TORONTO – The widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan will ask a Canadian court on Thursday for an urgent order aimed at preserving any money the federal government paid former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr for breaching his rights, new documents show.The motion before Ontario Superior Court asks for a freeze on his money — the government reportedly paid Khadr $10.5 million last week — pending the outcome of a request to recognize a US$134.1-million Utah judgment against him.The default American judgment was handed down in 2015 in Utah in favour of Sgt. Chris Speer’s widow Tabitha and that of another former American soldier, Layne Morris.“If the assets are not frozen pending the hearing of the application, there may be no assets left in Canada upon which the applicants may execute,” their factum states. “The applicants have repeatedly requested assurances that the assets will not be dissipated. There has been no response.”The motion also calls on the court to order Khadr to “provide an accounting of the settlement funds, and the current location of all such funds, or property acquired thereby.”The Utah judgment is based on Khadr’s admission before a discredited military commission in Guantanamo Bay in 2010 — subsequently recanted — that he threw a grenade that killed Speer after a fierce battle in Afghanistan in July 2002 in which Morris was blinded in one eye.Khadr, now 30, did not defend the suit because he was in prison in Canada at the time.“It appears that a conscious decision was made not to respond to the Utah action,” the factum states. “The allegations contained in the complaint were deemed to be admitted when Khadr was noted in default in Utah.”Last Friday, the Canadian government apologized to Khadr as part of a settlement of his civil lawsuit for breaches of his rights during his imprisonment by the Americans in Guantanamo. The government did not confirm the reported $10.5-million payout.In support of their motion, Speer and Morris lean heavily on Canadian news reports about the money, and about steps he took to ensure the payment was sheltered to prevent Speer’s lawyers from getting at it.“One may reasonably infer that Khadr may provide some of the settlement funds to his family members, who appear to be unrepentant supporters of violent extremists,” the documents state.As word broke early last week about the government’s settlement with Khadr, Speer’s Canadian lawyer wrote a Justice Department lawyer to press their points.In response, the documents show, a government lawyer wrote that the settlement process was confidential and that he “could not answer whether the settlement was finalized and whether funds have been paid to Khadr.”Khadr’s lawyer, Nate Whitling, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.American forces captured a badly wounded 15-year-old Khadr following the battle in which Speer was killed. He spent 10 years in Guantanamo Bay before returning to prison in Canada. He was freed on bail while he appeals his military commission conviction in 2015.
CALGARY – A WestJet flight going to Houston from Calgary was grounded and a woman aboard a plane was taken to hospital after being exposed to de-icing fluid.The company says crews were de-icing the aircraft when the fluid got into the air conditioning system and smoke appeared in the cabin.Emergency Medical Services says they were called to Calgary International Airport at around 7:20 a.m. Sunday to treat a woman working on the flight.EMS spokesman Adam Loria says the woman was taken to hospital in stable, non-life threatening condition.The Calgary-based airline said another crew members also sought medical attention as a precaution.WestJet said no passengers were hurt, but they emptied the plane and passengers were rebooked for a flight leaving 2 1/2-hours later.“A fulsome review is being conducted with our de-ice crews in YYC to learn what happened and to prevent reoccurrence,” said spokeswoman Lauren Scott.“These findings will be shared amongst all of our de-ice crews across our network.”(CFFR)
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, left, and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, to announce resolution of federal and state claims against BP for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the restoration of natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department and five states have finalized a settlement of more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON – The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of environmental damage claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.The deal, once approved by a judge, would resolve all civil claims against BP and end five years of legal fighting over a 134 million-gallon spill that affected 1,300 miles of shoreline. It also would bind the company to a massive cleanup project in the Gulf Coast area aimed at restoring wildlife, habitat and water quality.“BP is receiving the punishment it deserves, while also providing critical compensation for the injuries that it caused to the environment and the economy of the Gulf region,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a Justice Department news conference.