Canada Unveils Settlement Plans for 1200 Yazidi ISIS Survivors

Toronto – Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, unveiled Canada’s plans to resettle 1200 Yazidi survivors of ISIS, at a press conference held in Ottawa Tuesday, according to CBC News.In response to a unanimously adopted motion, tabled by the Conservative party at the end of 2016, the governing Liberal party held a press conference in Ottawa Tuesday where Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced the government’s plan to bring in 1,200 Yazidi survivors of ISIS to Canada.According to Hussen, 400 have already made their way to the country quietly, aboard commercial airlines. To assist it in making the $28 million cost of the program more manageable, the government is promising to help private citizens and groups to sponsor survivors. Spearheaded by Conservative immigration critic, Michelle Rempel, the original Yazidi motion provided asylum for an unspecified number of Yazidi women and girls. The only change the Liberal government made to the proposal was to include Yazidi boys as well, who have suffered their own form of trauma as easy targets for ISIS recruitment.At the press conference, Ahmed Hussen reminded reporters of the special needs the Yazidis will require because of the extensive hardships and genocidal traumas they have experienced.“Many have experienced unimaginable trauma and vulnerability, both physical and emotional and many will have unique physical, psychological and social needs, such as trauma counselling.”The resettlement is being carried out at a deliberately slow pace to ensure its smooth operations. They are taking lessons, the immigration minister said, from Germany who welcomed 1,000 Yazidi survivors over the course of one year. “We know from the German experience this involves working in an extremely volatile and dangerous environment, so the security and safety of our personnel, as well as the survivors themselves is of paramount importance to us.”Asked for her reaction to the government’s announced plans, Michelle Rempel told reporters that the announcement represents a “small flicker of light” for the 1,200 Yazidi survivors. She added that it is her hope that the move inspires deeper discussions at home in Canada and all over the world. read more

Huawei fades from U.S. headlines, but still looms large over trade talk

WASHINGTON — A Canadian reader of U.S. news reports about last week’s trade talks with China could be forgiven for wondering: what the heck happened to Huawei?After all, the week began with the U.S. Department of Justice unsealing two damning indictments against the Chinese tech giant, including one that names chief financial officer and telecom scion Meng Wanzhou, whose arrest in Vancouver two months ago dragged Canada into an escalating battle of ideologies between the two largest economies in the world.And yet two days later, as President Donald Trump and Vice Premier Liu He sat across from each other in the Oval Office after two days of high-level, high-stakes trade talks, the eyebrow-raising U.S. allegations of fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice against one of the world’s fastest-growing telecommunications firms elicited barely a mention.“We haven’t discussed that yet,” Trump said Thursday when asked if Huawei had come up during the talks. “It will be, but it hasn’t been discussed yet.“That, actually — as big as it might seem — is very small compared to the overall deal.”Geopolitical observers and trade analysts alike aren’t buying it.When Trump talks trade, America’s transactional, deal-hungry president tends to be less focused on bigger-picture issues than the messages he can sell to his supporters. Thursday’s Oval Office exercise, for instance, was all about radiating mutual goodwill — like when Liu disclosed, seemingly to the surprise of Trump’s aides, that China would buy five million tons of American soybeans.“Wow,” said Trump, visibly impressed. “That’s a lot of soybeans.”Not really; China used to buy six times that every year from the U.S., which produced about 138 million tons of soybeans in 2018. Tariffs changed all that. But the president is in dire need of a political win in short order on trade with China, which he won’t get by talking publicly about what’s really going on — a broader, multi-pronged, long-term American effort to blunt its economic, geopolitical and military might.“There’s a lot of tension within the U.S. administration about China policy,” said David Dollar, a senior fellow in foreign policy, global economy and development at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center in Washington.“One school of thought is, ‘This is a Communist dictatorship, it’s a potential threat to the U.S., we can’t get along with this country’ — ‘decouple’ is the word they use. To the extent they’re gaining ascendancy, then you don’t want a trade deal. You just want to slap on big tariffs, you want to penalize Chinese companies, Chinese citizens, and reduce the economic relationship.“Then there are other members of the administration who — I think correctly — understand there’s a lot of benefit in U.S.-China economic exchange, and they would like to improve the terms of that and in some sense deal with these security issues, but ringfence them so that other economic exchange can go on.”Canada shares that latter approach, a delicate high-wire act made all the more awkward by the swirling diplomatic updrafts of Meng’s Dec. 1 arrest and former ambassador John McCallum’s public assessments of her chances in court.It would be “naive in the extreme” to think that the Huawei controversy can be divorced from the U.S.-China trade discussion, said Wesley Wark, a University of Ottawa professor who specializes in matters of national security and foreign relations.“Huawei has been made exhibit No. 1 in a China-U.S. trade war and struggle for technological supremacy, and the criminal indictments are just kind of on the ground floor,” he said.China is determined to diminish U.S. influence and extend its own economic, political and military reach around the world with “a distinctly Chinese fusion of strongman autocracy and a form of Western-style capitalism,” Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence, warned last week in a briefing with the Senate intelligence committee.Trump’s trade and economic emissaries will resume talks in Beijing later this month, and the president himself will sit down with counterpart Xi Jinping before March 1, when U.S. tariffs on some $200-billion worth of Chinese goods are scheduled to jump to 25 per cent. It will be during those presidential talks where Huawei returns to the agenda, observers say.Trump used the all-caps word “comprehensive” in a string of tweets last week about his high hopes for a trade deal with China — a sentiment he repeated Sunday in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”“No two leaders of this country and China have ever been closer than I am with President Xi,” the president said. “We have a good chance to make a deal … and if there is a deal, it’s going to be a real deal. It’s not going to be a stopgap.”That means Huawei and help with North Korea more than it does more soybeans, said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawyer and Canada-U.S. specialist with Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio.  “Huawei is what it’s all about at the end of the day,” Ujczo said. “That’s what comprehensive means. The meeting between the two leaders — trade will just be one of the three major components, with Huawei being probably at the top of the list and North Korea right after.”Trade, Huawei and the world’s broader concerns about China’s at-all-costs global ambitions are closely intertwined components of the U.S. strategy, said Wark. Whether that strategy will work is another question.   “I think it’s a very aggressive American policy that has to be rooted in an assumption that it’s possible to change Chinese behaviour through force. That critical assumption — that you can force, in a relatively short time frame, a change in Chinese behaviour through these tactics — that’s the critical thing that we should be speculating about: is this a good policy? “Many people would argue it doesn’t have a chance in hell. But lots of voices need to weigh in on that one.”James McCarten, The Canadian Press read more

