Fulfilling a commitment given by Minister Peter Bunting during his sectoral debate presentation in June that there would be a complete separation of juveniles from adults in the correctional system by the end of 2013, the Ministry of National Security is today announcing that all female juveniles are now housed at the renovated South Camp Road facility.Last week the female juveniles at Diamond Crest Juvenile Correctional Centre were transferred to South Camp Road Correctional Facility and today the remaining 25 girls from the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre have been relocated to South Camp Road.The Government’s juvenile diversion policy has effectively reduced the number of juveniles in correctional facilities across the island. With respect to female juveniles, this number today has been reduced over the last two years by more than half to total sixty one juveniles in custody as at this morning.The renovated facility is designed to eventually be separated into two separate though adjacent facilities, to house both the islands female adult and juvenile inmates. Nevertheless, for the immediate future the juveniles will be the only occupants at the South Camp Road facility, as the adult females will remain at Fort Augusta until, and unless, the Port Authority has need for the facility. 25 girls from the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre have been relocated to South Camp Road The Government’s juvenile diversion policy has effectively reduced the number of juveniles in correctional facilities across the island The move fulfills a commitment given by Minister Peter Bunting during his sectoral debate presentation in June Story Highlights
The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are a World Heritage Site. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee made the designation during the committee’s 32nd session in Quebec City. The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are the second World Heritage Site in Nova Scotia — the Town of Lunenburg was the first. Joggins joins a select group of important fossil sites in Canada to achieve the designation, including Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, the Burgess Shale in British Columbia and Miguasha in Gaspe, Que. “The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are one of Nova Scotia’s, and the world’s, great natural treasures,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “The cliffs provide the best record in the world of the geological history of the coal age, and are truly a world-class heritage resource.” The designation recognizes the outstanding universal value of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, which preserve the most complete record in the world of terrestrial life in the Pennsylvanian Coal Age. The cliffs and their fossils, continually exposed in the Bay of Fundy by the world’s highest tides, have long been a cornerstone in our understanding of the evolution of life and Earth’s history. “I am pleased and proud of the outstanding efforts of Dr. John Calder and others who demonstrate to the world the outstanding significance of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “This recognition speaks to the dedicated work of provincial geoscientists and their colleagues in documenting the outstanding geological significance of the site.” The inscription of Joggins as a World Heritage Site will add significant value as a visitor destination. Opened in April, the environmentally and economically sustainable Joggins Fossil Centre, built with Nova Scotia materials, is already generating widespread interest as a destination for visitors from around the globe. A centre of this caliber highlights Nova Scotia’s expertise in consultation, construction and design. “The new centre is a world-class iconic attraction and experience that all visitors can enjoy,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks. “We are pleased to be able to protect and preserve this unique part of our natural heritage which is sure to attract new visitors to the province.” The World Heritage Committee has reviewed the nomination since it was submitted in February 2007. International Union for the Conservation of Nature experts visited the site for six days last fall as part of this review. The inscription is the culmination of more than 10 years of work by members of the community and officials from the departments of Natural Resources and Tourism, Culture and Heritage to document and explain the outstanding universal value of the site. The nomination was based on three areas: the fossil record, which includes some of the earliest terrestrial four-legged creatures, and both animal and plant remains from vast Coal-Age swamps, all preserved in their ecological context; the “grand exposure”, more than 15 kilometres of sea cliffs, that expose more than 25-million years of geological history; the contributions that these cliffs have made to some of the great ideas of science, including the theory of evolution in Darwin’s Origin of the Species. The Joggins Fossil Centre was funded by the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The departments of Economic Development and Tourism, Culture and Heritage helped fund the UNESCO nomination process and will provide operational funding.
