TAYLOR, B.C. – The Seventh Annual Arnie Isberg One-Pitch Tournament will round the bases this weekend in Taylor.The tournament has been raising money for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation over the past six years, with funds going towards cancer treatment and diagnostics. Since the Arnie Isberg planning committee took over the tournament, they’ve raised $80,000 for the cause. The committee hopes to raise $20,000 this year to break that $100,000 threshold.24 teams have registered to compete at the tournament, while another 14 are on a waiting list to get in. One of the tournament’s organizers, Becky Pruden, explained that it’s a fairly exclusive tournament because everyone wants to get in to help the cause. “We have a waiting list of 14, we were able to put two of them on from last year, which was really exciting as these teams have been waiting a while to get on.” said Pruden, “It’s kind of an exclusive tournament, if you can’t make it then your down to the bottom of the lineup.”Participants are only given one pitch, so they will either walk, strikeout, foul out, or get a hit. Teams will play a round robin on Friday and Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Followed by a double-elimination playoff, with the finals taking place Sunday afternoon.Featured at the tournament will be the annual Illumination Ceremony, where residents can purchase bags and write a message to friends or loved ones who are fighting, or lost their battle to cancer. The Bags are lit up and lined around the field so residents can walk the diamond and pay their respects. Bags are $5 each, with the Illumination Ceremony starting at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.“Everyone walks around, takes a moment and it is really incredible, It’s really fantastic.” said Pruden, “We really encourage our players to have that moment of silence and the community to come down and really embrace what this tournament is actually about.”The first game of the tournament starts Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.The smoke is not emanating from any local wildfires, and could be coming from wildfires that erupted elsewhere in the province over the long weekend.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.
Rabat – Amnesty International (AI) has urged Moroccan authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release the Hirak Rif protesters, journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui, and all others detained in connection with the Rif protests “for peacefully exercising their human rights.”In a communique published this Tuesday on its official website, the NGO denounces the “relentless” crackdown on Rif protesters in recent months. For AI, the detained protesters are “prisoners of conscience.”“The authorities must free Nasser Zefzafi and others detained for protesting peacefully or covering demonstrations online,” stressed Heba Morayef, AI’s North Africa Research Director. Since May, security forces have arrested “hundreds of protesters, including children and several journalists over the largely peaceful protests,” reads AI’s statement. Several Hirak activists, including minors, are currently serving sentences ranging from six months to 20 years in prison in Casablanca and Al Hoceima.For the moment, the trial of Zefazi and 50 of his companions continues at the Casablanca Court of Appeal for “plotting to undermine internal security of the State and its territorial integrity,” undermining “citizens’ loyalty to the Moroccan state and to the Moroccan people’s institutions”, “incitement against the kingdom’s territorial unity” and “insulting” public officials and institutions.For AI, these accusations are “incompatible” with Morocco’s human rights obligations, as they “criminalize the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression.”The NGO also qualifies Zefzafi’s detention “for 176 days in prolonged solitary confinement […] with no meaningful human contact” and that of El Mehdaoui “for a period in excess of 15 days,” as “violating the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”El Mehdaoui, journalist and director of news site Badil.info, was sentenced to a year for “incitement to participate in an unauthorized demonstration,” and risks up to five years for “breach of his obligation to report to the authorities an attempt to undermine the internal security of the State.”Protesters have denounced acts of torture and other ill-treatment at the time of arrest or detention, “including heavy beatings, suffocation, stripping, rape threats and insults, inflicted by police upon arrest and during interrogation” for the purpose of obtaining confessions, reports Amnesty.In July, the Ministry of Justice reported it had opened investigations into 66 alleged torture cases involving police officers, according to the NGO.The Hirak Rif, whose claims and demands are essentially social and not political, stirred the Rif for months after the appalling death of a fish seller, Mohcine Fikri, in Al Hoceima last year.
