Tags:#home office#Yahoo brian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Yahoo’s plan to bring all work-at-home employees back to the office starting in June was not meant to be a statement on the viability of telecommuting, but that’s what happened. Now a company that’s trying to pick itself up off of the ground is smack dab in the media spotlight, even though company insiders say that this move was something Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer telegraphed almost from Day One of her taking the helm at Yahoo. But is this the right move for Yahoo?Let’s get this out of the way up front: this is a story because a lot of people in the technology industry, which has a higher-than-average share of work-at-home bodies, are freaking out. The idea that a long-held industry practice enabling them to work outside the workplace and gain some measure of flexibility in their professional-personal balance is about to regress back to the 1980s is pretty damn alarming.That was certainly my initial reaction. Having worked from my Indiana-based home office for almost 15 years for various employers and clients in the media and technology sectors, I can unequivocally say that there would be no way I could do what I do and still live in my native state without the Internet and telecommuting policies. I have turned down job offers from companies that would not budge on office workplace requirements. I have kids in college, high school, and middle school. Relocating, and uprooting my younger kids, is not something I want to do unless there’s no other option.Watching the reaction to Yahoo’s leaked HR memo that was initially reported by AllThingsD, I can tell I am not alone.Probably caught off-guard by the visceral reaction, Yahoo declined to make any statements about the new policy until just yesterday afternoon, telling the media, “This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home. This is about what is right for Yahoo right now.”Fair enough. Mayer and her team are trying to pull Yahoo together and get the company back on track. I would imagine, given the revolving door of CEOs at the company, that she doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of time, so worrying about the broader impact on telecommuting is the last thing on their minds.But even if Yahoo is not trying to start an industry trend, the question still remains, if their plan isn’t meant to be a plan for everyone, is it still the right plan for Yahoo?A Long Time ComingSources within Yahoo have told me that the new policy was actually not that new at all. The possibility of curtailing or even halting work-at-home policies was discussed last fall.“She’s made it clear right from the get-go that this is something she wanted to do,” one staffer said, referring to Mayer’s plan to reduce telecommuting practices within Yahoo.Sources close to the situation spoke anonymously, as they are not allowed to discuss internal Yahoo matters. Indeed, soon after Mayer came on board as president and CEO of Yahoo in July 2012, work from home on Fridays was strongly discouraged, with some teams required to implement mandatory meetings within Yahoo’s office late in the day on Fridays.So, if this change was a long time coming, was the reaction within Yahoo more sanguine as some media reports seemed to indicate?“People are pissed off about it,” one source related. “But, they know you have to go along if you want to work at Yahoo.”There’s been a lot of speculation that Mayer may be revisiting her Google roots, implementing policies that encourage working from the office, just as Google does. But sources I spoke with didn’t care to speculate about this.A Step Too Far?Even as Yahoo employees are struggling with this change in policy, some are wondering if such a drastic move was even warranted. Some internal sources commented that Yahoo might have tried to better manage remote workers.While nearly everyone in the company relies on the Yahoo Messenger client for text-based chats and messaging, one source confided that they observe little to no use of the software’s video chat functionality within the halls of Yahoo’s offices. Nor are outside videoconferencing tools like Skype or GoToMeeting actively employed.While videoconferencing is not an exact substitute for in-person meetings, it would seem to be an effective interim step to try when concerns about productivity arise. Especially when Yahoo already has the tool to perform such meetings in place.This could have been a question of time. It is possible videoconferencing and other managerial procedures to handle a mobile workforce were considered, and rejected because of the pressures of delivering a better bottom line fast.There is also the very tangible benefit of pulling together in a crisis. By physically coming closer, the human social connections will kick in even further and (hopefully) deliver the innovation and productivity Mayer and her team are seeking.If anything, Mayer’s decision is not so much a comment on telecommuting as a clear signal that Yahoo sees the months ahead as put-up-or-shut-up time. The leaked memo may have created a meta-discussion right now, but the bigger pain in the butt for Yahoo has to be that all of this media attention will have investors and partners alike watching the company even more intensely to see if Mayer and the work-in-office plan will work.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
The Indians got back to work without a hitch, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning before Kansas City’s Alex Gordon homered in the top of the third to make it 1-1.Cleveland sent seven batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, and two of them scored. After the Royals pulled back a run in the top of the fourth, the Indians piled on four runs in the bottom of the frame to take control.The Indians led 7-4 when Encarnacion led off the seventh inning with a homer against Royals relief pitcher Kevin McCarthy.With the victory, and the Minnesota Twins’ loss to the Toronto Blue Jays later Saturday, the Indians clinched their second straight American League Central division title.ADVERTISEMENT Lindor had three hits on the night and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Indians rebounded briskly from their 4-3 loss to the Royals on Friday night.That was the Indians’ first defeat since August 23. Their 22 straight wins established an American League record and surpassed the 21-game streak put together by the National League’s Chicago Cubs in 1935, but came up short of the Major League record 26-game winning streak of the 1916 New York Giants.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had good energy. I was happy about that. It’s nice to see them go right back out there and try to be as good a team as we can be,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.“They outplayed us yesterday, but that’s in the past. Today was another day,” Lindor added. Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to come BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians scores past Drew Butera #9 of the Kansas City Royals on a single by Austin Jackson #26 during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 16, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ron Schwane/Getty Images/AFPCleveland’s historic winning streak may have ended at 22 games, but shortstop Francisco Lindor’s streak was still going strong after the Indians bounced back Saturday with an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.Lindor hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning, his 10th straight game with an extra-base hit. That’s a club record, and left him four shy of the major league record of 14.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Teng brothers team up as part of Chooks Pilipinas MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We expect to really give our hearts out. You’re already there, so why not go for the win and do everything you can? We’re in a group where we have a chance to advance to the next stage, so hopefully we can win as many games as we can,” he said.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is in Group A along with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine.“Again, it’s a test of character, a test of our willingness to win. These are the games where every game will be a grind out game. You have no choice but to find a way to win and we will find it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA veteran of numerous international wars, Kiefer Ravena is set to lead Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which starts on Friday in Chenzhou, China.Even coach Chot Reyes admitted he expects a lot from the 23-year-old guard, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The former Ateneo Blue Eagle is no stranger to international competitions but he said that the continental club championship presents a different challenge not just for him but for the whole team.“This is my first time here and not discounting the SEA Games and the SEABA (Championship), in terms of Asian basketball, this is the highest level I’ve been in. Playing in 3-on-3 in the world is still different from the 5-on-5 game,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRavena also said that the leadership role won’t be solely on his shoulders, as he looks forward to linking up with prospective naturalization candidate Isaiah Austin, granting the lanky 7-foot-1 center gets his Chinese visa.“Isaiah is going to be big for us. Hopefully, his papers will go as smooth as possible. In terms of this tournament, he’s really an asset to the team. It’s not very often you see a 7-1 who can play the wing in Asia. We’re very lucky. Hopefully, he fixes it and helps the team,” he said. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors
Janet Jackson is serious about helping to end world hunger, which is why she co-founded NutriBank with Nutrisystem. Heres how it works: in 2012, Nutrisystem will match every pound Americans lose on the eating plan with a dollars worth of Nutrisystem food up to $10 millionto be delivered to hunger-relief agencies for the neediest people. Were taking those pounds and turning them into dollars,?? Janet says, not just here in America, but globally as well.?? Go to prevention.com/nutribank to get involved.The idea of someone whos gained and lost weight in this very public way, and also someone whos an emotional eater,?? Janet says. Among the divas triggers are boredom, sadness, frustration, stress, work andwhen she was youngerreacting to her famous brothers calling her pig,?? cow,?? and worse. It didnt help that she loves sweets. Chocolate, cake, caramel applesthere arent many things I dont love,?? Janet says. The stress has also pushed her to the other end of the spectrum: undereating at stressful times. Knowing I have these problems with body image, I ask my friends and family to tell me when Ive lost too much. Because I will continue to pick on myself, like all women do, and say: you need to (lose) more here, more there.?? For Janet, looking good is only part of the equation: Health was always a concern. When I gained weight in 2005, my nutritionist was very worried. I was close to having diabetes. Even when I lost it (and) then gained quite a bit back, there was always the thought of heart disease.?? Thats why exercise is a major part of Janets health regimen. I dont like to work out, and I get bored easily,?? she says. Tony Martinez (her trainer) is great. He comes up with something new all the time. There are times when I dont want to run on the beach, but he knows I love sports, so hell bring a football or Im just like a dog with a tennis ball. When Im getting ready for a tour, Ill work out with the dancers. Hell put us in teams, and well do all sorts of drills and races.?? Her focus on weight control follows her awareness that shes a beacon for young people. I try to be a model for healthy eating, but I let kids know that they are beautiful as god made them,?? Janet says. You dont have to be a size zero to be considered beautiful.?? She knows shes also an example to young people closer to home, like her niece Paris, Michaels 14-year-old daughter, who has already landed her first film role in Lundons Bridge and the Three Keys. Weve spoken about the fact that youre a child only once,?? Jackson says. I think theres a time for everything, and now is not the time (to act in films). I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to collegeor notbut wait till she turns 18. Shes a very tough, smart girl. But its a cut-throat industry. I wouldnt want my child to do it.?? Romance is still very much on Janets personal playlistspecifically, with Wissam Al Mana, a businessman from Qatar. Does she believe in love at first sight? I think its definitely possible,?? she says. Its that energy, when you feel thats your soulmate whos been put on this earth just to connect with you.??advertisement
Legendary spinner and former Australia cricketer, Shane Warne has continued his criticism of Australia cricket team after their first-ever series defeat to India at home.Warne launched an attack against Cricket Australia, questioning the ordinary performances of both the batsmen and their bowlers in their series defeat against India.He pointed out that not one the pacers from the much-talked-about Australian bowling attack hadn’t managed an LBW and the batsmen failed to reach the three-figure mark even once in the tournament.Warne also lamented the state of Sheffield Shield cricket, Australia’s premier domestic tournament after the disastrous series at home. Notably, experts have pointed out that Australian selectors are short of options as most of the top players are missing games in the ongoing Shield season as it coincides with the Big Bash League T20 tournament.”Not one LBW for the quick bowlers in the series and not 1 hundred by any batsman. Where are all the young batsman ? Shield cricket has turned into a game where players are pulled out whenever they feel like it. Grade cricket is going backwards ! Who’s making these decisions ? (sic),” Warne wrote on social media.Warne also agreed with Michael Vaughan’s critical assessment of Australian cricket, saying it needs a complete overhaul if the senior national