Los Angeles, May 17 (PTI) Singer-actress Barbra Streisand is all set to return to the stage with brand new tour dates and album “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway”.Her tour will begin from August 2 in Los Angeles and end one month later in Toronto.”Encore” will be released after the tour ends, said the Entertainment Weekly.Streisand, 74, will sing career hits as well as songs from Encore in her tour.It follows Streisands 2014 album “Partners”, and will feature duets with some of “Hollywoods biggest stars to sing Broadway classics.”This will be her third Broadway-focused album, following 1985s “The Broadway Album” and 1994s “Back to Broadway”. PTI BK CK
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal after six years to join Premier League rival Liverpool for an initial fee of 35 million pounds ($45 million) on Thursday, the first high-profile move on the last day of Europe’s transfer window.The 24-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain allowed his Arsenal contract to enter its final season after rejecting offers of a new deal, and had been linked with a move across London to Chelsea.Facing the prospect of losing Oxlade-Chamberlain on a free transfer next year, Arsenal instead secured a big fee for the England international.Liverpool announced the transfer, saying Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a “long-term” deal.Since joining Arsenal from Southampton in 2011, Oxlade-Chamberlain has won the FA Cup three times but hasn’t come close to collecting a European trophy or winning the Premier League. He’s joining a Liverpool side that is back in the Champions League and started the Premier League by winning seven points from a possible nine.Looking the part, @Alex_OxChambo. ??´ pic.twitter.com/6rh3RHHvZH- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017Jrgen Klopp’s delighted with his new man – read what he had to say on @Alex_OxChambo: https://t.co/w53c9SAS6O pic.twitter.com/NEvbZnUUsj- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017Our new signing in a nutshell. ??´ pic.twitter.com/Kld6LgNPif- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017pic.twitter.com/g5nqjzoUBX- Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) August 31, 2017His 132nd and last game for Arsenal was a humiliating 4-0 loss – against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Oxalde-Chamberlain’s departure from Arsenal is a further setback for manager Arsene Wenger, who has seen his side lose two of its opening three league matches.advertisement”I rate him highly and he’s one of the players who is on his way up,” Wenger said earlier this month. “In the last year, he has made huge progress and I want him to stay here for a long time.”I’m convinced he will be the English player that everybody will look at in the next two years.”At Liverpool, Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to play as a midfielder – he was mostly used at wing back last season – but faces competition for starts with Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and potentially Philippe Coutinho.
View this post on Instagram Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Well, I learned how to drive a tank. Is there a classification on drivers’ licenses for that? Driving a tank really matured me into a man. When I came back to the office, I won two games in ping pong, a thicket of hair sprouted on my chest, and I started getting traction with the ladies (maybe because I open every conversation with “I drove a tank.”).IN all honesty, I learned a lot about tanks and their history. Most importantly, I gained an even greater respect for the men and women in the armed forces. Imagine being in one of those rugged, hot, cramped machines for 14 hours a day. Completely miserable. It’s because of the sacrifices they make that I was able to have the opportunity of a lifetime and brag about it write this article.Tank FactsTanks shoot in a nearly straight line. It must have its target in its line of sight.Self-propelled guns are artillery, meaning they shoot upwards and usually cannot visually see their targets.Tank drivers are usually the smallest person in their infantry.The average tank lifespan in battle is 42 minutes.Most tanks get less than 1 mile per gallon.To schedule your own epic adventure, schedule a trip to Minnesota and head on over to Drive a Tank. If you’d rather drive tanks from the safety of your home (we won’t judge), that’s what World of Tanks is for. Outside of a select few within the military, how many people can say they drove a tank? Well, I, Riley Winn, can now proudly boast that I have joined that group of people. And it was absolutely epic.Driving a tank turned me from a weak, man-sized toddler into a hairy-chested, red-blooded, American man. Before driving a tank, I was winless in ping pong at work and the coolest thing I had ever driven was a 1994 POS Toyota Camry.And this is me afterward.Courtesy of Riley Winn/The ManualYou may be asking, “Where do you even find a tank outside of an armory?” The answer: the aptly named Drive A Tank in Kasota, Minnesota. Established in 2006, Drive A Tank offers people the opportunity to, well… drive a tank. Packages vary from the “3 Star Lt. General” which allows you to drive one tank through the on-site course all the way up to the “5 Star Commander in Chief” that offers you the opportunity to helm multiple tanks, shoot automatic weapons, and even crush a car with a tank.The Manual was invited out to Minnesota to drive tanks as part of a promotion for the video game, World of Tanks, and its new expansion WOT: Mercenaries and drive the same tanks that are featured in the game. The staff member they invited out was unable to go and asked me if I wanted to. I immediately responded with “OFYB!” (Oh fuck yeah, bro) Hey, this is the one-time sloppy seconds is a good thing. Who wouldn’t want to drive a frickin’ tank?!PreparationBefore getting into the driver seat of a tank, there are some things you need to know. At Drive A Tank, you are required to wear long pants and closed toed shoes. That seems like a no-brainer since you’re driving a machine that is meant to kill people.