Rabat – Seeking to decrease U.S. financial contributions to UN-led operations, the Trump administration unveiled, earlier this week, a 2019 budget proposal calling for a substantial cut in the U.S. financial share in peacekeeping missions and similar global operations.The Department of State, in the new budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019, envisions cutting more than half of American contributions to global affairs, especially peacekeeping and international cooperation missions in the Middle East, with the move more particularly targeting UN missions in Lebanon, the Golan Height, and MINURSO in Western Sahara.Read Also: Guerguerat: Morocco in Alert to Protect MINURSO against Terrorist Risk“The Fiscal year 2019 request reflects the administration’s commitment to seek reduced costs by reevaluating the mandates, design, and implementation of peacekeeping missions and sharing the funding burden more fairly among UN members,” said the budget plan. “MINURSO may achieve slight efficiencies in civilian staffing as well as light reduction in the force,” read part of the proposed plan as it addressed the Trump’s administration’s plan for Western Sahara.The Trump administration’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2019 proposes to cut MINURSO’s budget by more than half, namely from $18.4m to $8.4m.MINURSO, which was established in 1991 under UN Security Council resolution 690 and whose mandate was renewed in 2015, is charged with “monitoring the ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario” as well as ensuring the organization of a referendum at the convenience of both parts.Since the US is the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping operations—under UN charter America is responsible for 28.5% of the peacekeeping budget—many observers have predicted negative ramifications for world peace if the Trump Administration’s budget is to pass congress.Read Also: Morocco Invites UNSG’s Personal Envoy to “Examine Details” of Negotiations over Western SaharaMeanwhile, US officials speak of America’s current limited funding capacity.Speaking to the press earlier this week, Douglas Piktin, acting director of the State Department’s Bureau of Budget and Planning, said: “Because we are looking for greater costs containment at the UN more generally, we do have lower funding level than the full peacekeeping estimate.” He however added that the estimated numbers for FY 2019 are subject to change.Undermining American global leadership?The Trump administration is notorious for its lack of faith in the UN. Late last year, in December, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador at the UN, spoke up against the UN’s “inefficiency and overspending,” adding, in the outcry that followed Trump’s Jerusalem statement, that “We [the U.S.] will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.”So while the State Department associates this decision to slash America’s contribution to global peacekeeping missions with a severe budget constraint, critiques have raised concerns about the Trump administration’s being a seething hotbed of poor strategic thinking and short-sighted foreign policy guidelines, all of which, they say, has been harming America’s leadership position in international affairs.In a statement released this week about the US 2019 budget for global peacekeeping, The Better World Campaign, an organization seeking to reinforce UN-US cooperation, said: “The Trump Administration is proposing unwise and disproportionate cuts to US foreign affairs spending, which would undermine American leadership globally, including at the UN and its agencies.” The statement also stressed “the importance of robust foreign affairs spending and continued support for the UN.”Read Also: Confidential Document Exposes Polisario’s Illegal Actions in Western SaharaThe president however did not seem to have been bothered by mounting criticisms of his foreign policy.Trump is said to be focusing more on domestic fronts, especially increasing US military spending and building new infrastructures.“This will be a big week for infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in our country,” Trump tweeted on Monday.
