Oracle Flim-Flam Alakazams Missed 3Q Earnings

first_imgMagicians work their performances with a combination of talent, slight-of-hand and a lot of misdirection. On stage, a well-orchestrated misdirect is enough to pull off the best illusions. In the corporate world, it can sometimes work well, too, as Oracle seems to have discovered with their school-yard baiting of IBM – a move that is distracting some away from Oracle’s missed third-quarter earnings.To see the misdirect in action, let’s briefly look at the timeline of events:Mar. 20: On Oracle’s third-quarter call, the company reports a significant earnings miss, which initially drove the company’s stock down 8% in trading. Executives on the call noted a 2% drop in new software sales and Internet-based software subscriptions in the quarter, a problem they attributed to a rapidly expanding salesforce (i.e., blame it on the new sales folk).(See also Oracle’s Big Miss: The End Of An Enterprise Era?)Mar. 26: Oracle announces a new SPARC T5 line of mid-range servers (along with some mainframe M5 boxes), which starts yet-another line of questioning about the viability of using expensive multi-threaded servers in an age where Intel dominates single-threaded commodity servers and ARM-based servers are on the horizon. It’s a familiar question, since some were asking it when Oracle pushed out its T4 line in 2011. But such questions are soon forgotten, because… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Still Mar. 26: During the SPARC announcement, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, well known for his genteel manners and discretion, throws down some smack talk on IBM’s more expensive server line, with the stats to back up their claims, claims such as “[t]he SPARC T5-8 server delivers 1.4 times better performance than the next best single system result, the 32-processor IBM Power 595, at one-fifth the price/performance.” Wait for it… wait… brian proffitt Tags:#IBM#mainframe#Oracle#servers IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Mar. 27: IBM Marketing Manager Steve Sibley chomps at the bait, firing off a response to Business Insider that Oracle’s comparisons are wildly off the mark, since they are comparing brand-new Oracle boxes to IBM setups that are completely different configurations and also three to five years old. Sibley also reminded BI that this isn’t the first time IBM’s had Oracle pull down wild claims in advertising and public statements about the performance of its servers.(Check out Oracle Has Problems Telling The Truth In Its Advertising)Mar. 28: Oracle doesn’t back down, as John Fowler, Oracle’s executive vice president of systems, emails Business Insider: “IBM customers are being wildly over-charged for the performance they’re getting.”Note, please, that in all of this hullaballoo, no one is talking much about Oracle’s missed earnings, and any conversations about Oracle’s hardware are in the context of comparing them to IBM’s older hardware products – right where Oracle wants those conversations to be.“A la peanut butter sandwiches!”, as The Amazing Mumford would say.If this were a one-time thing, it would be merely something of note. But a pattern seems to be forming with Oracle and their product announcements: it’s not enough to just hold up their own hardware and software features, but they habitually have to take pot-shots at anyone else in the space as well. That’s all part of doing business, of course, but Oracle appears to just make things up or cherry pick data to create a scenario that makes them look the best.Sooner or later, though, such tactics may wear thin on potential customers and even existing customers. If you treat marketing as one big magic trick, how long before people start to wonder if what you have to offer is real, or an illusion?last_img read more

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Create Animated Icons for Explainer Videos in After Effects

