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Indonesia refuses to allow stranded Lankans to disembark boat

Indonesian authorities have provided the Sri Lankans with food but will not let them disembark because they do not have passports or valid travel documents. As of January there were 13,679 refugees and asylum seekers registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia, many of whom have been stuck in transit for years. (Colombo Gazette) Indonesia is refusing to allow a group of illegal Sri Lankan asylum seekers to disembark from a boat which reached Indonesian waters over the weekend.The boat with 44 Sri Lankans who claim to be headed for Christmas Island remains marooned in bad weather off the Indonesian province of Aceh, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. “It read Sri Lankan refugee identity card and on top of it is writing that read Government of Tamil.”The boat was spotted by local fishermen in off the coast of Lhoknga, in the district of Aceh Besar at 11am on June 11.There were 44 men, women and children claiming to be from Sri Lanka on board, including one pregnant woman. The Sri Lankans claimed they had been forced to stop en route to Australia because their engine had been overheating, although Lhoknga military commander Major Darul Amin said a team of technicians sent to examine the engines found nothing wrong.The Sri Lankans, who told the Indonesian authorities they had come from India, were reportedly keen to continue their voyage to Australia and Indonesia wanted them out of its waters.However Mr Achmad said the boat was still off the coast of Aceh because the weather was bad. He said the Sri Lankans had requested 7000 litres of diesel, but the Indonesians couldn’t give them such a “huge amount”. The International Organisation for Migration has indicated it is ready to assist with services if asked to do so and the UN refugee agency is also in communication with the government.Indonesia is not a signatory to the UN refugee convention and refugees cannot legally work there while waiting for resettlement in a third country.There are 13 immigration detention centres in Indonesia, most of which are overcrowded. “We told them we could only provide 1000 litres but they rejected that,” Mr Achmad said.“I have talked with my colleagues from the Home Ministry but no decision has been reached. We agreed that we must bring this issue to the governor.” “There is one who showed something like a refugee document but it is not from the UNHCR,” the head of the Aceh immigration office, Achmad Samadan, told Fairfax Media. read more

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Trump to visit Poland for World War II anniversary Sept 1

WARSAW, Poland — An aide to Poland’s president says that President Donald Trump will visit Warsaw from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 to take part in observances marking the 80th anniversary of World War II.It would be Trump’s second visit to Poland since July 2017. Poland is among Washington’s closest partners in Europe, with co-operation focusing on defence and energy security.The head of President Andrzej Duda’s office, Krzysztof Szczerski, said Tuesday that Trump would arrive in Warsaw on the evening of Aug. 31.The next day Trump will take part in ceremonies in Warsaw marking 80 years since Nazi German troops invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 starting the war.He would depart on Sept. 2.Trump has hosted Duda twice at the White House.The Associated Press

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Adolescent mens health clinic launched in Mahdia

Three adolescent and a men’s health clinics were launched on Thursday, in Mahdia.The collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Public Health and the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) is aimed at improving healthcare services for adolescents and men residing in the region.Speaking at the launch of the initiative at Mahdia’s District Hospital, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, (DCEO) Dr. Karen Boyle explained that in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine there is a disproportionately high number of pregnancy and maternal mortalities among teenagers as opposed to urban areas.(From left) Medical Officer, Mahdia District Hospital, Dr. Badel Baksh; Mahdia’s District Hospital, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, (DCEO) Dr. Karen Boyle; UNICEF’s Representative, Sylvie Fouet; Regional Executive Officer, Region Eight, Gavin GungaGuyana has been recorded as having the second highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 97 per 1000 teenage pregnancies, after the Dominican Republic with 98 per 1000.Dr. Boyle said this is alarming since “we know that teen pregnancy is not only a health risk but is also a social risk factor that impacts our maternal motility rate and has the potential to negatively impact the economic productivity of the next generation.” Hence, it is crucial that teenage pregnancy is minimised or eradicated completely from society.”The DCEO outlined the some of the causes of teenage or unplanned pregnancy such as sexual violence and incest, power differential (men deciding when they will have sex) and intergenerational sex (young girls having sex with older men). Very often these have led to a high percentage of teens being at risk of contracting Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or the Human Immune Virus (HIV/AIDS). However, protection from these diseases is possible Dr. Boyle said.“You have to know how to protect yourself and …here at the clinic we know it has adolescent friendly (staff) to enable you to protect yourself by providing the necessary information and guidance.”According to the Department of Public Information, the DCEO underscored the need for more programmes and community groups to actively address the issue of teen health and pregnancy. To this end, she noted that the Ministry will seek partnership with the Ministries of Education, Communities, Indigenous People’s Affairs and Social Protection to provide the necessary assistance. She also called on other stakeholders to get involved in this fight.Meanwhile, UNICEF’s Representative, Sylvie Fouet explained that adolescence can be a period of challenges and vulnerability, therefore access to youth-friendly services are critical in this regard. In partnering with the Ministry of Public Health the main aim is to give young mothers and fathers the access to knowledge and information skillsMen’s Health Coordinator, Dr. Dennis Bassier, explained that menfolk will benefit from counselling and therapy sessions.  He highlighted that there are cases of men not fully comprehending the dangers of teenage pregnancy and how to care for their newborn babies. “We will provide counselling with them along with their partners to let them understand what happens,” Dr. Bassier said.Further, Medical Officer, Mahdia District Hospital, Dr. Badel Baksh highlighted that the area faces challenges as it relates to teenage pregnancy, since many teenagers practice experimentation, whether it be with drugs or sex.Some of audience at the launching of the adolescent and men’s health and early childhood initiative“There is the need for much sensitisation, hopefully at this forum, we will be able to break the cultural barrier with this population and they can know that this is the place to come for all their problems. Health is everybody’s business and we must look out for each other,” Dr. Baksh saidFollowing the launch, the visiting team made a donation of a large flat screen television and a DVD player to the Mahdia District Hospital for educational purposes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t exploring long-term solutions for early sexual activities among youthsFebruary 8, 2017In “Local News”GMI remains closed until “certain requirements are met” – EPAApril 8, 2019In “Environment”Two more maternal deaths reported, investigation launchedNovember 29, 2013In “Crime” read more

