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Sarah Ferguson And Princess Eugenie Open Teenage Cancer Trust Unit

first_imgEast Anglia’s only specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit for young patients which offers world-class treatment, was officially opened last month by the charity’s patron Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie of York and charity ambassador, Harry Judd, from pop band McFly.The state-of-the-art Teenage Cancer Trust unit on ward C9 of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, one of the UK’s leading centres for cancer treatment, supports 14-to-24-year-old cancer patients from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.The home-from-home unit provides a relaxed environment designed specifically for and by young people and has a social zone, parents’ room, chill-out room and learning centre. Staff are specially trained in cancers of this age group and have chosen to work with this age group.Since the first patient was admitted at the end of February 2012, staff have treated over 60 patients on the 11-bed unit which cost £3.6 million to build, most of which was provided by fundraising within East Anglia.Every day in the UK, six young people are told they have cancer and approximately 200 patients are diagnosed in East Anglia each year. Usually placed on a children’s ward or on an adult ward alongside elderly patients, young people can often feel extremely isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis. Teenage Cancer Trust units are designed to be as close as possible to a young person’s normal life outside hospital.Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust comments: “Today is a momentous day for the charity. Not only is this our 25th Teenage Cancer Trust unit but it is also the first in East Anglia and we are thrilled to have worked with Addenbrooke’s whose staff provide specialist care. We rely solely on public donations and this unit wouldn’t have been built if it hadn’t been for incredible, tireless support from local communities, businesses, patients and their families and friends over the past few years, helping us raise £2.9million.”Teenage Cancer Trust patron, Sarah, Duchess of York said: “I have been a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust for over twenty years and I’m always so excited to visit a new unit as every one is special and unique. This impressive unit showcases Teenage Cancer Trust’s design expertise at its absolute best and will give young cancer patients from across East Anglia a real fighting chance thanks to specialist cancer care at Addenbrooke’s.”Dr Helen Hatcher, consultant oncologist at Cambridge University Hospitals, said: “We are very happy to be celebrating the opening of the Teenage Cancer Trust unit today. It has been fantastic to see the benefits the new ward brings to young people and their families across the region. Having somewhere where young people can feel more relaxed in their environment when going through stressful and debilitating treatment has made an enormous difference to them and their families. One of our patients has had to spend several months on C9 said she would not have coped if she had not had been on this unit.”In addition to CUH staff providing clinical care on the unit, Teenage Cancer Trust also fund the youth support coordinator role which provides individually tailored support, making a young person’s time in hospital more tolerable by supervising and coordinating activities on and off the ward and encouraging patients to socialise and remain active and connected with other young people.Developing the unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital is the first step in Teenage Cancer Trust’s commitment to helping young people with cancer across East Anglia. On-going support and donations are now needed to maintain the unit, fund specialist staff and support the work of the charity’s free cancer awareness sessions in schools, colleges and universities across the region.The new unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital now brings the number of Teenage Cancer Trust units across the UK to 25. This new unit also complements the existing drop-in centre Teenage Cancer Trust opened at Abington House at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in 2009. The Oasis offers support and advice to young patients and their families, as well as social and recreational facilities.Source:Teenage Cancer Trustlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The Canada Border Services Agency is looking for a handful of stunt actors to be thrown down, handcuffed, searched and beaten to help train new recruits. – JONATHAN HAYWARD , THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo The Canada Border Services Agency is looking for a handful of stunt actors to be thrown down, handcuffed, searched and beaten to help train new recruits.The agency has posted bid documents online looking for a company to supply actors for the training centre in Rigaud, Que., between Ottawa and Montreal.The documents outline how the stunt actors will act out up to 15 situations a day, such as trying to smuggle drugs across the border in a car, to help the agency assess the skills of new border guards.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The people hired can expect to be handcuffed, thrown, held down using “pain compliance techniques,” and hit by trainees’ fists, feet or batons.They also must avoid any personal relationships with the recruits or CBSA staff “in order to keep it at a professional level only.”Bidding for the one-year contract closes in early September, but the documents don’t list an expected price.The CBSA has yet to respond to questions posed to the agency this morning.It’s the second time this year that the agency has gone out looking for a company to supply it with actors, and it appears that some of the feedback from that earlier work has been incorporated into the new contract offer.For instance, the bidding company has to have at least 12 months experience over 10 years finding professional stunt actors, instead of the 36 months over five years after the CBSA was told the latter target would be difficult to hit.The government’s procurement website doesn’t list a contract awarded for the last offer, which closed in early April.JOB NOTICE LINKBY THE CANADIAN PRESS Twitterlast_img read more

Vancouver holds vigil for Fentanyl victims

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN National NewsVancouver has been the hardest Canadian city to be hit by the Fentanyl crisis.Hundreds of people have died from the lethal drug leaving hundreds more—family, friends and first responders—reeling in the aftermath.The community came together for a special vigil.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img

Make sure you do something youth who presented final MMIWG report to Amber BernardAPTN NewsWhen an Anishinabe woman was on a stage with the prime minister Monday she gave Justin Trudeau some advice.“I said, ‘This is your baby now, this was our baby. Take care of her’,” Shailla Manitowabie-Cooke recalled Tuesday“Make sure you do something.”Manitowabie-Cooke, of the Wikwemikong First Nation in northern Ontario, was part of the closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.She and a young man accepted the report – bundled in a special Indigenous bag and blessed with traditional medicines – from its four commissioners and handed it to Canada via the prime minister.Among the 231 findings in its 1,200 pages is that genocide in the form of continuing colonialism is to blame for the disappearances and deaths of thousands of Indigenous women and girls.(Shailla Manitowabie-Cooke wants the prime minister “do something” about violence against Indigenous women and girls. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Among its recommendations the final report also calls on Canadians to do something.It says they should “confront and speak out against racism, sexism, ignorance, homophobia, and transphobia, and teach or encourage others to do the same, wherever it occurs: in your home, in your workplace, or in social settings.”Manitowabie-Cooke agrees.“If you see it, and you see a woman getting abused, definitely speak up,” she said, “because a lot of the time nobody does anything.“This has to change, it has to stop.”The prime minister pledged to implement a national action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls.But Manitowabie-Cooke, who described the commissioners as “her heroes”, hopes he does more before the election campaign in the fall.“We don’t have a lot of hope with the Conservatives, so I’m hoping the Liberals will do something,” she said.“I know we have three more months before the election. I’m hoping he’s able to make some change during that time.”When asked if the prime minister agreed to do something, Manitowabie-Cooke said he replied:  ‘We will, together,’” she told APTN News.last_img read more

