WINNIPEG – A Manitoba First Nations children’s advocate says the child welfare system “eats up” Indigenous children and is designed to keep their families at a disadvantage.Cora Morgan, with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, told the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women that the system is set up to apprehend children, not to support families.“Any challenges that our families are faced with, it’s used against them instead of them being offered support. It victimizes our families,” she said Monday.“A lot of these things are just perpetual. You can find five or six generations of a family where their children have been taken.”The inquiry is holding hearings in Winnipeg this week and is expected to focus on child welfare.Morgan said violence against Indigenous women and girls can be linked to child welfare because it not only removes them from their families, but also takes away their identity and self-worth.“The system just eats up our children to the point where they lose value for life,” she said.Manitoba has the highest per-capita rate of children in care and almost 90 per cent are Indigenous. The province said last week that the number of kids in government care dropped for the first time in 15 years to 10,328.Morgan told the inquiry about a mother who had four children, all of whom were seized at birth primarily because of poverty.Too much money is being spent on taking kids away from their families and not enough is invested in finding ways to keep them together, Morgan said.“You keep hearing our government say apprehension is the last resort but it’s the first resort,” she said. “It’s always the first resort.”Inquiry commissioners said they have heard about the effects of child welfare at every hearing. Qajaq Robinson said many people testified they were survivors of the system and that is “indicative of a huge problem.”“Whether it’s children, who as a result of their mothers being murdered, ended up in care or women who, as a result of their children being apprehended, lost financial support or lost housing and then ended up in precarious situations having to resort to survival sex work,” she said, adding people are being failed in numerous ways.“Every jurisdiction we have been to, I have heard it personally from witnesses,” Robinson said.Morgan gave the inquiry a list of recommendations including supporting First Nations-led initiatives to bring children home and to stop penalizing victims of domestic violence by taking their children away.
Watching Delhi Crime was a spine-chilling experience. Tell us about the emotional impact you endured as an actor when you read the script and began shooting. When I first read the script, I was absolutely stunned by the detailing. I knew that Richie (Mehta) had spent a lot of time on it. It was very evident that he had done extensive research. The way he chose to put that research together was brilliant. Besides being procedural, Delhi Crime sensitively examines the lives of the women investigating the case and how they negotiate patriarchy alongside discussing a world in which a crime like this happened. That is what touched me when I read the script. But I felt its full impact only after I actually watched it. When you are shooting for something, you don’t see it holistically. When you are reading a script, you can visualise it to some extent. Sometimes, the result may disappoint you or surpass your imagination. In this case, it surpassed mine in just the way he chose to pitch the performances. The time he had spent on it, the research he had done and the script were all proofs of that. With any other team, it would have been difficult to sign up for a project like this. With this one, I was certain it would be handled with sensitivity. It would have been very hard to shoot for this if I hadn’t trusted the director. I don’t think I would have been a part of this series if I didn’t have that trust because it can so easily become exploitative. Shooting for Delhi Crime must have been akin to revisiting the tragedy. In the series, we see you interacting with the family of the victim. How did you internalise the situation and the emotional graph of your character? When you are part of a project like this, you have no choice but to give it all you’ve got. While it was disturbing to revisit the tragedy while filming, I really wanted the revisit to experience the incident differently from what I had experienced as a civilian when I had heard the news. I felt like I had moved on too quickly. I thought it was something that deeply affected me at that time and it is important to remember these incidents. It is also important to fight for a society which doesn’t allow incidents like this to happen again. We forget the victims very soon, we slip back to our lives and other things take over. I felt guilty for forgetting an incident like this. I wanted to remind myself and this project, in a way, was assuaging my guilt. Even though it was disturbing and painful, it was important to revisit it. What I found compelling about this character, Neeti, was the spirit and idealism that she comes with and how she begins to change. It