“The steep penalty should inspire BP and its peers to take every measure necessary to ensure that nothing like this can ever happen again,” Lynch said.The settlement, filed in federal court in New Orleans, finalizes an agreement first announced in July. The next steps are a 60-day public comment period and court approval.In a statement, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said the settlement total announced Monday includes amounts previously spent or disclosed by the company, and “resolves the largest litigation liabilities remaining from the tragic accident.”Among other requirements, BP would have to pay $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act penalties and nearly $5 billion to five Gulf states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The company would also be required to pay $8.1 billion in natural resource damages, with funds going toward Gulf restoration projects such as support for coastal wetlands, fish and birds.An additional $600 million would cover other costs, such as reimbursement for federal and state natural resource damage assessment costs. And up to $1 billion would go to local governments to settle claims for economic damage from the spill, which followed the April 2010 explosion on an offshore oil rig that killed 11 workers.A coalition of conservation organizations, including the National Audubon Society and the Environmental Defence Fund, praised the arrangement. The groups said in a joint statement that while the full damage of the oil spill may not yet be known, the process “will help bring the Gulf back to the state it was before the spill, and the release of this plan is a positive step toward that end.”But Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the oil spill had damaged the Gulf region in a way that money could never fix. She said the real solution would be to curb offshore oil and gas drilling.“All of this drilling is really just deepening our climate crisis,” she said.A report by Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees — comprised of representatives from multiple federal agencies and the Gulf states — called the oil spill damages “unprecedented” and found that deep ocean water currents carried oil from the spill hundreds of miles from the blown-out well. Oil from the spill was deposited onto at least 400 square miles of the sea floor and washed up onto more than 1,300 miles of shoreline from Texas to Florida. The oil was toxic to fish, birds, plankton, turtles and mammals, causing death and disease and making it difficult for animals to reproduce.Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that besides the toll on human life, “the spill drove Gulf communities into a period of painful uncertainty, forcing questions that no American family should ever have to ask: Is my food safe to eat? Is it dangerous for my kids to play near the shore? Is the air still clean to breathe? And will my businesses ever recover?”The latest agreement follows a 2012 settlement between BP and people and businesses harmed by the spill. That settlement so far has resulted in $5.84 billion in payouts, according to a report filed recently in New Orleans.While the latest settlement will mean the end of a major legal battle, other litigation remains.For instance, some opted out of the 2012 settlement, and an appellate court battle continues over some of the awards made under that settlement. Some businesses are pursuing claims against BP over financial losses caused by a federal drilling moratorium following the spill. Also, suits by stockholders who say they were harmed by the company’s actions remain.____Associated Press writers Rebecca Santana, Kevin McGill and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAP Justice Department announces final settlement with BP over 2010 oil spill in Gulf of Mexico by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 9:14 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
CHICAGO – ESPN said it had “all access” during its recent run of programing focused on Ohio State football’s fall practices, but there remains at least one element of the team that few have infiltrated. OSU coach Urban Meyer has a hand-picked collective of players on the 2012 Buckeyes squad that have demonstrated leadership abilities. This “leadership committee,” as Meyer and some of the players involved refer to the operation, assembles for meetings under Meyer’s direction and discusses “confidential” subjects related to team business. Meyer appeared at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago July 27, and was accompanied by three players he confirmed to be members of the leadership committee – senior defensive lineman John Simon, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino and senior fullback Zach Boren. Meyer and the three players, who were each named co-captains of the 2012 team along with senior running back Jordan Hall and redshirt senior defensive lineman Garret Goebel, did not seem eager to divulge information regarding the existence or activities of the group. Meyer did say OSU fans can rest assured knowing the clandestine meetings do indeed benefit the football team. “Yeah, it’s not secret,” Meyer said of the leadership committee. “We are very confidential in everything we discuss. Every place I’ve (coached), I’ve had a group of players that are my leadership.” Meyer smirked quickly after finishing that thought – it was all he had to say about the leadership committee. The smile showed the playful nature with which he guards the secret society, and his players follow suit. Simon chuckled, avoided eye contact and ran his hand down his face as he conceded that the group does maintain a level of secrecy, saying “yeah, it’s kind of secret.” Simon wouldn’t confirm the number of players in the leadership committee saying only, “there’s a couple (players).” “Coach Meyer just gets us together and we’ll discuss topics on the team really,” Simon said. “We kind of just sit down and talk.” Boren was more loose-lipped in discussing the leadership committee – he confirmed that