TSX advances amid strong US retail sales acquisitions in resource sector

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly higher Monday amid a strong reading on U.S. retail sales and major deal making in the resource sector.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 21.23 points to 14,278.92.The Canadian dollar advanced 0.24 of a cent to 91.32 cents US.U.S. indexes also found a lift from earnings at Citigroup that beat expectations.The Dow Jones industrials climbed 73.82 points to 16,100.57 as the bank reported adjusted earnings of $1.30 a share, 16 cents higher than expectations and its shares ran ahead 4.4%.Retail sales rose 1.1% in March, the best showing since September 2012. The government also revised February to a 0.7% gain, more than double its previous estimate. Sales had fallen in January and December amid severe winter weather.The Nasdaq was 21.19 points higher to 4,020.93 while the S&P 500 index rose 9.85 points to 1,825.54.Despite the positive move, traders are cautious amid concerns about stock valuations, Chinese growth prospects and corporate earnings.Meanwhile, financial analysts expect earnings for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 to drop 1.6% from a year earlier, according to FactSet, a financial data provider. That was a reversal from the start of the year, when they expected a jump of 4.3%.The TSX base metals sector led advancers, up 2% and May copper was up one cent at $3.05 a pound.Mining giant Glencore Xstrata said it was selling its Las Bambas copper project in Peru to a group of Chinese state-owned companies for US$5.85 billion.The purchase adds to a multibillion-dollar string of foreign acquisitions by China’s government-owned energy and mining companies, which hope to profit from future demand.Mining giant Glencore Xstrata is selling its Las Bambas copper project in Peru to a group of Chinese state-owned companies for US$5.85 billion. Meanwhile, Caracal Energy Inc. (LSE:CRCL) has terminated plans to merge with Calgary-based TransGlobe Energy (TSX:TGL) company and reached a friendly deal to be acquired by Glencore Xstrata. TransGlobe shares gained 32 cents to $8.21.And Texas-based Stabilis Energy says it signed an agreement to buy substantially all the liquefied natural gas business of a subsidiary of Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Financial terms of the deal involving Encana Natural Gas Inc. weren’t disclosed. Encana shares climbed 30 cents to $24.95.On Canada’s West Coast, the residents of Kitimat, B.C. have voted against Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project in a non-binding plebiscite by a vote of 1,793 to 1,278. The federal cabinet is expected to release its decision on Northern Gateway by June. Enbridge slipped 51 cents to $50.66.The gold sector improved by 1.45% while June bullion gained $6.60 to US$1,325.60 an ounce.The energy sector was ahead 0.3% with May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange off a penny to US$103.73 a barrel. Telecoms were the biggest weight on the TSX, down 1% as Telus (TSX:T) fell 52 cents to $37.53.Utilities and consumer staples stocks were also weak. read more