team is to return to dominant ways.Notably, Vaughan, the former England captain, had written in his column for Telegraph newspaper that the return of the banned duo of David Warner and Steve Smith won’t solve all of Australia’s problems.advertisementUnfortunately, I have to agree with @MichaelVaughan here Jnr. Yes Warner & Smith will help, but Aust cricket needs a complete overhaul re the following. Coaching at all levels, the ridiculous under 23 programme, academy etc. As we are not producing quality smart cricketers-why ? https://t.co/ZBBYToJl7OShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 8, 2019″I cannot see Australia beating England this summer unless they assess themselves brutally. Batting techniques have to be better and they need to be more consistent with the ball. Every facet of their Test team has to improve. They are kidding themselves if they think everything will be rosy when Smith and Warner come back,” Vaughan had written.Earlier in the day, Mark Waugh had disagreed with Vaughan’s analysis, saying: “You take the 2 best batsmen out of any cricket team in the world and see what happens or even 1. Kohli, Root, Williamson etc.”Australia certainly felt the absence of Warner and Smith, who had been prolific run scorers for them. Notably, the banned duo scored nearly 40 percent of the team’s total during their 2-0 win over India at home in 2014-15.Barring the ton, Usman Khawaja scored in the UAE last year, none of the Australian batsmen who played against India reached three-figure mark in Tests over the past year. More importantly, none of them are averaging over 40.Eventually, Australia have passed 300 runs just three times in 14 innings since Warner and Smith were banned last March, with the highest score of 362 for eight.Also Read | Mark Waugh not impressed with Michael Vaughan’s scathing criticism of Australian Test teamAlso Read | Not India’s fault that Australia were without Steve Smith and David Warner: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India came to Australia with a confident and aggressive attitude: Michael HusseyAlso Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menAlso See:
Close to 100 teams from Sydney and surrounding areas will compete in the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup season, which starts on Friday, 7 August. 96 teams will battle it out across 10 divisions, including Boys and Girls Youth divisions for the first time, for the next three months in their quest to become 2015 Vawdon Cup champions.The Wollongong Devils will be looking for back-to-back titles in the Men’s Premier League division in 2015 following their 5-4 win over the Penrith Panthers last year. The Canterbury Bulldogs will be hopeful of claiming consecutive titles in the Women’s Premier League division, while the Eastern Suburbs Roosters will be looking to continue their Mixed Division One dominance. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2015 Vawdon Cup season, please visit the NSWTA website and social media channels:Website – www.nswtouch.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touchInstagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch 2014 Vawdon Cup resultsMen’s Premier LeagueWollongong Devils 5 defeated Penrith Panthers 4Women’s Premier LeagueCanterbury Bulldogs 3 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 2Mixed Division OneEasts Roosters 9 defeated Wests Magpies 7 Men’s Division OneParramatta Eels 7 defeated Ryde Eastwood Hawks 6Women’s Division OneWallsend Wolves 5 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 3Men’s Division TwoCentral Coast Dolphins 10 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 5Women’s Division TwoManly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Campbelltown Ghosts 3 (drop-off)Mixed Division TwoPeninsula Piranhas 5 defeated Campbelltown Ghosts 4Men’s Division ThreeLiverpool Lightning 8 defeated Parramatta Eels 2Women’s Division ThreeBerkeley Vale Panthers 3 defeated Eastern Suburbs Roosters 2 (drop-off)Men’s Division FourBlacktown Broncos 7 defeated Bankstown Jets 32014 Vawdon Cup champions: Eastern Suburbs RoostersRelated Links2015 Vawdon Cup
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has partnered with the Rockhouse Foundation to establish Jamaica’s first public educational institution that will cater to students with and without disabilities.The Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy, based in Westmoreland, was formally opened by Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, on Wednesday (November 28).Senator Reid said the institution’s opening is timely, as it will meet the growing demand for the delivery of quality education to children with special needs“The inclusive model is in keeping with international standards and is a welcome addition to the education landscape in western Jamaica, especially here in Westmoreland, Savanna-la-Mar in particular, where service for children with special needs is extremely limited,” he stated.Senator Reid also underscored the importance of public-private partnerships that are aligned with the Ministry’s mandate, particularly in improving special education.“We believe that the Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy fits well with the aims and objectives of [the Ministry]. We know that not only will you cater to the academic development of children but [will] also provide related services, such as speech therapy, and physical therapy,” he said.The Minister explained that the inclusive model is designed to ensure that the needs of every child are catered to through a collaborative approach.“All children receive appropriate educational programmes [and] curricula relevant to their needs… . All children participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and benefit from cooperation, [and] collaboration among home, schools, and community,” he shared.In this regard, Senator Reid reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the early childhood sector to provide all children, whatever their background, with a good foundation for their mental, physical and emotional development.For his part, Rockhouse Foundation President, Peter Rose, reiterated his commitment to continue working with the Ministry to develop other similar educational institutions across the island.“Our goal and aspiration… is for this to not be a one-of-a-kind institution in Jamaica, but to see others [established] across the island. Our goal is to be helpful to the Ministry in any way that we can.This kind of place sends such a strong signal, not just to the children and parents who are a part of this school family but to the wider community, the parish, [and] the region,” he said.Since its inception, the Foundation has spent close to US$5 million on educational endeavours in Jamaica.It has, to date, transformed and modernised five other institutions. They include the Moreland High, Primary and Infant Schools; Negril All-Age School; Negril Basic School; Little Bay All-Age and Infant School; and the Bunch of Stars Early Childhood institution.Additionally, the Foundation has renovated and expanded the Negril community library.