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10th anniversary of first major gold and copper discovery at Oyu Tolgoi

first_imgIvanhoe Mines’ Chief Executive Officer and founder, Robert Friedland, and Senior Vice President of Exploration, Douglas Kirwin, observed July 17th’s 10th anniversary of the company’s first major mineral discovery at Oyu Tolgoi with a tribute to the 14,000 workers who now are building the Oyu Tolgoi mining complex in southern Mongolia. “Oyu Tolgoi already is one of the mining world’s great stories, thanks to the legions of people who have figured in its discoveries and development,” Friedland said.“It began with the perseverance of an international fraternity of geologists who believed that Oyu Tolgoi’s green-stained surface rocks were clues to deeper secrets. Ivanhoe’s geological team started working with the drillers in 2000 and successively lifted the lids on this extraordinary chain of mineral deposits that now extends over 23 km. Designs of the open-pit and underground mines evolved with experts who have incorporated some of the industry’s most advanced techniques and technologies. We listened and found common ground with aspirations of the people of Mongolia. And now the skills of a construction workforce, which surpassed 14,000 on July 15, are bringing the Oyu Tolgoi dream closer to reality with every passing day.”Friedland said that the news release issued by Ivanhoe Mines on July 17, 2001, announcing the discovery of “potentially significant gold, copper and molybdenum mineralisation” at Oyu Tolgoi (Turquoise Hill), in fact proved to be a highly significant understatement.The 2001 news release reported that Hole 150, Ivanhoe’s first deep diamond hole that tested the hypogene potential of the Southwest Oyu Zone at Oyu Tolgoi, “was drilled to a depth of 590 m and averaged in excess of 1 g/t Au and 0.81% Cu over a distance of 508 m, from 70 m to 578 m. It included a zone of 278 m from188 to 466 m, grading in excess of 1.0% Cu and approximately 1.50 g/t Au.”Kirwin said that following Ivanhoe’s initial discovery hole in 2001, the company marshalled a fleet of 21 drill rigs. “We were producing more than 1 km of drill core every day. At the time, this was the single largest drilling campaign being conducted anywhere in the world.”A total of approximately 940 km of core has been drilled since the start of Ivanhoe’s exploration program at Oyu Tolgoi in 2000. Three active rigs are continuing to expand the known resources. The current Measured and Indicated resource contains an estimated 40,600 Mlb of copper and 20.9 Moz of gold, with an additional Inferred resource of 40,600 Mlb of copper and 25.3 Moz of gold.“Oyu Tolgoi remains on track to begin producing ore around next year’s anniversary of the initial discovery and ultimately to become one of the world’s top three copper-gold mines,” Friedland said.Commercial production is scheduled for 2013. During the first 10 years of production, Oyu Tolgoi is projected to produce an average of 544,000 t of copper, 650,000 oz of gold and 3 Moz of silver every year. Highlights of this week’s progress includes:Ongoing construction at the concentrator complex, including exterior wall paneling, conveyor installation and foundation work on the tailings-thickening pondsFurther assembly of the first open-pit mining fleet Structural steel erection on the Shaft #2 temporary sinking house.last_img read more