eight OSU players of varying class years comprise Meyer’s committee. He also explained how he and his fellow leadership committee members act on Meyer’s call to lead. Some of Boren’s actions as a leader will manifest themselves on the field during the upcoming season – during Big Ten Media Days, Boren said he expects to see more of the football in running situations as a fullback. Off the field, he’s a motivator to young players. “Just preach what (Meyer) preaches. If we weren’t telling guys to get out there and do stuff, we don’t know if they would. So we kinda take it upon ourselves to make sure everyone’s doing the right thing,” Boren said. “Sending out mass texts to guys telling them they have to be, you know, do certain drills here … and pulling them with us. “Instead of doing stuff on our own like maybe we did in the past, you know, now we’re pulling guys with us.” Boren said the members of the committee are quicker to vocalize their concerns too. Speaking your mind, and therefore bettering the team, is part of the deal as a member of the committee, he said. “There’s some guys on our leadership committee that weren’t very vocal in, let’s say, January or February of years past. And now that they’re on the committee they kind of have a, not a sense of pride, but they’re not scared to open up their mouths,” Boren said. “(They) become what we need.” Meyer’s leadership committee, along with the rest of the Buckeyes, will take the field for its season-opening game against Miami University (Ohio) Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) fights to get a shot off during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU lost, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Down by as many as 16 points early against Michigan (25-8, 17-4) in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, it was like nothing had changed for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.One day after completing an 18-point comeback against Nebraska in the final 13:45 of the game, OSU allowed Michigan to come out hot and seemingly shut the door on the Buckeyes early.Although OSU (25-9, 12-9) came close to pulling out another victory — even taking the lead with less than three minutes to play — the Wolverines hit their shots down the stretch and pulled out a narrow 72-69 win.So what went wrong for those first few minutes? Why do the Buckeyes continue to put themselves in deep holes?“It starts from the beginning of the game, and you don’t know why guys aren’t ready to go,” senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the loss to Michigan. “I don’t know why that is and it’s something I’m obviously not used to. As a senior, that’s leadership — we need to try and make sure guys are ready to go when we tipoff … Those are situations where it’s tough and you come over and talk to the coaches and say ‘We don’t have it right now, we don’t have the juice,’ and coaches can’t do anything about that, and that’s on us out there.“I can’t think about the whole team and I’ve just got to fight and hope a spark will get lit.”Coach Thad Matta said against the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes were completely to blame for allowing themselves to fall behind. But against Michigan, it was hard to stop the Wolverines from shooting so well.“I was not happy yesterday (against Nebraska),” Matta said. “I think today the way they (Michigan) came out and played that first 13 minutes was … I would venture to say they would be up by double digits on most anybody in college basketball.”Junior guard Shannon Scott, whose career-high tying 18 points was a major part of the comeback, said it’s hard to stop a team that shoots so well for long stretches.“Michigan hit some crazy shots,” Scott said. “I’ve never seen shots like that happen honestly. I feel like we have a great defense, we played our defense, they just hit some great shots. We can’t really stop that.”Junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who finished with a game-high 19 points in the loss to the Wolverines — was quick to add the hot shooting didn’t last the whole night, as OSU found its way back into the game.“But we fought back — we fought back and got in the game. That’s what we’ve been doing this whole tournament and it came down to the end, couple of plays that we didn’t make and that’s on us,” Ross said.Adversity spurs growth though, and that is something Smith Jr. said he fully expects to come out of the way the Buckeyes battled back.“Once we get these (little things) corrected, I’d be afraid of us,” Smith Jr. said. “We’re definitely going to be a better team because of it. We take that with the type of fight this team has, and the effort we’re giving to dig ourselves out of holes, I think that’ll be something good for us.”Junior forward Sam Thompson said part of allowing themselves to get down was lacking the mentality to keep fighting.“We got a little soft, we started feeling sorry for ourselves, we started pointing the finger instead of looking in the mirror and hunkering down, coming together and being a tough basketball team,” Thompson said. “That’s who we are, we’re a tough basketball team. We’re a team that’s not going to give up, that’s not going to allow one play to affect the next and that’s what we need to be the next few weeks.”OSU, a six seed in the NCAA Tournament, is scheduled to take on No. 11-seeded Dayton (23-10, 10-6) in the second round of the tournament Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. at 12:15 p.m.“Every game this tournament, we dug ourselves into a hole, we’ve got to stop doing that. Once we get that in our heads, it will be all right,” Scott said.