happens for a variety of reasons such as her realisation that she is working within a system and her disappointment at everything around her. Hence, her idealism begins to crumble and that is very heartbreaking. The breaking of a woman’s spirit is something we see all the time. Rape does that too. Every day, something like that happens through an act of violence or even smaller things that erode a woman’s morale. I wanted to tell that story and be part of it so that I could trigger conversations among people. If I can do that through my work, then I would be happy. In Delhi Crime, we get to see the human side of the police, which we do not generally see in our Hindi films… (Cuts in) Yes, yes! That is why it was very new for me. The police are either valourised or they are villainised in our films. I don’t have any friend or family in the police service. So this is the first time I learnt about their lives. It was fascinating and the detailing was very interesting. The kind of the things they have to fight for in their jobs was a revelation to me. Delhi Crime, like you said, really humanised the police for me. As Neeti, I met a lot of IPS officers who were training at that point. Mirzapur, Made In Heaven and Delhi Crime are among the biggest web series India has had of late, and you have been a part of all three. What importance do they hold in your filmography? It feels so good to be part of these series. I have always had good work in terms of content, roles and scripts. But my films, unlike these shows, did not have this kind of reach among the audience. So it is lovely to see that the web has room for all sorts of content. There can be a Made In Heaven and a Mirzapur. They belong to two completely different genres. And then there is Delhi Crime, which is again different. All three of them are getting a very wide viewership, which means there are audiences for all kinds of genres. That is very, very encouraging and I think this is the best time to be an actor (Smiles). When I made my acting debut, there were lots of good films that were being made at the time but they would always get stuck in distribution. That was the bottleneck for small films and it still is. Smaller films just don’t get a chance even if they are accessible. I felt very disappointed when my film Qissa did not reach a wide audience. It deserved a lot more. Lots of people told me back then that the film was not accessible. I told them that we underestimate our audiences and they said to me that I am too much of an indie artiste who doesn’t understand the film business. Then there was a film called Tu Hai Mera Sunday, in which I played a small part. People labelled it as a very accessible film. Even that didn’t get the viewership it deserved because of the same issues – stuck in distribution, very few theatres and odd show timings. But things have changed for actors like me. Now, content is more important. Web platforms already have a viewership. They are not yet star-driven even though I have already begun to hear a lot of murmurs here and there and that is disappointing (Chuckles). But I hope it doesn’t change. Does it give you a high to see your work reach out to 190 countries across the world? Yeah! None of my films has experienced that. So, it is new territory for me. The other day, I got a message from somebody from Israel on Instagram. He said he had watched Delhi Crime. It is nice to get feedback. It is tells you things you might not have thought about. It is nice to see that your work has affected people, stayed with them and it is something they will carry with them because this is why you do it. When it comes to the web, the biggest plus is that there is no censorship. But there has been talk of regulation. As an artiste, how do you look at creative freedom? I believe that a story will dictate how it is to be told, if you are true to it and if your reasons to do it are not exploitative. If you are telling a story with integrity and truth, it will tell you how it should be told. Therefore, I don’t feel like there should be an outside body governing and telling an artiste what to do and what not to do. I know that society feels the need for rules and that is how we live with each other. But I hope the web remains a free space and we are allowed to say what we want to say through our stories. What is next on the cards for you? There are two films I have shot that are yet to be released. One of them is more in the commercial space than anything else I have done. It is in the comic zone. That should be out in the next two or three months. They have not announced the date or the title of the film yet. It is in its post-production stage right now. Then there is this independent film I did, which is an improvised film. We had a rough structure to every scene but we didn’t know how exactly we were going to achieve the intent of the scenes. So I worked with a lot of improvisers from this group called Improv Comedy Mumbai. My husband is a part of that group. I have worked with him in this film. Then there is Mirzapur Season Two, which I will start shooting for from next month. After that, I have Delhi Crime Season Two.