#TFW you’re about to drive a tank. If you can’t tell I’m pretty excited about it. #RoadtoVerification pic.twitter.com/h4SEFqSoGj— Riley Winn is at TwitchCon (@allRidoisWinn) July 13, 2018Tanks are cramped, rugged, and dirty. Don’t bring any clothes you care about too much; with all the mud and oil, you’re going to ruin whatever you’re wearing. Bring ibuprofen — you’re going to be sore and you’ll probably walk away with a couple of bumps and bruises. There is very little padding and almost all the edges inside a tank are rough and unfinished. Actually, it’s funny how much the inside of a tank can harm you without even considering what it was designed to do. If you’re a bigger guy like myself (6’2, 210 lbs. a straight-up beefcake), it’s going to be even more uncomfortable for you. Tank drivers are usually among the shortest people in the infantry. Also, you look like a dufus when half of your upper body is exposed outside of the tank.You will also want to bring some Goldbond (or follow these tips) because nothing ruins the thrill of driving a tank more than chafing. Lastly, bring your best military gear. You’re going to be doing a lot of badass shit, so look the part.What It’s Like to Drive a Tank I’m basically Brad Pitt from the movie Fury. #RoadtoVerificationA post shared by Riley Winn (@thugnasty541) on Jul 13, 2018 at 4:46pm PDT I settled in and my Tank Commander gave me my instructions. I didn’t have to worry about steering or anything; I just sat down, put it in gear, and slammed the pedal. I felt the first contact of the car underneath the tank and spontaneously starting singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” because ‘Merica! It surprised me how little impact you feel within a tank while going over a car. You really have no grasp whatsoever how powerful a tank is until you get in one. I exited the tank and my Tank Commander gave me the keys to the car I had just crushed. It was like opening a present on Christmas morning as a kid.What I Learned How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip When arriving to Drive A Tank, you must go through the safety training with Tony the Tank Commander. I called him Crazy Tony because, damn, he was having as much fun as I was out on the course and he does this every day. After our safety training, we were carted out to the driving track in a FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier. We were then paired into groups of three to go and get into the tanks. Our Tank Commander asked us who wanted to drive first and, letting out a noise similar to a dog’s whimper, I enthusiastically volunteered.FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled GunNothing will get your adrenaline pumping like hearing that engine roar and the cloud of diesel smoke shoot out the back. The first tank (yes, I drove multiple — be jealous.) was the FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled Gun. The hardest part about driving a tank isn’t the actual driving, it’s being able to get into it. When plopping down into the driver’s seat, I was immediately uncomfortable. My shoulders were smushed up against hard metal and my knees were hitting something no matter how I moved them.How to Drive a TankIn the driver’s seat, there are two levers located between your legs. These levers are your steering wheel; pull back the left lever to turn left, pull back the right lever to turn right, and pull them both back to stop. The gas pedal is on the right and a shifter on the left — and thank my heavens, this tank was an automatic.Once I was finally settled in, my Tank Commander started instructing me on how to drive. In the driver’s seat, there are two levers located between your legs. These levers are your steering wheel; pull back the left lever to turn left, pull back the right lever to turn right, and pull them both back to stop. The gas pedal is on the right and a shifter on the left — and thank my heavens, this tank was an automatic. I didn’t want to be the guy who kept stalling because I can’t drive a stick. Make fun of me all you want; I drove a tank and you didn’t.FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled Gun World of TanksAt first, I was hesitant when pressing on the gas. The tanks are massively powerful and it’s quite intimidating. Also, I had two guys hanging out the back that I had just met, so I was being cautious for their sake. I slowly went into my first turn and when I came out of it, Tony yelled over the engine at me, “You’re not going to break the tank, let’s give her some gas!” When he said that, I came out of the turn with the pedal to the fucking metal. I was ripping through the course, mud flying in my face, and hit the next turn at full speed. I drifted the tank through that corner like I was auditioning for the next Fast and Furious movie. I looked back at the guys on my team and one of them had actually fallen a little bit into the tank and the other guy looked like he thought we were going to die. Did I slow down? Hell no.