Canadian dollar closes higher Bank of Canada leaves interest rates unchanged

Canadian dollar closes higher, Bank of Canada leaves interest rates unchanged AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2013 8:39 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Wednesday after the Bank of Canada said it was leaving its key rate unchanged at one per cent.The loonie was ahead 0.4 of a cent to 96.6 cents US as the central bank also said that the one per cent level is “appropriate for a period of time.”It added that “recent economic indicators suggest that growth in the first quarter was stronger than the bank projected in April.”That assessment came as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said that the recession in Europe risks threatening the world’s economic recovery.In its semi-annual update, the OECD again slashed its forecast for the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, saying its economy will shrink by 0.6 per cent this year, after a 0.5 per cent drop in 2012.The U.S. economy will continue to outpace Europe, the OECD said, with growth of 1.9 per cent in 2013 and 2.8 per cent in 2014. It projects Canada’s growth will be slower than the United States, with a 1.4 per cent advance this year and 2.3 per cent next year.Also, the International Monetary Fund trimmed its growth forecast for China this year from eight per cent to 7.75 per cent due to weaker global demand but said the Chinese economy should remain robust.The IMF also warned that China needs to make a “decisive push” to launch new market-oriented reforms and has to control rapid credit growth that could lead to financial problems.The glum economic outlooks depressed oil and copper prices with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.88 to US$93.13 a barrel.July copper slipped two cents to US$3.30 a pound while June gold gained $12.40 to US$1,391.30 an ounce. read more

BC economy forecast to fall from top but stay strong despite housing

B.C. economy forecast to fall from top but stay strong despite housing crunch by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2017 5:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – British Columbia’s high performance economic engine is forecast to gear down this year as the province’s housing market cools, say some economic experts.B.C.’s economy has led Canada over the past two years, but that trend is not expected to hold in 2017, with Manitoba and Ontario projected to lead the country, says an RBC Economics forecast.Job creation and economic growth are important for Premier Christy Clark as her government seeks a fifth consecutive mandate in May’s provincial election.But RBC forecasts the province’s economic growth will slip below the national average for the first time in six years. RBC expects B.C.’s economy to grow by 1.7 per cent, just below the national average of 1.8 per cent.“It’s been very strong in B.C. in the last couple of years, getting major support from the housing market,” Paul Ferley, RBC’s assistant chief economist, said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “There’s the feeling that that support is not likely going to persist through the forecast, and with that you get a moderation in the growth rate.”New government data released Friday showed a steep drop in real estate transactions in the Vancouver area last summer after B.C. brought in a tax on foreign buyers. The Finance Ministry data said there was more than $14 billion worth of property transferred in Vancouver in a roughly seven-week period before Aug. 1, which fell to about $3.7 billion in October.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported a roller-coaster year in 2016, with record sales in the spring ending the year with a 5.6-per-cent drop compared with 2015. The board reported that after residential property sales in the Vancouver area hit an all-time high in March, the market started cooling before the province introduced a 15-per-cent tax on foreign buyers in August.Finance Minister Mike de Jong has forecast a budget surplus of $2.2 billion, largely attributed to tax revenue on real estate and he says the province is still on firm economic ground.“B.C. is still expected to be among the top economic performers in 2017 according to many private sector forecasters, but with modest growth compared to 2016,” he said in a statement. “It’s also important to recognize that when other Canadian provinces experience positive economic growth, we all benefit.”In November, B.C.’s Economic Forecast Council, which includes more than a dozen economists and business leaders from across Canada, said the province faces issues involving household affordability and household debt, uncertainty around the United States economy and trade agreements, and slowing growth in Asia.The council said new residential construction across the province in 2017 will temper slowdowns in the property resale market.Chief economist Avery Shenfeld of CIBC Capital Markets said he expects the gap between B.C. and other provincial economies to narrow this year as oil prices strengthen.“It’s going to be a bit harder to stand head and shoulders above everybody else,” he said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “Overall, there’s still some things that stay in favour of the province, including migration, including consumer confidence and the absence of the need for a big fiscal restraint.”Shenfeld, a member of B.C.’s forecast council, said B.C. has produced consecutive balanced budgets while most other provinces are struggling to get themselves in the black.“You’ve been building a pretty big lead over some provinces in accumulated growth and are starting from a position closer to full employment,” he said. read more

Ohio State womens soccer set for twogame home stand

Then-sophomore defender Marisa Wolf scans the field during a game against Eastern Michigan on Aug. 25, 2013, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-1, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter suffering its worst loss so far this season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is looking to rebound as it returns home for two games.The Buckeyes are set to face No. 24 Illinois and Northwestern this weekend as part of Big Ten play. OSU is 4-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Big Ten following a 5-1 loss at No. 8 Penn State last week.OSU coach Lori Walker said consistency continues to be an issue for the team.“We’ve had some bumps in the road, there are flashes where we play pretty well and there are other times where we’re missing simple assignments,” Walker said. “I think that we’re about where it should be with this kind of a young team and the number of injuries we’ve had.”OSU is 1-3-0 this season against opponents ranked in the top 25.Junior defender Marisa Wolf said the team isn’t too focused on rankings but is still preparing for a tough challenge.“It definitely gives us the awareness that we need to work harder, stick tackles harder and work harder during practice just because they are a ranked team,” Wolf said.Wolf said the team has focused more on defense in practice after allowing a season-high five goals in the loss against Penn State.“We’ve been really focused on defending, team defending, and pressuring on the outside,” Wolf said. “We had a couple breakdowns during Penn State and that’s really what coach (Walker) has been nailing on the head. Just how we’re defending and how we’re working together and staying as a team.”Senior forward Kayla Varner said the team is using the loss from last week to add to its motivation for the upcoming games.“I think coming off as big of a loss as we did against Penn State is motivation in itself,” Varner said.The Buckeyes plan to learn from mistakes made in their previous matchup, including fixing communication errors and developing an offensive rhythm. Walker said she wants the team to feel more confident on the offensive side of the ball.“There were some miscommunications in the back between center backs and goalkeepers and that’s got to improve,” Walker said. “You’ve got our ability to be more dangerous holding the ball and getting into the attack and as well just an overall level of confidence that when we’re on the field we can hold the ball and be dangerous.”Kickoff against Illinois is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. and the game against Northwestern is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Football JK Dobbins took the field for first offensive snaps