Kolkata: Eight persons were killed and 16 others were injured, four of them seriously, after being struck by lightning in the state which experienced torrential rain accompanied by squall on Friday afternoon.Along with the city, South and North 24-Parganas received heavy rainfall as well. The Alipore Meteorological Office has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Kolkata and its neighbouring areas in the next 48 hours. The injured were taken to SSKM Hospital where one Subir Pal was declared brought dead, while 16 others were admitted. The condition of four persons is serious, the hospital sources said. Pal had come with his wife and son to visit Victoria Memorial, when the tragedy took place. His wife and son have been admitted to the hospital. Another woman, identified as Aparna Mondal (52), died after lightning struck her while she was working in her garden in Bansdroni. She was declared brought dead at M R Bangur Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services, went to SSKM Hospital, talked to the doctors and inquired about the condition of the injured persons. While two were killed in the city, six died in the districts. Three members of a family were killed by lightning at Raghunathpur in Bankura. The deceased were identified as Bina Bauri, her husband Abhijit and brother in-law Sanjay. The victims were working in the field when the incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) recorded 81mm rain in Behala Flying Club till 5pm. During the same period, Mominpur, Ballygunge, Palmar Bazaar, Chetla and Kalighat recorded 75mm, 83mm, 61mm, 56mm and 56.8mm rainfall respectively. The rainfall recorded in Thanthania, Ultadanga, Dhapa, Manicktala and Dutta Bagan pumping stations was 22mm, 29mm, 35mm, 19mm and 22mm respectively, during that period. The rainfall recorded by KMC shows that South Kolkata has received heavier rainfall than Central and North Kolkata. Mayor Firhad Hakim said the intensity of rain was so heavy that there was waterlogging in some of the important roads. All the pumps are functioning to clear the accumulated water and portable pumps have also been pressed into service. A special control room has been opened in KMC, where Hakim and other senior civic officials are overseeing the exercise to clear the accumulated water. Waterlogging was reported from Shilpara and its neighbourhood in Behala, vast areas in Bhowanipore and Kalighat, stretches on Asutosh Mukherjee Road and Park Street in South Kolkata. Stretches on Chittaranjan Avenue, areas surrounding Dharmatala and Thanthania Kalibari were under water as well. Because of waterlogging the traffic movement crawled to a very slow pace, which led to massive traffic jams in both South and North Kolkata, causing severe inconvenience to commuters. Vast areas in Sector V, the state’s IT hub, were inundated following the heavy downpour. The commuters waded through the waterlogged roads to reach home. Sinjini Guha, who works at an IT firm, said: “Because of rain the app cabs became infrequent and the auto-rickshaw services were withdrawn. It was really a trying time for the home-bound commuters,” she said. Akash Basu, a resident of Khardah who studies in a private engineering college, said: “Reaching home was difficult as no transport was available.” The flight movement at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport was also hit due to the rain. Six flights could not take off due to the heavy rain. However, they left for their destination after the rain subsided.
OTTAWA – The federal government is writing off more than $200 million in outstanding student loan payments that officials will never be able to collect.Recently released spending documents show the government won’t collect $203.5 million in debts from 34,240 students.It is the third time in the last four years that the government has had to write off outstanding student loans even as officials make concerted efforts to round up more money from borrowers.The government annually has to write off some of the $19 billion owing in student loans for a number of reasons: a debtor may file for bankruptcy, the debt itself passes a six-year legal limit on collection, or the debtor can’t be found.The Liberals have looked to make it easier for graduates to pay off their loans — and the government to collect the cash — by increasing the minimum annual income they have to make before they are required to make debt payments.The limit is now set at $25,000.The most recent annual report on the Canada Student Loans Program said that in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the government provided 489,000 full-time students with $2.7 billion in loans and a further $20.9 million in loans to 12,100 part-time students.Borrowers typically take between nine and 15 years to fully pay off their loan and the period usually overlaps with when Canadians are most likely to start a family.The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations called on the government late last month to also give new parents a break from student loan payments when they are on parental leave, even if they are receiving employment insurance benefits.Student groups have also asked the Liberals to make higher education more affordable, including requests to provide more financial help to Indigenous students.
