Bouteflika Seeks to Weaken Algerias Department of Intelligence and Security

Rabat – French daily newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday wrote about the measures taken by Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to weaken the DRS, the French acronym of the country’s spy network called the Department of Intelligence and Security.According to the French newspaper, Bouteflika sacked a number of major generals responsible for internal security, presidential security, as well as the head of the Republican Guard as part of a massive purge of the military.The men in question include Major General Abdelhamid Bendaoud who directed the internal security or counter-espionage service, known as the DSI, Major General Ahmed Meliani who headed the Republic Guard and General Djamel Medjdoub, the head of presidential security. The new head of the DSI was announced as Colonel Abdelaziz. The previous head of Algeria’s fifth military region, General Ben Ali Ben Ali will be in charge of the Republican Guard and General Nasser Habchi will be responsible for Bouteflika’s personal security.Although no official reason was given as the purpose of the purge, but the sacked top intelligence generals are believed to have an eye on the presidency.An advisor to the Algerian President quoted by the French daily has also suggested that the purge was Bouteflika’s way to express dissatisfaction with the work of these services. In addition, that he wanted to strip powers from the all-powerful General Mohamed Mediene, the man who has been at the helm of the DRS for the last 25 years.However, an officer of the National Popular Army (ANP) told Le Figaro that the recent measures are an attempt by Bouteflika to weaken the role of the military intelligence service in the political sphere in preparation for his imminent stepping down, especially as  Algerian domestic and foreign policies have for decades been dictated by the government’s secret state intelligence apparatus.Bouteflika had also dissolved the DRS department in charge of the media and the Special Intervention Group (GIS).In 2014, Bouteflika signed a decree to curb the presence of the military intelligence in public institutions and to downgrade his rivals in particular those connected to the DRS.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN refugee agency deplores murder of aid worker in eastern Chad

2 May 2008The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its sadness at the killing of a senior aid worker in eastern Chad and warned that humanitarian staff operating in the region must endure an increasingly insecure environment in which to carry out their work. Pascal Marlinge, the Country Director for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save The Children, was shot yesterday by bandits while travelling in a three-vehicle convoy on the road between the towns of Farchana and Adre.UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters today in Geneva that “this shocking incident underscores the highly insecure environment that humanitarian workers face in delivering protection and assistance” in eastern Chad.More than 240,000 refugees from the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan and 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in 12 camps across eastern Chad run by UNHCR.This week’s attack was the second targeting an aid worker in Chad in less than a year. A driver for UNHCR was shot and killed by gunmen late last year. read more

Spurs battle to claim crucial point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

first_imgYouTube: VideoFootballHD3The Togo striker picked the ball up inside his own half, turned and ran at the Chelsea defence. Adebayor grew in confidence as they continued to back off and from outside the penalty area curled a shot past Petr Cech and into the top corner.Ramires fired Chelsea back into lead five minutes before half-time after excellent work from Torres for the hosts. The Spaniard drifted past a couple of challenges on the right-hand side before playing a neat pass behind the Tottenham defence, Ramires raced through the gap between the two central defenders to meet the ball and fired first time beyond Hugo Lloris.The hosts came out for the second-half keen to secure the points as quickly as possible but Tottenham defended resolutely and threatened themselves. On the hour mark as the visitors struggled to create a chance from a corner, Chelsea broke on the counter attack with Mata.He was caught by Kyle Walker but played a pass into the unmarked Ramires who looked certain to score, however he slipped at the crucial moment and the chance was gone.Andre Villas-Boas made changes late in the game and with 10 minutes to play one of those substitutes, Sigurdsson, brought Tottenham level.Benoit Assou-Ekotto played a ball into Adebayor, the striker produced a sumptuous backheel to find Sigurdsson and he fired beyond Cech into the far corner to earn the visitors a point.Remember betting on all these guys to be the next United boss over the past 10 years?Manchester United fans fear for future, says supporters group chief A LATE GYLFI Sigurdsson equaliser earned Tottenham a crucial point in the race for a top-four finish with a 2-2 draw with Chelsea tonight.The hosts grabbed an early lead through their young Brazilian Oscar as he met a Gary Cahill header at the back post.A wonder goal from Emmanuel Adebayor brought Tottenham level but sloppy defending just before half-time allowed Ramires to score his fifth league goal of the season. Chelsea looked on course to seal the win but with 10 minutes remaining substitute Sigurdsson finished smartly to earn a share of the points.With fourth place in the Premier League up for grabs, the game began at a frantic pace with Tottenham looking to use the pace of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on either wing to stretch the Chelsea defence.However, from an 11th-minute Juan Mata corner, Chelsea took the lead through Oscar. Cahill rose above the Tottenham defence to meet the Spaniard’s delivery, his header flew towards goal and an unmarked Oscar pounced at the back post to head home his 12th goal of the season.The visitors had struggled to get into the game but midway through the first-half a fantastic run and finish from Adebayor brought them level.last_img read more