first_imgLearn how to design and create animated icons for your corporate explainer videos — without ever having to leave After Effects.Whether you are a video producer or motion graphic designer, if you work directly with clients, it may be necessary to display information like statistics or other forms of data. Animated icons can help spruce up your video and help limit the amount of words you may need to use to explain an idea. If used correctly, animated icons can be great for visual corporate storytelling.This After Effects tutorial will cover the basics of conceptualizing icon design, how to create icons with shape layers inside of After Effects, and how to use shape layer parameters to animate an icon.Image: PureSolution’s Set Web Icons Business Finance Communication pack, available on ShutterStock.com.Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting Animated Icon After Effects tutorial:How to conceptualize an icon design for your projectDesign an icon using shape layersAnimate Icons with shape layer parametersBe sure to do your research to ensure your icon design and animation makes sense for the type of work you are doing.Download the Free AssetsDownload the free project file used in this tutorial by simply clicking on the button below. This project file is free for you to use, but please do not distribute without permission.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED ICON TEMPLATE FOR AFTER EFFECTSTime-Saving Advice for Design IconsThere are a multitude of designs for every type of icon you can think of. For example, if you are looking to design a cellphone icon, you could design it hundreds of different ways. So how do you focus your efforts?It’s best to search for the type of icon you want to create before you get to work. Find an icon you already like (instead of creating something you may not like), take note of what works about the design, and put your own unique creative touch on it.Places like Shutterstock.com can be a great place to get ideas when looking for icon designs for your videos. The ShutterStock icon library contains endless examples of icon designs. If you are dealing with time constraints, purchasing vector icons can be a huge time saver. Having a vector icon pack in your personal library will allow you to skip the icon design step. With a little bit of Adobe Illustrator knowledge, you can copy the vector paths inside of Illustrator and paste them directly into shape layer paths in After Effects. We will post that workflow in a future video.How do you approach animated icon design? Share your tips in the comments below!last_img read more

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All Problems Are People Problems

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now All problems are really people problems.To make the case that all problems are people problems, let’s tackle the biggest people problem first. Let’s say a company’s overall strategy is broken. Well, that doesn’t sound like a people problem at all, does it? But it is a people problem.If the overall strategy is broken, then some people are too rigid in their commitment to the old strategy. Or it might mean that the leadership of this company isn’t resourceful enough to come up with a new way to compete and move the company forward. So if the biggest strategy problem is really a people problem, then all other problems might be people problems too, right?How about low sales numbers? Absolutely a people problem. Could be that you have the wrong people on your team (maybe they’re not really salespeople). It might also mean that the people you have don’t have the right belief system or mindset. Could be that the people on your team don’t have the skill sets to succeed in this disruptive age. Maybe they don’t have the tools or haven’t been properly trained. Regardless, the root of the problem is still people.Cultural issues? Accountability issues? Marketing problems? People problems all.But wait! There’s good news here, too! If people are the root of all your problems, then people are the solution to your problems. Unlocking the resourcefulness of a small group of people can provide solutions to the most complex and intractable problems.All problems are people problems. Fortunately, people can also solve the problems that they create.QuestionsMake a list of your challenges. What’s the people problem at the root of your problem?I would the people involved in your problem need to change in order to overcome that problem or challenge?One of the fastest way to change people is to change yourself. If you change the way you interact with people you can get different results. If you change the outcomes you want and interactions with people you can get very different results. Okay, what do you have to change?last_img read more

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West Bengal will not abide by notification on cattle slaughter, says Mamata

first_imgPinarayi writes to CMs on new cattle trade rules West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her government would not abide by the recent notification of the Union government imposing restrictions on cattle slaughter.“We are not accepting the notification. We will take recourse to law and consult our advocate general,” she said at a press conference at the State SecretariatMs Banerjee described the notification as a “deliberate attempt to encroach upon the State power”, and termed it “unconstitutional.”Also Read  Cattle markets fell under the purview of the State and the Centre was encroaching on the powers of the State when it was imposing restrictions on sale of cattle in such markets, she said, adding, “I would request the Centre to not interfere in State subjects.”Ms Banerjee, who had spoken about the right to one’s food, said that no one had right to decide what one should eat.The Chief Minister also questioned the timing of the notification. She asked as to why it was out before the month of Ramzan.last_img read more