OSU freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) carries the ball during the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In Ohio State’s first game of the season, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins took the field for the opening drive against Indiana instead of Mike Weber, the listed starter at running back.During Monday’s press conference, coach Urban Meyer said that Weber was close to being 100 percent after dealing with a hamstring injury earlier in fall practice. Meyer did not say at the time whether he believed Dobbins would be taking the field to start against the Hoosiers.Dobbins — a four-star running back recruit and second-best all-purpose back in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports Composite rankings — has been talked up by running backs coach Tony Alford as one of the most prepared players he’s coached in his 22 years in the industry. Throughout fall practice, Alford said Dobbins was one of the best freshmen he has ever seen citing not only his athletic ability, but also his knowledge of the offensive schemes. read more

Joy Mining Machinery wins British award

first_imgJoy Mining Machinery has won the Queens Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. This reflects an outstanding achievement, increasing export sales by almost 120% over the last three years with exports now representing around 90% of total sales of £245 million. The company has successfully continued to grow its overseas markets, supplying high technology underground mining systems for use all over the world. From the UK, Joy is selling machines not only in the UK but also across the USA, Poland, Australia, South Africa, China, Russia and India.  The company says it “fully appreciates the efforts and support of all its customers, key suppliers and employees” at its UK facilities in Worcester, Wigan and Pinxton. “All have contributed greatly to this success.” The company’s Centre of Excellence for JOY longwall roof support design and development testing is based in Wigan and currently employs over 120 people. This week the company officially marks the commissioning and installation of the world’s largest built structural test rig for longwall roof supports located at the Wigan site. The test rig is capable of loading units to 2,500 tonne and at a height of over 6 m. The addition of this major investment has recently led to an order from an Australian company for what will be the biggest rated roof support in the world; rated at 1,750 t and capable of being used in mining up to 5 m in height. “We are very proud to again win the Queen’s Award and see this as recognition of our world leading status in the development and manufacture of underground mining equipment and of the hard work from all our employees.” said Simon Pickup, Joy’s Managing Director.last_img read more

Reducing risk and expense through capital project excellence

first_imgIncreasing the ability to capture substantial cost savings while reducing safety and project delivery risks is a focus of Synovum Partners.  Heavy process industries are expected to spend more than $60 trillion between 2016 and 2035. Many industry leaders have acknowledged that project complexity is expected to accelerate, and has increased the importance of capital projects in advancing their businesses.“While the short-term outlook for capital spending may be cloudy, it is critical that each project, whether small or large, is executed safely, within budget, and on time”, said Don Howarth, Executive Partner. “Senior executives are feeling the pressure with low commodity prices to make the extra effort in reducing costs and reaching project goals.”In a recent survey conducted by Chemical & Engineering News, only 25% of projects are completed within the approved budget. Only 66% of the companies with capital projects remained within their budget – with 20% experiencing budget overruns of at least 50%. During 2015, CAPEX project budgets were significantly reduced, cancelled, or deferred; resulting in the very careful selection of projects approved for 2016. From the approval process to project completion, the problems and complications that arise can potentially place the project at risk.“Collaboration between project stakeholders is a must, and helps to establish needed governance and discipline for the project,” said Stephen Hamilton, Synovum’s Managing Partner. “We see an increased ability for companies to realize a 10-15% cost savings from implementation of best practices following a Capital Project Excellence approach.”Synovum is a niche operational consulting boutique that integrates workforce adoption and problem resolution disciplines with high-impact leadership practices and breakthrough thinking tools for companies in the natural resource industries. The result is a powerful process that enables Senior Executives to solve their toughest business challenges with innovation, impact, and integrity.last_img read more

Puerto Sagunto signs Pablo Hernandez and Mirko Milasevic

hernandezmilasevicmirko milasevicpablo hernandezpuerto saguntosagunto ← Previous Story Hombrados badly injures crucial ligament, at least six months out Next Story → Bojinovic and Honrubia return for Paris HC Spanish Goalkeeper Pablo Hernandez and Montenegrin Mirko Milasevic are the new names that reinforce Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto. Pablo Hernandez has lots of experience in ASOBAL, having previously played for Portland San Antonio, Teka Santander, BM Valladolid and BM Aragon. Milasevic (27), the Montenegrin international, has played for Labaro Toledo, Alcobendas and HSC Surh Aarau. The new signings for the club are thanks to the new sponsor that joined the club and replaced Alser.source: read more