Lasting Mideast peace hinges on resolving ArabIsraeli conflict – Ban Kimoon

Mr. Ban added that the Peace Initiative put forward by the League of Arab States “remains a key element in our efforts to achieve peace,” in a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe to the group’s summit, held in Damascus over the weekend. “Your engagement is particularly crucial for the fragile political process currently underway between President [Mahmoud] Abbas and Prime Minister [Ehud] Olmert,” Mr. Ban emphasized, adding that while the two leaders have expressed their desire to reach an agreement by the end of this year, “the path to peace remains littered with daunting challenges.” The Secretary-General called for a more positive strategy for Gaza and encouraged all Arab countries to act responsibly and exercise whatever influence they have to support a cessation of violence in and around Gaza.Turning to the political crisis in Lebanon, where the Presidency has been vacant for more than four months, Mr. Ban said that this situation is no longer sustainable. “All Lebanese leaders should put the interests of their country and people first and bring the country away from the brink,” he stressed, calling on everyone to rally behind and work for the implementation of the Arab League initiative on the issue. The Secretary-General also cited “significant progress” in the establishment of the Special Tribunal to try those responsible for the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri in February 2005, noting that the court’s work will be an important step toward ending impunity and contribute to a just and lasting peace in the country.“The challenges ahead are substantial, but they are not insurmountable,” Mr. Ban stated, as he called for building a strong and strategic partnership between the UN and the Arab League, “one that delivers on the security, development and human rights aspirations of the Arab people.” 31 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that peace and progress in the Middle East “hinges on a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict,” pledging the support of the United Nations to help achieve this goal. read more

World must enhance understanding of Afghanistan says outgoing UN envoy

4 March 2010Success in Afghanistan hinges on a better understanding of Afghan society by the world and the assumption of greater responsibility by its authorities, the outgoing United Nations envoy there said today. Success in Afghanistan hinges on a better understanding of Afghan society by the world and the assumption of greater responsibility by its authorities, the outgoing United Nations envoy there said today. The international community’s tendency to make decisions with inadequate Afghan involvement has been considered “disrespectful and sometimes humiliating,” Kai Eide told reporters in the capital, Kabul, in his last press conference as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.“Afghanistan is sometimes seen as and treated as a ‘no-man’s land’ and not as a sovereign State and that has to come to an end because it has fuelled suspicion of unacceptable foreign interference, a sense of humiliation and a feeling that Afghans do not have any control of their future,” he said.As a result, Mr. Eide pointed out, a successful transition strategy depends on the international community’s ability to pay greater attention to Afghanistan’s needs. “We need to understand the pulse of Afghan society better than we do today.”For their part, Afghan authorities must step up their determination to assume responsibility, he stressed. “There is today still a tendency to push responsibility for difficult decisions on the international community and to avoid the main political challenges that face this society,” he underscored. “Afghan authorities have to fully assume responsibility for cleaning up their own house and for shaping their own future.”The world must temper their expectations with the reality on the ground, said Mr. Eide, who will be succeeded by Staffan de Mistura.“The clocks in foreign countries tick faster than real change in Afghanistan can perhaps cope with.”Although achieving success in the next year or two in a country mired in conflict is impossible, it is vital that the Afghan people and the international community both understand that a durable solution is within striking distance, the official said.2010 is a critical year for Afghanistan, the most challenging since the fall of the Taliban, he said, with many key events set to take place this year, including peace talks and a major international gathering in Kabul.September will witness parliamentary elections, and Mr. Eide today voiced hope that the ground will be laid so that they will be seen as better than last year’s presidential polls, which were marred by accusations of fraud.The Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that he has shared his concerns – particularly over the Independent Election Commission, the composition of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) and the vetting process – with President Hamid Karzai in recent weeks.“We are not yet where I believe we need to be, and we have to reach an agreement on all these elements before we can say we have reached an agreement,” he underlined.Last week, the UN said it was reviewing a legislative decree that would give Mr. Karzai the power to appoint all five members of the ECC, which is supposed to be an independent body. According to Afghanistan’s Electoral Law, three of the five members of the Commission – mandated to investigate fraud, as well as provide guidance, technical assistance and support – are internationals appointed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. The remaining two members are nationals, one appointed by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the other by the Supreme Court. In his most recent report on Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that there is “an emerging consensus among both local and international experts on the need for reform of the electoral system before the 2010 elections (parliamentary, district and mayoral) and future electoral processes in Afghanistan.” For the 18 September polls to be successful, “Afghanistanization” of the electoral process is essential, Mr. Eide said today.On the military campaign under way in the country, he highlighted that it must not impede the political process.Looking back on the two years he has served as Special Representative, the envoy said that he has seen stepped-up political unity within the international community, with the consolidation of the UN’s role as the main interlocutor with the Afghan Government.The world body has also helped to address the issue of civilian casualties and “this has had a radical impact in the international military and led to tactical directives and operational modalities today that are very different from what we saw a year and a half ago,” he noted.In spite of this and other successes, “I think we all have to admit that we should have and could have achieved more: that goes for the Afghan Government; it goes for the international community, including the UN; and the international military forces,” Mr. Eide said, voicing hope that this year will be a turning point for the South Asian nation. read more

Meeting goals of Water for Life Decade requires sustained commitment – Annan

“Achieving the goals of the ‘Water for Life’ Decade will require sustained commitment, cooperation and investment on the part of all stakeholders, from 2005 to 2015 and beyond,” Mr. Annan says in a new report on actions taken in organizing activities of the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life.” This is the second such water-related decade organized by the UN, succeeding the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade, 1981-1990. The report notes that UN-Water, the system-wide mechanism for coordinating the relevant activities of the world body’s agencies and programmes had defined a number of thematic priorities for its work over the Decade, which include coping with water scarcity and pollution; sanitation, safe drinking water and health; transboundary water issues; and disaster risk reduction. Africa was selected as a geographical focus due of its exceptional water and sanitation needs. Mr Annan says that awareness of the importance of the use and fresh management of water resources for achieving sustainable development has increased in recent years, and he urges all interested stakeholders, such as international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others, to link their water-related activities to the Decade, or consider newer and broader partnerships. Member States might also wish to consider setting up national committees of designating focal points in their respective countries to facilitate and promote activities related to the Decade, Mr. Annan adds. read more