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Manu Bhaker, Elavenil Valarivan Win Gold Medals at ISSF World Cup Finals in China

first_imgPutian (China): Manu Bhaker and Elavenil Valarivan shot down gold medals in their respective events to make it a memorable day for Indian shooters in the ISSF World Cup Finals here on Thursday.Manu fired her way to the gold with a junior world record in the women’s 10m air pistol event, while Elavenil claimed the top honours in the women’s 10m air rifle competition. The 17-year-old Bhaker shot 244.7 to notch up the top prize in the prestigious season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). In the same event Manu’s compatriot, Yashaswini Singh Deswal finished sixth in the final.Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic won the silver with 241.9, while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze with 221.8.Elavenil shot a score of 250.8 to edge past Taiwan’s Lin Ying-Shin (250.7). Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman finished third with a score of 229.Elavenil had qualified second for the finals with a score of 631.1 behind Ying-Shin (632.3).Mehuli Ghosh also qualified for the same event’s final but ended sixth with a score of 163.8.In the men’s 10m air pistol event, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the final but couldn’t claim medals.Verma topped the qualifications with 588 but ended fifth in the final with a score of 179.4, while Chaudhary was seventh in the qualification with 581 before signing off sixth in the last-eight stage with 159.8. abhishek VermaISSF World CupManu BhakerSaurabh Chaudhary First Published: November 21, 2019, 10:55 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Răzvan Lucescu: I Am PAOK’s Coach

first_imgReferring to a report circulating Turkish media linking himself to Turkish giants Besiktas, PAOK coach  Răzvan Lucescu wanted to clarify to NOVA’s television channels that the only thing on his mind is being coach of the “double-headed eagle from the North (PAOK)”Analytically, he told Nova:On the matter of preferring one opponent to another at this stage in the Greek Cup: “No, I did not have a clear preference with whom to play. What I do know though, very well, is that whoever our opponent might be we must prepare our squad with total intensity. That’s what got us here to this point and that’s what we have to continue to do until the end, just a complete seriousness in pursuit of achieving our goal.said, ” I can not say anything about that because we have to keep focused on our next league match against Atromitos. The Greek Cup match is in a month from now, the semi-finals will be interesting because the teams remaining in the cup are close in the standings and similar in quality. Every team has their own chance to make the cup theirs, so I expect the match to be an interesting one”.When asked about the match against Panathinaikos, the Romanian coach said, ” In a match that you have won with a score of 0-2, that perhaps could have been won 0-4, how should I feel? It’s natural to have a great deal of satisfaction. It’s important to not think about the missed chances that we had to have a greater winning margin, but to focus on the positive performances of the players and next time being more aggressive on offense so that we put a match away sooner. Playing that match with Panathinaikos, a team that has talented players and good organization on the pitch is very important. In order to properly compete for silverware at the end of a season, a team needs to know how to build-up attacking plays, but at the same time, have the right mentality and operation in defense so we can have more effective offensive transition. It’s all connected. It is a matter of team mentality and knowledge of how to manage a match. We started the first half in a perfect way. We dominated the possession, we scored in the first minute from a corner that we won from pressing high on the field and being aggressive. We had the same motives in the first and the second halves so it was natural that we were rewarded with another goal. Panathinaikos was put into a position where they had to take risks, and in doing so allowed us to find spaces behind their defense but were unable to capitalize on chances that we had. Keeping in mind who our opponent is in every match, this match was going about the same as the ones that we played against Olympiacos and AEK until the point where Leo Zamba go the red card. There are other matches such as the ones with Panionios, Pas Giannena, Larisa which are teams that defend more. The important thing is to know how we will react in those games and go in with a serious game-plan on how to unlock the defense while staying responsible in our own defensive responsibilities.Răzvan Lucescu was asked about how it feels to have an entire year under his belt at the helm of PAOK, ” I don’t think about it too much. It shows a prime example of the right club mentality,I am focused every time on the next game. Of course, in the next year, I will also have a glass of cognac to remember all these moments and the wonderful years at PAOK and the great results. The coach however, has to stay focused on the next match and the near future”.On Turkish media reports that his future could lie in the neighboring country: “I am lucky that I don’t pay attention to anything the media says. From there on, I have not spoken to anybody else in a foreign country, with anybody from any team, I remain focused and committed to PAOK. I have a contract with PAOK, I have a lot of respect for the president of the club who gave me the opportunity to be here and he created a fantastic team. I will speak with him about my future and we will decide together. If I decide to leave and I decide to get involved in other projects such as looking after my beloved animals on a farm or just spending time with my wife, who has sacrificed so much to me, I will speak with him first”.For the match against Atromitos: “First of all, we have to start from the fact that Atromitos the last two years finds itself in the top slots of the league table. Right now they are in third along with AEK. They are a fast-paced team who doesn’t like to not have the ball but they defend well and they always try to aggressively counterattack. We must be mentally ready to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself throughout the course of the match”. In a game you have won with 0-2 and you could have won with 0-4, how can I be? It is normal that there was satisfaction and it was what I had to do. It might not have affected my outcome in other circumstances, but performance, making opportunities that we did not score. Playing this game with Panathinaikos with talented players and good organization is very important to win.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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New Contract for SeaBird’s ‘Harrier …