The Brock Paddleheads in actionBrock’s dragon boat team, the Paddleheads, has raised $850 for Wellspring Niagara.The team of about 24 members placed 23 out of 35 teams at the St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival at Henley Island on July 24. The team’s time was seven minutes and 12 seconds.In addition to the Wellspring Niagara donation, their registration fee supported the St. Catharines Museum.The team was also filmed for a St. Catharines Standard video, shown with the article Padding for a cause. Kristen Smith, Community Connections community services co-ordinator, was also quoted in the article.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today began work on a blueprint for safeguarding the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem.“More than any other place in the world, Jerusalem embodies the hope and dream of dialogue between cultures, civilizations and spiritual traditions, a dialogue through which mutual understanding between peoples may flourish,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura told the first session of Committee of Experts on the Cultural Heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem.“Deep at the heart of UNESCO’s mission lies the commitment to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture,” he added.Mr. Matsuura said the Committee of 12 internationally renowned architects, archaeologists, curators, restorers, architectural historians and structural engineers with professional knowledge of the Old City of Jerusalem presented “an outstanding combination of historic, artistic and spiritual values.”In keeping with a resolution of UNESCO’s General Conference of 2003, the experts are expected to advise Mr. Matsuura on the elaboration of a comprehensive plan of action to safeguard the city’s cultural heritage and provide him with guidelines and proposals for its implementation.UNESCO sent a high-level mission to Jerusalem in March 2004 to assess the state of conservation of the Old City. The process now underway marks a new turn for UNESCO, which hitherto had to limit its interventions to selected initiatives on specific monuments and monitoring missions.The Old City was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1981 and safeguarding its cultural heritage has been on the agenda of UNESCO’s governing bodies since 1967.“The stakes are considerable not only for the cultural heritage of the Old City but also for advancing the cause of dialogue among peoples and civilizations,” Mr. Matsuura said. “It is my sincere hope that UNESCO will be able to reaffirm that the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem is indeed a shared value and that its safeguarding is a cause around which the parties concerned are willing to cooperate, with the full support of the international community.”
“Seven years into [the Syria] crisis, we need to collectively continue to do all that we can to support vulnerable refugee children and their families that are struggling to meet their basic needs,” Robert Jenkins, the head of UNICEF programmes in Jordan, said in a news release Sunday.Based on responses from the refugees, the assessment also showed that close to 65 per cent of Syrian refugee families are either food insecure or on the verge of becoming food insecure – meaning they do not have enough for an adequate diet.UNICEF teams also reported parents stating that that they skip meals to allow their children to sufficiently eat. Furthermore, nearly half the children in the 0-5 age group do not have access to proper health services including vaccinations and disability services, and 16 per cent do not have a birth certificate, exposing them to additional risks as they grow up.In all 38 per cent of Syrian children are not in school; while for children aged 6-17 years, child labour and violence continue to be key challenges.Responding to the crisis, UNICEF is working with the Government of Jordan as well as donors and partner organizations to provide targeted support and youth to positively engage in their communities and transition to meaningful employment, continuing education and training opportunities.However, its efforts have been severely affected by a funding crunch. The UN agency currently faces a funding shortfall of $145.7 million to meet the needs of all vulnerable children in Jordan this year. “With the unparalleled massive scale of Syria crisis and its prolonged nature, Jordan needs continued support in order to manage the impact of this crisis and meet the needs of vulnerable children,” added Mr. Jenkins.According to estimates, there are about 660,000 Syrian refugees in the country. Slightly over half that number are children aged 17 or below.
The search resumed this morning for a Coppell High School senior and football standout Jacob Logan who went missing in Possum Kingdom Lake, near Fort Worth, Texas, over the weekend.Logan, 17, took a trip with several teammates to a family’s lake house, Coppell football coach Joe McBride said. Among other activities, the kids jumped off the cliffs into the lake. All of them emerged fine. But Logan went missing, said McBride, who was not on the trip.“I’m struggling,” he said. “Jacob jumped into the lake, and nobody has seen him.”The search for the student resumed Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the Brazos River Authority.Searchers were at the Bluff Creek Marina, with several boats and three divers. They were prepared to bring in more divers if the teen was not quickly found.At Coppell High School, grief counselors were available to students and staff, but no formal events related to the incident have been planned.Witnesses at the lake, which is about 80 miles west of Fort Worth, called 911 about 2:15 p.m. A spokeswoman for the Brazos River Authority said the teen resurfaced at least once after diving off a cliff, but went down and was not seen again.After several hours, divers called off the search as it grew dark Sunday evening.Several hundred people gathered under the lights at Coppell High School’s Buddy Echols Field on Sunday night for a prayer vigil.Members of the media were not allowed onto the field.Logan, a wide receiver, led Coppell in receiving yards last season and scored a touchdown in a victory against Hebron on Friday.