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David Moyes confirmed as new Manchester United manager

first_imgUpdated 16.05DAVID MOYES IS the new Manchester United manager.The Old Trafford club have confirmed the news this afternoon, saying Moyes will pen a six-year deal.“It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next Manager of Manchester United,” said Moyes. “I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job.  I have great respect for everything he has done and for the Football Club.“I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season.“I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and Board of Directors and a great set of players.  Between now and the end of the season, I will do everything in my power to make sure we finish as high as possible in the table.“Everton’s fantastic fans have played a big part in making my years at Goodison so enjoyable and I thank them wholeheartedly for the support they have given me and the players.  Everton will be close to me for the rest of my life.”TributesBorn in Bearsden, a suburb of Glasgow, he becomes the eighth Scot to take over the Old Trafford hotseat.“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” said Alex Ferguson in a statement. “David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of Assistant Manager here. He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.”Earlier, Everton confirmed Moyes is set to leave at the end of the season. Moyes met chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening and “confirmed his desire to join Manchester United,” Everton said this afternoon.The Toffees will begin their search for a replacement immediately, with Wigan’s Roberto Martinez already installed as a short-priced favourite for the job. Moyes’ decision ends his run as the third longest-serving manager in the Premier League, an 11-year stint bettered only by Ferguson and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.“I have always said that we wanted the next manager to be a genuine Manchester United man,” said Bobby Charlton. “In David Moyes, we have someone who understands the things that make this such a special club. We have secured a man who is committed to the long-term and will build teams for the future as well as now. Stability breeds success.“David has tremendous strength of character and recognises the importance of bringing young players through and developing them alongside world class talent.  At United, I think David will be able to express himself.  I’m delighted he has accepted.” Although Moyes failed to win any trophies his time on Merseyside is widely considered to be a success as, with limited resources, he built a competitive squad and brought Champions League football back to Goodison Park in 2005/2006.His best chance of silverware came in the 2009 FA Cup Final when Everton took the lead against Chelsea through a Louis Saha goal after just 25 seconds. But goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard in either half denied Moyes his first winners’ medal at the top level.Now he looks set to face the remarkable challenge of continuing Ferguson’s legacy and maintaining United’s status as one of world football’s superpowers.More to followUnited jump Facebook gun, name David Moyes coach 15 minutes too soonlast_img read more

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Android Market expands to offer ebooks

first_imgGoogle is certainly trying to make the Android Marketplace a tempting place to frequent for its many followers, as they have already added cosmetic changes (incorporating a rating system) and earlier this month introduced a web friendly store. But recent discoveries have seen URLs appearing that point to several new features, one of which is the new e-book store Google Books.Yep you can now buy e-books from the Android Marketplace, however, this does not appear to be the case for all areas or countries just yet. For example, typing in the official e-books URL into your browser may work or may see you get returned to the main home page meaning the feature is not yet available.Whatever the outcome, this is certainly a step in the right direction for Google as they try and compete with Apple’s iTunes store. Currently the number of e-books at the last count was around 500 titles, but once this takes off the number of available books should increase significantly.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

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Legal battles on the horizon to return Parthenon marbles to Greece

first_imgEarlier this week in Melbourne, at their 56th annual convention, AHEPA appointed Emanuel Komninos and lawyer Victor Bizanis in charge of the case. Mr Bizanis said the precise defendant for the case is yet to be established, however there is no evidence of legal documentation from the time allowing Lord Elgin to remove the sculptures from the Parthenon before selling them to the British government. The legal battle will be an expensive pursuit, Mr Komninos said, however AHEPA has already provided funding of $15,000. Getting the okay from the Greek government may present difficulties, Mr Komninos said. “The Greek Minister for Culture has made it very clear to me that the Greek government does not wish to go to court,” he said.Mr Bizanis said he will pursue an appointment in person with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to present their case. “These were a component ripped off one of the great buildings of Europe, the other half is in Athens, it’s a restoration to unite two articles in the appropriate place, which is in the hands of the Greek people,” Mr Bizanis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Nintendo pas de Wii 2 au programme

first_imgNintendo : pas de Wii 2 au programmeNintendo a clairement fait comprendre qu’il ne comptait pas proposer une autre Wii pour l’année 2011. La console actuelle n’a pas encore utilisé tout son potentiel, selon les dirigeants de la firme.Nintendo compte encore profiter du succès de la Wii. La console aux manettes sans fil ne possède pas la technologie “dernier cri” mais possède une longueur d’avance sur ses principaux rivaux que sont la Xbox 360 et la Playstation 3. “Aujourd’hui, la Wii a encore beaucoup, beaucoup d’autres unités à vendre. Une fois atteint une base installée de 45 millions ici aux USA, nous pourrons avoir une conversation à propos de la prochaine génération”, explique Reginald Fils-Aimé, directeur de Nintendo of America. Pour le moment, la console s’est vendue à 30 millions d’unités. Nintendo choisit donc de continuer à lutter malgré un catalogue de jeux peu impressionnant. La firme compte beaucoup plus sur le succès de sa console portable en 3D à venir, la Nintendo 3DS. Des armes suffisantes pour affronter les innovations de la concurrence ?Le 15 novembre 2010 à 10:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Camas flight instructor Vancouver teen killed in plane crash