Italys premier says Lebanon experience shows potential of UN when States lend

The recent decision to strengthen the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in response to the conflict there demonstrated how the world body can respond to crises when it has the full support of all concerned, the Prime Minister of Italy told the General Assembly today.The expansion of UNIFL demonstrates “that if the stakeholders are willing to confer upon the UN a strong, central role, the Organization is well able to fulfil it,” Romano Prodi told the annual general debate.While cautioning that the international response to the recent war in Lebanon has just begun, he was upbeat in his assessment of its significance. “We must be pleased with how the United Nations, its member States, and – allow me to add – the European Union have addressed a situation that only two months ago risked getting out of hand and that today presents a series of opportunities for the Middle East as a whole.”He said the new mission represents the entire international community, calling it “a tangible expression of the very global partnership that we are discussing today.” With Europe providing the backbone of UNIFIL, “it cannot carry out its mission effectively without the contributions of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey, and the many other non-European countries participating,” he added.For the UN to continue its work in Lebanon and, more broadly, to fulfil the goals set out in its Charter, he said it would be necessary to quickly complete the reform of the Organization. And, he added, the UN must have “the strong and unconditional support of its members.”Karel De Gucht, Belgium’s Foreign Minister, said that during the recent crisis in Lebanon, his country and its European partners “have clearly demonstrated their willingness to act.” Belgium was providing financial support for the Lebanese Government’s reconstruction projects and was participating in the strengthened UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).“The implementation of resolution 1701 shows that the European Union is becoming more actively involved in the quest for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” he said. Asserting that “this lasting peace will be predicated on a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he called for measures to open the way for a resumption of dialogue, an end to hostilities, security guarantees for both parties, the liberation of the abducted Israeli soldier, the release of the political leaders arrested during the crisis, humanitarian access and the re-establishment of basic services. read more

Ohio States Sam Thompson finds his groove in win against Minnesota

Junior forward Sam Thompson (12) dunks the ball during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State was lifeless.Outscored, outplayed and outhustled in the first 20 minutes against Minnesota Saturday, the Buckeyes found themselves trailing 28-18 at the break after their lowest scoring output in a first half this season.Then Sam Thompson found his touch.The OSU junior forward exploded in the second half against the Golden Gophers, tallying 16 of game-high 19 points after the break to launch the Buckeyes to a 64-46 victory.“I’m getting into a pretty good rhythm right now,” Thompson said after the win. “It’s a desperation game from here on out. Every game we play is desperation, every game we play is a must-win situation. When you play like you have to win, when you play like there’s no tomorrow, good things are going to happen.”That’s exactly how the No. 24-ranked Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6, tied for fourth in the Big Ten) looked in the second half against Minnesota (17-11, 6-9, tied for seventh in the Big Ten).Flying around the court, Thompson was everywhere — throwing down three thunderous dunks that ignited the crowd and all but dashed the Gophers’ hopes.“He’s a good player. I love Sam, I recruited him at Florida and I think he’s a really good player,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said after the game, referring to when he was an assistant coach at Florida under coach Billy Donovan from 2009-11. “And I wanted him at Florida. So I knew the potential and he’s a good player.”Thompson finished the game shooting 7-12 from the field, aided in the second half by OSU’s ability to force turnovers and get out and score in transition.“It’s funny because I told our guys look, we got zero steals at halftime. We end up with seven. Our activity defensively wasn’t there,” OSU coach Thad Matta said postgame. “Sam — we got out in transition and they lost him a couple times and he’s pretty good at finding the seams there.”At times this year, the Buckeyes have struggled to score, but in their last two games, Thompson has averaged 15 points, and shot 64.7 percent from the floor, including 55.5 percent from three-point land.Since he was inserted into the starting lineup Feb. 1 against Wisconsin in lieu of junior guard Shannon Scott, Thompson and the Buckeyes are 6-1, with the lone loss coming to then-No. 15 Michigan Feb. 11, 70-60, in Columbus.As the regular season begins to come to a close and OSU fights for seeding in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments, it might be Thompson who breaks out and becomes that second scorer the team has desperately needed all year, aside from junior forward LaQuinton Ross.“I hope that he is. I think that Sam is one of those guys (who) in his three years here, has worn a lot of different hats for this program. From his freshman year, to his sophomore year, to where he is now,” Matta said. “The fact that he scored the ball at a pretty high level the last few games, I hope he can continue that because that position definitely opens up a lot of things for us.”Thompson’s heroics were a big part of the 25-5 second half run the Buckeyes used to put Minnesota away. Ross said after such a terrible first half, the team (6-22 shooting, eight turnovers) knew it needed to come out with something extra.“We knew in the first half we didn’t come out with the juice, we didn’t come out playing the way that we usually play,” Ross said. “So going into halftime when we was down 10 … I just think everybody knew in their mind they were going to come out and play hard.”Play hard they did, outscoring the Gophers 46-18 in the final 20 minutes while shooting 56.7 percent.“The first half was definitely the worst we’ve played (this season). Coach Matta said that at halftime,” Thompson said. “We came out in the second half, we played some of the best basketball. I don’t know if it was the best, but through stretches we definitely played some of the best ball we’ve played.”If the Buckeyes hope to make any noise in the postseason, it appears Thompson could hold the key to that success.Currently sitting in a tie for fourth place with No. 15 Iowa and the final first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament — set to get underway March 13 in Indianapolis — the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Penn State (13-14, 4-10, tied for 11th in the Big Ten) Thursday at 7 p.m. in State College, Pa.The Nittany Lions beat OSU, 71-70, in overtime last month at the Schottenstein Center.But the way OSU finished off Minnesota Saturday made Matta realize his team has one very important thing.“They’ve got heart. Because I told them after the game, ‘you cashed a chip in.’ Because this team has not done that this season,” Matta said. “I like the fact that they came back and fought and clawed and put the run together. Shows that these guys got a lot of heart, which is good.” read more

