Project Insight: Unique Reintegration Situations and Resources

first_imgChallenge: Preparing a family for a first reintegration is a lot like trying to prepare the first-time mom for her baby… it’s hard to prep someone for the reality when they are so excited.Suggested Strategy: Empower couples despite a lack of control over what the future looks like around deployment, develop a plan or strategy of what each family member would like to see and then set goals on how to get there, improve communication skills and make expectations realistic, help families understand that reintegration is not perfect. Challenge: Partners may play “one-upmanship” about who had it worse while the SM was deployed.Suggested Strategy: Help partners communicate with one another and empathize with the other for the struggles they EACH endured during that time. The one-upping can sometimes be born out of feeling unappreciated or misunderstood by the difficulties each person faced. Once a partner feels understood and if the other has empathized, they can stop the one-upping because they feel heard. Are these situations that military family service providers encounter after reintegration familiar to you? Are there other challenges and strategies you would recommend including? Resources addressing unique reintegration situationsProject In Sight participants also alerted us to helpful resources that addressed several unique reintegration situations.Helping military children use language when addressing sensitive topicsMaybe Days- language from the book Maybe Days can be helpful in working with children around deployment and is helpful in teaching children about self-soothing, healthy coping strategies, and ways to express their disappointments, loss, etc. Although this is a resource created specifically for foster children, our participants recommended this book for military children as well since they oftentimes can’t and won’t have definitive answers about deployment.Using play therapy to help children rebuild their attachments with parentsRebuilding Attachments with Military Children Utilizing Play Therapy [recorded webinar]This 1.5-hour recorded webinar is sponsored by MFLN Family Development. It offers valuable information on the utilization of play therapy in the effort to rebuild attachment with children in military families. The unique strengths of and risk factors for military children and families will be described along with the ways in which play therapy can assist in rebuilding attachment. The adaptation and application of techniques for working with trauma and grief to military children and families will also be presented.A book for both spouses seeking help with deployment challengesOnce a Warrior: Wired for Life by Cantrell & Dean. This book illustrates how to turn negatives into positives and assists our highly trained military personnel in utilizing their tremendous potential in achieving success and happiness after their release from military service. This book highlights the path along the way to transitioning from warrior to civilian.Looking for something on self-development and self-efficacy?Brene Brown books: Brene Brown’s resources were recommended because of the focus on self -development and self- efficacy, in addition to ways to deal with stress.Have you recommended other resources that are helpful for sharing with military families during reintegration? If so, what other suggestions would you add to this list?This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT and Sara Croymans, M. Ed. of Military Families Learning Network. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network  on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Do these situations military families encounter after reintegration seem familiar to you? Are there other reintegration challenges and strategies you would recommend including?Unique Reintegration Challenges for Military Family Service ProfessionalsChallenge: When hosting pre-deployment events, families are not focusing on the resources being offered.  Since they are primarily focused on spending these last hours with their family, they hate the idea of being stuck at a deployment event instead. And, when they return, they are so excited to see each other, it is so hard for them to focus on the resources again.Suggested Strategies:Make resources available in the early days following the departure and then in the weeks that follow.Provide ongoing classes or materials long before deployments happen that can be before, during, and after deployments.Reach out to families once a month or more when their SM is deployed to check in and see how things are going. As one service professional shared, “This has been the most effective for having them accept and utilize resources I give them.”center_img During the Project Insight: The Joys and challenges of Reintegration after Deployment webinar (transcript available), military family service providers collaboratively uncovered insights about the joys and challenges of reintegration that military service members and families often encounter.As a result of this previous session, we are pleased to announce that together we now have new insights, ideas, and resources which speak to the unique reintegration circumstances of both military families and military family service professionals. We welcome your feedback (on this blog post) so that we can collaboratively grow this list of insights and resources to support military families around the topic of reintegration after deployment. So what did we learn and what can we share?Common themes of reintegration after deploymentDuring Project In Sight, several military spouses shared their reintegration experiences and stories with webinar participants. During the session, participants found several common themes around their stories:Reintegration Joys– time together, relief that the SM is home, having help with the children and daily tasks/chores, excitementReintegration Challenges– communication, changes in family routine, income changes, partner isn’t the same after return, parenting challenges, newness, change, expectations, prior relationship problems don’t disappear after deploymentHow do knowing these themes help?  We think that understanding common themes can assist us in being more prepared in our work with military families, but perhaps you have a specific idea in mind.  What are some of your suggestions?Unique reintegration challengesAlong with common themes, we learned of a few unique situations and challenges military families face. We also uncovered some unique situations military family service providers encounter when supporting military families during reintegration.Unique Reintegration Challenges for Military FamiliesChallenge: Relationship problems did not go away during deployment; problems are put on a shelf. Many families may not continue to seek help or resources after the SM comes home.Suggested Strategy: Work on communication with the couples both before the deployment and after they return. (This challenge was discussed during the session, but there were few suggested strategies mentioned. If you have suggestions, please let us know in the blog comments). Challenge: The process of reintegration can be difficult for children, as well as the family. Oftentimes, the difficulties that the children are experiencing can be overlooked.Suggested Strategy: Connect military children with each other for support. Hold monthly small group meetings during a deployment. Do a craft with all of the children to create something to send to the SM. Continue to provide opportunities for the military children to come together during the reintegration phase for continued support.last_img read more