New Delhi: Tax evasion is likely to get more difficult if not impossible with the entry of Big Data Analytics into the Income Tax (I-T) Department’s realm of tools to check tax evasion starting April 1. The Rs 1,000 crore programme named “Project Insight” would track social networking profiles of people and keep a tab on the expenditure patterns through the photographs and videos uploaded on social media. If the purchases and travel expenses are found to be disproportionate to the declared income of a person, the I-T officials would be informed of the mismatch and actions would follow. According to informed sources, the I-T Department has given the tax officials access to the software from March 15. “If you are travelling to a foreign country and posting pictures on social media, or buying a luxury car which is beyond your means as per your returns filed, the I-T Department can use Big Data to analyse them and check the mismatch between your earnings and spendings. The process can easily use the complete trail even for the new tax filer,” said people in the know of things. “The I-T Department can also prepare a master file containing all the details and key information about individuals and corporates,” they said. The main objective of the project is to catch the tax evaders and increase the number of people filing returns and paying taxes. The Insight Project will feature an integrated information management system, which will harness machine learning to help take the right step at the right time. The software would also collect web pages and documents that could be probed by the I-T Department. With the usage of Big Data Analytics, India is set to join a league of countries such as Belgium, Canada and Australia which already use Big Data to keep a check on tax evasion. Since the inception of the technology in Britain in 2010, the system has prevented the loss of around 4.1 billion pound (Rs 36,942 crore) in revenue. The software would ensure the overall scrutiny of all the returns filed and selection based on numerous small parameters from which the probability of tax evasion is likely to be nil, according to analysts.
CALGARY — Michael Werbisky fondly remembers getting the shaft at the posh Hyatt Regency Hotel during the Calgary Stampede about 10 years ago.The owner of Western Decor and Displays says he won a $50,000 contract to build an old-fashioned gold mine shaft in a hallway for a law firm’s Stampede party, along with a saloon set and other rustic decorations.“We had it all done up in black material and the posts were done in rough wood and knee braces and so on, old-fashioned lanterns, a wooden walkway, so that when people entered the party they were coming through the mine shaft,” he said.Over the years, Werbisky said his company has supplied horse-mounted cowboy greeters, hay rides and clowns to Stampede parties, but a side effect of the current economic weakness in Calgary is a dearth of imaginative ways to spend dwindling corporate entertainment budgets.“Nothing outrageous recently,” he said ruefully. “We’re certainly hoping for the outrageous to come back.”The Stampede, which kicks off with a parade on July 7, is a time when the Calgary-based oilpatch puts on its cowboy boots and hosts pancake breakfasts, beer-soaked barbecues and corporate boxes at the rodeo and chuckwagon races.The 10-day celebration is considered a barometer of the health of the energy industry and spending expectations are low this year with benchmark oil prices recently at or below US$45 per barrel.The financial mood has already hit the Stampede itself. At the chuckwagon canvas auction in March, bidders pledged $2.4 million to sponsor 36 racing teams, a notch above the $2.3 million pledged in 2015, but a far cry from the record $4 million in 2012 when oil fetched more than double the current prices.Burden on oilsands grows as panel sets strict carbon diet for Alberta governmentOnly one of the oil CEOs who made a secret deal with Notley is leftStampede spokesman Larry Lalonde said about 3,500 temporary employees have been added to 1,500 permanent staff, about the same as in 2016. Ticket sales and corporate sponsorships are also matching last year’s pace.This year will see the return of investment firm Peters & Co.’s Firewater Friday party, one of the most prestigious invitation-only corporate parties that was cancelled last year. However FirstEnergy Capital’s FirstRowdy, which was also cancelled in 2016, isn’t making a comeback.Team Lone Wolf’s Aaron Good Rider, left and jockey Kal Jackson pictured at Piikani Nation on Wednesday June 28, 2017, will be competing during the Indigenous Relay Races at the Calgary Stampede. It is a first for the Stampede and is a demonstration sport running three nights starting July 11 at this year’s event. Corporations that kept their events going last year say they will party again this year while keeping a close eye on costs.Oilpatch land agent Gregg Scott said his company’s invitation-only Scott Land Stomp will celebrate its 20th year at the Wildhorse Saloon with about 700 guests.