first_imgzoom SeaBird Exploration Plc (“SeaBird”) announced that the Harrier Explorer has been awarded a contract as a source vessel in North West Europe.The contract has an estimated duration of about 110 days and an estimated value of approximately USD 8 million. Startup is expected around the 20th of December 2013.SeaBird is a provider of marine acquisition for 2D/3D and 4D seismic data, and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. SeaBird specializes in high quality operations within the high end of the source vessel and 2D market, as well as in the shallow/deep water 2D/3D and 4D market.SeaBird, December 10, 2013last_img

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ClassNK to Cut Engine Data Monitoring Workload

first_imgzoom Japanese classification society ClassNK will participate in a joint project together with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd.  ClassNK will support research into the development of condition-based engine monitoring systems for the Mitsui MAN B&W engine. The developed systems will assist in the early detection of abnormalities in electronically-controlled diesel engines in ships.In recent years, vessels are increasingly being equipped with more fuel-efficient electronically-controlled diesel engines, allowing ship operators to obtain large amounts of sensor data in comparison with conventional mechanical engines.However, this means that it becomes the responsibility of the ship operators to monitor and assess such sensor data, requiring seafarers experienced in analyzing sensor data to be allocated to such roles. Subsequently, the increase of this sensor data leads to the increase of workloads at shipping companies.The aim of this joint project is to discover ways to eliminate workloads by creating a system that automatically analyzes the electronically-controlled engine’s sensor data for performance diagnoses, to prevent system failures and to extend the frequency of overhaul intervals. With this system, both safe operation of the ship and a reduction in life cycle costs can be realized.In 2004, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding introduced an online marine engine support system called e-GICS, or electronic Global Internet Customer Support, that provides a variety of functions for performing diagnoses and maintaining equipment. As of the end of June 2014, the number of registered vessels on the system had already grown to 3,000.ClassNK has also teamed up with its subsidiary, ClassNK Consulting Service Co. Ltd., to provide ClassNK CMAXS, an advanced and highly reliable engine condition-based monitoring system that uses sophisticated technology to analyze big data.Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding will incorporate the advanced data analysis functions of the ClassNK CMAXS system into its own e-GICS system as part of this joint project into the development of e-GICSX, a practical and quality preventative maintenance system capable of monitoring engine abnormalities and equipment performance. This project is scheduled to continue until March 2016.ClassNK aims to use the results from this joint research project to incorporate e-GICSX as part of its even more advanced and reliable service system, CMAXS.Press Release; July 30, 2014last_img read more

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Inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women loses executive director

first_imgOTTAWA – A senior staff member with the much-scrutinized inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women has resigned.Executive director Michele Moreau cites personal reasons for her departure, which is effective July 21.The inquiry released a statement saying it accepted Moreau’s resignation with great sadness.Some First Nations leaders have been critical of the inquiry’s progress so far and victims’ families have said they haven’t been adequately consulted about hearings.Chief commissioner Marion Buller promised improved communication.Moreau said it is with mixed emotions that she is departing.“I wish the whole team great courage to bring this national inquiry where it needs to go in order to change our society for the better,” Moreau said in the statement.last_img