“You’re not going to break the tank, let’s give her some gas!”We were cruising through the course when we came to the midpoint, aka a stop sign right before a giant puddle the size of a pool. My Tank Commander gave me some more instruction on how to approach the puddle, followed by the green light. I slammed my foot on the pedal and went full steam ahead into the water. Boom, Free Willy! You would’ve thought you were at Sea World because there was a splash that would’ve soaked everyone in the front row. I came out of the puddle with my foot still all the way down on the gas and went into another turn, which was rockier than the others because bottomed out a little bit. The jarring completely obliterated my shoulder and I looked at the guys behind me; they were both inside the tank with their hands still hanging onto the railings on the exterior. They didn’t let me drive them around after that. Wusses.FV432 Armoured Personnel CarrierOn my solo rise, I drove the FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier, the same vehicle we rode out to the course in. It had the same configuration in the driver’s seat with one small twist that made it exceptionally hard to drive; a periscope. This tank was even more cramped because they close the hatch on you and you drive looking through the periscope to drive. Knees to chest looking out through a tiny periscope. When looking through the periscope it really disorients you and your surroundings, your eyes wig out and it’s hard to focus. You have no peripheral vision. My lense was fogging up and the outside of the periscope was getting covered in mud. This thing was tough to drive, but still a blast!Chieftain MK 10 Main Battle TankThe day was coming to an end and I thought to myself, “Man, this has been the best day of my life.” But, wait, there’s more! The kind folks at World of Tanks had arranged for us to crush cars. The tank we were using was the Chieftain MK 10 Main Battle Tank. Spoiler alert: It was cramped as well. Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 1. Chieftain MK 10 Main Battle Tank. 2. The keys of the car I crushed.
The province is making it easier and faster for Nova Scotia families to deal with estates valued at $25,000 or less through a proposed change to the Public Trustee Act, introduced today, April 13. The change allows the public trustee, an independent body, to administer those estates using a simple and efficient process that currently applies only to estates of $10,000 or less. “This will help many Nova Scotians through a difficult process at a difficult time,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “These changes simplify the process and will help to settle these estates faster and more efficiently.” This method of administering estates is called election and is at the discretion of the public trustee. Key advantages of public trustee administration include reduced paperwork, such as using a simple court of probate form instead of a full court hearing. The time needed for final resolution can be months shorter. It will also save money. The probate court charges nearly $200 to open and close an estate valued at more than $10,000 and less than $25,000. With the change to the act, the public trustee can use the simplified probate document for estates of less than $25,000. It costs $1 to file. The Public Trustee of Nova Scotia protects the financial and personal well-being of its clients.
Gurugram: It was a moment of panic and horror for the residents of Badshahpur Gurugram when a 2.5-year-old male leopard strayed into a house at 3 pm on Friday. The leopard remained inside the home for about an hour and then entered a salon, where it was locked by the shopkeepers. The residents called the police and the wildlife department. At 5.30 pm, the leopard was successfully rescued by the wildlife department.Shockingly, the leopard strayed into the house that is located along Sohna Road, an arterial road in the city and about 500 meters away from Vatika City, a residential township along Sohna Road. More than 2,000 people gathered on the road while the department was carrying out the rescue operation and cops were managing the traffic. “We have rescued the big cat. It has got some scratches on its face since some broken glass was lying in the salon where it strayed. The wildlife department team rescued the big cat without any tranquilizer and amid the chaos,” said Vinod Kumar, additional principal chief conservator of forest, Haryana. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThis is not for the first time when the wild cats have entered the areas inhabited by the humans. One instance that reflects this disturbing trend was witnessed in 2018 when the wild cat entered the Maruti factory in Manesar. Even as the citizens in Gurugram may be fretting over the wild cat now straying frequently into human habitats, the forest division officials have expressed optimism over sightings of the wild cats. Officials have also maintained that there is a possibility of some leopards also entering into the city from Sariska Forests situated in Rajasthan. With frequent sightings, the city forest officials have now started holding camps in various villages on the issue of dealing with leopards. “It is a positive sign that there is a frequent sighting of leopards in and around Gurugram. Starting from eighties areas of Mandawar, Hassanpur, Alipur, Sultanpur and forests along Manesar that contained a large population of leopards began to show the decline in leopards for various reasons. After a long, sightings of leopards is being reported from Aravallis in Gurugram,” said an officer from South Haryana forest division.
(Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson overseas an employee at this cigarette manufacturing plant in Kahnawake. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe president of a Kahnawake tobacco company facing charges in Alberta over the seizure of 16 million cigarettes from a First Nation community says he’s unfazed by the development and plans to continue a push to establish a distribution network throughout western Canadian First Nations.Robbie Dickson, president of Rainbow Tobacco which is based in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake near Montreal, called the charges another attempt by a government to undercut First Nations attempts to spur economic growth.“The First Nations in the three western provinces are suffering from 90 per cent unemployment and the provincial governments are…committing economic genocide by trying to prevent this endeavour,” said Dickson. “How can they have to gall to think they have the right to govern us on our territories, which are federally administered and are sovereign nations?”The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission announced Friday that four people had been charged in connection with the January seizure of nearly 16 million Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes from a storage building on the Montana First Nation near Wetaskiwin, Alta.Montana First Nation Chief Carolyn Buffalo and Dickson each face charges of allegedly storing cigarettes not marked for sale in Alberta and for allegedly being in possession of more than 1,000 cigarettes.Dickson is also charged with allegedly importing cigarettes without a license into Alberta.All the charges were laid under the Alberta Tobacco Act.Convictions could lead to millions of dollars in fines and jail time.The case is expected to eventually reach the Supreme Court of Canada.Buffalo said she expected the charges and planned to fight them to the end.“It is more aggravating than anything,” said Buffalo. “It is not a surprise, nor unexpected. We knew that they had to do something.”Buffalo said the charges show how committed the Alberta government is to subverting Aboriginal rights in the oil-rich province.“The Alberta government is really…doing everything they can to eradicate our rights, be they treaty rights, inherent rights,” said Buffalo. “They are trying to claim as much ownership of lands and resources as theirs…they don’t care about our rights.”The Alberta government claimed it stood to lose $3 million in tax revenue from the sale of the cigarettes.Rainbow Tobacco, however, paid federal excise taxes on the cigarettes which were marked “Canada, Duty Paid.”Rainbow Tobacco, which is federally licensed, pays hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to the federal government on cigarettes they produce.Two other people were also charged.Dwayne Ouimet, a listed partner of Rainbow Tobacco, was charged with importing cigarettes without a license, storing tobacco products not marked for sale in Alberta and for being in possession of more than 1,000 cigarettes.Jason Lucas, of Edmonton, was charged with importing cigarettes into the province without a license.A spokesperson for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission alleged Lucas was involved in bringing in the cigarette shipment to Montana.Dickson said provincial governments have no grounds to interfere with trade between First Nations communities on a product that is federally licensed. The federal government is responsible for First Nations communities.Dickson said he believed the charges came in response to a $1.449 million lawsuit launched by his company and Montana First Nation over the seizure. The lawsuit claims damages for lost business revenue and defamation.“It is the only way they can hold on to our cigarettes,” said Dickson.Despite the January seizure of their product, Rainbow Tobacco continued to push ahead with its plans to establish a reserve-based distribution network in western Canada spanning from Saskatchewan to British Columbia.Dickson said two Saskatchewan First Nations are currently studying passing their own tobacco bylaws to avoid provincial taxes and sell Rainbow Tobacco products in the communities.Dickson also gave a presentation to Alberta chiefs earlier this year.Saskatchewan and British Columbia authorities have seized smaller Rainbow Tobacco cigarette shipments since the January raid. No charges have yet been laid in connection with those seizures.A court date is tentatively set for June 23 in Wetaskiwin, Alta.email@example.com
Rabat – European Parliament, rejected on Wednesday an attempt to vote in a text hostile to Moroccan territorial integrity.An anti-Moroccan amendment presented by the Communist and Allies Group and the Green Group of the European Parliament extending the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to human rights issues was dismissed by 316 votes out of 658 Wednesday during the planetary session of the European Commission.The text was inserted in a report on the recommendation of the European Parliament to the Council of the EU concerning the 72nd session of the General Assembly of the UN. In May, the UN Security Council endorsed new peace talks between Morocco and Polisario while renewing for one year the mandate of MINURSO, its peacekeeping mission in the disputed region.The UN, in accordance to the international community, has stressed the necessity of coming up with a peaceful and consensual solution to the Western Sahara conflict. “By rejecting this amendment, the European Parliament reiterates its will to strengthen its strategic partnership with the EU and Morocco, on a solid basis in the interests of both sides,” Ahmed Réda Chami, Morocco’s ambassador to the EU, told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).“I welcome the vote of the European Parliament, a large majority of whom remain convinced that such matters are the exclusive responsibility of the UN Security Council,” added Chami.The rejection suggest a growing awareness among European parliament members of the need to stay neutral in regard to the Sahara issue as dealt with within the United Nations, and thus to preserve the multidimensional strategic partnership with Morocco.