“There is a bit more optimism this summer than last,” he said, adding he considered cancelling the 2016 event because so many companies, including his own, had been forced to cut jobs and wages to cope with low oil prices.The 30-year-old “Best Damn Stampede Party” is also set to go ahead in a gigantic tent at Cowboy’s Casino in downtown Calgary, says organizer Rob Laidlaw, despite failing to sell out last year for the first time in many years. Money raised from ticket sales are donated to charity.“Last summer was probably the absolute bottom of the cycle as far as people’s feelings and peoples’ jobs. The area was down and out,” said Laidlaw, an investment adviser.“What I’ve seen in almost the year since then was, with hills and valleys, certainly a comeback in people’s emotions.”The financial health of Calgary’s hotel sector has also gone from the best in Canada to near the bottom over the past three years, said Dave Kaiser, CEO of the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, with an average hotel room rate down 14 per cent and the occupancy rate off 23 per cent compared with early 2014.He said Stampede is expected to provide welcome relief for his members.At the Hyatt, all the rooms are expected to be occupied as usual for the entire Stampede, said sales and marketing manager Meredith MacLean, although she added catering jobs are down from last year and there are fewer group bookings this year.But Jason Oh, front office manager at Hotel Blackfoot, said the hotel about five kilometres south of the Stampede grounds was only 85 per cent booked with 10 days to parade day despite a room rate discount introduced this year. It had sold all of its rooms weeks ahead of Stampede in 2013 and 2014.“It’s filling up, but the pace is fairly slow compared to before the recession,” said Oh.The Canadian Press Leah Hennel/Postmedia
The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a protest march in Fort.The protest was staged by employees of the Colombo port.
The Montreal Convention, which replaces the Warsaw Convention System on compensation in cases of international air accidents, introduces a two-tier system, the first providing strict liability of up to 100,000 Special Drawing Rights (SDR), or about $135,000, irrespective of a carrier’s fault, and the second, based on presumption of fault, with no limit. The Warsaw Convention, dating from 1929, set a limit of 125,000 Gold Francs – or about $8,300 – in case of death or injury to passengers. “Victims of international air accidents and their families will be better protected and compensated under the new Montreal Convention, which modernizes and consolidates a seventy-five year old system of international instruments of private international law into one legal instrument,” the President of the Council of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said. The United States ratified the convention on Friday, becoming the thirtieth ICAO contracting State to do so and thus starting the 60-day clock for its entry into force. The new convention, drawn up during an International Air Law Conference convened by ICAO in 1999, also calls on carriers to provide advance payments without delay in cases of aircraft accidents, to assist entitled persons in meeting immediate economic needs and facilitates the recovery of damages without the need for lengthy litigation.
South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore suffered one of the most gruesome injuries seen on a football field Saturday when he was hit by Tennessee’s Eric Gordon and his leg flapped in the wind and onto the turf, as if it was snapped in half below his right knee.”I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like that,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said.The official injury announced Sunday is awful for anyone, but potentially career-ending for a running back like Latitmore, who was sure to be an early-round NFL draft pick: a dislocated knee.Hardly ever are players from both teams impacted by a player’s injury, but both teams were emotional by what they witnessed in the second quarter of South Carolina’s 38-35 victory.Lattimore was running through the left side when he was struck around the knees by Gordon, Lattimore’s right leg whipping around and slamming against the turf. South Carolina trainers immediately rushed to his side, keeping Lattimore flat on his back as the junior attempted to sit up and see the injury.“I just tried to tell him to stay mentally strong,” said receiver Ace Sanders, whose eyes teared up when discussing Lattimore. “I saw the look in in his eyes when he was on the ground and he was really heartbroken.”Coming into the game, Spurrier had said Lattimore was 100 percent and would carry the load for the Gamecocks. Lattimore rushed for 65 yards, including a breakaway 28-yard TD run, in the first half against Tennessee after coming in with 597 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns this season.He became an instant star as a freshman, rushing for 1,149 yards and 17 touchdowns. Lattimore was on his way to eclipsing those numbers as a sophomore until the injury at Mississippi State. He holds South Carolina records with 41 overall touchdowns and 38 on the ground.Last year Lattimore had surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage in his left knee and needed six months of rehabilitation and recovery before he was cleared to return to action.This injury, however, might be too devastating for Lattimore to overcome.