La sécheresse menace le parc nucléaire français

first_imgLa sécheresse menace le parc nucléaire françaisAvec la sécheresse, 28 départements français ont d’ores et déjà pris des mesures de restriction d’eau. Si celle-ci persiste, 44 des 58 réacteurs nationaux, ceux situés en bordure de rivière, devraient être arrêtés. Un cataclysme énergétique pour le pays.La sécheresse s’empare de la France depuis plusieurs semaines déjà. Si les agriculteurs s’inquiètent, ils ne sont pas les seuls. En effet, une récente analyse réalisée par l’Observatoire du nucléaire indique que si l’aridité se prolonge, 44 réacteurs nucléaires situés en bord de rivière risqueraient d’être stoppés. Si cela était le cas, la France subirait une véritable crise énergétique.En effet, les centrales se servent de l’eau des rivières pour refroidir leurs installations. Elles doivent cependant respecter certaines contraintes qui les obligent à laisser couler un débit minimal. Ce débit est défini au cas par cas et c’est EDF qui gère et anticipe en permanence les évolutions du débit des cours d’eau. A titre d’exemple, lorsque la Loire coule à moins de 60 mètres cubes par seconde (en cas de canicule), les quatre centrales qui la bordent doivent se coordonner entre elles pour maintenir un niveau d’eau suffisant, sachant qu’elles peuvent puiser entre 3 à 10 mètres cubes par seconde chacune. Comme l’indique l’Observatoire du nucléaire, 22 réacteurs sont susceptibles de manquer d’eau. Le Monde cite les centrales de Civaux (Vienne), Golfech (Tarn-et-Garonne), Belleville (Cher), Dampierre (Loiret), Saint-Laurent (Loir-et-Cher), Chinon (Indre-et-Loire), Chooz (Ardennes) et Cattenom (Lorraine). De plus, les centrales ne doivent pas faire dépasser les 28°C aux rivières dont elles se servent. En effet, l’eau qui a servi à refroidir la centrale, lorsqu’elle est rejetée, est très chaude. Si cette température limite est atteinte, le site se verra obligé de réduire la puissance de ses réacteurs ou de les stopper complètement. Cette fois, ce sont 20 réacteurs qui sont menacés : il s’agit des centrales de Saint-Alban (Isère), Bugey (Ain), Cruas (Ardèche), Tricastin (Drôme), Blayais (Gironde) et Nogent (Aube).À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDernier point, les centrales ont pour obligation de respecter des normes de dilution des effluents radioactifs. Lorsque la Loire coule à 30 mètres par seconde par exemple, les centrales doivent retenir leurs effluents et les stocker dans des bâches le temps que le débit augmente. Si cela tarde à venir, les sites de stockage se remplissent et les réacteurs doivent être arrêtés.Avec ces différents éléments, le candidat écologiste aux élections présidentielles de 2012 et président de l’Observatoire, Stéphane Lhomme, indique qu’ “un accident nucléaire grave est possible : même arrêté, un réacteur doit être refroidi et une fusion de cœur peut se produire si le débit d’une rivière est trop bas pour assurer ce refroidissement minimal”. L’ Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) indique de son côté que cela ne peut pas arriver puisqu’”il faut 15 m3 d’eau par heure pour refroidir le cœur, ce qui est peu. Même en cas de canicule, le refroidissement pourra donc toujours assuré au minimum par des échangeurs de chaleur ou des générateurs de vapeur”. De plus, Martial Jorel, le directeur de la sûreté des réacteurs assure que “dans des situations extrêmes, on est capables d’acheminer de l’eau par d’autres moyens”. Cependant, M. Jorel reste lucide : “Le problème qu’entraîne la sécheresse pour les centrales nucléaires se pose donc moins en termes de sûreté que d’approvisionnement du territoire en électricité en cas d’arrêt des réacteurs”, explique-t-il. “Par ailleurs, des problèmes environnementaux peuvent se poser. Le risque est ainsi que, comme en 2003 ou 2006, l’exploitant demande des dérogations pour dépasser les températures maximales de rejets. Les centrales chauffent alors les cours d’eau, entraînant des conséquences pour la faune et la flore”. Le 17 mai 2011 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 le toutenun disponible aux EtatsUnis