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Andy Murray storms into French Open fourth round

first_imgAfter a pair of five-setters, Andy Murray made it through to the fourth round of the French Open in only three. The second-seeded Murray, who spent more than seven hours on court in the first two rounds, beat Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Friday.Murray was in control from the start, quickly jumping to a 5-0 lead. The big-serving, 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Karlovic wound up with only 14 aces after hitting a tournament-high 72 aces through the opening two rounds.RAONIC ALSO MOVES ONMilos Raonic also advanced, overcoming an aching hip to beat 133rd-ranked “lucky loser” Andrej Martin of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3.Raonic said he will have tests on the aching left hip that led him to ask for painkillers during his match on Court 1.”I just tried to fight through,” the eighth-seeded Canadian said. “I’m happy with the fact that I was able to continue.”In the women’s draw, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Samantha Stosur all made it through to the fourth round. But two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost to Shelby Rogers 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0.Rogers, an American ranked 108th, is now into the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.The fourth-seeded Muguzura beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 6-0, while Halep had a tougher time against Japanese teen Naomi Osaka. Halep won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in what was the 18-year-old Osaka’s first match against a top-10 player.Playing in only her second major tournament, Osaka won the first set but then struggled against the 2014 French Open runner-up from Romania.advertisement”I’m just going to take this as like a learning lesson,” Osaka said. “Maybe I managed to like worry her for a second there.”Halep broke Osaka to love in her first service game of the second set and converted the first of two break points at 5-2 to level at one-set each. In the third, Halep again broke Osaka to love for a 5-3 lead and then served out the victory.Muguruza, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and reached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 2014 and 2015, lost one service game to Wickmayer in the first set but otherwise had no real difficulties.Wickmayer had no break points in the second set and saved none of the six she faced, while Muguruza had an impressive ratio of 19 winners to only 11 unforced errors.last_img read more

His shooting seemed unreal, medallist Sangram on his opponent

first_imgBy Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) Sangram Singh today realised a long-cherished dream of winning a medal at a top international shooting tournament and then realised it was some “unreal” shooting from his Chinese opponent that may have prevented him from winning a gold.After years of toil, double trap exponent Sangram clinched his first-ever senior medal — a silver — in a International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) tournament, that too in the prestigious World Cup Final.Sangram shot 76 out of 80 targets, three behind gold medallist Hu Binyuan (79) of China. Italys Gasparani Davi (56) took the bronze.”I am very happy with the result. What can I say about him (Binyuan, who missed just once in the 80-shot final), he is a legend and the way he shot today it seemed unreal. I started when he was already a great shooter. It was an honour to go head to head with him,” Sangram said.”The hard training over the past three weeks has paid off. I change a couple of things in my technique and its come on really well as the result shows,” he added.”At the end of the day, however, you are just competing to better yourself and not against anyone else. In the final its make or break.”Sangram had won a gold medal at the Asian Shooting Championship for junior way back in 2009. At the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, he shot exceedingly well throughout the day, first topping the qualifying with a score of 144 out of 150 and then replicating the showing in the final.advertisementBut he could not overcome the world record effort of Chinas 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Hu Binyuan, who shot a sublime 79 out of 80 hits in the final.”I have been to several World Cups and Asian competitions and to win at a World Cup Final in New Delhi is just amazing. This range is like home to me. Up against a two-time Olympic medallist, I was doing as much as I could.”I was quite confident of my shooting today, in the qualification I was on top.”He is already looking ahead to next year, which is a busy one with two multi-sport extravaganzas lined up, besides shooting events.”Right now, I am just focussing on the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Once they are over we also World Championships in double trap as well.”Asked what he does to keep him in the right frame of mind, he said, “I do meditation and exercises. My favoirite exercise is running.” PTI AH KHS KHSlast_img read more

Port of Oakland Terminals Night Gates Here to Stay

first_imgzoom Port of Oakland said that its busiest marine terminal Oakland International Container Terminal will make evening operations permanent following a three-month trial.The port said that night gates will continue to take pressure off busier daytime container pick-up or delivery operations.Oakland International Container Terminal launched night gates in late June when it started offering full night operations from Monday through Thursday for truck drivers to haul cargo.According to data compiled by the terminal and the port, about 1,300 container transactions nightly have migrated from day to evening. The night operations also led to a drop in average transaction time for truck drivers from 96 minutes in August to 79 minutes last week, while thirty percent of trucking companies at the port reduced congestion surcharges assessed to customers for picking up containers.A survey conducted by the port showed that 74 percent of cargo owners use Oakland night gates due to less terminal crowding. Sixty-five percent of owners said that night gates contributed to an improvement in transaction times.Oakland International Container Terminal said it will continue to charge customers a USD 30 fee to finance night gates. About 6,000 trucks pass through the terminal’s gates daily, making it one of the busiest in the US. It handles 70 percent of the containerized cargo in Oakland.A neighboring Oakland marine terminal, TraPac, said it is currently experimenting with night gates.last_img read more