The appointment of a gay man as the bishop of Grantham was a “major error”, says the conservative Anglican group Gafcon.Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain became the first in the Church of England to publicly reveal he is gay and in a relationship on Friday. I am and have been fully aware of Bishop Nick’s long-term, committed relationshipJustin Welby The bishop said he had been open about his sexuality prior to the appointment But Gafcon, a group which includes conservative Anglicans around the world, said there had been an “element of secrecy” around the appointment and added the news would “exacerbate” divisions within the church.”There are aspects of this appointment which are a serious cause for concern for biblically orthodox Anglicans around the world, and therefore we believe that this appointment is a major error,” the Gafcon statement said. Statement on the appointment of the Bishop of Grantham. #Anglican https://t.co/5deuqGLSfW— Anglican Future (@gafconference) September 3, 2016 It added that the “element of secrecy” in the Bishop’s new role gave the idea “that it has been arranged with the aim of presenting the Church with a ‘fait accompli’, rather than engaging with possible opposition”.The statement was signed by Gafcon’s general secretary, the Most Reverend Peter Jensen, and Canon Andy Lines, the chairman of the group’s UK task force. Justin Welby said he knew about the bishop’s sexualityCredit: Gareth Fuller Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.”He was consecrated last year by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby – who has said he knew about the bishop’s sexuality.He also said he had been open about his sexuality prior to becoming a bishop. He said he is in a long-term, celibate relationship with his male partner.”It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out,” he said. Bishop Chamberlain made the announcement to the Guardian newspaper on Friday after an unnamed Sunday paper reportedly threatened to publish a story about his sexuality.Most Rev Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said Mr Chamberlain’s sexuality was “completely irrelevant”.”I am and have been fully aware of Bishop Nick’s long-term, committed relationship,” he added.”His appointment as Bishop of Grantham was made on the basis of his skills and calling to serve the church in the diocese of Lincoln.”He lives within the bishops’ guidelines and his sexuality is completely irrelevant to his office.”It is thought no serving bishop has ever before gone public about their sexuality. The former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope, said in 1995 that his sexuality was a “grey area”.A Church of England spokesman said: “Nicholas has not misled anyone and has been open and truthful if asked. The matter is not secret, although it is private as is the case with all partnerships/relationships.”
I still love my country. There are some people who are very very evil, but there are people who love us, who keep us strong, and together I believe that we can bring about change.The recipient of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2011, she is set to be awarded the Seán MacBride Award for Human Rights this weekend.“I hope to share my experience and I’m hoping to learn a lot too,” she said of her Irish trip. “I’m going to have a lot of meetings with government officials when I’m here.”“The people I speak for need moral support, technical support, and financial support,” she said.We need to document our struggle. To change the laws, we need evidence. We need cameras, phones, laptops, and people to volunteer. The situation is not improving. It’s getting worse.Below is a video of Nabagesera speaking at another Amnesty International conference:(Amnesty International/YouTube)Read: Labour LGBT: Ugandan ‘kill the gays’ bill must be stopped >More: Homophobic assaults surge in France amid gay marriage debate > “NOT EVERYONE WILL stand up and speak, so I speak on their behalf,” the Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Nabagesera told TheJournal.ie.Hailing from a country where being gay can mean jail, or worse, Nabagesera knows the risks first-hand.Upon her return home, she’ll be forced to take those same risks again.With homosexuality still illegal in Uganda, things could be about to get a lot worse for LGBT in the east African country.Legislation is currently before the Ugandan parliament which includes a punishment of life imprisonment for consensual sex between two people of the same sex and has, in previous drafts, included an offence called ‘aggravated homosexuality’, which would be punished by execution.The threat of violence in her home country is all too real, with Nabagesera one of a number of prominent LGBT activists who were identified in a Ugandan newspaper a number of years ago.The call by the paper to hunt them down and hang them resulted in the murder of her friend and fellow campaigner, David Kato, in 2011.Ahead of her talk tomorrow at the annual conference in Dublin of Amnesty International Ireland, Nabagesera, the founder and executive director of the only national Ugandan LGBT organisation, called Freedom & Roam Uganda, said that speaking out was “very important”.‘The world is watching’“It drives the point at home that we are not alone,” she said, “and that the world is watching.”Despite having to constantly move from house to house when home to avoid being identified, she is never tempted to stay in one of the many countries she travels to:
YOU MIGHT BE hanging out with your grandparents this Bank Holiday weekend and something may occur to you.Your grandparents are actually really cool.In fact, your grandparents are cooler than you’ll ever be in many, many ways.1. They know all the current slangHaving Judge Judy as your granny would be great for many reasons, not least because she’s up on all the current slang like “YOLO” and such:Katie Couric / YouTube2. They are hopeless romantics 3. They are good at picking up new skillsSuch as DJing:RuthFlowersOfficial / YouTube4. Style comes easy to themIf you’ve never read the amazing blog Advanced Style you are missing out on the kind of stylish outfits only the coolest grannies can pull off.Such as this:via Advanced Style5. They love to laugh6. They like to get to grips with new technologyminder213 / YouTube7. New foods are on their must try listryguymedia / YouTube8. They understand what makes good comedyi.e. HeliumOlivia Smith / YouTube9. They really just don’t have any time for your nonsense10. They know how to make a swift exit11. Dancing is their forteCan you dance to Usher like this?No, you cannot:bobbizful / YouTubeCan you dance to Lady Gaga like this?No, you cannot:KarlT01 / YouTubeAnd this 90 year old grandmother getting down to LMFAO while make you smile forever and everadamforgie / YouTubeThank your lucky stars you’re not in these family photos>Just when you thought you were sick of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky THIS happens..>
Come launch day of the Xbox One and PS4, both Sony and Microsoft would love you to sign up for a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription. And in the case of Xbox Live, Microsoft has now confirmed that spending $60 a year is pretty much mandatory if you want to do anything other than play single-player games.The official Xbox website has been updated to include a breakdown of how to get the most from the Xbox One with Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 owners are already used to some of the restrictions in place that require a Gold subscription to unlock. They include access to multiplayer gaming, allowing you to stream premium 3rd-party content, the ability to use Internet Explorer on your TV, and gaining access to exclusive deals and special offers.For Xbox One, the list of features hidden behind the Live Gold subscription expands by five to include:The NFL on XboxOneGuideGame DVRSkypeSmartMatchI think the most surprising service on that list to require Gold is Skype–a service Microsoft should really be pushing as hard as it can and one that can generate revenue itself. OneGuide, Game DVR, and SmartMatch are likely to be the key draws alongside multiplayer to entice Xbox One owners to sign up, though.OneGuide is the TV overlay feature, allowing you to bring up information such as trending programming while you watch TV as well as customizing your viewing experience. SmartMatch goes hand-in-hand with multiplayer and is meant to take the pain out of matching/pairing players for online play. And then we have Game DVR, which is the Xbox One’s ability to record and share your best gaming moments with others.One of the growing complaints about Xbox Live in general on the Xbox 360 is the amount of advertising Microsoft injected into the experience. That is probably going to continue, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony do the same in a bid to generate more cash from its online service.My main gripe with paying for Live Gold or PlayStation Plus for the new consoles is the fact they aren’t free for the first year, or at least offered at a discount price. I am paying a minimum of $399 or $499 for the console hardware and they want another $50-$60 to unlock a relatively long list of additional features, some of which are integral to the game playing experience. Microsoft is offering a free copy of Killer Instinct if you pre-order Live Gold, but I’d much rather see a more permanent discount if you sign up for a year from a brand new console.
Short URL By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 3 Feb 2017, 8:51 PM 24,510 Views Share47 Tweet Email 27 Comments Feb 3rd 2017, 8:51 PM http://jrnl.ie/3222248 Burglar caught and jailed after he gets stuck in bathroom window Sean Crawshaw was jailed for two-and-a-half years. Source: Facebook/GMPBurySouthA BURGLAR IN the northwest English town of Bury has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after he was caught stuck in the bathroom window of a home.Sean Crawshaw (47) was forced to wait for police to arrive after he became wedged in the upstairs bathroom window of the home about eight miles outside Manchester.Greater Manchester Police took pictures of the man dangling from the window when the arrived at the home and arrested him. Source: Facebook/GMPBurySouthHe subsequently pleaded guilty to burglary and was handed a two-and-a-half year prison sentence.Read: 12-year-old girl killed and 11-year-old in critical condition after hit and run >Read: Aerial photos show scale of massive fire that gutted Manchester mill >
sirajganjAt least two women were killed as a speeding truck hit a battery-run auto rickshaw in Mulibari Check post in Sirajganj on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased ares Monwara Khatun, 50, wife of Afsar Ali and Chaina Khatun, 35, wife of Azizul Haque, of Konagati village in sadar upazila.Syed Shahid Alam, officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Bridge west police station, said a Dhaka bound truck hit the auto-rickshaw at the place around 4:30 pm, leaving the duo dead on the spot.Police recovered the bodies and sent those to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital for an autopsy.Police detained the truck from the spot while the driver and helper managed to flee the scene, added the OC.A case was filed in this connection with the police station, said the OC.