first_imgLenovo IdeaCentre A720 : le tout-en-un disponible aux Etats-UnisL’écran tout-en-un 27 pouces de Lenovo a été commercialisé aux Etats-Unis. Ses caractéristiques techniques sont tout à fait impressionnantes !Lenovo a annoncé la disponibilité américaine de son moniteur tout-en-un 27 pouces : l’IdeaCentre A720. Cet ordinateur avait été présenté en avant-première mondiale au CES 2012. Son écran est tactile à 10 points peut aussi bien être utilisé à l’horizontale, comme une très grande tablette tactile, qu’à la verticale, comme un moniteur standard.L’écran rétro-éclairé à LED de Lenovo est relativement fin car ses composants sont logés dans le pied. L’IdeaCentre A720 affiche une résolution de 1.920 x 1.080 pixels, il est animé par un processeur Intel Core i7-3610QM Ivy Bridge, possède une carte graphique Intel HD Graphics 4000 et une Nvidia GeForce GT 630M. Les 8 Gb de mémoire vive DDR3 permettront une grande réactivité et un disque dur de 1 TB, ainsi qu’ un SSD de 64 GB optionnel seront dédiés au stockage. Si le tuner TV (avec télécommande infrarouge) est en option, le lecteur Blu-ray/graveur de DVD est bien présent. Pour le reste on retrouve une entrée et une sortie HDMI ainsi qu’une webcam HD 720p. Le Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 est vendu aux Etats-Unis à un montant de base de 1.480 dollars (1.180 euros) et aucune date de sortie n’est annoncée en Europe pour le moment.Le 26 mai 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kentucky Governor names WWE star Titus ONeil an honorary Kentucky Colonel

first_img Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin recently named Current WWE RAW star Titus O’Neil an honorary Kentucky Colonel.O’Neil announced the news this past Monday on Twitter which you can view below:Today has been Awesome I got to see my little Warrior “Kit Kat” And Officially received the news that I’ve been Honored By the Governor of Kentucky @GovMattBevin with The Distinction Of being named a “Kentucky Colonel “ THANK YOU— Titus O’Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) June 24, 2019 Twitter Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Kurt Angle Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articles Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Facebook Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Vancouvers Row for the Cure postponed

first_imgAfter being made aware of a possible bloom of cyanobacteria — a blue-green algae — at Vancouver Lake, Susan G. Komen Oregon and Southwest Washington have decided to postpone Row for the Cure, which was scheduled for Saturday at Vancouver Lake. The event has been rescheduled for Oct. 6.Ann Berryman, Komen director of development and communications, said the decision was made in the interest of the health and well-being of participants. Check for updates.last_img

FortisTCI says exploration for cheaper electricity bills still underway as fuel factor

first_img TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Related Items:eddinton powell, fortis tci, fuel factor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 May 2015 – As the Territory’s Governor continues to beckon for some solution or meaningful hunt for lower electricity costs and as the country was recently informed that the fuel factor rate has dipped for another month; the CEO of FortisTCI, Eddinton Powell is speaking: “Savings offered through the Fuel Factor is beneficial to our customers, however, we want to ensure everyone appreciates that oil prices in the world market are still volatile… we continue to aggressively explore and pursue, options to streamline our fuel supply chain that would result in lower prices, lower priced supply sources that are potentially capable of delivering to the TCI given our port infrastructure, and the medium to long-term possibilities of gas and renewable energy (including LNG, CNG, solar and wind).” For some this exploration is not moving as swiftly as they would like, but Fortis in that Tuesday statement explained that the fuel factor rate is at its lowest since the demand for crude oil decreased last year; now at 1.1298 per gallon. This reflects a 47% decrease in the past eight months according to Fortis. Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideaslast_img read more