By Alexandra GrittaRabat- Former American diplomat and founder of the renowned Rick’s Cafe Casablanca passed away Thursday, July 16th, according to the US Embassy’s Twitter account.US-Moroccan relations have lost a champion. Kathy Kriger first came to Casablanca as a diplomat, but soon fell in love with Morocco. She made Rick’s Café in the classic film Casablanca into reality, and was a larger-than-life figure in the community. We will miss her dearly.— U.S. Embassy Morocco (@USEmbMorocco) July 26, 2018???? ???????? ????????? ???????? ??????? ??????? ???? ????? ???? ???? ????? ?????? ??????? ????? ?????????? ? ??? ?? ???? ?????? ????? ?????? ??. ???? ???? ???? ???? ??? ?? ????? ??????? ???????? ??????? ????????? ????????. ???? ?? ???????? ?????? ????? ?? ??????? ???????? ????. pic.twitter.com/ZotJw8gxph— U.S. Embassy Morocco (@USEmbMorocco) July 26, 2018Details on Kriger’s death have not been made public at this time. Kriger was born and raised near Portland, Oregon, in the United States. She founded her own travel agency and then traveled the world.Kriger settled in Morocco in 1998. She worked for US and Foreign Commercial Service with the US Embassy in Rabat as a commercial counselor, but retired from the job a few years later to establish Rick’s Cafe Casablanca, a combination restaurant, bar, and cafe inspired by the nightclub featured in the 1942 classic film, “Casablanca.”Like many foreigners before her, Kriger was disappointed to learn that “Rick’s Cafe Americain,” the periphery for the setting of “Casablanca,” was in fact purely fictional. Kriger saw the potential for a financial enterprise that had somehow been overlooked.Kriger was a longtime fan of “Casablanca” from the moment she first saw it in 1974 in her hometown. After opening Rick’s Cafe Casablanca, it was said that most nights, Kriger could be found standing at the corner of the bar, earning her the nickname “Madame Rick.” She used to instruct waiters to refill her wine glass only with water until 11 p.m., at which time she allowed herself a glass of Moroccan Val D’Argan Blanc. Making “Rick’s Cafe” a realityWhen Kriger decided to turn her dream to recreate Rick’s Cafe into a reality, the road was not an easy one. In fact, Kriger later wrote and published a book, “Rick’s Cafe: Bringing the Film Legend to Life in Casablanca,” explaining her motivations and some of the complications with founding the cafe.First, Kriger took out a loan to purchase an old courtyard-style mansion built in 1930 and located in the ancient medina (the old city) of Casablanca, Morocco. The house was in very poor condition when work began, but its location held a lot of appeal. Furthermore, the mansion faced the port and had two palm trees positioned on either side of the main door. Kriger set about renovating the mansion, enlisting the help of renowned interior designer Bill Willis.The loan that Kriger took out ran out before she started the cafe, so she turned to fundraising to help finance the enterprise. Kriger founded the company known as “The Usual Suspects,” and then set about finishing “Rick’s Cafe Casablanca” under its auspices. Rick’s Cafe Casablanca opened its doors on March 1, 2004. Features like balconies, brass lighting, a sculpted bar, curved arches, and a 1930’s Pleyel piano pay tribute to the original “feel” of the cinematic cafe that inspired it. Enhancements such as traditional tiles and woodwork from Morocco’s craft industries have also been incorporated into the cafe. Kriger’s goal was to make Rick’s Cafe Casablanca “everything it was in the movie, and then some.”Lasting impact of “Casablanca” and Rick’s Cafe:Although the movie was released under the name “Casablanca,” the name of the original script, “Everyone Comes to Rick’s,” showcases just how much the film centers on the activities of the cafe and not just romantic love. On the surface, “Casablanca” is an exotic and dramatic love story, but at its heart, it is actually a commentary on cultural tolerance and diversity.The main character in “Casablanca” is a cynical, rich American named Rick who runs a nightclub known as “Rick’s Cafe Americain” in Casablanca during World War II. He pretends not to care about the ongoing war crippling Europe until his former lover shows up at his bar with a different man and disrupts his new life.In the movie, Jewish refugees are seen passing through Rick’s bar, trading jewelry, money, and even sexual favors in exchange for exit visas. At one point, Rick has a change of heart and deliberately riggs a roulette wheel so that a Bulgarian woman does not have to sleep with the chief of police in exchange for a visa. In another scene, Rick’s head waiter is shown sharing a brandy with two Austrians about to migrate to the US. He also takes a moment to compliment them on their broken English.Similarly, in creating Rick’s Cafe Casablanca, Kriger sought to convey a powerful message. After the considerable backlash against Muslims in America following the 9/11 attacks, Kriger wanted to create a place of tolerance and unity. This effort is apparent in some of the small details of the cafe, for example, the fact that the menu incorporates both American and traditional Moroccan dishes. Kriger also sought to prove that an American woman operating alone in a Muslim society can run a successful business.