Share AP Photo/David J. PhillipA United States flag hangs outside a flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in Houston.The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through the end of November. The program was set to expire on July 31.Now, it heads to the Senate, where leadership has reportedly expressed confidence it will be passed, according to The Hill.The NFIP is in more than $20 billion in debt and faced some opposition as lawmakers seek to reform the program.
Shalom Ministries Christian Center will hold a family and friends day Sept. 21 for its 11 a.m. service. The service will include a guest psalmist, liturgical dancing and refreshments. The church is located at 515 Kerby Hill Road in Fort Washington. For more information, contact: Angie Edwards, 301-325-8890.
“We are about to walk into a room full of 100 scientific posters, where researchers are trying to display their findings on a big poster board,” says Morrison, a doctoral student in psychology at Michigan State University. Read the whole story: NPR Mike Morrison hardly looks like a revolutionary. He’s wearing a dark suit and has short hair. But we’re about to enter a world of conformity that hasn’t changed in decades — maybe even a century. And in there, his vision seems radical.
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Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Tags: CLIA Travelweek Group WASHINGTON, DC — CLIA is offering travel professionals the chance to advance their careers with the newly launched Travel Agency Executive (TAE) Certification.Available for people who work in a leadership capacity at travel agencies, TAE Certification is designed to be a tool to strengthen skills within the industry, said Stephani McDow, director, membership & professional development, CLIA. “We are committed to supporting our members with a range of certifications for all travel professionals, from new and experienced travel agents to agency executives.”In order to qualify for TAE Certification, the individual must be an executive, director, accounting manager, marketing manager or someone who works in a leadership role but does not function only as a full-time selling travel agent with a CLIA Affiliated Agency.Required online courses or live seminars for the TAE Certification include:Developing Your Marketing StrategyWhat has PR Done for You Lately?Customer Relationship ManagementEffective Presentation SkillsBetter Listening Skills for Better BusinessBuilding Client LoyaltyMore news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAdditionally, individuals interested in the certification must complete one of the following elective training options during their completion term following enrollment:Any three additional CLIA courses/seminarsThe achievement of the Travel Institute CTA, CTC or CTIE designationFor more information about TAE Certification, go to cruising.org/travel-agent/professional-development/certification/tae. Individuals can also schedule a Career Counseling session for a one-on-one consultation with a member of CLIA’s professional development and training team at cruising.org/careercounseling. Posted by Agency leaders can hone their skills with CLIA’s new TAE Certification
In the past month, U.S. President Barack Obama has launched an open-ended Middle East war, built an impressive coalition of allies and entirely reversed his previous strategy of standing back from the region. Curiously, however, Obama has so far refused to reckon with the actor that more than any other is responsible for ruining his foreign policy doctrine, creating the security crisis and dragging U.S. military forces back to Iraq and Syria.That is not al-Qaida, the Islamic State, Khorasan or any of Iraq’s sectarian factions. It is the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.The Islamic State’s recent military gains in Iraq and origins in al-Qaida have tended to obscure the reality that its surge is first and foremost the result of Assad’s brutal war against the Syrian opposition. As Obama’s own envoys to Syria have said repeatedly, the collapse of government control over the north and east of the country, combined with Obama’s refusal to provide weapons to moderate rebel forces, created an opening for the al-Qaida remnants that eventually launched the Islamic State. They were directly abetted by the Assad regime, which observed an unspoken truce with the extremists while dropping barrel bombs and chemical weapons on civilians in Aleppo and greater Damascus.Having backed away from carrying out airstrikes against Assad’s assets a year ago, Obama essentially abandoned any effort to enforce his August 2011 declaration that the dictator must give up power. Secretary of State John Kerry, who took office in 2013 promising to “change Assad’s calculations,” dropped a quixotic initiative to broker a post-Assad regime after a Geneva peace conference imploded last winter.Now, Obama acknowledges, vaguely, that an end to the “cancer” of the Islamic State depends on “an inclusive political transition” in Syria. But he has not so much as hinted at a strategy for bringing that about, and his war planners told Congress they have no plans to extend strikes to Assad’s forces — even when they attack the rebel units Obama