Australian Foreign Affairs Ministers landmark address at AustralianAfrican mining forum

first_imgIn a first for his office and a significant fillip for Australian-African relations, the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, delivered the keynote address launching the 7th annual Paydirt Africa Downunder Conference, at the Sheraton Perth Hotel today. He heads a contingent of five African resources ministers, together with a “who’s who” of Australian miners operating on the continent, in a strong display of unity between two of the world’s mining powers.The Foreign Minister has been a prominent presence at several Africa-focused events this year, including the African Union Summit in Ethiopia in January, but his address today is the first by an Australian Foreign Affairs Minister to what is now recognised as the largest African-focused mining conference outside of Africa.While Australia gave A$115 million in development aid to Africa in the last financial year, its commercial investments in African mining ventures have been estimated at around A$15 billion – with considerable “hidden” investment in the form of technical and managerial expertise, as well as educational opportunities for young Africans entering the industry.“The investment axis between Australia and Africa has been subject in recent times to the extraordinary pressures of the Global Financial Crisis and an unravelling range of unforseen consequences,” Paydirt Executive Chairman and Conference Convenor, Bill Repard, said.“We expect these investment issues to be the primary focus of much of the discussion and negotiations at this week’s Conference. The fact that Mr Smith has agreed to deliver the keynote address is a vivid illustration of the importance of African minerals to Australian business and of Australian technologies and mining expertise to African nations.”Presenters over the two days will include Ministers from Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Eritrea and South Africa, senior officials from Namibia and Uganda, and a welter of industry ‘heavyweights’ from Australian companies – notably those involved in gold and base metals, uranium and industrial minerals.Session One Chair: Rick Yeates, Coffey Mining 08:15 Welcome: Bill Repard, Executive Chairman, Paydirt Media Pty Ltd (10)08:25 Keynote address: Hon Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australian Government (25)08:50 John Borshoff, Managing Director, Paladin Energy Ltd (25)09:15 Craig Williams, President/Chief Executive Officer, Equinox Minerals Ltd “Ramping up Lumwana”(15)09:30 Mark Calderwood, Managing Director, Perseus Mining Ltd “Finding elephants in Africa”(15)09:45 Russell Loubser, Chief Executive Officer, JSE Ltd “An African value proposition” (15)10:00 Questions (5)10:05 Morning tea sponsored by FirstCity Partnership (30)Session Two Chair: John Lewins, Platinum Australia Ltd10:35 Hon Susan Shabangu, Minister of Minerals and Energy, Department of Minerals and Energy, South Africa (20)10:55 Mark Wheatley, Chairman, Gold One International Ltd “Australia’s new low cost gold producer” (25)11:20 Lindsay Reed, Chief Executive Officer, Aviva Corporation Ltd “Mmamantswe power” (15)11:35 Len Jubber, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Bannerman Resources Ltd (15)11:50 Maredi Mphahlele, Managing Director, Nkwe Platinum Ltd (15)12:05 Adrian Griffin, Chairman, Ferrum Crescent Ltd (15)12:20 Mark Gubbins, Partner – Trade and Political Risk, FirstCity Partnership “Political risks insurance – briefing and market update” (15)12:35 Questions (5)12:40 Lunch sponsored by WestLB (70)Session Three Chair: Liam Twigger, PCF Capital13:50 Hon Maxwell Mwale MP, Minister of Mines and Mineral Development, Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development, Zambia (20)14:10 Peter McIntyre, Managing Director, Extract Resources Ltd “Rossing South – A world-class, undeveloped resource” (15)14:25 Wayne Bramwell, Managing Director, Kasbah Resources Ltd “Tin in Morocco – the Achmmach tin project” (15)14:40 Rod Reeve, Chief Operating Officer, Coffey International Development “Local enterprise development in the mining industry in sub-Saharan Africa” (15)14:55 David Young, Managing Director, Tiger Resources Ltd “Gearing up for copper production in 2010” (15)15:10 David Sumich, Managing Director, DMC Mining Ltd “Developing the Mayoko iron ore project in West Africa” (15)15:25 Questions (5)15:30 Afternoon tea (30)Session Four Chair: Christiaan Ndoro, MSA Group Services16:00 David Hutchins, Chief Geophysicist, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia (20)16:20 John Lewins, Managing Director, Platinum Australia Ltd (25)16:45 Steve Parsons, Managing Director, Gryphon Minerals Ltd “Racing to one million ounces and beyond” (15)17:00 Questions (5)17:05 Australian Heads of Mission Panel Session, Convenor: Col Roberts, Geo-strategy International Pty Ltd; Ann Harrap, South Africa; Lisa Filipetto, Kenya; John Courtney, Zimbabwe; Jeff Hart, Nigeria; Billy Williams, Ghana; Jon Richardson, DFAT Canberra and Greg Hull; AUSTRADE South Africa (45)17:50 Cocktails in the exhibition areaDay Two Friday 4 September 2008Session Five Chair: Mark Thomas, Newedge Broker Ltd08:30 Brad Sampson, Managing Director, Discovery Metals Ltd “Developing the Boseto copper project” (15)08:45 Leon Pretorius, Managing Director, Deep Yellow Ltd “Deep Yellow’s uranium exploration in Namibia” (15)09:00 Mark Sumich, Managing Director, Globe Metals and Mining Ltd “Investor update” (15)09:15 Stephen Stone, Executive Chairman, Azumah Resources Ltd “Moving up a division” (15)09:30 Bill Turner, President/Chief Executive Officer, Anvil Mining Ltd “Building a mining company in an emerging country environment – the trials and tribulations” (15)09:45 Mike Griffiths, Director, Chalice Gold Mines Ltd “Koka Gold – The handle of the golden chalice” (15)10:00 Hon Ahmed Haj Ali, Minister of Energy and Mines Eritrea, Eritrea (10)10:10 Questions (5)10:15 Morning tea (30)Session Six Chair: Steve Parsons, Gryphon Minerals Ltd10:45 John Odida, Assistant Commissioner, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda (20)11:05 Ian Willis, Vice President Exploration, Anglo American Plc “Discovery and development in Africa” (25)11:30 Jan Fuchter, Director, Export Finance Insurance Corporation “EFIC: Supporting Australian involvement in Africa” (15)11:45 Mark Bojanjac, Managing Director, Adamus Resources Ltd “Building the mine”(25)12:10 Paul Kitto, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ampella Mining Ltd “A new gold province” (15)12:25 Michael Blakiston, Partner, Blakiston & Crabb Lawyers “Tackling Africa; it’s not just about the law” (15)12:40 Questions (5)12:45 Lunch sponsored by PCF Capital Group (60)Session Seven Chair: Gary Gray, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia13:45 Hon Deziami Allison-Medueke, Minister for Mines and Steel Development, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria (20)14:05 David Frances, Managing Director, Mawson West Ltd “Discovering and developing high-grade resources in Central Africa” (15)14:20 Damon Rhodes, Senior Analyst – African Funds, African Lion “Into the new cycle.” (15)14:35 Peter Landau, Executive Director, Continental Coal Ltd (15)14:50 Andrew Drummond, Managing Director, Minemakers Ltd and Mike Woodborne, General Manager – Marine, Minemakers Ltd “Phosphate for a food and energy hungry world” (15)15:05 Stephen Blackman, Managing Director, International Base Metals Ltd “Building regional copper projects in Namibia” (15)15:20 Questions (5)15:25 Afternoon tea (25)Session Eight Chair: Craig Williams, Equinox Minerals Ltd15:50 Hon Collins Dauda, Minister of Land, Mines & Forestry, Ministry of Land, Mines and Forestry, Ghana (20)16:10 Frazer Tabeart, Managing Director, African Energy Resources Ltd “An emerging uranium business in Southern Africa” (15)16:25 Don Lewis, Managing Director, Sundance Resources Ltd “Developing a new iron ore province for world markets” (15)16:40 Mike Sperinck, President/Chief Executive Officer, Luiri Gold Ltd “Luiri Gold is Zambian gold” (15)16:55 Questions (5)17:00 Panel: Convenor: Rick Yeates, Coffey Mining; John Borshoff, Paladin Energy Ltd; Hon Susan Shabangu, Department of Minerals and Energy, South Africa; Craig Williams, Equinox Minerals Ltd; Rod Reeve, Coffey International Development; Mark Gubbins, FirstCity Partnership; Bill Turner, Anvil Mining Ltd; Mark Calderwood, Perseus Mining Ltd; Ann Harrap, DFAT (40)17:40 Closing drinks sponsored by Paladin Energy Ltdlast_img read more