Justice Centre WinWin on South Shore

first_imgA new $9.75 million courthouse in Bridgewater and a new $2million provincial building in Lunenburg will ensure that bothcommunities benefit from significant construction activity andlong-term local jobs. Justice Minister Michael Baker, Human Resources Minister CarolynBolivar-Getson and Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburtannounced today, Aug. 20, that a new courthouse will be built onHigh Street in Bridgewater, next to the existing provincialbuilding. The new four-courtroom facility, which includes officesand administration space for the judiciary, is expected to becompleted in 18 to 24 months. “Not only does this announcement support our commitment to aneffective and streamlined justice system,” said Mr. Baker. “Italso brings significant economic benefits to the municipality ofthe district of Lunenburg, and the towns of Lunenburg andBridgewater. I’m also pleased to announce that court willcontinue to sit in Lunenburg.” “It’s a great day for both communities,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson.”Long-term jobs support our tax base and help provide much-neededservices. Today’s announcement is a real vote of confidence inthe future of the South Shore.” About 30 staff in several departments who now work in theBridgewater provincial building will eventually relocate to a newprovincial building in Lunenburg, which will be built on landowned by the town. Most of the staff are with the Department ofNatural Resources. “I’m very pleased that our employees will work from a modern,first-class facility in Lunenburg,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “They willcontinue to provide their top-flight expertise to the people ofNova Scotia from their new location.” The transfer will provide more space for the Department ofCommunity Services and the various justice-related programs thatwill continue to operate in Bridgewater. These include communitycorrections, youth alternatives, victim services, legal aid andthe public prosecution service. The new provincial building in Lunenburg will be about 8,000square feet and will provide office and meeting space for 30 to35 staff and their public clients. Depending on the timing ofsite selection and design, construction could begin in eight to12 months. “I am pleased that the province is committed to undertake aproject of this magnitude to better serve the citizens of theregion,” said Ernie Bolivar, mayor of Bridgewater. “Not only willthe facility benefit the legal community, but it will provide afocal point for the long-term development of the area.” Lunenburg Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says the announcement is verypositive for the town of Lunenburg and the South Shore. “Theprovince’s commitment to construct a provincial building inLunenburg is extremely significant. Not only will it add jobs tothe local economy, but it also ties in with council’s goals foreconomic growth and new home construction. I view this as a majorstep forward in provincial-municipal co-operation.” “This announcement signals a new beginning for the efficientdelivery of justice and related services for residents of ourdistrict,” said Elmer Garber, deputy warden, Municipality of theDistrict of Lunenburg. “As well, our residents will be well-served by the new provincial building in Lunenburg. It is indeeda win-win situation for our residents.”last_img read more

Gulf Tourists Responsible for Marrakech Bird Massacre Did Not Have Valid

Rabat – Chilling footage depicting a group of Gulf tourists posing with the more than 1400 quails they had killed in one day in Marrakech made the rounds on Moroccan social media earlier this week.The video elicited a wave of harsh criticism and indignation among Moroccans. Many described the act as “barbaric” and “sick.”Adding insult to injury, however, the preliminary findings of the official investigation into what has come to be known as the “bird massacre” have established that the Gulf hunters did not have a valid hunting license. Moroccan newspaper Al Massae reported in its weekend edition that the “bird massacre” issue took another interesting twist yesterday after authorities discovered that the Gulf tourists responsible for the “outrageous” killing of the quails did not actually have the authorization to hunt on Moroccan territory.According to the Moroccan paper, the Marrakech-based tourism agency which delivered the tourists their hunting license was not accredited for delivering such documents.Hunting and forestry associations vigorously condemned the sorry occurrence and urged the “competent authorities” in Marrakech, especially the city’s waters and forestry office to shed further light on the “structural dysfunction” and complacency that led to the “outrageous” killing of 1490 birds.In a statement summarizing the findings of the investigation, as well as the circumstances that led to the incident, the National Society for Hunting demanded that all those responsible for “this crime” be made accountable for their actions.The statement however, as to whether the Gulf businessmen or the illegal tourism agency that sold them the fake hunting license documents deserve to bear the brunt of the punishment. It simply emphasized that authorities take the issue very seriously and wish to “ensure that justice is done” to avoid a repeat of such an incident.Meanwhile, hunting professionals in the Marrakech area have demanded that the authorized tourism agency be severely punished for “this disgrace.”The series of denunciatory statements and calls for punishment all came with the hope that making an example of the tourism agency would be an effective deterrent for other agencies—authorized or not. The agencies often issue documents for foreign tourists to carry out activities in blithe disregard for the rights of livestock or the profound effects they may have on the environment.Others, including the national organization for water and forest management, urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and other competent bodies “to follow this affair until the end.” read more

Religion can never justify terrorism or killing of innocents General Assembly declares