Ohio State sophomore infielder Conner Pohl (39) takes a swing at a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes’ pitching staff roared with life in first two games against the Penn State Nittany Lions, surrendering one combined run for a pair of wins. Then it was the offense’s turn to produce with 11 runs in Game 3 and lead the Buckeyes (24-10, 6-3 Big Ten) to a sweep of the Nittany Lions (7-22, 1-11 Big Ten) in State College, Pennsylvania.Game 1Neither offense earned a single run in Friday’s game.That said, calling the 1-0 Ohio State win a “pitcher’s duel” might be a stretch because although only one runner scored, 24 were left on base.Ohio State senior closer Seth Kinker entered the one-run game in the sixth inning needing nine outs to deliver the Buckeyes the win and secure his eighth save of the season. Penn State threatened in the ninth after a double by center fielder Jordan Bowersox put runners on second and third with two outs and arguably Penn State’s best hitter, junior catcher Ryan Sloniger, at the plate. On a full count pitch, Kinker got Sloniger to fly out to center field and seal the victory. It was the sixth time a runner was stranded on third Friday.An errant throw on a failed pickoff attempt in the fifth inning by Penn State starter Justin Hagenman allowed the lone run to score when Ohio State sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone scored from second.That run was Hagenman’s only blemish in 6.2 innings of work.Junior Connor Curlis started for the Buckeyes and threw 4.2 shutout innings, but walked four batters. Senior Kyle Michalik took over next and picked up the win, his first of the season.Game 2Through six innings, Ohio State junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner showed why he is regarded as one of the Big Ten’s top MLB draft prospects.He went six shutout innings allowing only five hits and walking just three batters with five strikeouts. The quality start earned him his fourth win of the season as the Buckeyes took a 5-1 game two win.The bulk of Ohio State’s offense came in the fourth inning. Junior designated hitter Brady Cherry homered for the second time this season as part of a four-run outburst. An error by Penn State left fielder Braxton Giavedoni assisted in the effort and meant two runs were unearned.Penn State made it a 5-1 game in the eighth on an RBI single by Giavedoni, but Michalik entered for the ninth and retired the Nittany Lions in order to secure the victory.Game 3Ohio State head coach Greg Beals mentioned before the series began that he felt Penn State was ripe for Ohio State’s offense. And in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Buckeye offense was finally fruitful.Sophomore first baseman Conner Pohl and senior left fielder Tyler Cowles combined for seven RBIs in the 19-8 win, with each delivering two-run home runs.The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the third inning after Cowles singled home a pair of runs. Two more runs scored by the end of the frame to extend Ohio State’s lead to 8-3. Junior Penn State first baseman Shea Sbranti teed off on redshirt senior starter Adam Niemeyer for a three-run bomb in the second inning, and the Nittany Lions brought the game back within three on a two-run single from freshman designated hitter Parker Hendershot in the third.It was all Ohio State from there.The Buckeyes added three more in the fourth assisted by the Pohl home run, part of a string of nine unanswered runs.Niemeyer finished with five earned runs in five innings and earned the win, his third. Redshirt freshman Dante Biasi started for Penn State and fell to 1-5 on the year after allowing seven earned runs in 2.1 innings.
The Traffic Education Department of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) continues its sensitisation on road safety, among schools in Georgetown.On April 09, 2019, Sergeant 21613 Kenyatta Bishop and Lance Corporal 23154 Tiffany Lawrence did a lecture at the St. Angela’s Primary School which saw over 200 students and teachers in attendance.The session was focused primarily on:1. Road Safety2. Safety rules for Pedal cyclist3. Kerb drill4. Reporting any unusual occurrences to an adult or teacher i.e. inappropriate touching or behavior by an adult or peer.The students were also given safety tips for the upcoming Easter holiday such as: flying their kites in wide open spaces and away from power lines. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAmicable solution reached between St. Roses High, St. Agnes PrimarySeptember 18, 2013In “Local News”Nine schools scheduled for re-opening tomorrow, 8 to remain closedJanuary 15, 2014In “Local News”Teachers vow to continue protests for as long as it takesSeptember 4, 2018In “latest news”