David Hall Only bankers would benefit from my winning a seat in

first_imgI’m not going to be much help to people if I’m swanning around Dublin putting posters up and campaigning.This decision comes despite his former membership of Fianna Fáil with Hall saying he left after the “bank guarantee debacle”.Even if he were to run and win a seat in Europe, Hall thinks he would “make no difference there”.He told this website that the CEO of one of the major banks asked if there was any limit on the number of election posters a candidate can put up. “They’d prefer to see me in Europe as well,” he joked.“It’s not where I am at the moment and not where I need to be at,” he added. “The only people who would benefit from my departure would be a couple of bankers.”Related: Mortgage campaigner informally approached by three parties about running for Europe>Read: GLEN director Tiernan Brady seeks Fianna Fáil nomination for Euro elections> MORTGAGE ARREARS CAMPAIGNER David Hall has sought to clarify that he has no intention of running as a candidate for any party in the European elections next year.Hall has been approached by “junior level” representatives from the three main political parties for what he described as “informal conversations” recently.However this morning he told Twitter followers he’s not going anywhere: Speaking to, Hall said a number of people from different parties had approached him to talk informally about his interest in politics.Despite his concern for “all things political”, he said right now he needs to focus his attention on helping those in mortgage distress as many more stand to lose their homes in the next year.last_img read more

The UK could be without many KFC restaurants all week

first_img SOME KFC OUTLETS in Britain are to remain shut for the rest of the week, the fast-food operator said as a supply crisis rumbled on, leaving fans craving a fix of deep-fried chicken.About 450 of the chain’s 900 outlets remained closed late Tuesday after “operational issues” with new German delivery supplier DHL left them without poultry supplies.“Each day more deliveries are being made,” said a spokesman for KFC.“However, we expect the disruption to some restaurants to continue over the remainder of the week, meaning some will be closed and others operating with a reduced menu or shortened hours.”The crisis erupted over the weekend when KFC switched its delivery contract to DHL, leading to the closure of 700 of its British stores.“We’ve brought a new delivery partner onboard, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems — getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex,” KFC said.“We know that this might have inconvenienced some of you over the last few days, and disappointed you when you wanted your fried chicken fix,” the company added.With some customers apparently suffering withdrawal symptoms, one London police department tweeted: “Please do not contact us about the KFCcrisis — it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire.”DHL’s managing director of retail, John Boulter, said the delivery firm was working to “return to normal service levels as soon as possible.“The reasons for this unforeseen interruption of this complex service are being worked on,” he added, although did not give the exact reason for the problem.“We are committed to step-by-step improvements to allow KFC to reopen its stores over the coming days.” © – AFP 2018Read: KFC stores across the UK were closed today because of a chicken shortage Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:06 AM Short URL By AFP The UK could be without many KFC restaurants all week People have been calling the police. Image: PA Wire/PA Images 18,822 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share35 Tweet Email4 43 Comments Feb 21st 2018, 7:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Maladies rénales une semaine nationale de sensibilisation

first_imgMaladies rénales : une semaine nationale de sensibilisationFrance – Des opérations de dépistage des maladies rénales, anonymes et gratuites, sont organisées cette semaine dans toute la France.Selon la Fédération nationale d’aide aux insuffisants rénaux, un Français sur vingt souffre de trouble rénal sans le savoir. Face à l’ampleur du problème, l’organisme met en place pour la sixième année consécutive une semaine nationale de sensibilisation. Jusqu’au 10 octobre, des centres pratiquant un dépistage anonyme et gratuit sont ouverts au public dans toute la France, dans les hôpitaux, cliniques, centres de dialyse et laboratoires médicaux. Selon les structures, le test peut être réalisé grâce à une bandelette urinaire ou via une prise de sang.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les maladies rénales sont des maladies silencieuses, qui ne déclenchent de symptômes que lorsqu’elles atteignent un stade critique. Les seules solutions sont alors la dialyse et la greffe. Pour éviter d’arriver à ces traitements importants qui diminuent la qualité de vie, il est important de se faire dépister régulièrement.Vous trouverez la liste des centres de dépistage sur le site 6 octobre 2010 à 10:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Randomise polling staff list in Nizamabad SEC Nagi Reddy

first_imgNizamabad: State Election Commissioner V Nagi Reddy directed the District Collectors to make arrangements for conducting municipal elections. Speaking at a video conference on Thursday, he said that a final publication will be held to look into the objections to ward delimitation.Nagi Reddy told the district administration to identify polling centres and to arrange facilities in the centres. He also told to them to recruit Returning Officers for conducting the elections. His other orders include – identifying the number of ballot boxes needed and to collect them; and to set up polling staff distribution centre and reception centre. Reddy said Model Code of Conduct will be implemented once the election schedule is in place. Also Read – SP AV Ranganath advises newly promoted ASIs to render dedicated service in Nalgonda Advertise With Us District Collector MRM Rao said that a list of polling staff has been finalised and randomization process was completed. Expressing satisfaction at the pace of the works going on the State Election Commissioner told all the District Collectors to randomise the polling staff as done by Nizamabad District Collector. District officials including Commissioner John Samson, Shailaja, Swami and Municipal Regional Director Mahender Reddy participated in the video conference.last_img read more