Australian Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr, who is to travel to Sri Lanka over December 14-17, 2012 for talks with the Sri Lanka’s leadership will discuss aid, economic development, human rights and people smuggling issues.the Australian Foreign Minister will have discussions with top officials including External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris. Australia provides AU $47 million a year in aid to Sri Lanka, with a focus on education and the rebuilding of economic infrastructure following the end of the civil conflict in 2009. Past aid contributions include clearing of unexploded ordinance and land mines, rebuilding of around 5,000 homes and 23 schools and delivery of water and sanitation to nearly 44,000 people. Sri Lanka is also an important regional partner in the fight against people smuggling, having disrupted more than 60 separate people smuggling ventures this year involving around 2,900 people.
Hence, the Commission says a concerted effort is required to create understanding and a sense of ownership amongst the public in this regard.The Human Rights Commission also says the OMP should establish an internal mechanism to address grievances of complainants regarding shortcomings in the functioning of the Office, which will enable the Office to strengthen its methods, functions and service to the public. The Human Rights Commission says there is an urgent need for a public awareness campaign to dispel rumours and counter misleading and inaccurate information being placed in the public domain regarding the OMP. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka says the legal framework of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) would have had greater legitimacy if it was enacted after the on-going public consultations process so that the insights and concerns of the affected families could have been incorporated.Dr. Deepika Udagama, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka noted the importance of ensuring future mechanisms incorporate and reflect the concerns and insights of victims and affected persons, and she urged the Government to undertake a transparent and inclusive process to establish these mechanisms. It says attention should also be paid to archiving and establishing databases to document and preserve the work and records of previous commissions of inquiry as well as from diverse reliable sources after verification of facts to consolidate data on the disappeared and construct a single database. (Colombo Gazette) “While the text of the Act is not yet available with the amendments, the Commission takes this opportunity to reiterate a number of important elements that have to be given serious consideration if the OMP is to be victim-centred and function effectively to provide redress to families of the disappeared,” the Commission said.
The two girls had been bathing with their family members.The Police said that the two girls had died in hospital this morning. (Colombo Gazette) Two 11 year old girls died in hospital today after drowning in Kalutara last evening, the Police said.The two girls had been pulled away by strong currents while bathing off the Calido beach in Kalutara and were rescued and taken to hospital.
Caterpillar is continuing development of its Rock Header through testing of its RH55 prototype in the Hagerbach Test Gallery in Switzerland. The RH55 is designed for fast, mechanised roadway development in underground hard rock mines – to help mining companies accelerate return on investment.“As part of the rigorous Caterpillar New Product Introduction process, our engineering team is working to validate and optimise the performance of the RH55 prototype to ensure that we deliver the machine required by customers,” Jens Steinberg, Commercial Manager of Caterpillar’s Hard Rock Cutting group, told International Mining. “When this phase is completed, we will move on to pilot machines to be evaluated in customers’ mines.”The prototype validation process has included gathering detailed input from Caterpillar customers in many different mining districts around the world. The engineering team continues to tune performance objectives and to test in different scenarios to ensure that the RH55 will meet customers’ production expectations while meeting Caterpillar’s high standards for quality, reliability and serviceability.The Rock Header uses Caterpillar’s Activated Undercutting Technology for efficient hard rock cutting. The design of the cutting head enables the picks to attack the rock from an optimum angle to exploit its tensile strength, which is only 10 to 20% of its compressive strength. The activation movement optimises velocity, momentum and impact of each pick – while moving the pick away quickly to minimise wear and heating. The result is reduced energy consumption and replacement cost of cutting tools.