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Right to withhold service over politics varies across Canada legal expert

first_imgTORONTO – A Canadian restaurant owner inundated by angry reviews because her brunch spot bears a similar name to the U.S. eatery that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she knows firsthand the drawbacks of mixing politics with business.Diane Smith says she feared she’d have to shut down her Collingwood, Ont., business because Sanders supporters appeared to mistake her eatery, The Olde Red Hen, for the one in Virginia called The Red Hen.“I was devastated, I thought I’d have to close my doors, I was just beside myself,” she says of the online onslaught that began Friday night.“I was so scared that I wasn’t going to be able to control that because we are a tourist town, we do have a lot of people come in and say, ‘Oh, I found you on Facebook,’ or, ‘I found you on Trip Advisor, you had great reviews.’ Those are new people that you want.”Smith says she responds to every post that appears misdirected, and most have been deleted. Meanwhile, hundreds of supporters have added glowing reviews to restore her eatery to a near-five-star rating.She adds that she’d never turn her restaurant into a political battleground, insisting everyone is entitled to good service, no matter their political stripe.“If they want to eat, I’ve got a great breakfast, come on in and eat.”Human rights lawyer Brian Smith says the legality of withholding service over politics is somewhat grey in Canada.It largely depends on where you are, since the matter is overseen by provincial human rights commissions, says Smith, senior counsel with the legal services division at the federal Canadian Human Rights Commission.Most provinces and territories protect political belief from discrimination, “but there may be an exception so it would be worth double-checking for anyone who finds themself in that position,” says Smith, noting there may be differences in the way political belief is defined and the law is interpreted.Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Nunavut don’t mention political belief as a prohibited ground for discrimination. In British Columbia, political belief is protected within the context of employment or unions but not in public service.Although they often involved conflicts more religious in nature, Smith points to several cases involving Canadian businesses that refused to serve members of the LGBTQ community.A more similar example might be the case of a Halifax bar and axe-throwing club called the Timber Lounge, which last summer ejected a group of so-called Proud Boys members over what its co-owner considered a “safety” concern.Timber Lounge owner Darren Hudson says the bachelor party celebrants visited the bar in the days following a controversial encounter at an Indigenous protest in Halifax.Five members of the group, who call themselves “Western chauvinists,” were relieved of their duties with the Royal Canadian Navy after disrupting a Mi’kmaq ceremony Day pending a military police investigation. They returned to their regular duties in August after a military investigation concluded no charges would be laid.Nevertheless, Hudson says Indigenous staff members felt uneasy at the time about coaching the Proud Boys.“It was a safety call for us. it wasn’t a political stance or statement or favouritism, it was just simply: These guys have a reputation, they’re local, we could see a potential issue with our staff being Indigenous and so we just said, ‘Hey, this is too hot to handle.’”It came with a cost, he admits.The Timber Lounge was flooded with angry social media messages, mostly from posters who appeared to be in the United States and had never been to the bar, says Hudson.Hudson says the backlash only lasted a week, with the negative reviews eventually outnumbered by support from regulars and supporters.Still, the nasty comments remain on the bar’s Facebook page.“I would love to wipe those clean and see those be gone,” says Hudson. “There are still one-star reviews from somebody in Texas at his computer desk.”If it seems that political standoffs are more heated in the United States, it could be because of increased media attention, and the different ways in which the average U.S. citizen views their constitutional rights, says Brian Smith.“Certainly the U.S. does have kind of a unique relationship to freedom of expression and freedom of religion that’s a bit different from legally what we see in Canada,” he says.“But certainly those protections exist here and we do see similar kinds of disagreements.”last_img read more