first_img(Updated at 9:15 p.m.)A Camas flight instructor and a Vancouver teenager were killed late Wednesday in a plane crash near Goble, Ore.Todd Norrish, 47, and 17-year-old student pilot Jimmy Kravets died when the small Cessna aircraft they were flying went down sometime Wednesday evening, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies received notification of a missing pilot late that night. Searchers located the wreckage and the bodies of both of the plane’s occupants at 3:38 a.m. Thursday. A cellphone signal helped identify the location, authorities said.The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash scene. The cause of the crash so far remains unclear.Earlier reports indicated that the plane took off in rainy skies Wednesday from Pearson Field in Vancouver. The plane was registered to Aero Maintenance. On Thursday, owner Bill Gough released a written statement on behalf of the company.“We at Aero Maintenance Flight Center Inc. offer our prayers and condolences to the families and friends of one of our flight instructors and a student who were lost yesterday evening in an aircraft accident,” Gough said. “We are deeply saddened by this accident and are currently assisting the FAA and NTSB with their investigation with the hopes that the cause of the accident will be determined quickly.”last_img read more

How to engage staff with financial wellbeing

first_imgThere was a time when financial education centred on pensions and not much else, but the scope has now widened, with employers increasingly playing a role in helping staff improve their financial wellbeing.Research by financial education provider Nudge, Financial education: the definitive guide 2016, published in March 2016, found that the number of organisations now supporting their employees’ financial wellbeing increased by 45% in 2015. The level at which employers are prepared to get involved with their employees’ finances is also deepening, albeit with a third-party provider between them to keep them at arm’s length.According to Nudge’s research, more than 50% of financial education programmes were limited to the workplace pension in 2013. However, its 2016 research found that 96% of employers would like to provide a holistic programme, covering pensions, employee benefits and personal finances.As well as education on personal finance issues, this more holistic offering may also include wider financial support services, such as access to loans that employees can repay through salary deductions. Monica Kalia, founder of Neyber, which provides such a service, says: “It is a new concept and there will be early adopters that are prepared to do something different because they want to have a best-in-class benefits package.“While it may not be an employer’s first inclination to do something about financial stress in the workplace, it is clear that they are starting to recognise, much like mental health, that the problems are at their door so they need to be part of the solution,” adds Kalia. “Helping employees with financial wellbeing, outside of just providing them with a pay cheque, can go a long way to helping with engagement.”Another way some employers are offering personal financial wellbeing support is through financial services that help with day-to-day budgeting. Provider Squirrel offers a service that diverts an employee’s monthly outgoings, such as bills, into a separate bank account once they have been paid, allowing them to manage their money and save if they want to. If an employee wants to access their savings, they contact Squirrel’s call centre and explain what they want it for. Mutaz Qubbaj, chief executive officer at Squirrel, says: “Helping employees manage their money is the last taboo and something employers can do to boost engagement and the wellbeing of their employees.”Technology is increasingly seen as part of the solution when it comes to engaging staff with financial wellbeing. While traditionally, employers may have put information about pensions and other benefits on the intranet, many employers are now taking a more proactive approach. This could include targeted support and communication around legislative changes or lifestyle events, such as moving house, having a baby, or reaching retirement, or when there is an organisational change or drive towards a particular benefit.Providers such as Nudge also enable employees to set their own ‘nudges’, perhaps to remind them when their individual savings account (Isa) rate is going to change, for example. Tim Perkins, director at Nudge, says: “What our clients have in common is that they all recognise the importance of an employee’s financial wellbeing and the impact on the employer, and they realise that the traditional channels don’t work.”Simply expecting employees to read something on a static site is unlikely to have the desired impact if it is not supported by additional, and more interactive, engagement methods and resources, such as financial modelling tools.Just putting information on an intranet is probably the worst way to do it, says Jonathan Watts-Lay, director of Wealth at Work, which provides financial education in the workplace. “The most effective [method] is face-to-face. That could be seminars or [a] one-to-one [session. In] second place is a webinar, which is live, so it is still quite interactive, and then [there are] a lot of joint third places, things such as animation and pre-recorded webcasts,” he adds.When it comes to engaging staff with their financial wellbeing, workforce segmentation can help to overcome logistical constraints. “[Organisations] might have people in a head office, people on the road, people on a production line or shift working and overseas workers,” adds Watts-Lay. “There are two dimensions: what is most effective in that [education] pecking order and marrying that against logistical constraints.”Technology will become increasingly important as more millennials enter the workforce. However, Watts-Lay says: “We find our helpline really works. On something such as pensions people like to speak to someone. Technology is great, but it isn’t the answer to everything.”Police Mutual engages staff with loan offeringPolice Mutual, an organisation that offers financial services to police and military employees and their families, gives its 500 employees access to competitive loans through Neyber, a service where monthly repayments are deducted straight from their pay packet.Since introducing the scheme at the beginning of 2015, around 5% of the organisation’s staff have taken up the service, typically consolidating existing loans and borrowing an average of £10,500 over a four-and-a-half-year repayment period.Kenny Graves, head of HR at Police Mutual, says: “I think [employers] do have to pay attention to the stresses and strains that people have in their personal life. You have to get the basics in place in terms of feeling safe and being secure financially.”There is no cost for offering the service. “It is probably one of the most straight-forward deductions we do, so it is almost a zero overhead,” adds Graves.The organisation utilises a range of channels to engage employees and communicate the benefit, including posters, email and SMS. It also held a roadshow walk-in session attended by the provider. Need to know:Employers are increasingly keen to offer holistic financial education, including around employees’ personal finances.New providers are offering ways employers can offer help with an employee’s personal finances while staying at arm’s length.Like financial education around pensions and benefits, education around personal financial wellbeing can benefit from audience segmentation and using forms of communication that are not static and passive.last_img read more