Three dead as clashes erupt over Jerusalem holy site

first_imgTear gas fumes billow during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces after Friday prayers at the main entrance of the West bank city of Bethlehem on 21 July 2017 at a protest against new Israeli security measures implemented at Al-Aqsa mosque complex, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem. The new security measures include metal detectors, security cameras, and barring men under 50 from entering the Old City for Friday Muslim prayers, following an attack that killed two Israeli policemen the previous week. Photo: AFP Three Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded Friday as clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli forces over new security measures at an ultra-sensitive Jerusalem holy site where police restricted access for Muslim prayers.One Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli gunfire in the A-Tur neighbourhood of east Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian health ministry.A second Palestinian was killed by gunfire in east Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud neighbourhood, while a third was shot dead in Abu Dis in the occupied West Bank, the ministry said, without providing details on the circumstances.Israel’s army confirmed it was involved in clashes in Abu Dis.The unrest came after Israeli ministers decided not to order the removal of metal detectors erected at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following an attack nearby a week ago that killed two policemen.In anticipation of protests on Friday, Israeli police barred men under 50 from entering Jerusalem’s Old City for prayers, while all women were allowed in.Police said later in the day that discretion could be applied in the use of the metal detectors instead of forcing everyone to go through them.But Palestinian and religious leaders were still calling on worshippers not to enter until they were removed.Hundreds held midday prayers near the gates of the Old City in protest. According to police, dozens of people entered the compound.Crowds gathered outside Jerusalem’s Old City found shops closed and streets around Damascus Gate — the entrance most heavily used by Palestinians — blocked.A group of several hundred people, including Muslim leaders, marched towards the Lions Gate entrance to the mosque compound, but police informed them that only men aged 50 or over would be allowed in.Police later fired stun grenades and tear gas towards protesters outside the Old City, while Palestinians threw stones and other objects at security forces in some areas.The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 109 people were wounded in Jerusalem, of whom 38 were taken to hospital. No injury toll was given for the West Bank.”They turned back everyone who came here to pray but then I told them I was going to the doctor, but they did not let me in,” said Ulfat Hamad, 42, who was visiting from the United States.”I am going to pray here with others,” he said outside the walls.- ‘Extremely dangerous’ -Tensions have risen since police installed the metal detectors in a move Palestinians and other Muslims perceive as a means for Israel to assert further control over the compound containing the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock.The controversy has resonated beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories, with the United States and the UN Middle East envoy expressing concern.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas spoke with US counterpart Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.He urged the US administration to immediately intervene, warning the situation was “extremely dangerous and might spiral out of control,” the Palestinians’ official Wafa news agency reported.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan too has called on Israel to remove the detectors. He spoke by telephone with both Abbas and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday.Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the metal detectors were intended to ensure the safety of worshippers and visitors and not an attempt to disturb the fragile status quo under which Jordan is custodian of the site and Jewish prayer is forbidden.Palestinians have been refusing to enter the compound all week in protest at the metal detectors.The main weekly prayers on Fridays draw the largest number of worshippers — typically thousands — and speculation had been mounting that Netanyahu might order the metal detectors removed.But after consultations with security chiefs and members of his security cabinet, Netanyahu decided not to do so.Police said they had boosted their forces in and around the Old City, with units “mobilised in all areas and neighbourhoods”.- Day of ‘rage’ -The metal detectors were put in place following a gun and knife attack near the holy compound that killed two Israeli policemen on July 14.Three Arab Israeli assailants fled to the compound after the attack, where they were shot dead by security forces.Israeli police said the weapons were smuggled into the holy site which was then used as the launchpad for the attack.Israel initially closed the compound for two days following the attack in a highly unusual move, shutting it for last Friday’s prayers.It said the closure was necessary for security checks.Israel began reopening it on Sunday, but with metal detectors in place to prevent weapons being smuggled inside.In the Gaza Strip, Islamist movement Hamas had called for a day of “rage” on Friday over the measures.In the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians also prayed outside in support of the Al-Aqsa protests and clashed with Israeli soldiers.The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It lies in east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.It is considered the third holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.last_img read more

Houston Foster Child Death Spurs Concerns Over Placement Shortages

first_imgLaura Skelding for The Texas TribuneThe Texas Department of Family and Protective Services building in Austin.As Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officials continue investigating the death of a girl who escaped a Child Protective Services office, advocates and legislators are grappling with the worst-case scenario of the state’s shortage of homes for abused and neglected children.The girl, 15, who had been staying in a Child Protective Services office in Houston, was hit and killed by a minivan on Sunday morning, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. Another girl, 17, was injured in the incident but released from medical care. The two had been reportedly missing from the office for more than 10 hours and were walking on the side of the road. The 17-year-old had already run away from two different CPS offices within three days before the accident.The girl’s death comes as the Legislature works to pass long-sought child welfare bills ahead of the session’s May 29 end. Advocates have decried the Houston incident as an example of how badly Texas needs to recruit more foster and adoptive families, particularly ones willing to take in older children dealing with trauma and behavioral problems. They also point to the perils of leaving caseworkers to watch unplaced children after hours with little recourse if they run away.When Department of Family and Protective Services caseworkers cannot find a foster home, an emergency shelter or residential treatment center for a child, oftentimes Texas children are forced to sleep in hotels or CPS offices until a suitable placement is found.Department spokesman Patrick Crimmins said in an emailed statement the agency is reviewing its overnight office stay policy and trying to determine what happened with the two girls in Houston.“If we need to make changes we will,” Crimmins said. “As far as the workers, we are talking to them to get a picture of exactly what was going on at that particular office. If we think discipline is appropriate that will happen but it is too early to know.”Under the Department of Family and Protective Services’ policy on taking care of children sleeping in offices, at least two adults must be on duty; children have to have three meals and at least one snack per day, with no more than four hours passing during the day between feeding times; each child must have their own sleeping space, clean sheets, towels, blankets, bedspreads, pillows and toiletries; and workers have to find a place for children to bathe if there is still no place for them to go after 24 hours. They also require “sufficient recreational activities,” including television, board games or playtime outside.“Supervising adults must remain awake, be ready to meet the needs of the child if the environment becomes unsafe, and prepared to maintain the safety of the other children,” the policy reads.Myko Gedutis, an organizer focused on child welfare issues for the Texas State Employees Union, said Sunday’s incident was a tragedy that was “bound to happen” as having kids sleeping in offices is not a good idea to begin with.“[Caseworkers] can’t lay a hand on a kid, they can’t grab them, tackle them or lock them in a room,” Gedutis said. “They’re asking employees watching these kids to do the impossible.”With the ongoing investigation, it’s unclear how effective the agency’s missing child policy was when the two girls ran away. When a child goes missing, caseworkers have to notify local police within 24 hours and then notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. From there, they request help from a special investigator from the department. Caseworkers can try to convince older children that want to leave to stay put, but they cannot do much else.The Houston incident is an example of how it takes “the worst possible event to make change happen” in the child welfare system, said Will Francis, government relations director for the National Association of Social Workers’ Texas chapter.Francis said that neither the department or the Legislature has properly addressed the lack of placements available for children or eased the burden on already overworked caseworkers working off the clock to watch children in offices.  “I worry this will empower some people to sort of push some of their own bills that they think are going to push [placements],” Francis said. “We need to put dollars into recruitment, and I think ultimately that recruitment needs to be as broad as possible. We need to think Texas-wide … we need to think about how to get everyone engaged.” Read related Tribune coverage:House State Affairs Committee members heard testimony Wednesday afternoon on House Bill 3859, which would allow faith-based organizations to exercise their “sincerely held religious beliefs” when participating as providers in Texas’ child welfare system.  Share After months of calls from advocates to take drastic measures, both chambers unanimously passed bills on Wednesday that would change how the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services cares for vulnerable children.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.center_img Texas legislators are considering sharpening religious protections for faith-based groups the state hires to place children in foster homes. Critics say that could give religious groups license to discriminate.last_img read more