Snowden Mining Industry Consultants and China ENFI Engineering Corp (ENFI) have signed a co-operation agreement between the two companies. This arrangement is a milestone for both parties – an international western based mining consultancy and a highly respected and international Chinese design institute establishing the strategic partnership. The companies’ joint objective in this partnership is to provide mining companies with the best that both Western and Chinese consulting companies can offer. This news item also looks modelling to make a coking coal project in Russia more efficient.ENFI is one of China’s premier design institutes and has large geological, mining engineering and metallurgical teams as well as significant plant design, procurement and construction capabilities. It has achieved significant success working in many African, Asian, South American and Middle Eastern countries and owns a number of global patents over processing technologies.Snowden provides clients with services ranging from mineral resource and reserve definition through to feasibility studies, mine optimisation, corporate advisory services, reconciliation, resource governance and a wide range of technical consulting and software solutions.Snowden and ENFI will collaborate to provide geological, mining engineering & metallurgical capability as well as providing plant design, processing technology and procurement. One specific initiative is to offer a new service where Snowden’s resource estimation and mine optimisation skills are combined with ENFI’s cost effective design, processing technologies and ability to source Chinese built plants. As a result, the partners say, “we can make projects with feasibility studies cost effective and revenue positive a reality.”To the north, developing a suitable life of mine (LOM) coal geological model was essential for the long-term mine planning of one of Snowden Mining Consultant’s Russian coking coal clients. In order to achieve this task in a geological setting with regional scale reverse faults, a Vulcan Horizon Adaptive Rectangular Prism (HARP) model was created using three distinct coal block domains that were bounded by enclosed triangulations. The regional faults were identified by reviewing the geophysical borehole logs, and showed significant offsets within the geological borehole data.The borehole fault intersections in each borehole were loaded as points (distinct faults) or line data (fault zones) in Vulcan and an iterative process of sectioning and fault triangulation surfaces refined the geological model coal blocks.The geostatistical analysis of both the coal structure and coal quality data was completed in Snowden’s Supervisor V8 using Vulcan map files, that included a comparison of the all the data contained within each of the fault blocks and boreholes within each of the fault blocks. No significant difference existed in the comparison of the geostatistical data for each coal seam when the coal seam parameters for the entire seam dataset underwent comparison to the boreholes that were contained within each of the fault block domains. The continuity analysis findings supported the regional faulting geological observation, that the regional faulting ocurred post deposition of the coal seams.The coal structure and quality geological modelling used the results of Supervisor statistical analysis, to define the interpolator distances. Once the Vulcan HARP geological model had been refined, points of observation were selected and the coal resources were estimated for the entire deposit. The geological model and resource report was then generated, and a number of geological model outputs were created for use in the mine planning software.In conclusion, at the time the HARP model was generated there was no suitable information available in order to model the localised faults that had been intersected in the roadways of several of the developed longwall panels. The localised fault geological data was obtained by the client and returned to Snowden for geological modelling. The localised faults and area to be mined are contained within a single fault block; where a throw faulted grid model was created for this particular fault block, as shown in the figure.