Can selfies and helterskelters boost productivity

first_imgThere are many strategies employers can adopt to improve the productivity and happiness of their employees, but is it a case of the quirkier the better?The likes of fashion retailer Missguided and Mind Candy have designed their working spaces in an attempt to capture employee’s imagination as well as boost their productivity.Missguided’s Manchester headquarters incorporate dressing rooms, sleep pods, arcade games, a hair and make-up space, swings and even a selfie tunnel for staff to enjoy. It also boasts an all-pink conference room.Meanwhile, IT firm Peer1’s offices feature an indoor garden complete with a 15ft tree, picnic benches and a tree house. The office, based in Southampton, also has a swing, yoga classes, giant helter-skelter, pool table and mini-golf course, not to a mention an office pub named after the organisation’s founder Gary Sherlock; The Sherlock Arms.And entertainment firm Mind Candy gives its employees a surreal experience when they come into the workplace inspired by its own products. Mind Candy created children’s’ game Moshi Monsters (pictured), and its offices are based on the fictional city of Monstro where the game takes place.The workspace features faux grass and ivy, a tree-trunk reception desk and a giant slide. Its meetings are conducted on beanbags with beers for staff to sip on, plus there’s a ping-pong table, a tree house and Guitar Hero championships.Family-run web hosting business Melbourne, which is based in Manchester, forms its working spaces around the overall welfare of its workers. For instance, it has an indoor and outdoor barbeque area, pool tables, a Scalextric track, pinball machines, a slide and, of course, beanbags.However, according to The Leesman Index, which was published in November 2015, just over half (55%) of office environments allow employees to work productively, and if Missguided, Mind Candy and the likes are anything to go by, perhaps we’ll be seeing far more quirky places to work.Here at Employee Benefits we’re drawing up our wish list….last_img read more

Hulu beats Netflix in race to air documentary on doomed Fyre Festival

first_img Share your voice Comments Tags 2 Charlie Ridgely from CNET sister site noted that the announcement also came as review embargoes for publications lifted on Netflix’s Fyre film, meaning that people searching for the Netflix movie are likely to also see the Hulu film right there in the same results.”People are searching for info on the Fyre doc and SURPRISE! There’s already one online,” Ridgely said. And with the launch of even more streaming services in 2019, it won’t be surprising to see the competition get even more steamy.Either way, if you wanted a deep dive into what led to the disastrous festival, by the end of the week you’ll have two options. 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about TV and Movies 2019 movies to geek out overcenter_img Not just days before, but dropping it at the same time as the review embargo for the Netflix doc lifted. People are searching for info on the Fyre doc and SURPRISE! There’s already one online.— Charlie Ridgely (@charlieridgely) January 14, 2019 Hulu’s out with Fyre Fraud, a documentary about the doomed 2017 Bahamas music festival that eventually led to its organizer serving six years in prison after admitting to fraud.The service’s take on what happened at the festival debuts Monday, just days before Netflix’s Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which will hit that streaming service on Friday.”Hulu surprise dropping its Fyre Fest documentary today, mere days before Netflix was set to drop its own, is the level of aggressive pettiness I’m here for,” Variety’s Caroline Franke tweeted. Now playing: Watch this: 2:15 77 Photos Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

69 magnitude earthquake hits Australias beach resort town

first_imgAustralia: An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck west of the beach resort of Broome, Australia, the United States Geological Survey said on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties in the quake, which the agency said hit at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), about 203 km (126 miles) offshore from the town in the state of Western Australia.last_img