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo upheld his three-month deadline for elections when he met with President David Granger earlier today.The two leader found consensus on the need for a new GECOM Chairman to be appointed as soon as possible.Jagdeo and Granger agreed to work together to compile a list of nominees acceptable to the Head-of-State, so he can make his selection of the GECOM Chairman.But the two sides could not agree on GECOM’s mandate once a chairperson is appointed.Another meeting will be scheduled to address this issue, as government wants house-to-house elections while the opposition wants elections within three months.According to Jagdeo, “erroneous claims”, most importantly, by Government officials about youths not being on the voters’ list should be discussed thoroughly. He maintained that continuous registration has been ongoing and a claims and objections period will produce a clean list.“I said to him, ‘if the concerns are genuine, and we want to treat your concerns expressed as genuine concerns about credible elections, where you indicated erroneously that the young people will not be on the list or the list will be flawed without House-to-House registration. I would like to discuss at length to show you how we can have credible elections with just updating the list through claims and objections’”.The Opposition Leader also asserted that as pointed out to the President “we had four elections that were held on this same list. In 2011, his party won the majority in Parliament. In 2015 he won the Government on this list. They’ve held two local Government elections on this very list and so they had no problems with the list before”.While the date for elections was not discussed, the Opposition is sticking to the three-month deadline and any time further is seen as a delaying tactic.“I believe that House-to-House registration on their part is a ploy to delay the elections. They don’t want elections in three months and so they know going to House-to-House registration will mean elections next year,” he positioned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition Leader says Govt conspiring with GECOM to rig electionsMarch 21, 2019In “latest news”No date set for meeting on appointment of new GECOM ChairJuly 13, 2019In “latest news”Felix’s control of birth certificates setting stage for rigging – JagdeoJanuary 13, 2017In “Politics”
ABEL GmbH says it has received a large order for the delivery of 14 hydraulic diaphragm pumps from a Mexico mining company.The Germany-based company received the order in March, with the pumps to be used for the transport of sulphuric acid-containing jarosite sludge in the course of zinc production.ABEL explained: “The entire process of hydrometallurgical zinc extraction is also known as jarosite leaching. This process separates iron and zinc by chemical precipitation. This is the most used process of zinc production worldwide.”
Kespry and DroneBase have announced a partnership that, they say, enables insurance, mining, and aggregates enterprises across North America to expand aerial analytics implementation across their work sites.Kespry’s customers will now be able to leverage DroneBase’s service offering to manage their Kespry deployments as part of Kespry’s new Bring Your Own Drone (BYOD) program, Kespry said. BYOD includes a new platform pricing model designed to meet the expanding enterprise aerial intelligence requirements of multi-site mining and aggregates companies, as well as large-scale residential and commercial property insurers, it explained.“The combination of Kespry and DroneBase brings the best of the platform and services worlds together, offering a cost-effective, productive way of using drone-based analytics across the largest insurance, mining, and aggregates businesses,” Kespry said.George Mathew, CEO, Kespry, said: “The combination of Kespry and DroneBase delivers serious value to companies across North America looking for a partner to help scale their usage of Kespry’s aerial intelligence platform and benefit from its granularly-accurate inspection, inventory management and mine planning capabilities.”Dan Burton, Founder and CEO of DroneBase, said: “With our global pilot network in all 50 states and over 70 countries, DroneBase will enable Kespry clients to scale their drone programs across North America without the cost of investing in hardware. By combining our strengths, DroneBase and Kespry will solve a need within these industries.”Kespry’s BYOD program gives companies flexibility in how they source their aerial data, the company says, whether customers use Kespry-sourced drone hardware, DroneBase, or their own existing DJI drone fleet, including the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the DJI Phantom series.DroneBase, the largest global drone operations company, according to Kespry, can either manage customers’ Kespry deployments or have DroneBase’s global pilot network fly their missions, which can be turned around in 48-72 hours, according to the company. “Kespry now offers a single fee for its platform, including unlimited access to industry-leading, vertically-integrated applications, the Kespry Cloud and AI and ML-based analytics,” it said.Kespry’s aerial intelligence platform is now deployed at 220 mining and aggregates customers that use its platform across 3,311 worksites across North America, with 22,987 missions in 2018 alone, it said. These companies typically use Kespry for inventory management, mine planning, materials management, contractor benchmarking, and boosting employee safety.