A high-level meeting of the General Assembly today decried the use of religion to justify the killing of innocent people and terrorist acts and voiced concern that serious instances of intolerance, discrimination and harassment persist between people of different faiths and cultures.The two-day “Culture of Peace” gathering, convened on the initiative of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, called for mutual understanding through dialogue, and respect for human rights among proponents of various faiths, cultures, and civilizations.“Concerned about serious instances of intolerance, discrimination, hatred expressions, and harassment of minority religious communities of all faiths, participating States underlined the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding, and tolerance among human beings, as well as respect for all their diverse religions, cultures and beliefs,” according to a declaration read out at a news conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the meeting concluded.“Participating States affirmed their rejection of the use of religion to justify the killing of innocent people and actions of terrorism, violence and coercion, which directly contradict the commitment of all religions to peace, justice and equality,” it added. Mr. Ban said the challenge now was to move beyond “powerful, positive words” to “dialogue that delivers.”Heads of State, ambassadors and senior officials from some 70 countries addressed the meeting including King Abdullah, United States President George W. Bush, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. In the declaration, the General Assembly reiterated its call for “promoting a culture of tolerance and mutual understanding through dialogue, and supporting the initiatives of religious leaders, civil society, and states seeking to entrench the culture of peace, understanding, tolerance, and respect for human rights among the proponents of various faiths, cultures, and civilizations.”Participating States expressed their commitment to strengthening existing mechanisms within the United Nations for “promoting tolerance and human rights, preserving the institution of the family, protecting the environment, spreading education, eradicating poverty, and fighting drug abuse, crime and terrorism, noting the positive role of religions, beliefs and moral humanitarian principles in tackling these challenges.”Mr. Ban voiced deep gratitude to the Saudi leader. “King Abdullah’s initiative has come at a time when the need for dialogue among religions, cultures and civilizations has never been greater. It has brought together people who might not otherwise have a chance to interact. Along with other initiatives, it will contribute to building a more harmonious world.“The challenge now is to go beyond the powerful, positive words we have heard these past two days. I pledge my full support to this effort. It may take time to see results, but I am convinced that this meeting was an important step forward.” Yesterday, at the opening of the high-level event, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto told participants that the world was facing its most difficult period since the founding of the UN.He urged global leaders to use their “moral strength” to find solutions to some of the greatest problems plaguing the planet, including poverty, hunger and climate change. 13 November 2008A high-level meeting of the General Assembly today decried the use of religion to justify the killing of innocent people and terrorist acts and voiced concern that serious instances of intolerance, discrimination and harassment persist between people of different faiths and cultures. read more

UN agency uses European funding to boost food production in Lesotho

19 May 2010The United Nations food and agriculture agency said today it is helping 36,000 farmers in Lesotho boost food production in the southern Africa country where the soaring prices of seeds, fertilizer and tools have greatly reduced producers’ capacity to grow food. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has received €4 million from European Union to support Lesotho’s agriculture ministry’s effort to help farmers buy the much-needed seeds, fertilizer and tools to stave off hunger in a country where the livelihoods of the majority of its 1.9 million people depend on farming.The cost of planting crops in Lesotho has risen four times in just one year and assessments have found that over half of the country’s arable farm land was lying idle, FAO said in a statement.“Unacceptable risks of hunger and household-level food shortages among Lesotho’s poor soon became apparent,” said Farayi Zimudzi, FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinator in Lesotho.Farmers are receiving the seeds of maize, beans, wheat, sorghum, potatoes and vegetables, as wells as fertilizer and tools such as yokes, chains, hand hoes and ox-drawn ploughs and planters.It is estimated that FAO’s assistance will lead to an additional 7,300 hectares of land being put under cultivation, which can mean 10,000 to 18,000 extra tons of crops harvested.“It’s very impressive,” said Andrew Headey, acting head of the European Union Mission in Lesotho. “Activities were well chosen. If successful, they will lay the foundation for an improved situation in the future, enhancing sustainability and building on existing initiatives,” he added. read more

Countries endorse pact on cocoa industry at UN meeting

25 June 2010The world’s leading cocoa-producing and consuming countries reached agreement today at a United Nations meeting on a new pact that aims to make the global trade in the $10 billion industry fairer and more sustainable. The International Cocoa Agreement will take effect in 2012 and last 10 initial years, with possible extensions for two further four-year periods, following the consensus deal reached by exporting and importing nations at the UN Cocoa Conference in Geneva. It is designed to last much longer than previous industry pacts.The new agreement outlines objectives for a more sustainable cocoa economy, measures to enhance the transparency of the international cocoa market and methods to promote the quality of the crop.The export value of cocoa bean production in 2009-10 is estimated at $10 billion, according to figures cited by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Cocoa is grown mainly by smallholder farmers in West Africa, Central and South America and Asia, but largely consumed in affluent countries as chocolate and other products. read more

Events in Yemen feature in talks between Assembly President and Nobel laureate

During their meeting on Friday, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser congratulated Ms. Karman, a journalist and pro-democracy activist who shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee.He hailed her as “a global symbol of women’s empowerment who has brought honour and pride to all women, especially in the Arab world,” according to a read out provided by the President’s spokesperson.For months, top UN officials have been voicing growing concern about the human rights and humanitarian conditions inside Yemen, where hundreds of people have died since mass protests against the Government began early this year.The uprising in Yemen is part of a wider pro-democracy movement across the region, dubbed the “Arab Spring,” that began at the start of this year and has already toppled long-standing regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.Separately, Mr. Al-Nasser and the Portuguese Foreign Minister, Paulo Portas, discussed the role of Portugal, which holds the presidency of the Security Council this month, at the UN.They also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East, Iran, the Palestinian issue and the latest developments in Syria and Yemen during the meeting at UN Headquarters today. 21 November 2011The President of the General Assembly and Nobel laureate Tawakkul Karman have discussed developments in her native Yemen during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters, as well as the wider pro-reform movement across the Middle East and North Africa. read more