2year after NATO withdrawal Afghan forces still struggle

first_imgTwo years after NATO handed responsibility for Afghanistan’s security to local forces, the country remains crippled by corruption and its troops can barely hold the Taliban at bay, a US inspector said Wednesday.Since US-led NATO troops stopped leading patrols and stepped into an advisory and support role at the end of 2014, Afghan army and police forces have suffered thousands of casualties and face continual assaults from a well-funded and well-armed Taliban.“As much as I wish I could say much has improved in Afghanistan over the past two years, I cannot,” John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), told a Washington think tank.Sopko was speaking as his agency published a list of high-risk threats to Afghanistan, less than two weeks before incoming President-elect Donald Trump takes office.Just as President Barack Obama did eight years ago, Trump is inheriting an Afghan conflict that seems impossible to resolve.Trump has offered few indications of his plans for Afghanistan.In a 2013 tweet, he said “Let’s get out” of the country and said the money America spends there would be better used at home.Neither he nor his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton gave Afghanistan more than a passing mention during the presidential campaign.Sopko noted the number of armed groups opposing the Afghan government is growing, and said the amount of Afghan districts under government control or influence dropped from 70.5 percent at the start of 2016 to just 63.4 percent by the end of August.The Afghan army is “basically playing whack-a-mole following the Taliban around Afghanistan,” Sopko said.“At a minimum, they’re playing defense and are not taking the fight to the Taliban.”New bombings in Kabul -Underscoring the fragile security situation, bombings across three Afghan cities including Kabul killed around 50 people and wounded 100 others Tuesday, in a day of carnage as Taliban insurgents escalated their deadly winter campaign of violence.To date, America has spent more than $115 billion in US taxpayer money on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.When warfighting costs are included, the United States has spent close to $1 trillion.Complicating matters, a long-standing issue of Afghan commanders lying about troop numbers to swindle the payment system remains a stubborn problem.The Afghan army likely still has tens of thousands of these phantom troops on its payrolls, Sopko said.“Afghan commanders often pocket the paychecks of ‘ghost soldiers’ for whom the US is paying salaries,” he said.He added there is evidence the Taliban has instructed field commanders to buy US-supplied weapons, fuel and ammunition from Afghan soldiers.“To do so is both easier and less expensive for the insurgents,” he told the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noting that the Taliban were now part of the US-provided weapons “supply chain.”The Taliban has plenty of cash, thanks to booming poppy production that is growing at near-record levels as eradication efforts falter.CSIS expert Anthony Cordesman, who hosted Sopko, said in a report this month that it is “more than possible” Afghan forces will be locked in a war of attrition with no clear end, and that 2017 could mark “at least be the beginning of a major defeat” for them.‘Stalemate’ -In 2015, Afghan police sustained more than 5,000 fatalities and saw the regional capital Kunduz briefly captured by the Taliban.Casualties were significantly higher in 2016.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe Dunford, has called the Afghan situation a “stalemate,” though commanders later tried to massage the assessment, calling it an “equilibrium.”Obama has cut the US troop presence to about 8,400. Sopko warned the incoming Trump administration about the complexities of making further adjustments.“Withdraw, and the democratic government may well fall. Stay, and continue what we have been doing and we may be faced with what General Dunford has described as a stalemate,” Sopko said.Still, Sopko noted some signs of improvement.He said both President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah had cooperated with US efforts to prevent waste and fraud.He also highlighted an anti-corruption justice center that has begun to prosecute graft cases.Repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed and a fierce new fighting season is expected to kick off in the spring.last_img read more

Arundhati Roys Dhaka talk resumes

first_imgArundhati royThe police have reissued the permission to hold the much-publicised talk by renowned Indian writer Arundhati Roy, scheduled to be held on Tuesday at 6:00pm, now to take place at Midas Centre in Dhanmondi of the capital, said a statement published on Chobi Mela’s website on Tuesday.“After massive juggling and a lot of help from friends, we have been able to obtain a new venue. The talk will go on and the previous registration holds,” reads the statement.Police earlier cancelled their permission of the Arundhati Roy’s Dhaka talk at Krishibid Institute Auditorium due to ‘unavoidable circumstances’.The entry permission will be restricted to the registered audience only.“There will be no signings and no Q&A or selfies. We will video the entire event and make the video publicly available, so please be considerate and don’t block people’s view with your mobile phone. Arundhati has specifically requested that there be no livestreaming,” it added.last_img read more