“Casablanca:” Producing a timeless film“Casablanca” is considered a classic tale and is often found on critic’s lists for the 10 greatest movies of all time.The film’s origin story began when a Warner Bros. story analyst encouraged producer Hal B. Wallis to purchase filmmaking rights to an unproduced stage play entitled, “Everyone Comes to Rick’s.” The rights cost $20,000 and at the time, it was the most anyone had ever paid for an unproduced play.Ironically, most of the film (with the exception of one sequence) was shot in Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. None of it was ever filmed in Casablanca or in any other part of Morocco.“Casablanca” was an A-list film that utilized established actors and exceptional scriptwriters; nevertheless, expectations of its success were relatively low. The movie production costs totaled $1,039,000 ($75,000 over budget), and the film grossed $3,398,000 domestically and $3,461,000 abroad.The film was not so much an immediate hit as one that met solid success which grew into a large fanbase over time. Acknowledgment for “Casablanca” began to skyrocket when it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Additionally, Michael Curtiz was selected as Best Director, and Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch were all honored for writing the Best Adapted Screenplay.One of the reasons the film was not expected to be a huge success was that it was rushed into and through production. When filming began, the script itself was only half-completed. In the final days of shooting the movie, script was being written the very night before; sometimes dialogue for certain scenes was even written during filming and rushed onto the set. Production was hurried along to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa and the capture of Casablanca from the Nazis during World War II. The movie was intended to boost morale and inspire hope in the thrall of worldwide conflict. “Casablanca” was originally anticipated to release in early 1943, but due to production pressure it premiered at New York City’s Hollywood Theater on November 26, 1942. The United States Office of War Information prevented the screening of the film to troops in North Africa, however, fearing controversy and resentment over its romanticized plot.
One of the Sri Lankan suicide bombers was allegedly radicalised by hate preacher Anjem Choudary, the Daily Mail reported.Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, 37, was the link between Islamic State and the bombers, according to security services. ‘When I asked him how he got into this… he said that he attended the sermons of the radical British preacher Anjem Choudary in London. He said he met him during the sermons.’ The father of five spent three years of a five-and-a-half year sentence in prison after he was detained in 2016 under terror laws for his encouragement to Muslims to join Isis.The Choudary-led extremist group al-Muhajiroun was outlawed by the Government following the 2005 7/7 attacks on London but it has continued to operate under a number of different images. UK counter-terrorism investigators believe he attended Kingston University in south-west London from 2006-07, before then studying for a postgraduate degree in Melbourne, Australia, the Daily Mail reports. In a previous interview with MailOnline his sister Samsul Hidaya said Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed had been educated to the highest level but became increasingly withdrawn and intense as he descended into extremism.‘My brother became deeply, deeply religious while he was in Australia,’ she said. ‘He was normal when he went to study in Britain, and normal when he came back.‘But after he did his postgraduate in Australia, he came back to Sri Lanka a different man. A security official told the BBC: ‘He was completely radicalised and supported the extremist ideology. I tried to reason with him. He helped radicalise some of Britain’s most notorious terrorists, including London Bridge terror attacker ringleader Khuram Butt, and Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London.Mohamed tried to blow up the luxury Taj Samudra hotel in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Easter Sunday.But he is believed to have botched his attempt to detonate his bomb at the five-star hotel and is thought to have blown himself up at a much smaller guest house. ‘He had a long beard and had lost his sense of humour. He became serious and withdrawn and would not even smile at anyone he didn’t know, let alone laugh.’
Speaking in Aberdeen at a workshop on Security Council Resolution 1325, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Victor Angelo also called on the Government and on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to give top priority attention to the political and economic empowerment of women in their independent programmes and projects.Resolution 1325 calls on all Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels.Mr. Angelo, who is also UN Development Programme (UNDA) Resident Representative for Sierra Leone, advocated the promotion of national ownership, which he defined as the ability to decide what should be on the agenda, what should be the priorities and where money should be invested.He told participants that Sierra Leone would not experience any sustainable development if it could not combine its own national resources with resources coming from donor countries. One of the ways of attracting money from the donor community was to show more commitment to resource mobilization as well as to its judicious use, he also said.