zoom Japan’s natural gas provider Tokyo Gas has launched operations at its newly constructed Hitachi LNG Terminal in the port of Hitachi.The new terminal is equipped with a 230,000 kilolitre LNG storage tank, capable of holding some 100,000 tons of chilled gas, as well as a 50,000 kilolitre LPG storage tank.The company said that it also started using the new high pressure trunk line Ibaraki-Tochigi Line, which brings Tokyo Gas’ owned high pressure pipeline network to a total of 950km, located mainly around Tokyo metropolitan area.The construction of the terminal and the line commenced in 2012 and, according to Tokyo gas, they are expected to meet the future growth of gas demand.The company said that it plans to construct a second LNG storage tank at the terminal by 2020, adding that the energy security would be improved in the Kanto region by looping high pressure trunk lines through connecting existing Kashima Waterfront Line and the new Ibaraki-Line.The move comes less than a month after the natural gas provider entered a heads of agreement with Diamond Gas International, Mitsubishi Corporation’s subsidiary, for sale and purchase of LNG from the Cameron LNG project in the United States.Under the agreement, Tokyo Gas said it would buy some 200,000 tons of LNG, equivalent to three cargoes per year, from Diamond Gas International at a price linked to the US natural gas market.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipbuilding company Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has received a very large gas carrier (VLGC) order from Singapore’s Kumiai Navigation. Kawasaki will build the 84,000 cbm vessel at its Sakaide Shipyard, a spokesperson of KHI told World Maritime News.No further details have been unveiled.Back in 2015, Kumiai Navigation ordered two 82,200 cbm VLGC LPG vessels at Kawasaki Heavy. The first of them, Pyxis Alfa, was handed over to its owner in May 2017, while the second one is scheduled for delivery in April this year, according to information provided by VesselsValue.In addition, Kumiai Navigation ordered one more identical VLGC vessel at Kawasaki in 2017. The newbuilding, currently under construction at Sakaide yard, is slated for delivery in January 2020.Last month, Kumiai decided to dispose of one VLGC LPG ship, Ocean Orchid. The 79,538 cbm ship, built in 2001, was sold for USD 24 million to an unnamed Middle Eastern buyer.Established in 1995, Kumiai Navigation is a subsidiary of Kumiai Senpaku Co Ltd, a shipowner in Japan. The company currently has a fleet of fourteen vessels including bulkers and LPG carriers, with a total fleet value of USD 718.34 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Staff
APTN National NewsGhislain Picard is the Regional Chief for Quebec in the Assembly of First Nations, and he’s concerned about the Quebec provincial budget that was tabled this week.“This issue really puts in perspective the uncertainty regarding taxations and the whole notion of fiscal relationship with Quebec,” said Picard.“We are supposed to negotiate some kind of arrangements, agreements on the issues regarding taxations, but we are so far from any kind of settlement or agreement on these issues.”
Los Angeles: Morgan Freeman is set to star in Ryan Reynolds’ “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”, the sequel to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. The veteran actor has joined Frank Grillo, who was last cast in the film, reported Deadline. No details are as yet available about Freeman’s character. Samuel L Jackson and Salma Hayek are set to return for the second installment. Patrick Hughes is returning to direct and Tom O’Connor has penned the script. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The sequel follows bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds), who is enlisted by Jackson and Hayek’s characters to join them on a mission along the Amalfi Coast. Production is expected to start this month. Freeman’s last cinematic outing was Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, which released months after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct on production sets or on promotional tours over his career spanning more than five decades. He next stars in “Angel Has Fallen”.
During the 10-day World Summit on Sustainable Development, which sought to revitalize the fight against global poverty while preserving the environment, 48 countries and one international organization signed, ratified or acceded to 39 international accords. The event encouraged countries to take action on treaties dealing with subjects ranging from the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to hazardous chemicals and pesticides and the illicit manufacturing of firearms. The actual signings and deposit of instruments took place at UN Headquarters in New York and were announced afterwards at the Johannesburg Summit. On Tuesday, Premier Zhu Rongji told the Summit that China had ratified the Kyoto Protocol. China’s strategy of sustainable development had now run through all aspects of its economic and social development efforts, he said, and as the world’s largest developing country and a major player in environmental protection, China was an important force in international environment cooperation. As for other key countries’ participation in the accord, Mikhail Kaysanov, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, said his country had signed the Kyoto Protocol and was preparing for its ratification, which, he hoped, would take place in the near future. Moscow would also host a world conference on climate change in 2003. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien added that Canada was finalizing a plan to achieve the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol and Parliament would be asked to vote on its ratification before the end of the year. The accord establishes quantified commitments to reduce the release of these gases, requiring that from 2008 to 2012, worldwide emissions be cut by 5 per cent compared with 1990 levels. To enter into force, the Kyoto Protocol will need to be ratified by at least 55 States parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, including specified industrialized countries representing at least 55 per cent of the total 1990 carbon dioxide emissions from this group.