Widespread Threat to Equality – License to Discriminate Bills

first_imgOur families are under attack. From the White House to state legislatures across the nation, right-wing politicians are trying to prevent justice and equality under the guise of protecting religious freedom.Equality Feveration is tracking over 100 anti-LGBTQ bills across the nation, and legislation that would provide for a license to discriminate are among the most prevalent. Religious freedom is a cherished value, but these attacks are really about allowing discrimination and rolling back progress. In a scathing new report, Human Rights Watch called the wave of religious exemption bills in the United States  a “thinly veiled assault against the rights of LGBT people.” Equality Federation and Equality Michigan provided on-the-ground insight to the authors of the report.In the current legislative session, Colorado (HB 1206) and Oklahoma (SB 1250) introduced extraordinarily broad license to discriminate bills, which would give many types of businesses or services a pass to say “we don’t serve your kind here.” Several states have introduced more narrow license to discriminate bills, that focus upon specific services. For example:GA SB 375, would allow taxpayer-funded child-placing agencies to turn away same-sex couples and refuse services to youth who identify as LGBTQ.In OK, two bills in the house (HB 1507 and HB 3486) and SB 1140 would permit private child-placing agencies to refuse to place a child in a foster care or adoption setting.Similarly, in KS, HB 2687 and SB 401 would permit child-placing agencies (private or taxpayer-funded) to refuse to place a child in a foster care or adoption setting.OK SB 197 would permit individuals to discriminate in the provision of any services, goods, or accommodations used in a marriage ceremony or in endorsing or advocating any “specific marriage, lifestyle or behavior.”KY HB 372 would permit religious organizations to discriminate in the “sale, rental, occupancy of, or terms and conditions of occupying a dwelling or other housing under its control.”Both GA SB 375 and OK SB 1140 passed through their respective Senate committees already and full Senate hearings are expected soon for each. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Latest posts by Mark Snyder (see all) Mark SnyderMark Snyder is the Director of Communications for Equality Federation, and he wishes you a wonderful day. Please share this post with your friends and family.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Mike Pence insists his anti-gay record is ‘fake news’ in response to Olympic figure skater‘Anti-LGBTQ extremists did not win’: People respond to US Supreme Court bakery decisionEqual treatment remains out of reach for LGBT Americans in most states Will your support will be able to provide high-quality, strategic assistance to our state-based members to make sure these bigoted policies never go into effect! Chip-in your $3 here!At the Supreme Court, we’re watching the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.As a nation, we decided a long time ago that when a business opens its doors to the public, it should be open to everyone, on the same terms.But a case now before the Supreme Court wants to take us back to the days when businesses could tell people, “We don’t serve your kind here.” Masterpiece Cakeshop is arguing that it should have a constitutional right to discriminate against customers simply because of who they are.That’s why we all need to get involved. This case paves the way to eroding the federal Civil Rights Act and dismantling state and federal laws intended to protect people of color, women, religious minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people and others from[embedded content]The following two tabs change content below.last_img read more

