancestral villages by the Turkish invasion of July 1974. Present at this event, representing the Cypriot Government, will be Dr Petros Petridis, Minister of Health. Dr Petridis will also be taking part in commemorative events in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. On Sunday, 14 July, Liturgy in Memory of the Fallen will be held at the Church of Saint Efstathios, 221 Dorcas St, South Melbourne 3205, from 10.00 am. From 12.30 pm on Sunday, demonstrators will gather in Lonsdale Street near the Greek shops, and at 1.00 pm they will march to the Parliament of Victoria, where speakers will address the rally. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Friday Jan 6 2017

first_imgStories 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 @aprnListen nowAnchorage man in custody for Ft. Lauderdale airport shootingAlaska Public Media – AnchorageThe FBI said an Anchorage man opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida airport this morning. The Broward County Sheriff’s office said 26-year-old Esteban Santiago killed five people and wounded eight others.Anchorage weighs sales tax optionZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOfficials in Anchorage are weighing a potential sales tax to deal with state’s on-going fiscal challenges. The two percent tax is forecast to bring $90-$150 million in new revenues to the city and is intended to, in part, offset property taxesMental Health Trust investments in legal “ambiguity”Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board met on Thursday to discuss the legality of its investment policy. The board’s decisions to independently invest $39 million of the Trust’s principal funds in real estate have recently been called into question, and the Trust will undergo a special legislative audit.Newtok asks: Can the U.S. deal with slow-motion climate disasters?Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe village of Newtok has requested a federal disaster declaration from President Barack Obama to address ongoing erosion and thawing permafrost. It’s one of the first tests of whether the nation’s disaster relief laws can be used to deal with the slow-moving impacts of climate change.Miners dislike BLM’s ‘balanced’ plan for Eastern InteriorLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.You could consider it a zoning decision of landscape proportions: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management completed a planning document for Alaska’s Eastern Interior. The plan governs land use on 6.7 million acres managed by the BLM. They are spread across 30 million acres, from the Canadian border to Livengood, and just skirts the city of Fairbanks. The most contentious part of the plan is the Fortymile Mining District, which includes the towns of Eagle and Chicken.Study documents tree species’ decline due to climate warmingAssociated PressA study documenting mortality of yellow cedar trees in Alaska and British Columbia concludes the future is gloomy for the species valued for its commercial and cultural uses.Wind gusts forecast up to 80 mph into the Juneau weekendJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauThe National Weather Service has Juneau under a high wind warning, with gusts expected up to 80 mph through Sunday afternoon.Orthodox Christmas in SitkaRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaJanuary 6, 2017 is Christmas Eve in Orthodox Christian parishes across Alaska. Orthodox faithful will go from house to house on foot, in cars or on snow machines, singing carols and sharing food behind a shiny, spinning pinwheel which represents the Star of Bethlehem.AK: Garrison Keillor’s Sitka pen palEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaWith a new year often comes the resolution to be well. Do good work. Keep in touch. Sound familiar? That’s the famous outro to the daily “Writer’s Almanac,” hosted by legendary writer and radio host Garrison Keillor. He visited Alaska last year on a cruise and made a pit stop in Sitka to visit a pen pal. Because it turns out, when it comes to resolutions, Keillor is good on his word.49 Voices: Jack Bennett of HomerShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerThis week we’re hearing from Jack Bennett from Homer. Bennett is an industrial hemp advocate looking to establish more hemp homes throughout rural Alaska.last_img read more

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Ruckus in Delhi Assembly

first_imgNew Delhi : Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel suspended BJP legislator and leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta on Friday over the usage of unparliamentary language in the House. Gupta will not be allowed to attend the ongoing session for two days, the Speaker said. He also marshalled out Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa for interrupting the House proceedings. Following his suspension, Gupta sat on a dharna outside the chamber of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the assembly. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Rebel AAP MLA Alka Lamba was also marshalled out of the Delhi Assembly on Friday by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel for “defying” his directions. On the second day of the Monsoon session, the Chandni Chowk legislator in a special mention alleged that two families recently had to purchase medicines from private shops despite the Delhi government’s claim that drugs were provided free of cost at its hospitals. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Lamba claimed that the matter was related to GB Pant Hospital under the Delhi government. On Thursday, Gupta objected to the Aam Aadmi Party legislators’ continued agitation in the House over the demolition of the Ravidas temple in Tughlaqabad area and used a Hindi word to describe the uproar. The use of the particular word infuriated AAP MLAs, who created further ruckus and insisted upon an apology from the leader of Opposition. The Speaker has expunged the word.last_img read more