Bullied Your stories of bullying in the workplace

first_imgAll names have been changed for anonymity reasons. Over the next week will be highlighting other stories of bullying. More to follow…If you have been effected by any of the issues mentioned and would like to talk to someone please call Console on the service’s 24-hour helpline at freephone 1800 201 890. People can also access the charity’s services by texting ‘HELP’ to 51444, or at its website: The charity has full-time centres in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Wexford, and also offers services in other counties. Its services are open to people of any age. You can also contact a Citizens Advice Bureau or the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland or the Equality Authority in Ireland for advice.This article was originally published 6 March 2013 I have been bullied and honestly, it surprised me. As an adult who would have described herself as outgoing. I thought I was almost immune, having made it through school and college unscathed. But I had the misfortune to work with a woman who has literally made my life hell. She was insecure in the extreme, to the point that anyone who managed to do their job well, who had friends in work or generally just got on with people, became the subject of her vitriol. She broke the team I worked with and the people on it – slowly but surely over three-and-a-half years, she damaged the people around her.Living hellShe would spread rumours about people (including in one case spreading a story that one of the guys on the team had a mental illness), call us names both to our face and behind our backs, tell us that none of us were any good at our jobs and were failures and routinely commented on people’s appearance. She even went so far as to threaten that if any of us left, she’d spread rumours across the city so that none of us would  be hired anywhere else. She was scaremongering because Dublin is so small and because we work in an industry where reputation is everything. Her view was that her rumours would out-perform our proven abilities.Worse still it was in the public sector, where there was really a clear anti-bullying policy and ‘full commitment to dignity in the workplace’. It turns out that while the policy articulated very laudable principles, in practice (even after multiple complaints from the team) nothing was done, which gave her even more confidence that she was untouchable. She’ll be there until the end of time having destroyed people’s self-confidence, sense of worth and self-esteem in the meantime.Bullying is real for all agesOf nine of us who started, only three are left. Those still there only stay because the recession has meant it’s harder to move on. Some who left, left for unemployment – they couldn’t take it anymore and risked their financial security rather than their health. I was luckier. I moved on to another job and I am now in the private sector and I am  far happier for it. I finally realised that none of it was normal and my gut instinct on her wasn’t wrong. Bullying exists – it’s very real for all ages and is insidiously destructive if not addressed and the perpetrators severely disciplined. There needs to be a clear signal that it won’t be tolerated. I feel ashamed writing this, but as a 42-year-old gay man, you would expect that you would be equipped to deal with the slings and arrows of life. And when you hear about bullying in the media it’s usually about teenagers – you never hear about the bullying that goes on with adults. I have been working for the last decade or more for a large business. Like any employee who shows enthusiasm I have been promoted through the ranks, based on my hard work. The department I work in is totally male dominated. I do have a good working relationship with my colleagues, all but one. This man is my immediate boss who has done nothing but deride me for the last ten years in my current role and undermined me in work and public discussions. He negates my opinion in work matters and has even called me a faggot, bum bandit, queer, shirt lifter. He also stated that I am ‘probably an AIDS victim’. All of these incidences have happened when no one else is around.Bullied because I’m homosexualLast week, I was issued with new uniforms and yes, he had some comment about it. A comment on my size, topped with a sneering jibe. But the piece de resistance was a comment made in a heated argument, where he stated ‘everything was okay until you started working here in this department’. I have spoken to various senior members of management/human resources about this but nothing has happened. This person continues to get away with this because of his seniority. The last gay person in our business left because of harassment, defacing of his car, clothes and locker. The fact is my sexuality is but minute part of me as a whole person, it shouldn’t colour whom I am completely. There are days I come home fed up and feel suicidal, wondering what is it I’ve done wrong. But I’ve had enough, I’m tired of battling on day after day and I’ve decided to look for a new job. A NUMBER OF tragic incidents in Ireland over the past number of months has pushed the subject of bullying into the headlines. We asked you to tell us your experiences and we were inundated with responses. Here are your experiences, in your words, of bullying at work.Barry I never thought bullying would happen to me. I work in a hotel and I am a pretty big guy. I held a position which made me very well informed (sometimes much more than my boss) and that made her really angry. I was accused of various forms of gross misconduct and numerous sackable offences by her, when eventually, I made a bullying/harassment case to her superior.My story was swept under the carpet because my boss was higher up than I was. I even got disciplined for bullying her and making false claims of bullying against her. All was lost for me and it was on that day that I attempted suicide. Thankfully it was a failed attempt due to a very astute and loving wife. I was in psychiatric therapy for a long time and eventually I realised that I had to move away from her for my sanity and for my life! There is a reasonable ending to the story. With a lot of help from my union I brought a case against her and was cleared of all wrong doing – all punishments against me were scrapped. If you are getting bullied speak up quickly, don’t let it fester into a life or death decision like I did. (Image via Shutterstock/Roger Jegg – I’m 39 years old and now suffer from panic and anxiety disorder as a result of bullying  from two managers in my work place. The screaming in my face, name calling, dirty looks and basically been treated like a nobody for five years has taken its toll. I can no longer work and I’m not sure I ever will again. Bullies have destroyed my life and I’ve no idea how young kids cope, most of them don’t seem to be.Charlotte I have been a victim of bullying in the past as a child and an adult. Today, I was bullied for the fifth time this month by a co-worker. When I was a child I was very sick with a brain illness. Later in life, I took an office job. The office bully took a shine to me and delighted in humiliating me for every little error. If I put a file down on my desk she will yell the place down, abuse me and treat me like a bold child, if I laugh I am a ‘f****** mongo eejit’, if I cough or sneeze I get the box of tissues hurled at me, if she is around when I talk to clients, she talks over me and humiliates me in front of them.I spoke up once to management and I was told that I would never have been hired if they had known about my brain damage. Needless to say, I lost the plot and put them right back in their place. Yet they let the bullying continue. I am a qualified executive in my field running busy departments, I speak three languages and assist in another department with absolutely no complaints from my bosses or my clients.Some tell me to quit, but I won’t. I love my job. I am not the problem, my current bully is. I’m tougher, better, faster, kinder, more tolerant, more intelligent, more open and understanding than they are. Theses are qualities this co-worker sees and despises as she wants these qualities, but she has no way of ever getting them. These are qualities my partner, children, grandchilden, family, friends, bosses, clients see as absolutely spot on and tell me all the time. Ger (Image via Shutterstock/Lisa S.)Jessica last_img read more