City Of Kenai Awarded Grant For Bridge Access Bike Path

first_imgA local nonprofit organization, BIK&S, identified the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which authorized the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to provide funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives as a potential source of funding to construct a pedestrian bike path along Bridge Access RoadAccording to Ostrander at this time it is unknown when the construction on the project is slated to begin: “We would anticipate that the earliest construction would begin is next summer, but at this point we do not have a firm timeline.” Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “There is a separated bike path that will be constructed along with the reconstruction of Beaver Loop Road, and this will connect from Beaver Loop to the Kenai Spur Highway.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai has been awarded a grant through the Department of Transportation, Transportation Alternatives Program, to complete the Unity Trail from Beaver Loop to the Kenai Spur Hwy along Bridge Access.center_img Back in January, the Kenai City Council approved an ordinance to provide the necessary match needed for the project. Ostrander: “It’s a $1.4 million dollar project. We received a grant for that, but there is a match that the city needs to provide of roughly $120,000 for that. It’s a project that will be a great addition to the city.” last_img read more

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Juneau Police Chief Secondhand goods ordinance extremely successful

first_imgThe crime rate in Juneau went down in 2014, according to an annual report released by the local police department.Police Chief Bryce Johnson presented the report to the Juneau Assembly on Monday and noted that the underlying crime statistics show two clear trends.Download Audio“Property crime is down significantly, but violent crime is up,” he said.In property crime cases, Johnson said an ordinance the Assembly adopted last August to curb fencing of stolen goods through certain businesses has become investigators’ primary tool.Bryce Johnson“So on average, twice a month, the secondhand ordinance is the main reason we’re able to clear a criminal case,” Johnson said. “So from our perspective, it’s an extremely successful ordinance. We’re still working a little bit on the compliance part for some secondhand dealers. But it has been as productive or more productive than we actually thought it would be. It’s really helping us to clear some crimes.”Since it took effect in September, Johnson said the ordinance has led to recoveries of jewelry, electronics and firearms in 11 separate cases.The ordinance targets shops that buy and sell secondhand goods and is similar to state laws requiring pawn shops document and hold inventory.Assemblyman Loren Jones said jewelry taken from his household ended up in the new system.“When the police officer was in our entryway getting the information from my wife, a picture of the pawned item showed up on his phone. So she could identify it. It’s now sitting in the PD’s property,” Jones said. “It worked as it was supposed to.”A massive spike in heroin seizures also drew attention. Police seized $4.7 million of heroin in 2014, about eight times more than in 2013. Meanwhile, OxyContin and oxycodone pill seizures fell to about 1 percent of 2013 levels.Johnson said the spike in heroin seizures is likely driven by addiction, and partially from increased police presence at the airport. Juneau police replaced private firms for round-the-clock security at the airport in October 2013. The airport is a primary point of entry and hub for regional trafficking.Another trend Johnson mentioned to the Assembly was the use of body cameras.“Every agency in the country is trying to get body cameras right now. So I may come back at some point to talk body cameras. It’s the future; I don’t see how we don’t go forward with that,” he said.Finally, Johnson also noted that the department had lost its professional accreditation because the credentialing organization it used no longer exists. The department is seeking a new credentialing agency. Accreditation essentially means that a third party can verify that a department meets professional police standards.last_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are heading for divorce Social media buzz