Officers including firearm and dog units arrived on the scene within five minutes of the report being made and scoured the streets, woodland and industrial estate for the offender, but nobody matching the description given was found, the force said.It is the latest instance of the “killer clown” craze sweeping the UK which has led to a deluge of calls to Childline from youngsters left terrified by the sinister phenomenon.A 10-year-old boy in Plymouth was threatened by a clown who jumped out of a bush carrying a hammer, while in Workington, Cumbria, a clown brandishing an axe chased an 11-year-old girl.Children have also been targeted online, with a case in which a 13-year-old boy was arrested and bailed for malicious communications after a girl the same age in Kendal received Instagram messages from someone posing as a clown threatening to cut her throat and rape her.Kent Police saw 59 clown-related incidents between October 7 and 10, Thames Valley Police had 14 reports in 24 hours, and on Wednesday South Yorkshire Police said it had received 61 reports since September 21, including two of clowns with knives.Armed officers from Scotland Yard’s aviation unit also arrested a suspect wearing a clown mask and carrying a fake gun in Hillingdon, west London, on Tuesday, about five miles from Heathrow Airport.Suffolk Police said anyone carrying out activities that may scare members of the public could be committing public order offences and may be subject to arrest. Two girls have been left shaken after they were threatened by a knifeman dressed as a clown.The incident took place on Durham Close, Bury St Edmunds, at around 6.25pm on Saturday, Suffolk Police said.Two teenage girls were approached by a man dressed as a clown holding what was described as a machete.The man ran towards the pair saying he was going to harm them, and the girls then ran off in the direction of Severn Road.Police said the girls were not injured but were very upset and shaken by the incident. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
← Previous Story EHF CL: RK Vardar, PSG Handball and Pick Szeged are still unbeatable Next Story → POLL: Did referees help RK Vardar to beat RNL and Telekom Veszprem? The Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/2019 began last weekend around Europe. One of the most interesting results was defeat of the French TOP team Brest Bretagne in Denmark against Kobenhavn handball 32:28.Here are the complete results:GROUP AMetz Handball – Larvik 31:20ZRK Buducnost Podgorica – Odenze 31:28GROUP BRostov – Savehof 30:21Copenhagen – Brest Bretagne 32:28GROUP CGyori Audi ETO KC – RK Krim 39:23Thuringer – Podravka 26:28GROUP DCSM Bucharest – FTC Rail Cargo 36:31Bietegheim – Vipers 27:27PHOTO: Kobenhavn handball Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/2019Women’s handball
ROAMING CHARGES IN the EU could be gone by the end of the year after European Union lawmakers voted in favour to reform Europe’s telecoms market.The European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) voted in favour of the legislation 30 votes to 12, with 14 abstained.The legislation will now be voted in plenary by all MEPs on 3rd April, while the European Commission (EC) says it expects a final agreement of the legislation by December 2014, with the charges banned from December 2015.The new regulations would introduce a single market for telecoms in the EU, meaning the end of roaming charges when using a phone in another EU country.It would also prevent internet operators from blocking or slowing down internet services provided by the competitors as well as making it easier for users to switch providers.The Vice President of the commission Neelie Kroes said the vote was “great news… [in] ensuring a dynamic, healthy, competitive telecoms sector” for the future. [The regulation is] about arming every European business with the tools and networks they need to innovate and grow. And giving every European citizen the seamless connectivity they have come to demand – without unfair practices like blocked services or roaming charges.After the vote next month, the European Parliament will meet with national telecoms ministers after May when then the next parliament is elected.Read: Roaming charges in the EU could be banned soon >Read: Soon, you could have just one charger for all your devices >
We’ve said it before and doubtless we’ll say it again, but it bares repeating: megapixels are not an accurate determination of a camera’s image quality. Now that consumer digicams have boasted an absurd amount of megapixels for a few years, it seems that consumers are finally starting to realize that there’s no real correlation between megapixels and image quality anymore, and that other things like aperture, shutter speed and sensor type — while not broadcast in a huge font on the front of the box — are more important to taking good snapshots.When it comes to smartphones, though, the number of megapixels a handset has still holds a lot of consumer sway. The iPhone 4 has a 5MP camera, and some Samsung phones have 8MP camera sensors, but now HTC is looking to double that: they’ve apparently got a 16MP cameraphone in the works.AdChoices广告According to the advert you see below, the 16MP cameraphone resembles the Desire S we all saw at February’s Mobile World Congress, only running Windows Phone 7 instead of Android.Granted, we haven’t seen the phone, and we certainly haven’t seen any images shot with it, but HTC seems misguided trying to pack this number of megapixels into a sensor as small as a smartphone camera needs to be. Smartphone cameras can’t really boast advanced optics, so it all boils down to the sensor being as light-sensitive as possible… but since there’s a maximum size a smartphone sensor can be, packing more pixels onto a sensor that small just makes each pixel less light sensitive.The end result? You might have 16 megapixels in an image taken with HTC’s phone, but each pixel is far more likely to be noise than if you took that same shot with an 8MP or 5MP camera.The bottom line is that for non-professionals, you’re getting diminishing returns on anything over 8 megapixels, no matter what camera you’re using. On a smartphone, though, 16 megapixels means less quality, not more quality. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should, HTC.Read more at Pocket Now