Israel and Hamas agree to fivehour stoppage of hostilities

first_imgISRAEL AND HAMAS have agreed to a UN request to briefly halt hostilities today on humanitarian grounds, after an Israeli strike killed four Palestinian children on a beach, while efforts intensify to secure a formal truce.The sides announced the temporary lull in fighting after a punishing Israeli offensive aimed at halting rocket fire by Gaza militants had resumed when previous Egypt-brokered truce efforts collapsed on Tuesday.Ahead of the five-hour pause, due to begin at 0700 GMT, hostilities continued early Thursday with Israel’s air strikes, on the 10th day of its campaign, taking the toll to 227 killed and 1,678 wounded, Gaza medical services said.A Gaza-based human rights group says more than 80 percent of them were civilians.Since July 8, militants have fired more than 1,200 rockets at Israel. They claimed their first Israeli life on Tuesday.The army said early on Thursday that Israel had conducted 37 raids overnight on Gaza, while seven rockets were fired from Gaza, four of which landed in fields and the rest were intercepted by Israel’s missile defences.Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza, had rejected initial Egyptian efforts for a full ceasefire, saying it had not been included in the discussions.The Israeli army announced it would halt its bombardment of Gaza between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (0700 to 1200 GMT) Thursday, following the UN request for a humanitarian truce.Hamas later followed suit. A Palestinian man inspects the damage of a police post, following an Israeli missile strike killing four boys from the same extended Bakr family in Gaza City. Source: AP/Press Association Images‘No safe place’In addition to the four children who died on the Gaza seashore, several people were also wounded in an apparent Israeli naval bombardment, medics said.The first strike scattered terrified children and adults on the beach. A second and third struck as they ran, setting fire to huts on the beach.The strikes appeared to be the result of shelling by the Israeli navy against an area with small shacks used by fishermen.Several children ran inside a hotel where at least three had shrapnel injuries.Several hours after the strikes, the Israeli military described the deaths as “tragic” and said it was investigating the incident.“Based on preliminary results, the target of this strike was Hamas terrorist operatives,” the military said in a statement.“The reported civilian casualties from this strike are a tragic outcome.”The Israeli military dropped flyers and sent text messages Wednesday warning 100,000 people in northeastern Gaza to evacuate their homes ahead of an air campaign targeting “terror sites and operatives” in Zeitun and Shejaiya, two flashpoint districts east of Gaza City.An identical message was sent to Beit Lahiya in the north.But for patients at Al-Wafa hospital in Shejaiya, the warning simply provoked even more fear.“There is no place safe in Gaza,” director Basman Alashi told AFP, adding that most of his patients were completely incapacitated.“If a hospital is not safe, where is?” he said as the sound of nearby shelling rattled the windows.Hamas dismissed the warning as a scare tactic, telling residents there was “no need to worry.”- © AFP, 2014Read: Four children killed by gunfire had ‘gone to the beach to get away from shelling’last_img read more