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Nick JonasInstagramPriyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are not having a good time with each other and that the couple is already headed for a divorce after just 117 days of married life, said a magazine report.It was reported in Ok!, the tabloid magazine, that quoted a source, who has made this revealing comments about the couple’s relationship. Apparently, both of them are falling out of love, now that they are starting to know each other. “They’ve been fighting about everything – work, partying, spending time together. The bottom line is that Nick and Priyanka rushed into things… and now they’re paying the price. Their marriage is hanging by a thread,” the source added.The anonymous insider has further contended that Jonas believed the actress was “cool and easy going” when they got married, “but recently Nick’s seen a controlling side to her. She also has a temper – that’s something Nick wasn’t aware of until after the wedding celebrations.” Sophie TurnerPriyanka Chopra Official Instagram (priyankachopra)Even, the Jonas family wants the relationship to end as soon as possible, as has been claimed by the tipster. The family thought that Chopra was “this mature woman who was ready to settle down and have kids,” but they now feel she’s a party girl who “acts like she’s 21.””There are whispers that Nick and Priyanka got married so quickly they didn’t take the time to draw up a prenup. No one would put it past her to make things difficult for Nick should they divorce,” the anonymous source further added.The recent allegations come amid the couple have been spotted together partying in Miami, with Got star, Sophie Turner and her fiancé Joe Jonas. Even their social media accounts are all glossy and happy and the chances of that being a huge cover-up to hide the real issues that are bothering the couple may just be that they’re trying to avoid an ugly public spat, said the report.If the claims are found out to be true, then this may just become the biggest cover-up by any celebrity couple.last_img read more

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Japan Wants To Introduce A New Form of Digital Currency

first_img You’ve heard of bitcoin. You probably aren’t exactly sure what it is, but you’ve likely heard of it while browsing around online. But there’s something new that could be on the horizon. It’s the J Coin, a special kind of currency Japan’s banks are planning to launch in a bid to help citizens stop using so much cash. It’s all in response to China’s Alibaba, who launched a special mobile phone payment system, just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.A group of banks headed by Mizuho Financial Group and Japan Post Bank is looking to bring the J Coin into reality, a digital currency that can be used to pay for things and to transfer money to others with the press of a button via smartphone. The J Coin would be used via smartphone app and QR codes in stores, convertible into yen. It would be free to consumers, but users would be giving more information to the banks on what kind of money they spend on various items.There’s heavy concern from Japanese banks about how Alibaba’s Alipay could be sending information on Japanese consumers to China, as well as the country’s dependency on cash. As it turns out, Japan relies on cash more than any other country at 70% usage. Using this service could help bolster the Japanese economy by a billion yen by reducing settlement fees and cash-handling costs. Thus, the J Coin is planned to be announced in the coming days.If this is something Japan does plan on introducing in its country to help resolve its revenue woes, it wouldn’t be surprising to see something like this occur in other countries as popularity and ease of use grows. Of course, it would be a challenge for those who still refuse to switch to their smartphone as their primary payment method. Time will tell if this is a good move for the country.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more