Mobile phones will soon text your exact location to emergency services when

first_imgVictims of assault or medical emergencies who are unable to speak or provide location informationSuicidal callers who do not provide locationChildren or adults with intellectual disabilities that may be unable to provide exact locationsVisitors/tourists who may not know precise location of emergencyCar accidents on a rural roads with no signageDomestic violence callers who are too fearful to speakThe location technology, which has been developed by Google, is a lot more precise than the information which is currently received for standard mobile phone calls. Hiker using his mobile phone. Source: Shutterstock/santypanHow will it work?When an emergency call is made, the phone will activate GPS and send a text message in the background with the location information. The location information is a lot more exact than that received from standard mobile calls.Minimum battery level on the phone is needed to enable the service and there is no charge to the caller for the text.Unlike other location services, no app installation is needed for the service to work. Callers simply call emergency numbers 999 or 112 as normal, and a text will be sent.Currently, it is only the location of the nearest mast that is sent when a mobile phone is used to dial the emergency services for help.When someone calls the Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) in Ireland, the cell identity is supplied with the emergency call, which is then looked up in the ECAS database. The information is then converted into a geographic location. This is the standard approach throughout Europe. Woman who suffers from domestic violence calls for help. Source: Shutterstock/SpeedKingzMobile phone mastsHowever, a commonly cited problem with cell ID is the variance in distance which may apply around a particular network mast.Mobile network masts can sometimes be at least 10-15 kilometres away from the location of the actual emergency, making it a lot more difficult for first responders.A report for Ofcom in the UK noted that the cell ID location could be up to one kilometre away in dense urban areas and 35 kilometres away in remote rural areas. The report also states that accuracy can occasionally decrease further when a handset connects to a mast further away for reasons such as signal strength or congestion.While mobile phone technology has moved on significantly in the last decade, there has been no agreement reached globally as to how location information can be best used by the emergency services.Google technologyThe department states that in the absence of any such standards, Google developed it’s own approach for emergency callers on its Android operating system.Speaking about the new technology, Minister Denis Naughten said the precise device based location “will be of vital assistance to the emergency services in responding to and dispatching emergency personnel to callers in need across Ireland, but particularly in rural areas”.He added:It will save time and potentially safe lives. People of all ages in need of several types of emergency assistance will be helped by this technology. Mobile phones will soon text your exact location to emergency services when you dial 999 A pilot scheme is currently underway with three major mobile networks. THE EXACT LOCATION and GPS coordinates of those that call 999 or 112 from their Android mobile phones will soon be sent by text to emergency services.A pilot scheme for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) is currently underway with three major phone network providers and is due to be officially launched by the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, in a matter of weeks.The new system for emergency callers is aimed to provide locations in circumstances where: (File photo) Injured hiker calls emergency services for help. Image: Shutterstock/cunaplus 15,698 Views 34 Comments (File photo) Injured hiker calls emergency services for help. Share1148 Tweet Email4 center_img Jun 13th 2017, 6:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/cunaplus Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn The Emergency Call Answering Service receives on average 4,000 mobile calls per day. In Ireland, Android market penetration is in excess of 60%, which means that when the system is fully enabled precise device based caller location could be provided and seamlessly made available for up to 2,400 calls per week.AML is currently going live for all Android mobile phones being used on mobile networks in the UK and Estonia.Norway, Sweden and Finland are at an advanced trials solution and are expected to go live in the next few months.Naughten confirmed he will be launching the service in Ireland within three weeks.The European Emergency Number Association anticipates that ten countries will be AML-ready by the end of this year.While there may be concerns about how personal location data is used, it is understood that privacy and data rights for all phone users is to be maintained.AML is only triggered when an emergency call is made from the phone.Read: Dublin City councillors want real-time emissions data from the Poolbeg incinerator>Read: ‘We know it rains in Ireland. 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Vol drogue harcèlement une enquête explosive sur les Apple Store américains