JFK Presidential Library Releases Moon Landing Augmented Reality App

first_imgThe result is a unique app that combines AR technology with both location and a real-time component. After installing the app, users can put a digital overlay of the Saturn V rocket onto their living room carpet, and test the thrusters to see the spacecraft burn some fuel — but the actual mission won’t begin until the day of the 50th anniversary. “On 9:32am on July 16, the rocket will launch, just like it did 50 years ago,” said Philip.And just like the real mission 50 years ago, the AR version will last more than 120 hours, and commence on July 20 with a touch-down on the moon surface — think of it as a recreation of the entire mission in real time. Users who have a chance to visit the JFK Library from July 16 to July 20 get to enjoy a special treat: A 363-ft tall original-size recreation of the Saturn V Rocket on the library grounds. “One of the things we wanted to showcase was the sheer size of the rocket,” said Philip. During those days, the library will also hold a dedicated Space Summit conference, as well as a Space Fest festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.By combining location-based AR, live streaming and educational games in the JFK Moonshot app, Digitas ultimately aimed to broaden the definition of documentary filmmaking for a mobile-first generation, said Philip. “An AR experience can be a documentary,” he said. “Who says a game can’t be a documentary?” CREDIT: Courtesy of Digitas The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has released an augmented reality app (AR) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and the role President Kennedy played in getting the U.S. to the moon. The app, which is available for free for iPhones and Android, lets users relive the Apollo 11 mission in their living room, and visit a life-sized model of the Saturn V rocket on the library grounds in Boston. The app has been created by digital marketing agency Digitas, which began working on the project together with the JFK Library around a year ago. Digitas vice president Mark Philip said that his team was looking to stand out from the numerous other documentaries and apps celebrating the iconic mission: “We thought: How can we celebrate it in a way that hasn’t been done before?” Philip readily admitted that not every minute of that journey is going to be as exciting as the beginning and the end. “You’ll have some quiet moments,” he said. To keep users interested, Digitas not only added context about the mission itself, but also photographs, videos and more that highlight John F. Kennedy’s role in getting it started when he called for bringing a man to the moon within a decade in 1961. “We went deep into the JFK archives,” Philip said.Digitas also interviewed Michael Collins, the third astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission. And to make the experience more interactive, users can also try their luck and a variety of missions, which include landing the spacecraft on the surface of the moon. Digitas used some of NASA’s original dexterity training tools to inspire these mini games, said Philip. “For NASA buffs and space buffs out there, they love this stuff.”center_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Digitas ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

These Plugins Can Boost Traffic to Your Blog

first_img Register Now » All-In-One SEO: must have for search-friendly SEO sites All-In-One Webmaster: central place to manage the top three Akismet: get API key from Broken Link Checker: manage/track broken links CBnet Ping Optimizer: manage ping systems naturally Google XML Sitemaps: automatically generate XML sitemaps Fast and Secure Contact Form: easy form for contact forms, etc. Simple Captcha: challenge/response test tool for varied uses WordPress Database Backup: say no more! WP Super Cache: generate static HTML pages for fast loading FBShare: Facebook share button Socialize: actionable social bookmarks to your posts WP Security Scan: make sure you’re compliant RSS Footer: add small text to the bottom of each RSS Disqus Comment System: powerful commenting system and management Cookies for Comments: spam checker for comments Google Analyticator or Ultimate Google Analytics: enabling javascript tracking for Google Analytics Find more information about who to connect with on, and (the Twitter Yellow Pages). Reach out and comment; make intelligent posts. Eventually, ask to guest post, and continue the conversation. That’s what blogging and social media is about: listening, engaging, and sharing. You should engage in the blog communities that you are promoting within, but do not push too hard. You can find blogs that very likely have links that follow back (no rel=nofollow) at: 5 min read April 8, 2014 In his book Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author explains why starting a blog can help you bring in the traffie you’re seeking.One of the fastest ways to build traffic to your site with minimal effort is to create a blog. You should also learn to optimize your blog using custom plugins. They’re easy to use and very powerful.You can start a blog for free by visiting, or if you’re self-hosting, which is recommended, install the free version from You can then build content yourself or outsource the writing to a ghostwriter. The content doesn’t have to be long. A short post of 100 to 200 words is acceptable to start. Try to make it useful, link to other resources, and show attribution with a link where obvious. Testing and monitoring is key.Blogs are a great way to naturally attract search engine traffic. Most of the time, blogs already have optimized site architecture, clear navigation and the innate potential for good linking. Intelligently linking your site to a well-created blog can increase your traffic. In fact, blogs can get so well indexed that you have the potential to show up for any number of four-word phrases relevant to your industry, if done correctly.Try to use a keyword for each of your posts that gets a moderate level of targeted traffic. If you’re already inside your blog post, you can use the SEO Blogger tool from the makers of Wordtracker. It installs quickly into your Firefox browser, and you launch from an icon directly on the browser. The tool will show you how many times a word is used, percentages, and more. It’s easy to use.It might not bring the most traffic, but it often brings the most profit through more subscribers and sales. If possible, narrow the scope of your blog discussion to a two- or three-word phrase that has a high yield of traffic yet little competition. Set up your blog to repeat keywords that you want to target just enough times to establish a theme. You can take full advantage of this in your post titles, category names and the pages’ URL names. All those link-backs will contain the keyword term you want the most attention for. This can work like magic, and with the updated speed of indexing, you’ll likely see your post show up in search results quickly. Be sure to post in a timely fashion. You can get better results by updating or sharing socially just once during one of the three best times of the day: early in the morning, at least before noon or late at night. Monitoring when the search engine’s crawlers visit your site can help as well. You can increase the number of crawler visits by blogging on the time or period they come to your site. The more you post, the more the crawlers have to go through your content. This could cause the crawler to split its job into several visits, whereupon you have even more content.Using PluginsListed below is the ultimate plugin list for maximum traffic and search-friendly blogs. Just search for these in Google, and add the “wordpress plugins” to the query. Log in to your WordPress admin area, expand the “Plugins” section, and add them via the “Add New” button.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. FollowList.comlast_img read more