Kibali gold mine, the youngest mine in the Barrick stable, was designed for automated mining, and the successful system it has installed underground and is still refining the company says has made it a global leader in this field. This will now be used as the model for the digitalisation of automated mining across the group.The backbone of Kibali’s underground operation is Sandvik’s Automine Multi Fleetsystem, supervised on surface by a single operator. In a world first, it allows a fleet of up to five LHDs to be operated autonomously, 750 m below the surface, within the same 6 m x 6 m production drive while utilising designated passing bays to maintain traffic flow. A similar system is used in the production levels to feed the ore passes.Another ambitious and world leading project being pioneered at the Nevada mines is surface haulage automation at the South Arturo gold operation. Interestingly, Barrick says initially none of the OEMs wanted to engage in the project, “due to the mammoth task of retrofitting an autonomous system to a 20-year-old fleet of ultra-class trucks and the technological limitations that come with that age of machine.” Barrick found another partner in ASI Mining that specialises in autonomous solutions both inside and outside the mining industry and has now successfully completed a proof of concept (POC) utilising five haulage units “that have delivered over 5.5 Mt faster than any other similar POC in the industry.”With the ongoing development of these and various other autonomous operating systems in Barrick, the vision is to integrate these pockets of success and progress in a state-of-the-art system where highly trained operators with a uniform skill set manage all the operations from surface or remote sites. Glenn Heard, Barrick’s Group Executive for Mining adds, “Barrick is also rolling out a single information system across its operations, including Nevada Gold Mines.”President and Chief Executive Mark Bristow said access to real-time data integrated across the organization is an essential requirement for pro-active decision-making and management agility. “Real time data is key for the effective management of every function from parts procurement to predictive equipment maintenance,” says Bristow.
THE GUILT IS a bit like the fear. It’s that unmistakable sinking feeling that eats away at you long after you’ve forgotten quite why.But sometimes it’s irrational, good old Catholic guilt.1. Not doing anything on a SundaySunday is a day of rest, but God forbid you actually stay indoors resting.There’s an unwritten rule that one must busy themselves with every leisurely activity possible to get a bit of ‘fresh air’ for the day that’s in it. Get in the car, drive up the mountains, go visiting show-houses. Whatever. Nobody actually enjoys it but at least you’re forcibly spending time together. Source: Shutterstock2. Afternoon napsWe’ve all said it, “I’m just closing my eyes for two minutes…” oh no, it’s two hours later, your phone has been ringing off the hook and basically you’ve just ruined your whole body clock, have a weird taste in your mouth, and wasted two hours of the evening. The SHAME. Hope nobody saw. Source: Weknowgifs3. Speaking to a gardaYou’ve done absolutely nothing wrong but still are consumed by that overwhelming feeling that you should just confess up to every minor bad thing you’ve ever done and submit yourself to a life of imprisonment.4. Buying SolpadeineWhat’s with the third degree? Maybe you deserve it though. Why won’t paracetamol do? What exactly is wrong with you?Forget it, and here, have the money anyway. 5. Showing ID to a doormanYou’re doubting your age, you hand your ID to the bouncer and stare vacantly at them, waiting for them to see through this massive charade that’s somehow occurring unbeknownst of you. Your shady glances cause him to ask your age, which you completely forget in your bout of nervousness. SORRY FOR BEING BORN. Source: Shutterstock6. Being lateEveryone will be waiting there for you in distress and will probably never hang out with you again for fear you’ll always be late. Source: Tumblr7. Cancelling plansYou promised you’d go out, but you’ve let them down. In your head, they now seriously hate you until you see them next and you’ll both act like nothing ever happened. Until then, it’s terror.8. Wasting foodChildren are starving all over the world and you can’t be bothered to shove that third bowl of pasta down your gut because you didn’t ration enough when boiling it. Or those three-for-two fruit salads in the fridge. Now they’re mouldy, like your conscience. Source: Themetapicture9. Eating junk foodSo good at the time, well, until you’re halfway through, when you still feel really gross and full but keep on eating. Ease the guilt and keep the oil seeping from your pores at bay by telling yourself that the diet starts on Monday.10. Calling in sickIt’s never as joyful as you expect once you hang up the phone. Lie in your bed of misery and feelings that you’ve let your colleagues down. And don’t forget that everyone thinks you’re faking it. Source: Tumblr11. Not replying to a textYou read it ages ago but hadn’t time to reply. Now it’s too long ago to write back without needing an apology and now everything is just far too complicated for your liking. Source: ReactiongifsThis is the guiltiest cat of all time>How to make your other half turn the heating on>