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Microsoft to invest in Singaporebased ridesharing service Grab

first_imgA 3D-printed Microsoft logo is seen on a displayed Russian flag in this illustration taken January 12, 2018. Picture taken January 12, 2018.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationSingapore-based ride-sharing service Grab on Tuesday announced that Microsoft will strategically invest in the company with the aim of improving delivery of digital services and mobility solutions across Southeast Asia.As part of the five-year collaboration, Grab will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred Cloud platform and make use of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to increase and improve the capacity and capabilities of its platform, Grab announced in a blog post.The financials, however, were not disclosed.”We look forward to collaborating with Microsoft in the pursuit of enhancing on-demand transportation and seamless online-to-offline experiences for users,” said Ming Maa, President, Grab.The companies plan to work together on technology projects, in areas including big data and AI in an attempt to transform the delivery and mobility solutions in Southeast Asia.”Our partnership with Grab opens up new opportunities to innovate in both a rapidly evolving industry and growth region,” added Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Microsoft.The tech-giant would also help Grab explore image recognition technologies and newer authentication mechanisms such as mobile facial recognition with built-in AI for drivers and customers who opt-in, in lieu of checking IDs to match drivers with their passengers.The partners would also work on the deployment of in-car entertainment and productivity solutions across Southeast Asia, along with integrating Microsoft “Rewards Gift Cards” into the “Grab Rewards” loyalty programme for user-benefits, the post added.Grab operates in 235 cities across eight South-east Asian countries, and the company claims its digital wallet, GrabPay, is a leading player in Southeast Asia.last_img read more

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The Review Finale is the Biggest TV Event of the Year

first_img As long as Nathan For You exists, Review can’t be the secret best, most brilliant recent Comedy Central show you’re not watching. But it’s an incredibly close second and is absolutely worth your time. The previous two seasons chronicling the decline of chipper “life critic” Forrest MacNeil featured some of the darkest, funniest moments on television. Now, after a two-year hiatus, Review finally, returns this week for a third and final season. Sorry Game of Thrones, but this is the biggest television event of the year.A remake of an Australian show, Review’s premise is its name. Comedian Andy Daly plays host Forrest MacNeil who reviews various life experiences submitted by the audience. How good is eating 15 pancakes? 1/2 star out of five. What is it like to get divorced? Zero stars. How about eating 30 pancakes? If you’re just coming out of a nasty divorce, that’s a five-star experience right there.It’s easy to imagine this as a series of disconnected sketches, but the true beauty of Review comes from how serialized the storyline actually is. The show’s best moments come from the faux documentary footage of Forrest’s life as the accumulated weight of these insane self-inflicted wounds/dares weigh down on him. He tries to win his wife and children while reviewing what it’s like to be Batman. His indifferent staff falsely accuses him of murder when that topic is sent in. His bubbly assistant A.J. keeps up her smile as best as she can while Forrest is forced to kill a person for real after wasting his limited veto power.Both seasons end with a confrontation involving Forrest and his glib producer Grant, but the true villain is the monstrous show itself and everyone complicit. MacNeil’s tragicomic flaw is his inability to recognize how his own strict obsession is destroying his life. It’s as pitch black as it sounds, but it’s also hysterical. I honestly feel like I’ve said too much because just watching things escalate over time and through ever-stacking ludicrous events is the high-wire act that makes Review so compelling.Review features some great performances from folks like Jessica St. Clair, James Urbaniak, and Fred Willard. But star Andy Daly is the nuclear-powered comedy engine that makes the show truly plow forward. Like Forrest, Daly is completely and enthusiastically committed to the chaos-masquerading-as-order, to a violent and unhealthy degree. He’s not afraid to show up at an orgy or mangle his body into a musclebound orange “god” through plastic surgery.Fans of the Comedy Bang Bang improv cinematic universe already know about Daly’s ability to craft countless characters that combine quirk and depression, from cowboy poets to suicidal water-skiing champs (what’s up, hot dog?). Review is the greatest excuse/outlet for showcasing his sheer comedic variety. Daly may not have created the show, but his talents are perfectly suited for it. In a just universe, Daly would be a household name by now.I think anyone with a high enough tolerance for cringe comedy would love Review. But there’s something about it that hits especially close to home for a critic. Granted, reviewing a video game or a movie isn’t the same as critiquing what it’s like to blackmail someone. Still, I recognize just too much of myself in Forrest’s passion for ignoring his own well-being to share his insights into these experiences for the good of the unsure audience. I mean, sitting through Batman v. Superman is almost like review getting buried alive?Review’s second season ended with a massive cliffhanger, and after years of waiting, it all ends with a limited third season that premieres this week on Comedy Central. Who will live? Who will die? What will get reviewed? I can’t wait to find out.Six stars. Stay on target South Park Won’t Stop Turning On AlexaThe 9 Drunkest Presidents on ‘Drunk History’ last_img read more

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