“The recent detection of a polio case in Iraq after a 14-year absence is a reminder of the risk currently facing children throughout the region,” said Maria Calivis, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).For Iraq, this is the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March in Moossa Hezam, a baby from Al-Rusafa, in northern Baghdad. “It is now even more imperative to boost routine immunisations to reach every child multiple times and do whatever we can to vaccinate children we could not reach in previous rounds. That’s the only way we will prevent this outbreak from spreading further,” she added.The current vaccination rounds are part of a comprehensive response to the announcement, in October 2013, that a wild poliovirus of Pakistani origin had found its way to war-ravaged Syria. Recognizing the risk of further international spread, Governments of seven countries across the Middle East, with the assistance of local non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and UN agencies, are endeavouring to reach 22 million children multiple times with polio vaccine. Since October, 25 polio vaccination campaigns have been completed across the region, including five rounds in Syria and six in Iraq. A UNICEF team visited the polio-affected baby’s home in in of the poorer neighbourhoods of Baghdad’s northern suburbs. They were told by a local doctor that “neither Moossa nor any of his four siblings received polio vaccination despite the advice of the health workers who came to the family’s house several times.”Abood Hezam, Moossa’s father, is a mini-van driver and the sole breadwinner for his family of seven. “I am working so hard to support my family and had no time to think about taking my children to the hospital for vaccinations. I truly regret this now. If only Moossa was vaccinated he would have been polio free now,” Mr. Hezam told the UNICEF team, adding that he is now working to sensitize friends and neighbours to the importance of polio vaccination. Polio, whose virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestines attacking the nervous system, is highly infectious and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.Since the detection of Moossa’s case in Iraq, the Iraqi Ministry of Health supported by UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) and other health partners conducted a mop up covering the entire location around the area where Moossa lives, covering more than 8,000 children. “Midway into the implementation of this outbreak response plan, we’re reaching the vast majority of children across the Middle East,” said Chris Maher, WHO Manager for Polio Eradication and Emergency Support. “In the second phase of the outbreak response we must work with local partners to reach the hardest-to-reach – those pockets of children who continue to miss out, especially in Syria’s besieged and conflict areas and in remote areas of Iraq. We won’t stop until we reach them.”Health teams in Lebanon and Turkey will also join the campaign on 10 and 18 April. As of end of March 2014, 27 children have been paralyzed by polio in Syria: 18 of these children are in the contested governorate of Deir Ez Zour, four are in Aleppo, two in Idlib, two in Al-Hassakeh and one in Hama. Prior to this outbreak, no polio cases have been recorded in Syria since 1999. The risk of spread to countries in the region and beyond is considered high, and health authorities from 21 countries have declared a public health emergency. In Syria, immunizations campaigns will be carried out at monthly intervals until at least May 2014. Since the outbreak was announced in October, UNICEF has delivered 14 million doses of polio vaccines to Syria.
Chess is supposed to be a deeply strategic game where each player has enough time to think before making moves. Even if the game is being played by masters who can envision many moves into the future, chess isn’t supposed to take a couple of minutes. Bennett Foddy, esteemed developer of some of the most frustratingly hilarious games on the internet — such as the iconic, nearly impossible running simulator QWOP — felt it’d be fun to speed chess up a bit. For NYU’s annual No Quarter game exhibition, Foddy created a game of chess that is played by up to 16 players at once, and each player only has control of their own pawn.Each player moves their pawn, and if they get captured by an opposing piece, they respawn as one of the leftover pieces. So, if you get captured, you get to begin life anew as a piece better than a pawn (if no more free pawns exist, that is). However, if you make it to the other size as a pawn, you leave behind a queen, then respawn as one of your team’s leftover pieces. The goal of Speed Chess is to capture the opposing side’s king, except now you must do it with up to 7 other individual minds also controlling your team’s fate.Kotaku was able to attend No Quarter, and took some video of the game, as well as probed Foddy’s mad-scientist brain:Movement in the game happens instantly — there is no animation delay, and there aren’t sequential turns to take. The only thing delaying piece movement is how quickly you can enter a command into your SNES controller.Speed Chess, like QWOP, seems maddeningly (and amusingly) unplayable, but people were able to capture the opposing king, as shown in the above video. If you’re hoping to try out Speed Chess, Foddy doesn’t appear to have any plans to release it over the internet just yet — he intended the game for events, as he feels it’s more fun to play when huddling around a television with a group of people.If you want to get your hands on the game, Foddy will be showing it off at Wild Rumpus, another games exhibition, this Saturday in London.