Feb 26th 2017, 7:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3259953 Short URL Ellie Kisyombe, who said the rise in deportations was worrying and stressful for asylum seekers. Image: Sam Boal Share77 Tweet Email7 Ireland has a long way to go before we can consider ourselves a compassionate country in how we treat refugees and migrants.Asylum seekers now fear the increased deportation powers will mean a rise in deportations for failed asylum-seekers who lose their appeals.“By the time people realise that a lot of people have been deported, or realise this is happening, it will be too late,” campaigner Ellie Kisyombe claimed. “It is very frightening” she added.However, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice outlined: “The process leading to deportation is extensive with many avenues of appeal, including judicial review in the High Court, open to persons subject to deportation orders”.Refused leave to landThe 428 deportation orders that were enforced by the State in 2016 do not take into account those who were refused permission “to land” in Ireland.Every year thousands of people who declare at Irish ports or points of entry without visas are “refused leave to land” and sent back to the country they travelled from. Last year over 4,000 were detained at Irish ports or airports and refused entry.Figures revealed by a recent parliamentary question put to the Department of Justice by Independent TD Thomas Pringle show 37 of those refused entry at Irish ports were migrants from Syria.A further 178 of those stopped and sent away from Irish ports were from Afghanistan, and 26 were from Iraq.Altogether 248 people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the small African country of Eritrea were refused “leave to land” in 2016. Of that number, 57 subsequently appealed for asylum and were allowed enter Ireland to apply for protection, the others were sent back to where they had travelled from, mainly Europe.In a PQ answered this week, Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the total number of persons refused leave to land at approved ports of entry to the State in 2016 was 4,127.Of these, the top five nationalities were:Brazilian – 533Albanian – 446South African – 329United States – 266Pakistan – 180.Justice Department figures show 170 foreign nationals from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran and Eritrea were refused entry to Ireland in 2015.The Department of Justice’s press office stated that out of the total 4,000 refused entry into Ireland in 2016, 354 people were “subsequently admitted to pursue a protection application having been initially refused leave to land”.The vast majority of refusals relate to matters such as the lack of a visa, come from countries where International Protection is not an issue, or are refused because there is evidence that they are seeking to exploit the Common Travel Area to get to the UK.Confusion A protest against Direct Provision. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThis week, the new government office that processes asylum-seeker applications in Ireland had to issue a clarification after widespread confusion followed changes to the refugee application process last month.In January, a new 60-page questionnaire form was sent to the majority of pending asylum-seekers in Ireland from the International Protection Office, which it stated should be returned within 20 working days.Recent changes to the asylum process have meant the majority of asylum-seekers with current cases are required to reapply. The new International Protection Office (IPO) is taking over asylum cases from the former Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC).Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, said the 20 working day return limit for the 60-page questionnaire has “created understandable alarm” for asylum-seekers.The advised 20-day return limit and the large amount of asylum-seekers the ‘IPO 2’ forms were sent out to has meant solicitors or pro-bono lawyers who work on asylum cases have not been able to meet the intense demand.The IPO released a statement to clarify that the 20-day return date “is purely an administrative deadline to commence the processing of applications as soon as possible. Flexibility is being provided if extra time is required for completion of the questionnaire and for the receipt of legal advice if required”.The IRC said it would “strongly recommend” that asylum-seekers “seek legal advice before completing the questionnaire”. The refugee rights group was critical of the lack of information or consideration given to asylum seekers in the rollout of the new system.Nick Henderson of the IRC outlined that “the questionnaire is a critical document in our asylum procedure; it is not surprising that people, some of whom are particularly vulnerable, feel distressed at having to complete this type of document, in some cases for a second time, in such a short time”.Documentation recently sent to asylum seekers who have pending applications, seen by TheJournal.ie, explains that the new streamlined system will be “a single application procedure which enables all grounds for seeking international protection (refugee status) and permission to remain in the state for other reasons to be examined and determined in one consecutive process”.The documentation sent to applicants by the IPO outlines that if they are unsuccessful in their case to seek refugee status “the Minister [for Justice] will no longer write to you inviting you to make representations as to why you should be granted permission to remain in the state. The decision will be made based on the information and papers already provided in your case”.The International Protection Act was passed by the previous coalition government to streamline the asylum system. The reforms mean the new IPO will have to go through all the re-submitted asylum cases.The IPO office has told asylum-seekers in information packs sent out last month that their first initial interview under the new system “may not be scheduled for a number of months due to the large number of applications to be processed by the IPO”.Confusion among asylum-seekersEllie Kisyombe said she feels the Department of Justice deliberately makes the asylum system difficult to navigate “to try to make people not to come to Ireland” to apply for refugee status.She said that there’s been a lack of information given to asylum-seekers on what’s going on regarding recent changes. “People have been sent back the forms to start all over again. People do not understand what is going on. We don’t know why they decided to do that. That’s when you have to understand when something is not right … I would like to see a transparent system,” she said.Last year 2,644 people