Shaq announces his retirement via Twitter

first_imgLegendary basketball player Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement from his 19-year-long NBA career today in a rather unusual way. Shaq didn’t hold a fancy press conference, instead, he announced it via Twitter. His tweet was simple: “im retiring,” and adds a link to a video of himself stating as much.His video is less than 20 seconds long, but in it, Shaq says “we did it,” and “that’s why I’m telling you first.” He says he’s “about to retire,” and then tells us he loves us, which makes us a little sad to see Shaq go after almost two decades. You can watch the video below.AdChoices广告During his 19-year career, Shaq played for the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, and the Cleveland Cavaliers before his last year with the Boston Celtics. Shaq, 39, is the oldest active player in the NBA.Shaq is no stranger to Twitter. In 2009, Shaq found out that he had been traded from the Suns to the Cavaliers through Twitter.  The basketball star also has 3.82 million followers on Twitter, so we’re hoping Shaq will continue to Tweet, even though he has retired from the game.last_img read more

Nathalie KosciuskoMorizet passe du numérique à lécologie

first_imgNathalie Kosciusko-Morizet passe du numérique à l’écologieAprès avoir été chargée du développement de l’économie numérique, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet passe au ministère de l’Ecologie. La femme d’Etat s’intéressait déjà, depuis plusieurs années, aux questions environnementales.France Nature Environnement, qui rassemble 3.000 associations visant à protéger la nature, a déjà félicité Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet pour sa nomination au ministère de l’Ecologie. La secrétaire d’Etat avait confié plusieurs fois se sentir concernée par les questions liées à l’environnement.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauDiplômée de l’École Nationale du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts, elle a avait participé aux négociations internationales sur la mise en œuvre du protocole de Kyoto et aux réflexions nationales sur la fiscalité écologique. “Je suis entrée en politique il y a dix ans par la petite porte, en me consacrant à l’écologie qui suscitait alors peu d’intérêt”, raconte-t-elle sur son blog.Saluée pour son courage lors du débat parlementaire concernant les OGM, la femme politique devra faire avec un ministère réduit. Le grenelle de l’environnement ne semblant plus être la priorité du président de la République, au grand dam des associations, la numéro quatre du gouvernement a perdu le domaine de la mer. Ainsi, c’est Bercy qui discutera des quotas de pêche. Néanmoins, elle se chargera des transports et du logement, domaines où les progrès en terme de matériaux devraient permettre des économies d’énergie. Le 15 novembre 2010 à 12:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jerry Lawler and Lita removed from weekly WWE programming WWE issues statement

Jerry Lawler and Lita removed from weekly WWE programming WWE issues statement

first_img December 8, 2016 at 10:26 am Vince Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR December 7, 2016 at 7:55 pm WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Colby Brock Lesnar Paul Heyman Now Playing Up Next Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ WWE Smackdown Results – 7/30/19 (Trish Stratus appears, Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler) 6 COMMENTS Randy Videos Articles Updated RAW Preview: Sasha Banks on The King’s Court, Elias to give a farewell performance Now Playing Up Next December 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next i saw this coming once they took him off commentating. Videos Articles December 7, 2016 at 4:02 am WWE Hall of Famers Jerry Lawler and Lita have both been removed from weekly WWE programming duties including all pre-show and PPV event panels according to new reports by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online and move comes as WWE started to officially phase out the 30 minute pre-shows for both RAW and Smackdown Live from the WWE Network and other social media platforms and are now airing 10 minute pre-show specials before TV going forward.One report stated that WWE has moved both Lawler and Lita from full-time deals to Legends contracts with the company. WWE looks to be featuring special guests for panels on PPV events going forward after featuring Hot 97 and ESPN Radio personality Peter Rosenberg before the TLC PPV this past Sunday night in Dallas. CenaLife Bobby Lashley SteelCity1981 Facebook Pinterest What a load of horseshit. WWE sure knows how to show respect for their long time employees. First they add too many damn people to the Smackdown announce team, now they’re getting rid of one of the only reasons to watch pre-shows. God this company is trash. Now Playing Up Next December 7, 2016 at 10:51 am Christopher Jimerson WWE issued this statement to PWInsider regarding Lawler’s status with the company.“Jerry Lawler has a Legends agreement with WWE, however, he will no longer regularly appear on our pre-shows. He will continue to host special events, including WWE’s annual Hall of Fame celebration at WrestleMania.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list December 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm WhatsApp Videos Articles Comments are closed. Twitter Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? This is good jerry lawler is not a good announcer at all Nope, course not, just handle it differently! Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Google+ 18+. Is a company supposed to keep someone employed for the rest of their lifelast_img read more

UPDATE Firefighters tackle shop fire in Hazel Dell

first_imgA two-story outbuilding caught fire behind a Hazel Dell-area home Tuesday.The fire in the 112th block of Northeast Stutz Road, just a few yards west of Interstate 5, was reported at 5:51 p.m.Personnel from Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched. The response included sending fire crews onto the roof of the structure, which a neighbor described as a shop.A damage estimate was not available.last_img