Gardaí to the rescue after dog found locked inside car in today’s soaring temperatures “Never lock animals in cars,” the gardaí warned. 44,415 Views Short URL Jun 19th 2017, 8:35 PM Source: Garda Info/Twitter A MEMBER OF the public raised the alarm to gardaí today, after spotting a dog trapped inside a locked car. Monday 19 Jun 2017, 8:35 PM Share1894 Tweet Email Temperatures reached the high 20s again today across the country, and it’s set to be just as hot again tomorrow.The dog was spotted inside the car at a shopping centre, the gardaí said.The ISPCA has warned in the past that even a car parked in the shade in hot temperatures can cause an animal locked inside to suffer heatstroke or even die.The gardaí said that, luckily in this case, the dog was “ok after a drink”.They also issued a warning to people to never lock animals in cars.Read: Dog owners warned to keep pets on a leash after ‘savage’ sheep attacksRead: Seven dogs had to be put down after being found in ‘deplorable’ conditions Eagle eyed public at S/Centre alerted Gardaí to dog locked in car in todays soaring temp.He was ok after a drink!Never lock animals in cars pic.twitter.com/ZljuLxQ2bc— Garda Info (@gardainfo) June 19, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3452906 60 Comments By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
By Mamadou DemBusiness Mogul, Muhammeh Bazzi yesterday informed the Janneh Commission of Enquiry, that he has finally withdrawn his application to be heard in camera, after consulting partners, friends and family members and also based on the fact that he has nothing to hide.According to Mr. Bazzi, his safety and security has been guaranteed by the Government of the Gambia under the leadership of Adama Barrow.Earlier, the former Managing Director of Social Security, Housing and Finance Corporation (SSHFC), Edward Graham, continued with his testimony before the Commission on the SSHFC Act he was referred to, the last time he appeared before the Commission.Prior to continuing with his testimony, Commission Counsel, Mrs. Amie Bensouda told him that the SSHFC Act was amended in 2010. But Graham said he was referring to the 2015 Act which separates Social Security from Housing and Finance. He was then handed over copies of the Act of 1981 and 2010 respectively, to peruse.At that juncture, Mr. Graham made comparison of both the SSHFC Act 2010, as well as the 1981 Act and explained that both Acts talked about the appointment of a Managing Director and the Governing Body of the Corporation, by the President.Upon perusal of the 2010 Act, the witness discovered that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance acts as the Vice Chairperson of the board of directors of the Corporation and section 20 of the same Act stipulates that even were as the Managing Director of SSHFC delegates his deputy to act, he/she (MD) is still responsible for the action or actions executed by the person delegated.According to him, on the 27th of September, they received directives from the office of the then President for the purchase of tents amounting to D88, 000,000.00 and Central Bank of the Gambia served as the guarantor. He said they later received letters from CBG and Trust Bank that they received the bill of lading indicating that the tents have been received and their account was debited to that effect.The office of the then President according to him, informed the Corporation that CBG will be responsible for the payments of the tents. He said there were no documents to show the transactions regarding the tents; that the money used for the purchase of the tents, was a loan but he could not confirm at that time whether the loan was approved by the board prior to disbursement. Mr. Graham also told the Commission as per the Act, that the board has no mandate to approve or disapprove directives from the Minister of Finance much more directives from the Executive. He said the loans given were guided by the policy of the Corporation while citing Section 39 of the 2015 Act, to strengthen his evidence.Mr. Graham at that point was interjected by Commission Chairman, Sourahata Janneh who put it to him that he did not introduced himself as a Legal Practitioner and said to him someone who is not a Legal Practitioner, is not compelled to answer legal questions but because of his action of citing laws, the Commission Counsel is forced to ask him legal questions. Commission Chairman advised the witness that if he wants, he can get a Counsel to write a legal opinion on his behalf, regarding the Laws he cited and based on his responsibilities as the former MD.The Chairman further told him that as Commissioners they are interested in facts and not Law, because they will come up with the position of the Law at the end of the day.Commission Counsel further told the witness that when he was reinstated in 2010, several loans were given to NAWEC amounting to $7.9 Million, $5.6 Million, $6 Million and $300 Million respectively.When asked whether he advised that the National Provident Fund was almost in jeopardy, Graham said he has discussed the issue with the former Secretary General but they were asked to go ahead with giving loans as it was an Executive Directive. He said some payments were made by NAWEC for the loans given to them and he has documents to back his testimony.The witness further informed Commissioners that they have met NAWEC in order to offset the debts they owe the Corporation since they don’t have money to pay as a strategy, which he said was in 2016.Documents relating to debts repayment agreement between the Corporation and NAWEC, were admitted as exhibits.On the purchase of fire tenders and ambulance, he said he was called at State House by Njogu Bah for the safety and security of the Airport and the Corporation was asked to give loan which will be paid. But he intimated to them that it has to be in writing. Documents relating to work about the resolution of NAWEC, Fire tenders and ambulance were admitted as exhibits. He said he did not have the resolution of the loans for the Tobaski rams and the Aircraft.He disclosed that actions have been taken verbally and in writing for the payment of the loans given by the Corporation to Institutions. Documents relating to actions taken by the Corporation for the repayment of loans in the form of letters, were produced by the witness and applied for tender by Counsel, as exhibits.