applied for asylum in Ireland, but figures from the Department of Justice show just 17% of those cases ‘received positive recommendations’ for refugee status at their initial case interview with an immigration officer.In 2015 just 12% of the 1,231 asylum applicants received an initial recommendation for international protection status from immigration officials, with the rest entering the lengthy appeals process.The slow process of accepting asylum seekers has been criticised by FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centre. Sinéad Lucey, the legal advice group’s managing solicitor, said the current system has been dogged by a “level of egregious delay in decision-making”.Read: Rule change should lead to less time in Direct Provision centres for asylum seekers> By Jack Power 25,081 Views 84 Comments Ellie Kisyombe, who said the rise in deportations was worrying and stressful for asylum seekers. Image: Sam Boal A RISE IN deportations in Ireland has been described as “very concerning”, with asylum seekers also saying they are confused about a new refugee application process which has been introduced.The State enforced 428 deportation orders in 2016, a rise from the 251 people deported in 2015.The International Protection Act 2015, which came into effect on 31 December 2016, bolsters the State’s power to enforce deportation orders. It gives authorities powers to arrest people who have been issued deportation orders without a warrant.The Department of Justice denied there has been any official policy to crack down on or toughen Ireland’s asylum system.A spokesperson said “a decision to deport a person is never taken lightly. Only persons who are illegally present in the state fall within the scope to be considered for deportation”.But the End Direct Provision campaigner Ellie Kisyombe said the rise was worrying and “very stressful” for those currently seeking asylum in Ireland.Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on immigration TD Fiona O’Loughlin said she “would be very concerned if people from countries like Syria were being refused entry” into Ireland, or being deported.The first-time TD for Kildare South said “the refugee crisis facing Europe is the biggest since World War 2. Wave of wave of desperate men, women and children are fleeing war and deprivation in search of a better life and Ireland must play its part.”A spokesperson from the Green Party has said they feel the “rise in deportations is very concerning”.The Green Party’s spokesperson on justice, councillor Roderic O’Gorman, was critical of the fact the “government were very quick to pass the International Protection Act, which facilitates increased deportations”.O’Gorman, who lectures in law in DCU, said: Rise in deportations ‘worrying and stressful’ as department denies official crackdown policy Asylum seekers also say they are confused about a new refugee application process. Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 10,000 islanders in Greece have a statistically better chance than you of living past 90. Most of them drink three glasses of wine a day, they smoke and some have even seen cancer disappear. That is the anomaly of the people of Ikaria. Of course the usual suspects are there: the healthiness of the Mediterranean diet and more active lifestyles in the villages. But in Ikaria, the Greek way of life was somehow sustaining them much longer than their city and island counterparts. Ilias Leriadis, one of the island’s few GPs, says the strange frequency of longevity comes down to the local daily routine. “People stay up late here,” Leriadis said. “We wake up late and always take naps. I don’t even open my office until 11 am because no one comes before then.” And the stress of being late is non existent. “Have you noticed that no one wears a watch here?” Mr Leriadis says. “No clock is working correctly. When you invite someone to lunch, they might come at 10 am or 6 pm We simply don’t care about the clock here.” Local Stamatis Moraitis has much to be thank his island home for. After the war, Moraitis found himself in America, seeking treatment for a war related injury. He later stayed, got married and had two children. Life was good and Moraitis was happy. But luck would change for him. In 1976, he noticed he would struggle going up the stairs of his house. Confused he went to his doctor. Sadly, the results weren’t good. Moraitis had lung cancer. He was only given nine months to live. He was in his mid-sixties. He considered getting treatment, but decided against it. With the high costs of funerals in America, he decided to move back to his island village, to be buried in his hometown by the sea. Three and a half decades later, without any medical treatment, he’s 97 years old and cancer free. At 97, he shows no signs of dementia, he’s able and healthy. It has been found that Ikarian men in particular are nearly four times as likely as their American counterparts to reach 90 and are often in better health. They suffered less depression and had about a quarter the rate of dementia. Studies found that Ikarians “consumed about six times as many beans a day as Americans, ate fish twice a week and meat five times a month, drank on average two to three cups of coffee a day and took in about a quarter as much refined sugar – the elderly did not like soda.” They were also consuming high levels of olive oil along with two to four glasses of wine a day. Their diet, mixed with the social nature of the island, and the simple way of living created the best form of longevity. As one of the locals puts it, “we just forget to die.” Source: NYTimes
Publishing organisation Penguin Random House has reported a 9.1% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at April 2019; this compares to a 9.3% mean gender pay gap the organisation reported for April 2018.The organisation reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2020. Its figures reflect the workforce employed at Penguin Random House, excluding Darling Kindersley (DK) staff, who operate independently and are employed by Penguin Books. The organisation has also voluntarily disclosed gender pay gap data for The Random House Group and Penguin Books, including DK staff, in addition to its statutory obligations.The regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees, the gap in mean and median bonus pay for men and women, the proportions of male and female employees awarded bonus pay, and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Penguin Random House’s 2019 median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 3.2%, compared to 3% in 2018.The organisation attributes fluctuations in its mean and median gender pay gaps to the fact that, while more women are employed within its upper pay quartile