A NEW REPORT published by the Department of Justice is reporting allegations of “inappropriate relationships” between some women prisoners at the Dóchas centre in Dublin “and a small number of male staff”.The allegations are contained in the just published annual report by the Visiting Committee for 2017 for the country’s only dedicated women’s prison in the Mountjoy campus.The authors state: “Allegations have come to our attention of inappropriate relationships between some women and a small number of male staff.”On allegations against Dóchas staff, the authors state that “if it is found that the behaviour of any prison officer, male or female, towards these women does not measure up to the highest professional standards demanded there is a clear duty on management, the Prison Service or other appropriate agency to take the necessary action”.Pointing out that the female inmates at Dóchas “are among the most vulnerable cohort in society”, the authors state that “if the appropriate action is not taken or is inadequate, something is radically wrong”.The authors state that where an allegation of inappropriate conduct is made against prison staff “we believe that as a matter of course these investigations should be conducted by external investigators who are unconnected with the prison service”.The publication of the report follows the Irish Prison Service launching a probe in November 2017 into suspicions that 34-year-old killer, ‘Scissor Sister’ murderer Charlotte Mulhall was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a male staff member after he was found in the en-suite bathroom of her accommodation in the Dóchas Centre women’s prison.Elsewhere in the 2017 Visiting Committee report, the authors hit out at the continued over-crowding at the Dochas centre.They state that “the numbers in Dóchas continue to rise and have reached well into the 130s during 2017. With a total capacity of 105, this is unacceptable over-crowding and a very serious strain on resources. It forces ‘doubling-up’, the use of bunk beds in small rooms and the use of recreation rooms as sleeping quarters often with four beds to a room”.They state: “Management have tried to alleviate the worst consequences of this problem. It remains unresolved and leads to disruption, behavioural problems and serious discontent.”The authors of the report also state that Dóchas requires urgent works to the building stating that the centre is in need of an urgent upgrade.The authors also state that “it continues to be a matter of concern that despite constant monitoring, drugs remain a serious problem within Dóchas”. They state: “We are aware that this is pervasive across the prison system. We fully understand that the problem of supply is difficult to monitor but we would urge that more resources are made available to curb this on-going and very serious issue.”On the allegations of inappropriate relationships between women prisoners and a small number of male staff at Dochas, a spokesman for the Prison Officers Association (POA) said that it is POA policy not to make any comment on such matters where disciplinary processes may be ongoing.The Irish Prison Service has been asked to comment on the contents of the Visiting Committee report, including the reported allegations of ‘inappropriate relationships’ between women prisoners and the small number of male staff but has yet to reply. Mar 12th 2019, 9:16 PM Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 9:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4538338 Share175 Tweet Email3 Image: RollingNews.ie By Gordon Deegan Allegations of ‘inappropriate relationships’ between female inmates and prison officers, new report finds The allegations are contained in the just published annual report by the Visiting Committee for 2017. Image: RollingNews.ie 46,889 Views
Eight public works projects, including the completion of a new stretch of highway at the notorious Maliakos Gulf in central Greece, are due to be completed by the end of the year, Infrastructure Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis has told the Greek daily Kathimerini, adding that future schemes would help tackle Greece’s high unemployment rate.Chrysochoidis said that eight small and medium-sized works are due to be delivered in the next few months. They are: the last two sections of the Maliakos Gulf bypass, totalling more than 23 kilometres; a 14.5-kilometre road connecting the Kozani junction of the Egnatia Highway with the Niki border crossing; the completion of improvements to Igoumenitsa port, including a terminal building for cruise passengers; the 390-metre Tsakona bridge; a 3-kilometre road between Goritsa and Agria allowing cars to bypass Volos on their way to or from Pilio; a new 10-kilometre road in northern Crete allowing cars to bypass the busy seafront area at Aghios Nikolaos; a new airport in Siteia, Crete; and a new junction at Velestino in Thessaly.“Public works were the first economic activity that collapsed as a result of the crisis,” said Chrysochoidis. “But, along with tourism, they are also the first that are leading the country’s recovery.”The minister said the multi-million euro projects were just a precursor to other, bigger works to come.“The completion of small and medium-sized works, along with the restarting of construction on major highway projects and new, major works that will be put to tender in the days to come, create jobs and lay the foundations for growth,” added Chrysochoidis.The completion of the Maliakos Gulf stretch of the Athens-Thessaloniki highway, totalling 77.2 kilometres, will be a particular relief to government officials as the project has dragged on for almost a decade despite the fact that there have been numerous deaths on the current portion of the road.So far 820 million euros has been spent on the scheme.