“We built Social Security from zero to a multibillion dalasi Corporation. Had it been we sat there without taking action, the Corporation would not have been what it is today. NAWEC and GPA would have been bankrupt. But because we were stifled by the Act and it is part of our mandate to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. When it comes to Executive Directives, professionalism is out,” said Graham who nearly shed tears before the Commission.Next to testify was Mr. Muhammed Bazzi, who informed the Commission that he has written to them through his lawyer, for the withdrawal of his application to testify in camera; that after consulting friends, partners and family, he has decided to come plainly as they have nothing to hide and his safety and security has been guaranteed by the Government.He said the reason for the payments his company made to the accounts of former president Jammeh, was during his capacity as the Consul General of The Gambia, he was to bring investors into the country.According to Mr. Bazzi in all the countries Euro Africa Group invested, they always applied for long term investments for about 15 to 25 years and this was the case in The Gambia. Several letters in respect of NAWEC’s outstanding sums to EURO Africa as well as a folder brought by the witness showing payments into the former president’s dollar and dalasi accounts, were all admitted into evidence as exhibits.On the payment of D14M into the account of Jammeh in 2011, he said it was in regard to the payment made by Ali Charare and was made by himself in order to avoid problems for Mr. Charare.According to Mr. Bazzzi, the former president asked Mr. Charare who was managing the Gamtel International Gateway Account, to be paying $500,000.00 into his account every month, which he said was neither a bribe nor an incentive.Mr. Bazzi at that point promised to provide the Commission with all the documents, when his company exclusively started the importation of fuel into the country. He denied monopoly over fuel importation noting that the price was determined by the Ministry of Finance.Mr. Bazzi appealed to the Commission for him to call witnesses who might be in better positions to shed light on certain issues surrounding his company and this was granted by the Commission Chairman.Next to appear before the Commission was the former Managing Mirector of SSHFC, Tumbul Danso who is also the current Managing Director of Gambia Public Procurement Authority [GPPA].Mr. Danso was summoned on the payment of $1,000,000.00 to the office of the then President and he confirmed that the request was made during his tenure as the Director of the Corporation and the request was approved by the board.Mr. Danso said upon receiving the directive, he wrote to his Finance Director for relevant procedures to be taken before payment. He said the office of the then president is not classified under investment policy as it is part of the Government and the loan given to the office would not be classified as investment but rather an intervention by the Corporation.According to Mr. Danso, the loan was granted three weeks after he moved to the GPPA.Sitting continues today. Meanwhile, Mr. Bazzi will reappear on Wednesday 11th October 2017.
Load More Silver Heritage halts preparation of financial statements on a going concern basis as sale looms Buyer search no longer exclusive as main Silver Heritage candidate misses second deposit deadline Of immediate concern is the company’s first US$2 million repayment of bonds due March 2020, part of a renegotiated deal with OCP Asia last September aimed at providing Silver Heritage more time to ramp up operations at Tiger Palace Resort. As part of that deal, Silver Heritage repaid US$6.8 million of bonds at the time and was granted an extension of the maturity date of the remaining US$11.2 million through to April 2021.But those plans were thrown into disarray when the company learned that table games at Phoenix International Club in Vietnam – where it ran gaming operations on behalf of the owner – were no longer allowed under a revised Investment Certificate. Silver Heritage subsequently parted ways with Phoenix, which accounted for 45% of the group’s 2018 revenue, as part of a US$5.25 million settlement agreement.In its Friday filing, Silver Heritage revealed that the cessation of its Vietnam operations “is a potential event of default under the terms of its Bonds,” although it added it had not yet received any notification of default from its Bondholders. The company has also received a waiver in relation to an upcoming EBITDA covenant test for the six months ended 30 June 2019, “which with the loss of its Vietnam operations it is unlikely to meet.”Instead, Silver Heritage said it will seek new avenues of fundraising in order to pay its upcoming debts. Notably, the group is still chasing the second instalment of the settlement agreement after its former Vietnamese partner defaulted last month. Silver Heritage said that, following ongoing discussions, it has now received an initial payment of US$200,000 but is still working to receive the remaining balance.The company is also continuing to court potential buyers of its Nepal operations with reports that up to four genuine expressions of interest have been received. Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline The unexpected loss of its Vietnam business has left Southeast Asian casino operator Silver Heritage Group in need of additional funding if it is to meet an upcoming US$2 million repayment of bonds.In a trading update issued in conjunction with the company’s 2018 Annual Report on Friday – the release of which was delayed due to reporting irregularities discovered at its flagship Tiger Palace Resort in Nepal – Silver Heritage warned that recent events may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue due to a potential inability to “realise its assets and extinguish its liabilities in the normal course of business.” RelatedPosts
An independent review into mental health practices in the workplace has recommended six mental health core standards to help employers better support their staff, including employees with poor mental health or wellbeing.The Thriving at work review, which was commissioned by prime minister Theresa May in January 2017, explores how employers can provide better support to all of their employees to remain in and thrive at work. This includes recommendations on how employers can better assist employees who have poor mental health or wellbeing.Mental health campaigner, Lord Dennis Stevenson led the review in collaboration with Paul Farmer CBE, chief executive officer at Mind and chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce, advising all employers to commit to six mental health core standards in order to form an approach to workplace mental health. These include creating, implementing and communicating mental health at work plans, developing mental health awareness for employees, promoting effective people management through line management, and introducing routine monitoring of employee mental health and wellbeing. The core standards also recommend that employers encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available, and provide employees with good working conditions to ensure they have a healthy work-life balance as well as opportunities for development.The review which took into consideration accounts from over 200 employers of people with mental health problems, as well as opinions from leading mental health and work experts suggests that larger employers