Dengue : la Malaisie reporte ses tests d’introduction de moustiques génétiquement modifiés Pour combattre l’épidémie de dengue, la Malaisie a eu l’étonnante idée de miser sur des moustiques génétiquement modifiés. Des milliers d’insectes porteurs d’une modification génétique réduisant sensiblement la durée de vie de leur progéniture devaient être introduits dans la nature pour engendrer une sensible diminution de leur population. Mais ce projet vient d’être retardé.Cette introduction de deux à trois mille moustiques devait constituer le premier test du programme. Mais face à la pression d’associations de protection de la nature craignant un impact néfaste d’un tel lâcher d’insectes génétiquement modifiés, le gouvernement a décidé de différer l’essai.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Des experts estiment que ces moustiques pourraient s’avérer inefficaces face à la dengue, mais surtout, ils s’inquiètent des conséquences que pourraient avoir les insectes sur la santé humaine et l’environnement. Vingt-deux organisations spécialisées dans la santé et la protection de l’environnement ont alors réclamé l’annulation du projet. “Même si la dengue est un sérieux problème en Malaisie qui doit être réglé, avoir recours aux modifications génétiques est une décision risquée”, ont-elles écrit dans une lettre ouverte.Mais si le gouvernement a décidé de retarder l’introduction, il ne renonce en aucun cas à son projet. “Il y a eu de nombreuses protestations. Nous prévoyons désormais de lancer le programme d’ici la fin du 1er semestre”, a en effet déclaré Mohamed Mohamad Salleh, directeur du ministère de la Santé. En Asie, l’un des continents les plus affectés par la dengue, le nombre de cas “a doublé au cours des dix dernières années et tout indique que la situation va empirer”, avait souligné en octobre Shin Young-soo, le directeur régional de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. Aucun vaccin n’a pu être mis au point pour endiguer cette maladie qui peut mener au décès du patient s’il n’est pas soigné. Toutes les solutions sont donc envisagées pour tenter d’éradiquer la dengue.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 24 (JIS): On Thursday, July 30, Jamaica will join 133 other countries in observing the inaugural World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Chairperson for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, said that the observance of the day is necessary to raise awareness of the trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.“Our intention is largely to provide the society with more information on this crime, so they can become fully aware. If every person in the society doesn’t know what is human trafficking, then we have not succeeded in our efforts,” she said.NATFATIP will observe a week of activities, beginning on July 26 with an 8:30 a.m. church service at Hope United Church, Mona, in Kingston. There will also be a national broadcast of the Prime Minister’s message to be aired on the Day of observance, supported by a supplement and inserts in the newspapers. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week will end with the Task Force’s participation in the Denbigh Show from July 31 to August 2, in May Pen, Clarendon. Meanwhile, Secretary General of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC), Ban Ki-moon, in an official statement for the Day, said that every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals.“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all,” he said.Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.UNODOC reports that an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Related Items:
Some Southwest Washington lawmakers on the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council said moderately good news about projected state revenues does not change the state’s need to reform its spending practices.The $1.5 billion budget crunch the state faced heading into the 2012 Legislature is down to roughly $1.1 billion as the economy shows signs of stabilizing and people rely less on state services, according to new numbers released Thursday.The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its revised outlook as lawmakers prepared to roll out budget proposals. For the remainder of the 2011-2013 biennium, the numbers predict $96 million in extra revenue, which comes in addition to about $340 million in newly expected savings from less reliance on state services as Washingtonians rely more on federal services.Steve Lerch, the state’s interim chief economist, said the U.S. economy has had higher job growth than anticipated. He said the state is ina decent position with Boeing manufacturing, growth in the software sector and strong exports.But Lerch warned that there are a variety of risks remaining, including debt problems in Europe, a slowdown in Asia and political gridlock in the nation’s capital.