first_imgVol, drogue, harcèlement: une enquête explosive sur les Apple Store américainsAprès le reportage d’Anne Poiret sur les conditions de travail entourant la confection de l’iPhone 5, l’image d’Apple risque encore de s’écorner un peu plus avec la parution, sur le Web, d’une enquête réalisée par le site Gizmodo et portant sur les habitudes des employés de plusieurs Apple Stores très particuliers. Surprise garantie.Vol, destruction de matériel, vente de drogue, utilisation de donnée privée ou encore pression psychologique ou à connotation sexuelle…Voici quelques-unes des révélations de l’enquête réalisée par le site Gizmodo et parue ce jour, qui résume les différentes correspondances reçues par le site depuis une autre enquête réalisée en juin dernier. En voici quelques thématiques décortiquées :Destruction de matérielLes “Genius” qui travaillent dans les Apple Store aiment leurs produits. Ils les aiment tellement qu’ils n’hésitent pas à jouer au football avec, d’après les déclarations de plusieurs employés anonymes interrogés par le site source. Ils y expliquent qu’au-delà de la partie de football, les employés ont également essayé de voir qui était le plus solide entre un iPhone et un iPad, sous la forme d’un simple jeu, que ces produits soient des modèles apportés par des particuliers pour réparations ou autre. Une habitude qui aurait été prise par ces “Genius”, tout rang professionnel confondu, et sans la moindre espèce de respect envers ceux qui les apportent comme avec ceux qui les ont confectionnés chèrement chez Foxconn.Vol de matériel et utilisation de données personnellesLes employés changent à loisir leurs matériels personnels qu’ils pourraient trouver obsolète, en y appliquant des coupons de réduction et en se servant dans l’inventaire au su et à la vue de tous, d’après certains mails reçus par le site. Et quand Sam Biddle demande si cette pratique ne dérange pas ses supérieurs, son interlocuteur répond : “Absolument pas au magasin. En général, ils sont sur leurs smartphones en train de s’envoyer des textos, aux toilettes ou au rez-de-chaussée, parlant de leurs vies tragiques et jouant à Angry Birds…”.Un autre point concerne l’attitude peu professionnelle face à un public en détresse, matériel à la main. Certains échanges font part que lorsqu’une cliente “attirante” arrivait en magasin, le comportement des employés et responsables du magasin changeait du tout au tout, avec, en toile de fond, la volonté de faire apparaître un sourire sur son visage. Un autre témoignage fait état d’une femme ayant laissé son ordinateur pour réparation, et dont les photos personnelles ont été regardées par des membres du magasin, rien de technique ici ! Un employé se souvient également que c’est en regardant les données personnelles contenues sur un ordinateur qu’il s’est rendu compte que le client était allé sur un site pornographique.Vente de DrogueD’après cette enquête, dans certains Apple Store, on trouve des iphones, des iPads, des iPods…Et de la drogue ! Il existerait donc, au sein de certaines enseignes, un système organisé d’achat et de vente de stupéfiants : un témoignage relate qu’un homme venait par l’arrière de la boutique et distribuait de la drogue aux employés, pour que certains en consomment, pendant leur travail ! Un employé explique même qu’un jour un sachet de cocaïne a été trouvé une fois dans un Mac…Étrangement et rapidement, cet élément a disparu ! Harcèlement sexuel, comportement mal placéÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Attouchement douteux et répétitifs de certains responsables, affabulations difficiles à mettre en cause…La pression psychologique et physique serait également monnaie courante dans divers Apple Stores, selon les documents recueillis par Gizmodo. Ce qui rejoint également le point précédent et la manière très “spéciale” de s’occuper de ses clients.Nicole, employée dans un magasin Apple et interrogée par Gizmodo, fait parvenir une lueur d’espoir à l’ensemble de cette histoire en expliquant que cela l’étonnerait que ce genre de pratiques ait lieu dans la majorité des magasins de la Pomme croquée. Mais à cette allocution, le mail d’un employé fait refléter une triste réalité :”vous n’avez pas idée des miracles que nous devons opérer sur certains ordinateurs et produits pour 16 dollars par jour. Je ne regrette pas ce que j’ai fait”.Le 21 décembre 2012 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Girl hospitalized after rollover crash in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a girl to the hospital after she and several others were involved in a rollover wreck in Northwest Miami-Dade, Sunday afternoon.Several people, including people were riding in a car along Northwest 103rd Street and 17th Avenue when it collided with a commercial truck. The force of the impact caused the truck to flip over.Paramedics transported the young victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Police continue to investigate what led to the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ariana Grande Confirms Shes Working On New Album

first_img Ariana Grande’s New Album Is In The Works ariana-grande-confirms-shes-working-new-album Email Ariana Grande Confirms She’s Working On New Album Facebook Twitter center_img News The GRAMMY nominee confirms via Instagram Stories that her fourth studio album is in the works Renée FabianGRAMMYs Dec 15, 2017 – 2:02 pm Get ready because a Dangerous Woman is preparing to return to town with new music.Ariana Grande confirmed via Instagram Stories that her fourth studio album is indeed in the works. She posted shots of herself behind a mixing board in the studio with the tongue-in-cheek message, “If you wanted confirmation that I’ve been workin’ why didn’t you just ask?” Ariana Grande confirms she’s in the studio for #AG4 on her Instagram story.— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 14, 2017This forthcoming album will mark Grande’s first album since 2016’s Dangerous Woman, and the first new music since the Manchester bombing that occurred during her concert in England on May 22. A release date has yet to be announced.”I started an album already a year ago, over a year ago, but I want to keep creating, and it’s not done yet,” Grande told Billboard in September. “I’m going to take my sweet ass time, so I’ll be rested and ready to go again as soon as possible.”Selena Gomez Confirms New Album In The WorksRead morelast_img read more

Bangladesh gets 2 more days for Hajj pilgrims visa application

first_imgBangladesh gets 2 more days for Hajj pilgrims’ visa applicationIn response to an appeal for time extension, the Saudi Arab government gave Bangladesh another two days for submitting intending Hajj pilgrims’ visa applications.The Saudi embassy in Dhaka unofficially informed the religious affairs ministry that the prospective pilgrims can submit their passports for visas till Saturday, said secretary to the ministry, Md Abdul Jalil.The embassy will give the delivery of the passports on Sunday, he added.Abdul Jalil said some 125,000 visas have been issued so far for hajj pilgrims and hoped that rest of pilgrims will get visas within Sunday.Every year around 1-2 percent would-be pilgrims fail to make it for a variety of unavoidable reasons. It will be the same this year also. However, we are trying hard to send everyone willing and even planning to make the journey this year,” Abdul Jalil added.Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh’s hajj office wrote a letter to Saudi embassy in Dhaka asking for two-day extension to the deadline for submitting prospective pilgrims’ visa applications.According to the Saudi government’s last announcement through its embassy, Thursday was the existing deadline for submission of passports, a process completed for them by one of the numerous Hajj agencies – travel agencies specializing in Hajj packages – through which they have registered for.Some 127,198 pilgrims were scheduled to perform Hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private management, following the restoration of its quota that was suspended for four years due to renovation work on the Kaaba premises, during which the number fell to 101,000-102,000.In accordance with its Muslim population, Bangladesh is usually home to the fourth-largest contingent of pilgrims every year, and each place in its quota is hugely oversubscribed.In such a situation, failing to fill its quota for whatever reason is likely to be met with public outrage.last_img read more