Alex Strangelove portrays bisexuality simply as a stepping stone

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . With movies like Call Me By Your Name, Love, Simon, and, now recently added to Netflix, Alex Strangelove. However all these movies have something in common.All their main characters are gay, cis, white, skinny, boys.Hay representation is amazing and there is so much need for it. But there is more diversity in the LGBT+ community.Specifically and in this case, bisexuality.Spoilers AheadThe movie Alex Strangelove is a warm hearted, comedic, coming of age movie.It tells the story of Alex Truelove and his experience when he wants to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. His plans are derailed when he meets another boy who causes him to question his sexuality.After I watched this movie I found myself disappointed when the main character turned out to be gay. I believed the movie played him out to be bisexual!The problem I had was bi-erasure. This comes out in the movie when Alex begins to think he may be bisexual. However by the end realizes he is gay.‘The movie was set up perfectly as a bisexual love story’This portrays bisexuality as simply a stepping stone for people who are gay, lesbian, or straight. This only reinforces the stereotype that people who identify as bisexual are just confused or even lying.Of course if the character is gay, they are gay. No one can change that. But a popular complaint online comes from people who believe the movie was set up perfectly as a bisexual love story.Alex Strangelove hit on important topics such as biphobia. But when it came to educating people about it, I think the movie missed the mark.For example when Alex’s best friend Dell completely dismisses Alex when he comes out as bisexual. He convinces Alex he is just straight with a ‘man crush’ on a boy who just happens to be gay.This is unfortunately a popular belief with not only straight people but from within the LGBT+ community as well. That kind of exclusion is unhealthy coming from anywhere. This is why the media needs to help change the views society has on bisexuality and it’s movies like this that could have started it. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Sidney feels Alex Strangelove missed the mark when it comes to biphobia | Photo: Alex Strangelove trailer Youtube The movie could have played out in a way that Alex could have learnt more about himself and taught his friends about his bisexuality and it’s validity.However, ultimately it was dismissed once Alex comes out as gay in the end. The idea of bisexuality is never brought up again.‘It’s important that everyone has someone they can look up to’In the end the movie played out in a similar way that most teen romances do. The main character ends up at the dance with who they were meant to be with all along – A story ending we have seen countless times.While it did touch on the troubles of internalized homophobia and a judge full environment, the story line is not all that unique.I can’t think of a single romance movie with a bisexual main character. And I think it is important that there are more bisexual or pansexual leads in Hollywood to educate people about all the groups in LGBT+.Sexuality is a large part of a persons identity and with a new age of children growing up in a more open environment, it’s important that everyone has someone they can look up to.So with the coming tide of change in Hollywood. So maybe the movie Alex Strangelove is not the bisexual representation some were looking for. It was still good movie, and it taught many lessons while giving a honest glimpse into the life of a modern gay teen.There is a lot to learn from Alex Strangelove and the movie leaves me hoping that movies continue to grow more diverse.Read moreAlex Strangelove director on complicated gay characters: ‘We are dirty, messy people’center_img Netflix’s edgy gay teen sex comedy is delightful but unbalanced eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 2018 has certainly been turning out to be a big year for gay representation. Netflix’s Alex Strangelove was never ‘erasing bisexuality’Why this young bi woman has an issue with Netflix’s Alex StrangeloveAlex Strangelove ‘follows confused and confusing teenagers’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Georgia Hospital Purchases Carestream Touch Prime XE Ultrasound System

first_img April 5, 2016 — North Fulton Hospital, Roswell, Ga., is one of the first healthcare providers in the United States to purchase the new Carestream Touch Prime XE Ultrasound System.“We evaluated ultrasound systems from several suppliers and selected Carestream’s Touch Prime XE because it offers significant advances in workflow, ergonomics, ease of use and image quality,” said Tracy Wilkinson, the hospital’s director of imaging services.The Touch Prime XE was recently installed for general diagnostic imaging use in radiology, OB/GYN and vascular applications at the 202-bed, acute care hospital.The platform’s design is based upon recommendations by ultrasound professionals across the world, resulting in a novel system that can be customized to every sonographer. The system is fully adjustable to accommodate all scanning positions and the swipe of a badge activates each sonographer’s preferences and presets.“During the evaluation process our sonographers quickly recognized that this system is more user-friendly, offers faster access to images and eliminates tedious manual steps that are required with older ultrasound systems,” Wilkinson reported.She noted the ability to save time in the detection and visualization of complex flows can help accelerate sonographers’ productivity.Carestream’s proprietary Smart Flow Imaging visualizes blood flow in all directions, independent of imaging angle. In addition, Smart Flow Assist technology can automatically and continually update beam steering, gate position and angle correction — even when the transducer is moving. This eliminates the need for repeated manual adjustments by the sonographer.Carestream’s Touch Prime XE system employs Carestream’s advanced SynTek Architecture, which simultaneously provides enhanced spatial detail with increased frame rates for improved visualization of moving structures while optimizing image formation to reduce noise and artifacts. The Touch Prime XE is capable of frame rates in excess of 100Hz while maintaining enhanced imaging detail. “The Touch Prime XE system delivers real-time imaging of structures and maintains full frame rates while adding color and spectral analysis. We can finally do triplex imaging without compromise,” Wilkinson said.She added that the completely sealed all-touch control panel is void of any buttons, knobs and keys to make cleaning easy and help limit the spread of pathogens. The system can be locked and sanitized within seconds at any time — between patients or even during exams.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | April 05, 2016 Georgia Hospital Purchases Carestream Touch Prime XE Ultrasound System One of the first in the U.S. to buy the system, sonographers selected the new platform for advances in workflow, ergonomics and image qualitylast_img read more