Employee Benefits Connect 2018: Employee engagement organisation Reward Gateway has implemented aspects of social interaction into its reward and recognition strategy.Addressing delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2018, in a session titled ‘How to be a rebel with recognition in a social world’, Debra Corey (pictured), group reward director at Reward Gateway, explained that the organisation was embracing social mediums as part of its overarching reward and recognition strategy.”It’s the future, we’re all social animals, we all like to share things,” Corey explained. “[Employees] are social already and we might as well start using it and embracing it. [Employees] are using different tools and are expecting different tools, and if we aren’t giving them the tools they’re looking for, no matter what we do [employees] are not going to engage with us.”Reward Gateway has a social wall and every time an employee recognises a colleague for an achievement, it is displayed for all colleagues to view, in order that they feel inspired and motivated to be recognised themselves.“Someone might read it and think it’s an amazing idea, it gets people talking about it, and sometimes it might even make employees feel guilty if they haven’t gotten around to giving an [employee an] award,” said Corey. “It engages people and gets them thinking about recognition. It makes it easier to get into the recognition moment.”Reward Gateway also publishes news stories on its communications portal. Employees can click on a colleague’s name and immediately find out why they have received an accolade. “In one click, social can give you that immediate connection before you forget about it so you don’t lose that [recognition] moment with employees,” said Corey.“It gets people involved; [they] like things, [they] put an emoji or a comment on it, and become a part of that recognition. How much more do you think [the employee] feels when people are interacting?“In the beginning, it’s a moment between you and one other person but when you do it socially it’s a much bigger moment. You walk through the hall your head held high, everyone is ‘well done I saw that, it’s so amazing that you’ve done something like that’. It makes it more interactive. You want that spotlight on that person so [the employee] feels the love and recognition, and social does that so well.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享AK Coffee Company is an Alaskan coffee roasting company passionate about sharing their love for the delightful state of Alaska through a working hard, playing hard and resting well mentality. Through that passion they have made a pledge to offer all firefighters and fire support personnel and their families 50% off our coffee beans, 10% of all other proceeds will be donated to support the firefighters and assist residents who have been displaced by the fire on the Kenai Peninsula. Their love for every corner of the state encourages them to serve their communities and support the local efforts that are happening in Alaska, especially today on the Kenai Peninsula. In a statement from the company, one of AKC’s Chief Coffee Drinkers (co-owner), Sawyer Rickman, is originally from the Kenai Peninsula. After meeting his wife, Emily, in Anchorage, Sawyer and Emily as well as their friend, Pascual Reig, brewed up and created AK Coffee Company.Emily Rickman, Chief Coffee Drinker: “A special thank you and shout out to the men and women from the Alaska National Guard for their efforts in fighting the fires. Thank you to all ALL men and women who serve in our military, including Sawyer, one of AKC’s owner’s, who is currently on deployment.” Connect with AK Coffee Company on Facebook, Instagram and at akcoffeecompany.com to get some organic, fair trade, Honduras honey, whole bean coffee into your hands or those of a local firefighter.