is depending on to fight the Islamic State.The president has some understandable reasons for this reticence. Taking on Assad is hard: He’s proven he’s immune to diplomatic pressure, and military attacks would require a major escalation of the air campaign. Action against Assad would place the United States at odds not only with Iran and Russia, which so far are not obstructing the war against the Islamic State, but also with the Iraqi government, which continues to support the Damascus regime.The problem is that ignoring Assad is likely to lead to even worse consequences. Already, the regime and its spokesmen are exulting in the U.S. bombing raids and doing their best to portray the United States as a de facto ally, while Syrians in rebel-held areas are demonstrating against the U.S. strikes because they are seen to be weakening the resistance to Assad. Meanwhile, the regime appears to be stepping up its own bombing raids against the non-extremist opposition. A failure of the United States to respond could destroy U.S. relations not only with its only on-the-ground allies in Syria but also with the Sunni nations that have joined the campaign against the Islamic State. A Syrian rescue worker carries the body of a child following a reported Syrian government forces barrel bomb attack in the northern city of Aleppo on Sept. 27, 2014. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 180,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011. Barrel bombs are typically constructed from large oil drums, gas cylinders or water tanks, and filled with high explosives and scrap metal to enhance fragmentation. Khaled Khatib/AFPObama is not without options. As the State Department’s former Syria adviser Frederic Hof has suggested, one is simple: The Pentagon should publicly inform the Syrian government that any antiaircraft systems tracking U.S. planes will be destroyed, as will any of the regime’s military planes that take to the air.The next step has long been sought by the Turkish government, which so far has been a reluctant ally in the anti-Islamic State campaign: Create a no-fly zone for Syrian aircraft over areas held by the rebels. With U.S. planes already operating in the area, this would be far simpler than it would have been before. It would, as Hof points out, finally allow the opposition Syrian National Coalition and its interim government to establish itself in the country and create a secure enclave.In the end, the Syrian political settlement Obama says he seeks will require pursuing Kerry’s original idea of tipping the military balance so that Assad’s generals and his Alawite community face a choice between compromise and destruction. Henri Barkey of Lehigh University suggests that Obama offer a deal: If Assad is removed and the regime reaches a truce with the moderate opposition, Syria can join the anti-Islamic State coalition.Rather than take the risks involved in such gambits, Obama’s inclination seems to be to postpone the Assad problem indefinitely. If so, he’s making the same mistake he did when he deferred confronting the dictator in previous years. If the Islamic State is a cancer, Assad is the source tumor. If he is not treated, he will poison Obama’s cure.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama: Expand effort against Islamic State The Islamic State’s trap for Europe Obama admits US underestimated IS threat Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself
Last Thursday, the social giant Twitter did a very peculiar thing: It gave its 300 million users license to … stop tweeting.“We know it can be challenging to find time to get through everything,” a sympathetic Twitter tech lead wrote on the company’s blog. So instead of expecting users to keep up with everything, Twitter was testing a new feature called Highlights: a once-a-day digest of the site’s most important, relevant information, shorn of all the real-time chatter and noise and nonsense that arguably make Twitter, well — Twitter.Nine years after the site launched, and two years after investors began demanding user growth, Twitter seems to have realized what lots of hardcore users learned the hard way long ago: that the great hallmark of Twitter, the unfiltered real-time feed, is psychologically untenable.“The modern brain hasn’t evolved to keep up,” said Daniel Levitin, a cognitive psychologist and the author of the bestseller “The Organized Mind.” “That’s why we feel so exhausted all the time.”Cognitive psychologists call this phenomenon “information overload,” and it’s increasingly symptomatic of all online life — although Twitter, with its infinite, incessant real-time feed, proves a particularly vexing case. By some estimates, the average American consumes five times as much information now as he did 20 years ago — 100,500 words, and 34 gigabytes, for the average person on an average day in 2008. (For comparison, 34 gigabytes = two times the memory of the entry-level iPhone.)But while we consume a lot of this information passively — like when we glance at a billboard or a banner ad — we also expend a ton of mental energy sifting for, and processing, the important stuff. That phrase — “mental energy” — is deliberate. As Lucy Jo Palladino, a psychologist who studies attention, explains, the brain is a muscle like any other, and it can’t run on empty.When you encounter new information, she says, it stimulates your brain to produce chemicals like dopamine and norepinephrine, which make you feel alert and help you process that information. But when you process too much information too quickly — by, say, scrolling through your ever-updating Twitter feed for hours on end — you burn through all that brain energy. You end up feeling foggy or irritable or unproductive or angry. (One 2011 study even linked Internet overstimulation to long-term consequences, such as elevated stress levels and other adverse health effects.)