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Trudeau says ethics watchdog to decide truth in SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it will be up to the country’s ethics watchdog to decide who is telling the truth in the SNC-Lavalin affair — himself, or former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.On Wednesday, Wilson-Raybould detailed what she described as a relentless campaign, including veiled threats from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office for her to intervene and order a “remediation agreement” for the company to help it avoid criminal corruption charges.Speaking in suburban Montreal this morning, Trudeau says he’s now had a chance to fully review Wilson-Raybould’s testimony and says he still believes his team acted appropriately and says he disagrees with her characterization of events.RELATED: Trudeau disagrees with Wilson-Raybould’s recounting of SNC-Lavalin eventsTrudeau says it will be up to the ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, to decide if there was wrongdoing.“it’s an agent of parliament whose job it is to determine you know what is exactly happening when there are disagreements amongst elected officials,” Trudeau told reporters.He says there is “no doubt” talks didn’t cross any legal lines and that Canadians expect their government to look for ways to protect jobs and expand the economy while respecting the rule of law.Minister @Bill_Morneau was asked whether he directed his Chief of Staff to raise the SNC Lavalin issue with @Puglaas’ staff. He says he did not #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 28, 2019As for Wilson-Raybould’s future as a Liberal, Trudeau says he is still mulling over whether she will be allowed to remain in caucus.An emergency debate is being held Thursday night in the House of Commons following the explosive testimony.Opposition calls for police investigationConservative Leader Andrew Scheer has written a letter to the RCMP Commissioner, asking the force to investigate the SNC controversy, noting there may have been obstruction of justice.“We need to hold those who are trying to commit these acts responsible,” he says.During her testimony, Wilson-Raybould said she doesn’t believe anything illegal occurred, although noted the pressure was very inappropriate.The RCMP has received the letter and is reviewing the request, but can’t comment on whether or not there is an investigation.Trudeau says his office has not been contacted by the Mounties, and suggests this is a matter for the ethics commissioner.last_img read more

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CHRISTEF DESIR JOINS THE CAST OF DRY POWDER

first_imgEvermore Theatre Company is pleased to announce that Christef Desir has joined the Toronto premiere production of Dry Powder.Desir will star as Seth, a junior partner with a plan to rescue KMM Capital Management, a private equity firm struggling to make a comeback from a PR disaster. “Christef is electric. Seth is a very complex and conflicted character, and Christef really has an amazing and intuitive grasp of that complexity.”, said Evermore producer Greg White.The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick Hannel threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick’s partners, has a dream of a deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song that will rescue his boss from the PR disaster. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Morocco Cannot Tolerate Threats on its Foundational Principles El Othmani

Rabat- Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has reaffirmed the government’s strong commitment to social dialogue for the benefit of Moroccan citizens, stressing that the country is resolute in its intolerance against any threat to its deeply-rooted principles.During the weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday, El Othmani stated that the government is dedicated to social dialogue with both of the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT) and the Democratic Confederation of Labor (CDT), the two most representative trade unions in the country.Though El Othmani admits that there are issues that need to be discussed, he emphasized that the government is actively working to solve challenges to employment in both private and public sectors. He added that the government intended to sign into action prior proposals designed in the framework of social dialogue by the time of the council meeting, but were delayed in the process.Despite the delay, the head of government added that the government’s door is open for dialogue to groups from all backgrounds. El Othmani also thanked institutions that participated in the social dialogue on International Workers Day, May 1.Following the dialogue, El Othmani addressed Morocco’s decision to end diplomatic relations with Iran, stating that Morocco stands firm against any threat aimed at its standing principles.El Othmani stressed that such issues require absolute firmness, and that King Mohammed VI’s stance regarding them is “strong and strict.”With respect to Morocco’s territorial integrity, El Othmani insisted that it is a question that embodies the Moroccan people’s unified voice, wired to defend the nation’s rights, as was recently proved in UN Security Council resolution 2414.The UN Security Council’s decision to adopt a resolution extending MINURSO’s mandate for six months pushes the Polisario Front to cease its provocations and illegal maneuvers in the regions, including Bir Lahlou. Concluding, El Othmani hailed Morocco’s diplomatic efforts to dissolve the separatists groups’ presence east of the Moroccan defense wall: “This shows the world that Morocco, mobilized behind his Majesty the King, defends its rights and handles its issues with strength. read more