Interview With Demetrious Johnson About EA Sports UFC 3 Icon Edition

first_imgStay on target Today, EA launches EA Sports UFC 3 Icon Edition. Featuring UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on the cover, this edition adds fan-requested legendary fighters like UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, former PRIDE FC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva, former PRIDE FC world open-weight grand prix champion Mirko Cro Cop, and fan favorite Kimbo Slice. Those who currently own UFC 3 will also get all five of these athletes along with gameplay updates and more for free with today’s content release.I had the chance to speak with Demetrious Johnson about UFC 3 Icon Edition. In addition to his thoughts about being on the cover, we discussed what he thinks makes UFC 3 so great, why the Icon Edition is worth buying, some of the crazy characters he’s seen users create online, and who his favorite fighter is in the game. Spoiler alert: it’s not himself.I’m going to start with the obvious question: how does it feel to be on the cover of UFC 3 Icon Edition? There are a ton of UFC fighters so being on the cover of the game is something special.It’s awesome. I’m honored to be chosen as an athlete. There are 500 athletes under the UFC banner and for EA to approach me and give me this opportunity… I’m just ecstatic and grateful for it.Some of our readers may not know this, but you’re actually a huge gamer. As a gamer, is it surreal seeing yourself on the cover of a game box?I haven’t seen [the box] yet but I saw the picture. To see myself in front of it, it’s almost like when I saw myself on TV the first time. I was like: “Oh yeah, that’s right, I fight for a living.” Here, I’m like: “Oh yeah, I’m on the cover.” Like I said, I’m honored but I don’t take it to my head.EA not only releases UFC games, but also Madden. I’m sure you’ve heard of the infamous “Madden Curse” that happens to guys on the cover of Madden games. Are you worried about the equivalent of the “Madden Curse” happening to you?[laughs] I’m not, I’m not worried about it. Jon Jones was on the cover, he’s had a successful career. Conor McGregor’s been on the cover, he’s had a successful career. Wins and losses are going to happen in mixed martial arts and any sport. All I can do is train my butt off and let the rest do itself.What makes UFC 3 Icon Edition worth checking out for current players and those who have yet to try it out?If you still haven’t played the game, get your hands on it. It’s probably one of the best, if not the best, fighting simulation game out there catered to Mixed Martial Arts. For players who already have it that are jumping on to Icon Edition, we’ve got guys like Matt Serra, Kimbo Slice, Wanderlei Silva, and Mirko Cro Cop in the roster now.EA is always coming out with brand-new, fresh content for UFC 3. They’re going to keep updating the roster so it’ll always give you a fresh look. They update the game by nerfing certain moves and making things a little better to give you guys a complete experience for a fighting simulation game.Have you seen anything particularly awesome or funny from folks streaming the game?Yeah. You can create your own character in the game. You can do anything you want when it comes to the character creation. I’ve fought Thanos on there, I’ve fought Deadpool, I fought Kratos, I fought Venom the other night. It’s pretty fun. It makes for good streaming content where you give fans the opportunity to create their own character and then fight. It’s been nothing but fun for me.What is your favorite thing about UFC 3? What do you think makes it stand out from previous games?My favorite things are the character creation, who you’re going to fight online, and the leg kick. My favorite character to play with is Edson Barboza because his leg kicks are just like the UFC where he keeps on kicking people in the legs. When he lands them they start to crumble. And there’s something to be said about playing online and knocking somebody out with a leg kick.What’s next for you? What can your fans look forward to?I have a fight scheduled for August 4 against Henry Cejudo. That’s UFC 227 at the Staples Center in LA. As for video games, the Icon Edition is coming out. We’ve also got some games down the road that were presented at E3. A lot of big things coming up but the biggest is my upcoming fight.What about your game streams? Are you keeping those going? When can people tune in?I stream on Twitch on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays. I take Tuesdays and Sundays off. With Icon Edition coming out, I’m looking forward to getting some streams with UFC 3 to give the fans a chance to beat me up online.Any final thoughts you want to share with our readers?Pick up your copy of UFC 3 and get the Icon Edition and try it out. You won’t be disappointed.EA SPORTS UFC 3 Icon Edition is available now through July 17 for Xbox One and PS4 for $39.99. Those who are subscribed to EA Access will receive a 10 percent discount when they buy the digital version of EA SPORTS UFC 3 on Xbox Live.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. EA Sports UFC 3 is the Most Realistic Fighting Game of 2018Xbox One already has 11 confirmed games last_img read more