Fatal crash involving lesbian mums and their six foster kids sparks investigation

first_imgThere are also suggestions that the three missing are with friends in Portland, reports local NBC affiliate KGW.BREAKING: The women killed in this crash are reportedly the parents of Devonte Hart, the boy photographed hugging a Portland police officer in 2014 that went viral. Unclear whether Devonte is one of the children killed or missing— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) March 28, 2018Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said in a press conference that the scene left investigators confused.‘There’s a lot of unknowns. However, we do know several things.‘We know that an entire family vanished and perished during this tragedy,’ said Allman.‘There were no skid marks, no brake marks.‘There was no indication of why this vehicle traversed approximately over 75 feet off a dirt pullout and went into the Pacific Ocean.’Former neighbour Bill Groener said the family had taken a road trip to Northern California when the crash occurred.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Five members of a family of eight from Woodland, Washington, died when the family’s SUV steered off of a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway and fell 100 ft into the ocean.The Washington Post reports that three of the children, including identified 15-year-old Devonte Hart – are missing.Devonte was famously photographed sobbing into the arms of a white police officer in Portland, Ore, in 2014.Three children reported missing from fatal crash sceneMums Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, 38 and their foster kids Martin, 19, Abigail, 14, and Jeremiah, 14, died in the crash.The paper reports that the three children who died were not wearing seat belts, but the two mothers were wearing harnesses.However, three children – Hannah, 16, Devonte and Sierra, 12 – are unaccounted for.They were also in the vehicle and on Thursday (29 March) an ocean search effort was underway by investigators. A fatal car crash that killed a lesbian couple and their foster children has sparked an investigation. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img World Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaIGLTA appoints first Asia-based board memberChechnya one year on – what’s happening there now?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart and their children died when their car plunged 100 feet off a cliff into the ocean (Picture: The Washington Post/Screengrab) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

US Postal Service patches an API exploit that impacted 60 million USPS

first_imgEarly this week, the U.S.Postal Service patched an API exploit that could allow users with an account on to view other users’ account details and also modify account details on their behalf. This exploit had an impact on 60 million USPS users. KrebsOnSecurity was contacted last week by a researcher who discovered the problem, but who asked to remain anonymous. According to KrebsOnSecurity, “The researcher said he informed the USPS about his finding more than a year ago yet never received a response. After confirming his findings, KrebsOnSecurity contacted the USPS, which promptly addressed the issue.” The problem was discovered from an authentication weakness in a USPS Web component- API, which was a part of the USPS “Informed Visibility” program designed to help mail senders with near real-time tracking data. According to KrebsOnSecurity, “the flaw let any logged-in user query the system for account details belonging to any other users, such as email address, username, user ID, account number, street address, phone number, authorized users, mailing campaign data and other information.” “Many of the API’s features accepted ‘wildcard’ search parameters, meaning they could be made to return all records for a given data set without the need to search for specific terms. No special hacking tools were needed to pull this data, other than knowledge of how to view and modify data elements processed by a regular Web browser like Chrome or Firefox”, according to KrebsOnSecurity. Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute and lecturer at UC Berkeley, said, “This is not even Information Security 101, this is Information Security 1, which is to implement access control. It seems like the only access control they had in place was that you were logged in at all. And if you can access other people’s data because they aren’t enforcing access controls on reading that data, it’s catastrophically bad and I’m willing to bet they’re not enforcing controls on writing to that data as well.” Following this flaw, the USPS included a validation step to prevent unauthorized changes. If anyone tries to modify the email address associated with a user’s USPS account via the API, a confirmation message will be sent to the email address tied to that account. KrebsOnSecurity states, “It does not appear USPS account passwords were exposed via this API, although KrebsOnSecurity conducted only a very brief and limited review of the API’s rather broad functionality before reporting the issue to the USPS. The API at issue resides here; a copy of the API prior to its modification on Nov. 20 by the USPS is available here as a text file.” Robert Hansen, chief technology officer at Bit Discovery, a security firm in Austin, Texas, said, “This could easily be leveraged to build up mass targeted spam or spear phishing. It should have been protected via authentication and validated against the logged in user in question.” In a statement shared with KrebsOnSecurity, the USPS said it currently has no information that this vulnerability was leveraged to exploit customer records, and that the information shared with the USPS allowed it to quickly mitigate the vulnerability. Here’s the rest of their statement: “Computer networks are constantly under attack from criminals who try to exploit vulnerabilities to illegally obtain information.  Similar to other companies, the Postal Service’s Information Security program and the Inspection Service uses industry best practices to constantly monitor our network for suspicious activity.” “Any information suggesting criminals have tried to exploit potential vulnerabilities in our network is taken very seriously. Out of an abundance of caution, the Postal Service is further investigating to ensure that anyone who may have sought to access our systems inappropriately is pursued to the fullest extent of the law.” To know more about this news in detail, visit KrebsOnSecurity website. Read Next Linux 4.20 kernel slower than its previous stable releases, Spectre flaw to be blamed, according to Phoronix Microsoft fixes 62 security flaws on Patch Tuesday and re-releases Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 Final release for macOS Mojave is here with new features, security changes and a privacy flawlast_img read more