Suicides ring alarm bells at Provincial Hospital

first_imgSuicides and attempted suicides, seemingly a new trend in town, has seen alarms bells ringing at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital.During an interview with Provincial Hospital PRO Thabo Sithole, he stressed that hospital staff have had to deal with a large number of successful and unsuccessful suicide attempts in a period of 4 months. “Since December, the number has been increasing, so we, as hospital staff, want to try and educate the community about suicide and depression.” said PRO Sithole.While many people have suicidal thoughts at some point or another in their lives, most do not act on them and rather seek help. PRO Sithole urges the community to be more involved in the lives of their loved ones, and highlights the fact that depression may lead an individual to turn to suicide.WHAT IS DEPRESSION? Everyone feels sad, “low”, “down” or “blue” at times. It is a normal part of everyday life.However, if someone experiences sad or negative feelings that seriously disrupt their normal functioning and those feelings last for at least two weeks, they may be suffering from depression. People with depression typically experience their motivation to be low, their sleeping to be disturbed, their appetite to be reduced, and their concentration and short-term memory to be poor.Feeling very irritable, lonely and weepy are other experiences reported by people with depression. People with depression also tend to withdraw themselves from other people and spend a lot of time in their rooms (often in bed). Depression may also lead people to engage in suicidal behaviour. A South African study found that the diagnosis of depression was applicable in nearly two-thirds of South African adolescents who attempted suicide.However, not all people who kill or attempt to kill themselves have depression. Some people are driven to suicide by other factors, such as conflict in the family or a serious illness.Depression is actually quite common. 1 in 10 people will have depression at some point in their life. Depression affects people of both sexes, all ages and races, cultures and social classes. People with depression cannot just “pull themselves together” and get better. Most people do not get the help they need. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years.According to the South African Anxiety and Depression Group, the reasons why people often do not want to seek help are:Depression is often not seen as a real illnessMany people blame themselves and think they are weakPeople are scared and too embarrassed to ask for helpDepression is often not identified by family, friends and even professionalsCAUSES OF DEPRESSION: A number of different factors may trigger depression. It is mostly a combination of these factors:External events: For example, relationship break-up, financial stress, a traumatic event and grief over a person who has passed away.Family history: Close family who have had depression sometimes means you are more likely to have depression as well.Thinking styles: People who are depressed normally have a critical way of thinking about themselves (“I’m boring”, “I’m ugly”, “I’m a failure”), others (“No-one likes me”, “Everyone is better than me”) and the future (“Things will never get better”, “What’s the point?”).Medical conditions such as thyroid problems, strokes, cancer and Cushing’s disease.Certain medications, such as steroids (used by many men for muscle building).DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

ENVOY Networks upgrades Western warehouse to bigger location

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Tags: Envoy ENVOY Networks upgrades Western warehouse to bigger locationcenter_img TORONTO — ENVOY Networks is on the move! The distribution company, which specializes in custom marketing solutions for the travel industry, is relocating its Western Canada warehouse to meet the needs of their growing business.“This is an exciting time for ENVOY. We’re busier than ever and expanding at an incredible rate,” says Glen Harwood of ENVOY. “Not only did we move our Eastern Canada warehouse to Etobicoke this past December, we’ve also upgraded our Western Canada home to an even bigger location. These two moves are hopefully a sign of even bigger things to come for our growing company.”The Western Canada warehouse is now located at 150-6251 Graybar Road, Richmond, B.C., V6W 1H6. For inquiries, contact Dennis Andres, Western Warehouse Manager at (604) 278-1020 or via email at more information about ENVOY, contact Toni DeFino, VP Marketing and Product Development at Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Israeli Tourism hits record high in the first six months of 2017

first_imgDuring the first six months of 2017, Israeli tourism has surged to a record high with 1.74 million visiting tourists, 26% more than the same period in 2016 that saw 1.38 million tourist arrivals and 24% more than the same period in 2015.As per Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, compared to the same period in 2016, tourism from China in the first half of 2017 jumped 76% and increased 30% from Russia. Additionally, tourism from the U.S., Israel’s largest source country, jumped 20%.Meanwhile, Israel’s total revenue from tourism in the first half of 2017 hit 9.4 billion shekels.Israel welcomed 303,000 tourists in June 2017, representing a 28.4% rise from the previous year. Of June’s tourist entries, 275,000 were via air, representing an increase of 26% from June 2016 and 27% from June 2015. 28,600 tourist entries were recorded via Israel’s land crossings: 24,000 via Jordan, and 4,500 via Egypt.“The June tourism statistics bring us to record levels for incoming tourism in the first six months of the year,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud). “Our policy continues to prove itself and to bear fruit and we can see that the right marketing strategy can bring Israel to new heights.”“The significant increase in incoming tourism numbers makes an exceptional contribution to the Israeli economy and workforce. I am convinced that, with the correct activities, we will see continue to see good results in the coming months,” Levin said.For day visitors, the numbers were 19,300 in June 2017, versus 8,700 in June 2016.last_img read more

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