It is all preventable.Read: Explainer: Why tens of thousands face starvation in war-torn South SudanRead: ‘A child under the age of 10 dying every 10 minutes’ – Threat of famine in Yemen Short URL A young Somali girl stands outside her makeshift hut at a camp of people displaced from their homes elsewhere in the country by the drought, shortly after dawn in Qardho, Somalia. Mar 11th 2017, 7:52 AM 10,626 Views 48 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3282569 Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 7:52 AM A young Somali girl stands outside her makeshift hut at a camp of people displaced from their homes elsewhere in the country by the drought, shortly after dawn in Qardho, Somalia. Image: Ben Curtis/AP/Press Association Images Image: Ben Curtis/AP/Press Association Images Share Tweet Email1 By Cormac Fitzgerald THE WORLD FACES the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, a top United nations official has warned.Stephen O’Brien, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned that immediate measures needed to be taken to address the looming famine in a number of African countries.O’Brien told the UN security council in New York yesterday that action had to be taken to stop people simply “starving to death”.“We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN [in 1945],” O’Brien told the council.O’Brien was speaking on his return from Africa, where he toured Kenya, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia – all countries that are in the middle of or facing famine.He warned that without a concerted collective effort by the world’s countries people risked starving to death and succumbing to disease; he said there would be stunted children, mass displacements and reverse development gains. UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien, right in black bulletproof vest, meets with drought affected people as they fetch water in one of Mogadishu IDP camps in Somalia,. Source: Mohamed Sheikh Nor/AP/Press Association ImagesFamine was recently declared in a number of regions in South Sudan in central Africa, where a protracted civil has led to food and aid supplies drying up. The UN has previously warned that hundreds of thousands face starvation there.“The famine in the country is man-made. Parties to the conflict are parties to the famine – as are those not intervening to make the violence stop,” said O’Brien.O’Brien said that in Yemen in the Middle East about two-thirds of the population (more than 18 million people) needed assistance, including seven million who were severely food insecure.“I continue to reiterate the same message to all: only a political solution will ultimately end human suffering and bring stability to the region,” he said. A woman and a child in the drought-affected village of Bandarero, near Moyale town on the Ethiopian border, in northern Kenya. Source: Ben Curtis/AP/Press Association ImagesThe UN has previously said it needs to raise $4.4 billion by the end of this month in order to alleviate the crises and suffering in the affected countries.In Somalia in Africa – which suffered a famine in 2011 – over half of the population (6.2 million) are in need of aid.Meanwhile, in Kenya, O’Brien said that 2.7 million people were food insecure.He said that the various humanitarian disasters could only be avoided with collective action.It is possible to avert this crisis, to avert these famines, to avert these looming human catastrophes,” he said. World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945 – UN official There is a looming risk of famine in a number of countries. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
SFR multiplie les succèsFrance – SFR a vécu une année 2009 faste. L’entreprise figure parmi les premiers opérateurs français en termes de téléphonie mobile et d’ADSL.Deux ans après le rachat de Neuf Cégétel, SFR surfe sur une bonne vague. L’opérateur a convaincu 1,25 million de nouveaux clients mobiles et se retrouve leader sur le marché. L’entreprise récolte ainsi les fruits de sa stratégie qui était de proposer des smartphones avec forfait. De plus, le succès de l’iPhone a accentué davantage ce phénomène. Seulement, cette tactique a un coût et a fait baisser l’excédent brut d’exploitation de SFR de 5,6% dans le secteur mobile en 2009. SFR a aussi convaincu sur le marché de l’ADSL. Son offre à 29,90 euros permet d’afficher des prix relativement faibles avec un service clientèle de qualité. Côté marketing, c’est bien joué. L’opérateur a récupéré 565.000 nouveaux clients en 2009 soit autant qu’Orange et, en termes d’abonnés, arrive à quelques encablures de Free. Franck Esser, PDG de SFR, ne cache pas sa joie : “Dans les jours prochains, nous pourrons être le deuxième fournisseur d’accès en France derrière Orange.” Récemment, l’entreprise a choisi Nokia et Alcatel pour améliorer son réseau et passer à la 4G, dont l’attribution de la licence devrait se faire au second trimestre 2010.Le 2 mars 2010 à 14:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Comment 1 Google and the Department of Labor have been battling over pay data since 2017. Stephen Shankland/CNET The US Department of Labor has dropped its appeal in a spat with Google over employee salary data. On Friday, a review board granted the agency’s voluntary request to dismiss its appeal.The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), an agency of the US Labor Department, has been investigating Google’s salary records for signs of gender inequality. In January 2017, the agency sued Google to compel it to hand over compensation data as part of an audit to ensure the search giant, a federal contractor, is honoring equal employment laws. The Labor Department said in April 2017 that Google systematically pays its female employees less than it pays men. The