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Nigeria counts votes as nation awaits election outcome

YOLA, Nigeria — Vote counting continued Sunday as Nigerians awaited the outcome of a presidential poll seen as a tight race between the president and a former vice-president.Although voting was peaceful in most areas of Nigeria Saturday, there were a few outbreaks of violence in the vast West African country and many reports of delays at polling stations.Many polling stations stayed open after dark to allow people waiting in line to vote. More than 72 million were eligible to vote in the election.Amid the delays, it’s unclear when a winner will be announced.President Muhammadu Buhari, who won election in 2015, is seeking his second term. His main rival is former vice-president and businessman, Atiku Abubakar.The Associated Press

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East Timor UN mission extends civil registration process

According to the UN Mission, the process initially scheduled to end on 20 June, would now proceed through Friday, 22 June. The head of UNTAET’s Civil Registration Unit, Peter Rimmele, said today that registration was “virtually complete outside Dili,” and that four fixed sites and two mobile sites were operating in Dili in order to process last-minute registrants.Civil Registration officials have expressed concern that a significant number of young men who appear not to be from Dili are attempting to register for a second time in the capital. Registering twice does not allow a person to vote twice, and will simply mean that the person’s first registration will be deleted from the registration rolls, UNTAET said in a statement. “Therefore those registering for a second time in Dili will have to return to the capital on election day should they wish to vote.”As of this morning, more than 762,000 people – some 94 per cent of East Timor’s estimated population – have registered.In other news, UNTAET Constitutional Commissions have begun the public hearing phase of the constitutional consultation process, gathering some 400 people in Suai town yesterday, and around 70 in Dili this morning. The hearings aim to seek the views of the East Timorese on what should be considered by the future Constituent Assembly when drafting a constitution. The Commissions – consisting of between five and seven Commissioners, one Rapporteur and one Constitutional Adviser – will be holding public hearings in each sub-district over the next four weeks. The Commissioners have already completed a two-week familiarization tour during which they visited each sub-district to inform the public about the Commission’s work. The public hearing phase is scheduled to end on 14 July. The Constitutional Commissioners will subsequently prepare a report from each district that will ultimately be presented by the Transitional Administrator to a future Constituent Assembly. read more

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Sudan UN in desperate need of funds for Darfur refugees as rains

With the rainy season starting in a few weeks, “we desperately need funds to continue moving refugees to safer camps away from the border, set up more camps for the tens of thousands yet to move and bring in sufficient supplies to meet their needs,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Kris Janowski said.”An urgent injection of new funds is crucial to keep our programmes running and meet the looming deadline of the onset of heavy rains that will block roads and cut access to the refugees,” he told a news briefing in Geneva. The agency has so far received only about two-thirds of the nearly $21 million it has sought, has used it all up and is now resorting to money borrowed from its operational reserve funds.”The situation at the border is very tense and the refugees are under constant threat of incursions from the other side…hence the urgency of moving them further inland,” Mr. Janowski said, stressing that the agency was working in one of the most inhospitable terrains it has ever had to operate in, battling desert, extremely scarce water, sand storms and scant and very poor sandy roads.So far, UNHCR has set up six camps in the interior of Chad for over 68,000 refugees, 58,000 of them brought in by agency convoys from the border while another 10,000 arrived on their own.Last week UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris called the situation “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world” and last month Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said the mainly Arab Janjaweed militias were carrying out a coordinated “scorched-earth” campaign of ethnic cleansing.A ceasefire signed on 8 April between the Sudanese Government and two rebel groups in Darfur, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), is holding, but the same is not true for attacks by the Janjaweed against civilians, including internally displaced persons in and around camps, Mr. Morris told the Security Council. read more