In a release, Schulman praises Oseland’s “strong passion for our mission and unmatched expertise in this space. With [Organic Life], Rodale is uniquely able to serve consumers and advertisers in one of the most important and fastest-growing market segments.”Rodale’s Organic Life will be a print and digital brand like no other,” Oselandsays in a releasae. “It will be a community, a clearinghouse ofbeautiful, authoritative information that will weave together food,shelter, gardening, wellness and good living–an intersection of topicsthat lie right at the heart of Rodale and what so many of us careabout.” On Aug. 22, Rodale Inc. president Scott Schulman announced the hiring of James Oseland as editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening in advance of its April/May 2015 relaunch as Organic Life. It will be a multi-platform brand influenced by OG and by Rodale’s former Organic Style, where Oseland was managing editor from 2001-2002.That was before he moved to Bonnier Corp. in 2006 to edit Saveur. His eight years were highlighted by three American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Awards (2009, 2012 and 2013) and numerousJames Beard Foundation epicurean journalism awards. His 2006 memoir”Cradle of Flavor”, was cited as “best of the year” from both the JamesBeard Foundation and The New York Times.Earlier magazine and media stops included Vogue, Sassy, The Village Voice and Mademoiselle. He also appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters for five years.Oseland is succeeding five-year OG editor-in-chief Ethne Clarke. The 72-year-old OG is the Rodale flagship in a company that also publishes Bicycling, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World and Prevention. At 64, Prevention is Rodale’s second oldest magazine.
WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between May 24, 2018 and May 30, 2018:Thursday, May 24NoneFriday, May 25NoneSaturday, May 26NoneSunday, May 27NoneMonday, May 28Aline C. Castro (54, Woburn) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle (Summons)Tuesday, May 29John H. Carroll (26, Peabody) — OUI Liquor; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; and Marked Lanes Violation (Arrest)Wednesday, May 30None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”
Netflix Tags Share your voice 0 Digital Media Post a comment Netflix makes its originals shows, like Sex Education, available for download. Jon Hall/Netflix Netflix is widening its “smart downloads” feature to Apple mobile devices, the company said Thursday, giving more mobile users the option to let Netflix automate your offline cache so you don’t need to keep on top of the episodes downloaded to your device. The streaming-video giant introduced “smart downloads” on Android devices in July as a way to automatically remove downloaded shows you’ve already watched and refresh them with the next episodes you haven’t seen once your phone reconnects to Wi-Fi. Netflix defied downloads for years, holding out for the day that connectivity would advance so much that downloading to watch offline wouldn’t be necessary anymore. But it changed course more than two years ago, as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity was more scarce and expensive. In 2016, it began letting subscribers download much of its catalog. Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it readies new iPhones and more.
Cash crunch in ATMsIANSCountry’s largest lender SBI (State Bank of India) stated Wednesday that the cash availability at its automated teller machines (ATMs) across the country has improved in the past 24 hours.The latest announcement from the SBI comes after the reports of acute currency shortage in many states in the country.”Availability of cash in SBI ATM has improved in the last 24 hours. Efforts are being made on a continuous basis to improve the cash availability further in a few geographies. Overall issue of less cash should come to normalcy within soonest possible time. We are constantly monitoring the situation and making immense efforts to ensure the supply of currency in abundance at all our ATMs,” news agency PTI reported quoting Neeraj Vyas, the chief operating officer of SBI.The SBI is constantly monitoring the situation and making efforts to ensure the supply of currency in abundance at all SBI ATMs, the statement added.Earlier reports from various states, including Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Bihar, said that a majority of ATMs were facing a cash crunch due to non-supply of notes from the nodal branches of banks.The government and the Reserve Bank of India have assured that the cash scarcity is temporary. “It is clarified at the outset that there is sufficient cash in the RBI vaults and currency chests,” The RBI said in a press release Tuesday.”The shortage may be felt in some pockets largely due to logistical issues of replenishing ATMs frequently and the recalibration of ATMs being still underway. RBI is closely monitoring both these aspects” the central bank said.”RBI is also taking steps to move currency to areas which are witnessing unusually large cash withdrawals”, it added.