“When you’re bored, stimulation improves attention, but only up to a point,” Palladino said. “After that, stimulation degrades attention.” A mock-up of Twitter’s new Highlights feature. It sends users a push notification (left), which they can then swipe through for top tweets and trending stories. (Via Twitter)On Twitter, in fact, we actually know exactly where that crossover point lies: A recent study by researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute found that 30 tweets per hour is the most people can handle before their mental processing slows.Obviously, that poses some big questions for those of us who spend a lot of time in front of our screens. (Like, if I didn’t have so many tabs open, could I afford to drink less coffee?) But for Twitter, the issue is far more existential: If its service is inherently cognitively stressful, it can’t possibly persuade new users to sign up. And without those crucial sign-ups, Twitter could be in trouble. Its stock fell sharply Tuesday after a disappointing earnings call revealed that the site had missed revenue expectations and is still struggling with user growth.Undeterred, Twitter has kept up a steady patter of new-product launches, all of them geared toward decreasing the amount of cognitive effort needed to use the service: an “instant timeline” tool that organizes information for new users, a “while you were away” feature that lets people take breaks from the constancy of the stream.The odd thing about these new features, beside their sudden frequency, is how distinctly un-Twitter they all seem. Twitter’s stated purpose has always been the raw, unfiltered information stream — the “Twitter firehose,” its frequently called, a stream so forceful and so high-volume it could knock somebody out. (Not coincidentally, “drinking from the firehose” has come to mean “being overwhelmed.”)Features like Highlights, on the other hand, seem to accommodate both a little more order in our timelines and a little time away from our screens. And incidentally, those are the exact things researchers say our brains really need to process all the information spinning through them.Palladino likens Twitter to rush hour at Grand Central Station: It’s overwhelming and chaotic and imminently stressful, with too much noise and stimulation to ever adequately take in.“But with the right filtering tools — an accurate schedule, a giant display of track numbers — it’s self-organizing,” she said. “Each person chooses where she wants to go and does, in fact, get there.”Will Highlights help Twitter users sort information that way, to cut down on the sheer mental effort required to keep up with all those tweets? Palladino thinks it has potential, particularly when used in conjunction with other techniques such as Twitter filters, “pacing” (i.e., taking breaks) and good old-fashioned self-discipline. Levitin, who recently cut back on his own tweeting, agrees.“My advice,” he said, “is to think about what you want to do during the day, to prioritize that deliberately. Then set aside maybe an hour or two, a designated time, to check your Twitter and your Facebook and your Tumblr and your Vine.”That way, Levitin said, you conserve your brain for the stuff that really matters most to you. The tweets will still be there when you’re ready for them. And your sanity will be, too.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Now you can watch Periscope streams directly in your Twitter feed The New York Times eyes more changes to meet digital challenge Comcast’s NBCUniversal invests $200 million in BuzzFeed Spotify hit by new $200 million copyright suit
The 362-room Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu in China opened on 24 June in the 52-storey mixed-use Yiwu World Trade Centre – the tallest building in Zhejiang Province. Historically known as a trading town, Yiwu has burgeoned into an economic success attracting merchants from South America, Europe and the Middle East. The recent establishment of Yiwu as the starting point for the new Silk Road – a freight train service that retraces the ancient trading route connecting China with Asia and the rest of Europe – affirms the city’s prominence. Yiwu has existed for over two millennia, and was founded in the Qin dynasty. Horizon Executive RoomTo celebrate Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu’s opening, an introductory offer priced from RMB888 is available until 3 September 2017 and includes daily breakfast buffet, as well as RMB200 credit which can be used against any hotel service. For reservations or details, call (86 579) 8151 8808 or email email@example.com. ChinaShangri-La Hotel Yiwu