Slowdown in African fertility rate linked to disruption of girls education

first_img Explore further More women in poor countries use contraception, says report Credit: CC0 Public Domain Earth can only support a certain number of people—nobody knows what that number is, but most would agree that steps are required today to prevent the population from exceeding that tipping point. Population growth tends to be highest in undeveloped countries, and nowhere is that more evident than in African countries. Scientists studying population growth and ways to curb it have been working with governments in many African nations to keep tabs on population and fertility rates as part of programs aimed at slowing population growth. Data from such studies has shown that progress in development of African countries has led to declines in fertility rates. In this new effort, the researchers have found a similar association between young girls attending school and family size later on in life.The researchers began their research by noting that fertility rates ceased declining in several African countries in the early 2000s. To find out why, they obtained data from surveys conducted every few years in the countries under study. More specifically, they looked at data covering the years 1950 to 1995. The data included family size and also information regarding access to education for the children in each household.The researchers found that 20 years prior, during the 1980s, educational opportunities for children were reduced due to a variety of factors. Young girls, they found, who were denied access to education wound up having more children as adults than did girls in other countries who continued to go to school. They further suggest that had the girls been given the opportunity to attend school, the areas under study would have seen 13 million fewer births.The researchers claim their findings highlight the need for funding of educational resources in underdeveloped regions as a means for slowing population growth. A team of researchers with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis has found a connection between fertility rates in many African countries and access to education for girls living in those countries. In their paper published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their analysis of population and economic data in multiple African countries and what they found. Citation: Slowdown in African fertility rate linked to disruption of girls’ education (2019, February 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Endale Kebede et al. Stalls in Africa’s fertility decline partly result from disruptions in female education, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1717288116 © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Trade offers contrast between Obama Senate Democrats

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both parties worked Wednesday to revive trade legislation that’s a top priority for President Barack Obama, a day after Obama’s fellow Democrats repudiated him nearly unanimously on the issue.Despite intense lobbying by Obama, every Democratic senator except one, Delaware’s Tom Carper, voted on Tuesday against moving forward on the legislation to award the president “fast track” authority to negotiate trade deals that can pass Congress without being amended. The vote failed 52-45, falling eight short of the 60 votes needed and dealing a stinging setback to the centerpiece of Obama’s second-term economic agenda, his hopes for a landmark pact with Asian nations. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The outcome of Tuesday’s Senate vote stunned the Capitol and highlighted Democratic divisions on trade heading into a presidential election year with control of the Senate at stake. Obama says it’s essential for U.S. goods and services to have easier access to other countries in a globalizing economy, while many Democrats and the labor unions that back them still feel the pain of job losses they blame on earlier trade deals and fear more could be yet to come.The vote also laid bare the strained relations between Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who have spent years complaining of neglect by a president who tends grudgingly, if at all, to the relationship-building aspects of politics.The president’s tough sell on the trade legislation included Oval Office meetings, flights on Air Force One, promises of political support and concerted outreach by officials from Vice President Joe Biden on down. Obama mounted a public relations campaign to exert pressure, attacking his Democratic opponents as “wrong” in interviews and speeches, and even directly engaging liberal standard-bearer Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, dismissing her over the weekend as “a politician like everybody else.” FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate leaders said Tuesday that Democrats have enough votes to block action on President Barack Obama’s trade initiatives unless the parties can work out disagreements on how to package various bills. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a strong opponent of Obama’s trade agenda, said Democrats have more than enough votes to block action for now. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, agreed. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) None of it worked. And for a president grasping for a final legacy achievement in the waning years of his administration, with Congress fully controlled by the opposition party, his inability to gather more than a sole Democratic supporter to move forward stood as an embarrassing rebuke.“It is the president’s party,” said GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. “It’s amazing to me that they would do this to the president on a bill of this magnitude.”The White House downplayed the turmoil.“It is not unprecedented, to say the least, for the United States Senate to encounter procedural snafus,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said ahead of the vote. “I would urge you to withhold judgment about the president’s persuasion ability until we’ve had an opportunity to try to advance this piece of legislation through the Senate.”There are a half-dozen or more Democrats who are prepared to support the trade legislation, but the issue got caught in a procedural thicket in recent days as Democrats claimed Republicans had agreed to package several related trade measures together, including the currency piece and other worker protections. Republicans insisted there’d been no such deal, and Democrats privately grumbled Tuesday that the White House should have gotten involved in sorting out the mess but refused to, believing enough Democratic supporters could be picked off. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Several Democrats also complained about Obama’s attacks on members of his own party and his criticism of Warren. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a strong opponent on trade, called it “disrespectful.”For others, Obama’s courtship, coming without a deep reservoir of support to build on, had simply failed to persuade.Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, who was elected in 2010, said he had never set foot in the Oval Office as a senator before he and other lawmakers met with Obama there last week on trade.“Any time an administration is seeking to advance its objectives,” Coons said, “broad and deep relationships are helpful.”___=Associated Press writers Charles Babington and David Espo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The administration moved quickly to resurrect the legislation, summoning key Democrats to the White House after the vote to discuss possible strategies. Democrats said they had agreed to drop a contentious provision aimed at cracking down on countries that manipulate their currency, and Republicans were weighing the offer Wednesday.“Look, we want to have a serious discussion. We want to actually get a good policy outcome. That’s always been our goal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell, R-Ky., said in a floor speech Wednesday. “I hope more will now join us to allow debate on the trade discussion our constituents deserve.”Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., appeared on the floor a few minutes after McConnell to say: “We have put a reasonable offer on the table for Senate Republicans to accept. All the Republican leader needs to do is say ‘yes’ and we can open debate on these trade bills.”In the House, which is waiting for the Senate to move first on trade, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters: “At the end of the day I think there’s a majority in both the House and the Senate for giving the president” the authority he is seeking to conclude trade deals. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. 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