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Roof window manufacturing organisation Velux has launched an employee-led mental health counselling service for its 250 UK and Ireland-based employees.Its Mental Wellbeing Support Team (MWST), which was launched on 26 October 2017, is run by a team of employees on a voluntary basis to provide counselling support to employees who may be experiencing mental health issues or who just want to talk about any challenges they might be facing.Created and led by Velux’s employees, the MWST has been designed to help support the organisation’s goal of creating a more open culture around mental health in the workplace.Employees involved in the MWST have undergone specific training with counselling providers Interactions, to learn how they can provide listening and support services to Velux’s staff. The two-day training workshop covered topics such as exploring the definition of mental health and the different types of mental health issues or behaviourial indicators that MWST team members might come across, how to start conversations with those who have mental ill health, and developing observation and listening skills.The workshop also informed MWST employees on how to handle serious concerns about someone’s mental health, clarified the framework and job description of the team in general, and created a charter or service level agreement to work from.Pedro Poole, managing director at Velux, said: “There has never been a more important time to create an environment in which Velux people can succeed, feel valued and supported. Looking after the mental health and wellbeing of staff at work is not only the right thing to do as a responsible employer, but it also makes good business sense, helping to improve productivity and cut down on health-related absence.“That is why we have decided to lead the way with the creation of our new dedicated team. All the team members have put in a great deal of effort and commitment to the initiative and are passionate about making it a success. Feedback from staff has so far been really positive and we’re confident the service can act as a best practice model.”
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Map of Syria locating Sweida. Photo: AFPA string of Islamic State group attacks, including suicide blasts, killed at least 54 people in southern Syria on Wednesday in one of the jihadists’ deadliest assaults in months, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blasts hit several areas of the largely government-held southern province of Sweida, where IS retains a presence in a northeastern desert region.The attacks came almost a week into a deadly Russia-backed regime campaign to oust IS fighters from a holdout in a neighbouring province of the country’s south.The raids began when three suicide attackers detonated their explosive belts in Sweida city as other blasts hit villages to the north and east, said the Observatory.A fourth suicide blast hit the city later.“IS fighters then stormed villages in the province’s northeast and killed residents in their homes,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory.IS seized three of the seven villages they targeted, he said.The suicide blasts and attacks have left at least 32 pro-government fighters and 22 civilians dead, he added, updating an earlier toll.“The death toll rose after bodies were found in people’s homes,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.At least 21 IS jihadists were also killed.State media confirmed the attacks had killed and wounded people in Sweida city and villages to the north and east, but did not give a specific toll.Abandoned shoesState television said the army was targeting IS in the province’s east, and state news agency SANA reported “army units blocked an IS attack on a number of villages in northeastern Sweida, killing a large number” of the jihadists.SANA published images of the aftermath of the attack in Sweida city.The remains of a victim lay sprawled on a staircase near a damaged wall, while abandoned shoes lay in the middle of the road among fruit that had spilled out of cartons.Abdel Rahman said unidentified warplanes were also targeting IS fighters in the area.Despite pro-government forces ousting the group from urban centres in eastern Syria last year, surprise IS raids in recent months have killed dozens of regime and allied fighters.The regime of president Bashar al-Assad has in recent weeks ousted rebels from a majority of the country’s south, part of which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.His forces are now closing in on a patch of territory in nearby Daraa province held by jihadist group Jaish Khaled bin al-Walid, which has pledged allegiance to IS.The group, which has around 1,000 fighters in the region, has been the target of an intense bombing campaign by Russian and Syrian jets in recent days.SANA said the IS attacks on neighbouring Sweida were an attempt to relieve pressure “on IS remnants facing their inevitable end in the western Daraa countryside”.Desert holdoutsOn Wednesday, Russia-backed regime forces continued their bombardment of the IS-held pocket in Daraa.At least 41 civilians have been killed in air strikes on the jihadist holdout since 19 July, the monitor says.Fierce clashes between the two sides have killed 49 regime fighters and 67 jihadists.On Tuesday, a Syrian military source accused Israel of firing at one of its warplanes as it carried out operations against jihadists in southern Syria.Israel’s army earlier said it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had infiltrated Israeli airspace, risking another escalation around the sensitive buffer zone.The Damascus regime has long accused Israel of backing IS and other anti-government factions.IS