Norwegian Bliss customized for Alaska experience debuts summer 2018

first_img SEATTLE — Norwegian Cruise Line’s next new vessel, Norwegian Bliss, will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities “for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience”. The ship is set to make its debut in June 2018.Norwegian Bliss will cruise to Alaska from Seattle, the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in that city. The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss will weigh in at 167,800 gross tons and accommodate some 4,000 guests.“Norwegian was the first cruise line to begin cruising to Alaska from Seattle in 2000 and it’s only fitting that we bring our newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, directly to this incredible location,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Alaska is one of the top destinations for our guests to explore and we are thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer our guests the opportunity to experience this coveted destination aboard a brand new, state-of-the-art cruise ship custom designed for Alaska, the first of its kind to ever debut in Seattle.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAfter a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit through the new locks, the ship will sail north along the West Coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season. Norwegian Bliss will then sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, calling in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, B.C.Continuing Norwegian’s tradition of decorating each ship’s hull with signature art, marine life artist Wyland has been commissioned to design the hull artwork for Norwegian Bliss.  Known for his iconic whale murals, marine life paintings and sculptures, Wyland’s design for Norwegian Bliss’ hull art will be revealed later this month.Norwegian’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has entered into a 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle to collectively invest US$30 million to upgrade the Pier 66 facilities. Plans include expanding the guest check-in space by 300% to more than 150,000 square feet, a new VIP lounge with views of Elliott Bay, and the addition of two new elevated passenger boarding bridges to expedite the boarding process.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthNorwegian Bliss will be available for reservations in January 2017. Travelweek Group Share Friday, October 14, 2016 Tags: Alaska, Norwegian Cruise Linecenter_img Norwegian Bliss customized for Alaska experience; debuts summer 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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House of Cards renewed for season four

first_img is no trailer. There is no release date. There are no plot details. But Netflix has confirmed that “House of Cards” has been renewed for a fourth season.The show’s Twitter account announced the renewal Thursday evening with President Frank Underwood’s signature line: “I will leave a legacy.” © 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments “House of Cards” — headlined by Kevin Spacey as President Underwood, a full-time Machiavellian and occasional murderer, and Robin Wright as his icy first lady — more-or-less reinvented television in 2013. The show won more than its share of Emmys, including one for Spacey, and proved that a series could be incredibly successful without ever being traditionally broadcast.(Do not read the next paragraph if you are not up to date on the show.)Where we last left off, Claire Underwood — realizing, quite belatedly, the limits of a first lady’s power — threatened to leave her husband in the middle of a tough primary campaign. Since the Underwoods have always been united in doing evil on “House of Cards,” it’s unclear how season four will handle this significant rift in their relationship, particularly as the prospect of a first lady abandoning a president on the verge of re-election seems completely unrealistic. Why doesn’t Claire just wait for her husband to serve a full term, then run for the Senate, as one notable real-life first lady has done?(OK: It’s safe to resume reading now.)Deadline Hollywood reported the show will begin filming sometime this summer near Baltimore. The show threatened to move out of Maryland after the show’s producers, Media Rights Capital, had a spat with legislators over tax credits last year.“Spoiler alert: We’re going to keep the 3,700 jobs and more than 100 million dollars of economic activity and investment that ‘House of Cards’ generates right here in Maryland,” Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said at the time. “Media Rights Capital has been a great supporter of the people and entertainment community in Maryland, and we couldn’t be happier to continue our partnership.” I will leave a legacy. #Underwood2016— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) April 2, 2015center_img Official – S4 of @HouseofCards announced. But the writers & I have been secretly writing for months hehe. @netflix— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) April 2, 2015 Related posts:Robin Williams brought brutal honesty to his best roles Robin Williams, frenetic, fearless actor and comedian, dies at 63 In ‘Narcos,’ Netflix recreates Pablo Escobar’s world Reggae royalty with a new rhythm: Ky-mani Marleylast_img read more

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first_imgJanuary 18 , 2019 You might also be interested in Fyffes launches Global Gender Equality Program in … Ireland-based Fyffes has signed an agreement officially recognizing the Union of Agroindustrial Workers (STAS) as the representative of workers at its Honduran melon subsidiary Sur Agrícola de Honduras (Suragroh).The Federation of Agroindustrial Worker Unions (Festagro) said in a statement that STAS on Jan. 11 had held a meeting with representatives of the multinational owned by Japanese company Sumitomo.Collective bargaining negotiations between Fyffes and STAS are due to begin on Feb. 5, it said, adding that Fyffes also agreed to rehire union members by Jan. 21.center_img The development comes after Fair Trade USA decertified Suragroh in December, saying the entity was non-compliant with several of its standards. It said that a “thorough on-the-ground audit and investigation” had confirmed issues related to wages and benefits, worker health and safety, and freedom of association.”STAS recognition from Fyffes is an important step toward improving working conditions at Fyffes’ subsidiaries, i.e. abiding by Honduran labor law and international labor standards; given that STAS is a legally constituted union with every right to represent Fyffes workers,” Festagro said.It went onto say: “We deem Fyffes’ new posture towards respecting its workers’ rights as positive and expect that this agreement will mean that any and all anti-union retaliation will come to an immediate end.”Workers and union members should be free from all forms of harassment and not face retaliation for attending STAS meetings or distributing union materials at work.” Ethical Trading Initiative terminates Fyffes’ memb …last_img read more

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