OBITUARY Joan E McMaster Dineen 80

OBITUARY Joan E McMaster Dineen 80

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Joan E. Dineen (McMaster), age 80, of Wilmington, passed away on August 3, 2018, at Peregrine Senior Living in Tewksbury.Joan was born on October 25, 1937, in Malden, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Henry and Margaret McMaster. Joan was raised and educated in Medford, MA and a graduate of Medford High School with the Class of 1955.While skating with friends at the Bal-a-Roue skating rink in Medford on April 23, 1952, Joan met a dashing young man, John Dineen; it was love at first sight. The two skated together and she agreed to give him her phone number. He called the next day and the rest is history.While John was on a 30-day leave from the Air Force Joan and John were married on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1955. Joan and John spent 66 wonderful years together and made countless memories that will be treasured.After John was discharged from the Air Force they lived in Medford for several months with Joan’s family before buying their dream home in Wilmington in 1967 where they raised two wonderful sons Paul and Steve. Joan was a very devoted and loving mother; she loved to watch “her boys” as they played hockey, little league baseball, or whatever other sport they were involved in. Joan enjoyed family gatherings, barbeques, vacations or just getting together with her family and friends.Joan was also a very hard worker; she started as a data entry operator but throughout the years she became very knowledgeable with computers. Joan was for the most part self-taught and was very ahead of her time in the computer industry; she was extremely approachable and helpful with others in the field; Joan always knew how to find a solution to a problem. Joan worked for the Hewlett Packard Company as a consultant for many years; she was a very dedicated and faithful employee. Joan was never afraid to try something new and share it with others. Joan was one of the first to do computer illustration and became quite good at it. Joan had her own computer illustration business, which she was very successful at.Joan will be remembered as quite a lady; she was beautiful inside and out, smart, helpful, kind and willing to go out of her way to help others. Joan showered her family and friends with unconditional love and she will forever be in their hearts.Joan was the beloved wife of John J. Dineen, devoted mother of Paul Dineen & his wife Jennifer of Fort Morgan, CO and Steve Dineen & his wife Stacie of Wilmington, Loving grandmother of Sam Dineen. Cherished daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Powers) McMaster, dear sister of Pauline “Polly” Salter of Medford, the late Robert, Lorraine, John “Jack”, and Larry McMaster. Joan is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 18th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.In lieu of flowers donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Peregrine Senior Living, Memory Unit, 2580 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876 – which provided the great care that Joan required or to the Alzheimer’s Association at E. (McMaster) Dineen(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Joan E. Paolucci, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joan Forte-Jack, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Bangladesh to shift Rohingyas to Bhashan Char in April

Bangladesh to shift Rohingyas to Bhashan Char in April

first_imgView of the Bhashan Char, previously known as Thengar Char island in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh on 14 February 2018. Photo: ReutersBangladesh said Wednesday it would start relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from overcrowded camps to a remote island vulnerable to extreme weather, despite the plan attracting considerable controversy.Shelters and flood walls have been constructed on Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only rose from the Bay of Bengal in 2006, in the hope of shifting 100,000 Rohingya refugees there.Bangladesh has been talking about the island for years and the plan to relocate some of the nearly one million Rohingya refugees living along its border with Myanmar has stalled many times.The proposal to uproot the refugees remains unpopular among the Rohingya community and critics have raised concerns about the island’s ability to withstand violent storms during the monsoon.But Mozammel Huq, the head of Bangladesh’s cabinet committee on law and order and a senior government minister, said the relocation would proceed as planned.”We plan to start the process next month, as construction at Bhashan Char is now complete,” he told AFP.Kamal Hossain, the government administrator of Cox’s Bazar district where the vast Rohingya camps are located, told AFP they were “preparing a list of refugees who would voluntarily go to the island”.”New crisis”The island is one hour by boat from the nearest land and experts said it was too risky to house the refugees on the island as it is prone to flooding during storm surge.Hundreds of thousands have died in Bangladesh from cyclones in the last 50 years, mostly in coastal areas.Local officials have pointed to a newly-constructed three-metre (nine-feet) high embankment around the island they say will keep out tidal surges in the event of a cyclone.But a top UN rights expert in January warned moving the refugees there could spark a “new crisis” for the persecuted Muslim minority.Huq said the UN “should concentrate on the welfare of the Rohingya instead”.”It is up to Bangladesh to decide where we will keep the refugees,” he said.Aid groups have warned the refugees crammed into the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar are at risk of landslides, disease and floods.The Rohingya fled Myanmar by droves in 2017 into Bangladesh, escaping a military-led crackdown the UN has said could amount to genocide.An official from the International Criminal Court who visited the Rohingya camps this week said those responsible for their persecution would be held to account, despite Myanmar not being a signatory to the Hague-based court.US ambassador Earl Miller met with Bangladesh government officials on Tuesday in Cox’s Bazar to “learn more” about the island relocation.”He welcomed assurances that any movements to the island will be fully voluntary, based on informed consent, and those who choose to go will have free movement off the island to maintain connections with the rest of the Rohingya community in Cox’s Bazar,” a statement from the US embassy said.last_img read more