company has strongly denied that assertion.In July 2017, a judge ruled the Labor Department’s request for nearly two decades of data — including information on over 25,000 Google employees — was “unreasonable in that it is over-broad, intrusive on employee privacy, unduly burdensome, and insufficiently focused on obtaining the relevant information.” The judge said OFCCP could request data on up to 5,000 Google employees, and may request information for up to 3,000 more. The Labor Department also has to limit the time frame for salary data it’s collecting. The Department of Labor didn’t respond to a request for comment.A Google spokeswoman said the company had no new comment on the case but pointed to a previous statement: “We believe the decision here was well-reasoned, thorough and should be upheld. We’ve already produced hundreds of thousands of documents to the OFCCP in this matter and believe, as the judge ruled, that they have adequate information to do their analysis, with the few additional records the court asked us to produce. There’s been no finding of discrimination by the OFCCP to date and we’re confident in our own analysis that we don’t have a gender pay gap.”NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice Tags Tech Industry Google
The Baltimore office of National Neighbor to Family recently announced their 2014 Siblings of the Year and the award went to the Williams family of Baltimore City.Upon notification, the oldest living sibling, Barry Williams said, “All my life…I knew I was blessed. Yes we had/have a mother and father who loved us, but the best gift they gave us all was each other. My brothers and sisters have always been my best friends. He said even on the darkest of days, “We knew we could call on each other. It’s just the way it’s always been. I don’t know where I’d be without my siblings.”His siblings include: Adrienne Jones, Myron, Warren and Darrin Williams.National Neighbor to Family deems this family to be a “marvelous example of a family that’s all about family morals and is active in the Baltimore community.Since 2008, Neighbor to Family has honored a family that exhibited a fantastic sibling bond. The honorees of this year will be presented with the 7th annual Gordon Johnson Award, Sept. 24, as “Baltimore’s Siblings of The Year” at Baltimore’s Best at the Forum Caterers.Proceeds from this event will go to activities for Baltimore area foster children. There’s also limited sponsorship, and vending opportunities are still available. Contact Donna McCarter for ticket purchases and more information at 410-496-8151 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kolkata: The state government has finalised the design based on which a monument at Singur will be installed, to mark the sacrifice of the martyrs of the movement.Sources said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday has given approval to one of the designs out of three to four which were placed before her. Based on the design, the sculpture will be developed on a pedestal close to the 997 acres of the multi-crop land, that was once taken away from farmers to set up Tata’s small car project. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt was on August 31 in 2016, when the farmers got back their land after a fight spanning a period of 10 long years, following a landmark judgment of the Supreme Court, stating that the acquisition for the project was unjustified. The Chief Minister had announced setting up of the monument to mark the sacrifice of the martyrs during the Singur movement, when she went there after the historic win of the farmers. The decision to set up the monument was taken so that the future generations would get to know the sacrifice of 14 people, who gave their lives protesting against the forceful acquisition of the land. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe work to set up the same had started and artists were engaged to design the same. According to the sources in the state secretariat, the Chief Minister has given approval to a design of the monument, depicting farmers with sickles and wheat stalks in their hands, standing around ploughs.The height of the statue will be around 25 to 30 feet and it will be placed on a 15 feet high pedestal. An undertaking company of the state government will be developing the monument. A one-acre plot has been identified off National Highway 2 at Singer Bheri area in Singur, where a park with beautiful landscape will be developed, with the statue being set up at the centre of the park.Fourteen people, who had laid their lives down while protesting against the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government’s move to acquire the land, include Tapasi Malik and Rajkumar Bhul. Tapasi, a teenage girl, was burnt to death after being allegedly raped and her body was found on the acquired plot. It had given momentum to the movement against the land acquisition. Similarly, 26-year-old Bhul was beaten up by the police in this connection and he later succumbed to his injuries. His mother wrote an open letter to the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, holding him responsible for her son’s death.The Mamata Banerjee government had provided all support to the land losers to get back their land. Moreover, the Singur movement, starting from day one to the day the land was returned to farmers after the present state government came to power, has once again seen Singur turn into its previous cultivable condition and has been included in the history book of Class VIII.
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