compared to last year, there has also been an increase in the number of female staff in its lower pay quartile; this aligns with Penguin Random House’s recruitment trends, where 75% of entry-level new starters in 2018 were women.Penguin Random House’s mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the 12 months up to April 2019 was 35.4%, compared to 35.5% in 2018. The median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 10.1%, which is a reduction from the 16.4% reported for 2018. Over the reporting period, 90.1% of male staff received a bonus payment, compared with 86.4% of female employees.Penguin Random House attributed its overall gender pay gap to the fact that there are fewer men occupying entry-level publishing and group department roles, while more male staff are employed within the organisation’s technology division; 68% of the employees in this department are male, to 32% who are female. The technology division is one of the largest within Penguin Random House, accounting for 12% of the workforce.The organisation also stated that its bonus gap is influenced by the fact that it has fewer men in its lower pay quartile; bonus pay is awarded as a percentage of salary, with both bonuses and pay increasing with seniority. Bonus payments within its technology department are also higher than other areas of business.Almost three-fifths (57.6%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Penguin Random House are women, compared to 67% in the second pay quartile, 74.9% in the third pay quartile and 52.8% in the lowest pay quartile. The workforce at Penguin Random House is comprised of 64% female staff versus 36% male employees, while the leadership team currently has a 50:50 gender split.In order to address its pay gap, Penguin Random House has stated that it is equalising its parental leave benefit to ensure that all staff, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can take up to a year off to care for a new child. Staff with one year or more of service will receive the first 25 weeks of this leave at full pay.The organisation is also seeking to introduce employee networks, which will have a leadership team sponsor. It hopes to create a parents’ network and a women’s network, specifically.Other areas that Penguin Random House plans to focus on for 2019 and 2020 include its mentoring programme, which has 87% female participants and 72% female mentors, a leadership development programme, where 78% of the entrants are women, and recruitment processes. The organisation also aims to achieve transparent pay bands by the end of 2019.The business further plans to implement a Penguin Parents Programme. This will include financial contributions towards postnatal support, informing those on parental leave of promotion and job opportunities, parental mentoring, flexible working opportunities and employer-paid childcare.Val Garside, director of HR at Penguin Random House, said: “Beyond analysing our gender pay gap and sharing our plans to reduce it, we are committed to our long term goal of removing any barriers to entry or progression and ensuring Penguin Random House is a place where our employees reflect UK society and everyone feels a strong sense of belonging.“This means designing our systems, processes and culture with inclusion front of mind to create a truly level playing field, regardless of gender or any other characteristic. An example of this is the change we have announced we will be making to our approach to parental leave, meaning that shortly, men, women, non-binary or trans colleagues will all be entitled to the same paid time off when they become a parent: up to 12 months to spend with their new family member with 25 weeks’ full pay.“[While] we recognise that the continued progression of women and changes to the gender balance of new hires will take time, we are committed to achieving meaningful change and investing in initiatives and policies that will steadily improve our gender balance going forward.”
We’ll have more No Man’s Sky coverage coming your way soon, but initial impressions from a performance standpoint are that Hello Games has done a very solid job. And you can forgive the frame rate dips when you consider the game and PS4 are generating whole new worlds, on the fly, and without crashing! No Man’s Sky has been released this week after it got delayed from its original June 21 launch so as Hello Games could add extra polish. And it looks as though the extra wait was worth it, even if there is a 900MB day one patch to download and install. The game looks beautiful, but how does it run?Right now the game is only available on PS4, with the PC version arriving worldwide on August 12. On Sony’s machine it runs at a native 1080p and aims to achieve a solid 30fps. The ever dependable DigitalFoundry crew decided to put that to the test, and the game does deliver with once exception.No Man’s Sky is actually a relatively small game in terms of assets coming in at just under 4GB (plus the day one patch). That’s because the world is procedurally generated, meaning environments are created on the fly and without load times. No load times and a solid 30fps? I’ll take that!As the video clearly shows, the one area where the frame rate suffers badly is when you enter a new world for the first time and the game’s algorithm gets busy generating what it looks like. This is especially apparent if you try and travel quickly over this world as it forms.The good news is, it doesn’t happen very often and the player is in control of how bad it gets. If you slow travel down, stop, or do a 180-degree turn the frame rate jumps back up to 30 very quickly indeed. <>
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doesn’t leave on time" said Lim 24 who came to the US from South Korea on a student visa "We were supposed to ship out last year in July It’s very stressful and frustrating to wait because nobody knows what’s going to happen"Lim and more than 4000 others like him are in limbo because of concerns over the government’s ability to vet recruits in the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program or MAVNIThe program created in 2009 offers visiting students and workers with vital skills in linguistics or health care a fast-track to US citizenship in return for six years of military serviceBut last year Peter Levine then-President Barack Obama’s acting undersecretary of defense expressed distrust in the government’s security checks within MAVNIA program review found screening processes to be inadequate so Levine ordered additional screening and polygraphs as well as surveillance on soldiers who entered through MAVNI But the government didn’t have the resources to follow through so 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