and organisations in the public sector should demonstrate best practice through external and internal reporting and designated leadership responsibility, as well as ensure the provision of tailored in-house mental health support and signposting to clinical help.Additionally, the review recommends the creation of an online health and wellbeing portal to help employers access the tools and guidance they may need, as well as the provision of extra support for small to medium businesses. The review suggests changes to legislation to offer better protection for staff with mental health problems, measures to ensure that workplace mental health is promoted and enhanced through greater transparency, and looks at the role of regulators. Furthermore, the report also discusses the use of digital technology, and how this can be used as a means to support employees working remotely or in the gig economy.The final report targets specific recommendations at the government too, such as encouraging the government to implement the mental health core standards across the public sector, as well as ensuring that mental health services are prioritised in the NHS to enable access to treatment while maintaining employment.Research by professional services firm Deloitte that was featured in the review found that poor mental health costs the UK economy between £74 billion and £99 billion a year, with the cost to employers being between £33 billion and £42 billion. Its analysis also demonstrated a return on investment of between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 invested into mental health workplace interventions.Paul Farmer (pictured), chief executive at Mind, said: “We found that in many workplaces, mental health is still a taboo subject and that opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure employees who may be struggling get the support they need. In many instances employers simply don’t understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support.“The human cost of failing to address mental health in the workplace is clear. Workplace mental health should be a priority for organisations across the UK. Every employer in the UK has a responsibility to support employees with mental health problems and promote the mental wellbeing of their entire workforce.”Dennis Stevenson, mental health campaigner, added: “In light of the demonstrable impact of poor workplace wellbeing on individuals, employers and the UK economy, we are calling on the government to accept the recommendations in full, and to introduce the core standards in the public sector. We need the right leadership among employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and a mandate from policy-makers to deliver our ambitious but achievable plan. It’s time for every employer to recognise their responsibilities and affect change, so that the UK becomes a world leader in workplace wellbeing for all staff and in supporting people with mental health problems to thrive at work.”James Malia, director of employee benefits at Sodexo Engage, said: “Today’s Thriving at work report makes some reasonable recommendations for employers on how to support their staff, but the truth is that more needs to be done and we should stop relying on just the government. Whilst we have come a long way in eliminating the taboo of mental health, talk must turn in to action. Promoting effective people management is simply not enough. Businesses need to invest in intensive training which give these managers the tools and understanding of how to recognise both good and poor mental health. Most of all, if it’s possible to have one or more mental health ambassadors in the workplace who have been through their own challenges, it will immediately encourage more employees to speak out.”Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “This welcome review shows that the UK is facing a greater challenge than expected when it comes to mental health in the workplace. With one in six people at work affected by mental ill health, a commitment from the government to address the issues head on and adopt the recommendations will be a clear signal to employers to do the same.“Mental health can still be hard for us to talk about, and we need to focus on improving the situation at a societal and workplace level. This report highlights the vital role that employers should play in tackling the persistent stigma and promoting inclusive workplaces.“Creating a healthy workplace is good for people and good for business; employers need to understand the countless benefits of what a healthy and happy workforce can deliver in terms of productivity, retention and engagement. The success of this report will ultimately rest on the willingness of government, employers and key stakeholders to work together in partnership to deliver long-term and sustainable change.”
NEW YORK—At Newsweek, all it takes is a $750 camera from B&H, access—and the fearlessness of a cable television vet—to produce online video from the presidential campaign trail.Using what she’s affectionately dubbed the “Tam Cam,” Tammy Haddad, the former MSNBC executive producer and current Newsweek video consultant, told a group of magazine executives—like everyone else, still trying to figure online video—that producing compelling content isn’t an expensive proposition.“We’re talking under $1,000,” said Haddad, speaking on a panel at the Magazines 24/7 conference here Wednesday. “It is to me just like cable,” Haddad, the former producer of Hardball with Chris Matthews, said. “You remember when we told you magazines, ‘Hey, people aren’t going to wait for print’? Now, you have the opportunity to say to them that you aren’t going to wait for TV.”People no longer wait for cable news to find video when a story breaks, she said. “You go to the Web.”Leaning on her political contacts and the Newsweek brand, Haddad recounted how she beat her former employers to exclusive campaign interviews with John McCain, Ted Kennedy—and a chance encounter with Sylvester Stallone in Las Vegas—with a D.I.Y. work-ethic. “We dropped it into the news cycle while the guys from Nightline were looking for their lattes,” Haddad said about the McCain interview.Haddad recalled chasing down an interview with the actress and apparent whale activist Hayden Panettiere leaving a rally for Barack Obama, without knowing who she was. “There were 200 reporters there,” Haddad said. “I said ‘Let’s get her!’”“I asked her what she was doing there,” Haddad continued. “She said ‘I wanted to talk to him about dolphins.’ I called Newsweek and said ‘Oh my God, upload!’”Despite her cable background, she cautioned publishers not to try to replicate cable news. “We’re not trying to be TV,” Haddad said. “That’s the biggest mistake you can make.”FOLIO: @ MAGAZINES 24/7:YouTube Hunting for Magazine PartnersMPA Announces Digital AwardsFacebook to Magazines: Bring Us Your ContentCondeNet, Meredith, Time Inc. on E-Media RollercoasterNewsweek’s D.I.Y. Video Revolution