overran large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a self-styled “caliphate” in territory it held.The jihadists have since been ousted from all major urban centres in both countries, but they retain a presence including in desert border areas.In Syria, IS controls a pocket of the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on the Iraqi border, and is present in parts of the vast central Badiya desert including in Sweida.More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria’s war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO is honoring some of Houston’s historic African American sites as part of their Slave Route Project, an international registry of locations associated with the transatlantic slave trade. The list of designated sites includes Emancipation Park in the Third Ward, the African American Library at the Gregory School in Freedmen’s Town, the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, the Middle Passage Port of Galveston, Olivewood Cemetery and downtown’s Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the sites at the church, which was founded in 1866 by freed slaves.“These locations are considered a registry of historically significant cultural sites that were part of the global transatlantic slave trade, the greatest forced human migration in history,” Turner said. “The Slave Route Project highlights the importance of preserving history and telling the painful truth about the dark past of slavery and how it has affected and impacted the world.”Jen Rice/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the sites.He said the designation connects Houston to national and world history.“UNESCO and the city of Houston will embrace the opportunity to engage and encourage the public to visit the sites of memory and gain a deeper understanding of our history and our future,” Turner said. Raymon Manning, chairman of the board of the Emancipation Park Conservancy, called the designation a thrilling accomplishment.“This is an exciting time for Houston,” Manning said. “We’re taking our place in the cultural tourism world.”Eileen Lawal with the Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy and the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Committee thanked Vanderbilt History Professor Jane Landers for helping the city receive the designation.“We applaud and thank all the scholars, students, historians, community volunteers, committees and advocates who have donated their time and support for many, many hours to complete the successful and demanding UNESCO application process.”Community activists, alongside Turner, have been working for years to create a cultural district in Freedmen’s Town, particularly after a contractor mistakenly removed roughly 200 of the area’s historic bricks while working on a drainage project. Listen Jen Rice/Houston Public MediaAntioch Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Houston was founded in 1866 by freed slaves. X Share
Today EA has confirmed that Battlefield 4 will be arriving on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 in Fall 2013. They’ve also been nice enough to forego the short teaser trailer and instead put together a 17-minute-long gameplay video to show us exactly what the game looks like.As with Battlefield 3, developer DICE has used its Frostbite 3 games engine for Battelfield 4. And that’s no bad thing as both games look gorgeous. The demo video is all in-game footage and as far as I can tell is the beginning of the game as you’ll play it come launch day.DICE is promising the same expansive environments and destruction seen in the last game, but also more integration between the single-player and multiplayer games. For anyone who experienced the SimCity woes recently, press release statements like, “Taking a page from the social aspect of multiplayer gaming, the single-player mode will now track players’ progress, adding an element of persistence and friendly competition to the campaign” are actually quite worrying.Tracking and persistence suggest that the game may require a connection in order to play. It certainly will need one to register through Origin on PC, but it has yet to be confirmed if the game is always connected. I’d say it’s unlikely as I doubt Microsoft and Sony would like that happening on their consoles. There’s also an argument that it’s much less of an issue because most gamers picking up Battlefield 4 will be doing so for multiplayer and therefore will be connected anyway.If you pre-order Battlefield 4 EA is throwing in a free Premium expansion pack. However, PC gamers will want to consider pre-ordering the Origin-exclusive Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe edition. That nets you the free Premium expansion, but also includes exclusive in-game digital items and access to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta, which should become available this summer.Now read: Battlefield 1942 available for free on Origin
Singapore Airlines has signed a new code share agreement with Virgin America for increased access to cities across the United States.Under the new arrangement, Singapore Airlines will add its SQ code on Virgin America flights to Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC from Los Angeles and San Francisco.Singapore Airlines acting senior vice president sales and marketing Chin Yau Seng said the new agreement allowed for better services to one of the carrier’s most important markets.Tickets for the codeshare are on sale now, for travel from 19 December 2012. Last week, the Singaporean carrier announced it would terminate its connection to UK carrier, Virgin Atlantic, selling its 49 percent stake to Delta Air Lines. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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