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Ikea Canadas president talks business furniture assembly and winter

Ikea Canada’s president talks business, furniture assembly and winter TORONTO – Ikea Canada’s new president has an eye towards expansion in 2015 but is not saying whether the Swedish furniture giant will add to its 12 Canadian stores or open pickup locations.Stefan Sjostrand, who took on the job last September, says shoppers can expect this year to see a revamped website that is easier to navigate, as the retailer aims to double its online business to 10 per cent of overall sales.Ikea Canada’s overall sales numbers jump more than five per cent to $1.6 billion in 2014.Most known for its affordable, do-it-yourself furniture with tongue-twister names, the retailer will also be pushing improved services for Canadian shoppers including home delivery, personal shopping services, old mattress return and kitchen and bathroom installations.Ikea will also continue with a number of sustainability initiatives this year that included the recent purchase of a 20-turbine wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alta., which produces enough energy for 50,000 homes or 32 Ikea stores.Sjostrand sat down this week with The Canadian Press to talk about moving to Canada and offer tips on putting together the ubiquitous Ikea furniture.The Canadian Press: You are from Sweden and have worked for Ikea in Sweden, the Netherlands, and most recently Paris. How have you found the transition to Canada?Stefan Sjostrand: For me and my family, it has been very easy to integrate into society. I love the Canadians. I love the city of Toronto. We have only been here for five months and it feels like we’ve been here a long, long time. I think that’s a good sign that we like it here. As a Swede, we are quite used to winter as well. I’m a winter person and an outdoor person. I like to be out and we like to go skating, go skiing. We’re going to Whistler in March. We really like to explore Canada as well as a family.CP: Besides a love for hockey, how are Canadians like the Swedes?SS: Canadians are very similar to Swedish people actually. Maybe that’s why I like the city so much. The Swedish like to be outdoors. The home is very important, taking care of your home. Also Canadians like to travel a lot. People in Sweden like to travel a lot. There are a lot of similarities.CP: What differences have you noticed so far about Canadian Ikea shoppers?SS: The biggest difference from a consumer perspective is that Canadians are keen on services. Services are a big thing for Canadians. One of my goals when I came here is to have services as a growth driver in Canada.CP: Who is your target customer at Ikea?SS: Women are super important to us. Women and families with children, that’s the people we want to reach out to. Women make most of the decisions at home and women work more in Canada as well, that’s why there’s an interest in services. In some countries, only one of the family members is working.CP: How much of your house is furnished by Ikea and do you put together your own furniture?SS: About 60 to 70 per cent. It was quite funny (when I went shopping at Ikea in Toronto) because no one in the store knew who I was. When I had to come to the checkout, I had to show my ID, and then I became famous in the store. I’m not handy. I have my thumbs here in the middle. (My tip is) if you just follow the instructions, you’re always successful. I do it mainly with my two daughters. I have a methodology when I do it. I open the box, I sort the screws, I start to read and say where do we start? I’m very methodical doing it.CP: Be honest: as a Swede, do you find it offensive when customers mispronounce the IKEA product names?SS: Not at all. The story behind the names is that the founder was dyslexic so he designed it by names instead of numbers. So the products are names of different cities in Sweden. For example, our sofas have names around a specific region and our outdoor furniture have names after Swedish islands.CP: Do you think Ikea will ever do away with Allen keys and having customers assemble their own furniture?SS: In the beginning, Ikea had assembled furniture but one of the designers found out that if we made it smarter, and we made the packages smaller and more condensed, we can make the product cheaper. That’s how it started. So we made the furniture knocked down: that you do your part, we do our part and together we save money. That we will never go away from. That’s the fundamental concept and that’s what has made us successful over the years.This interview has been edited and condensed.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ikea Canada president Stefan Sjostrand puts together a flat pack table in an Ikea store in Toronto on Wednesday January 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more

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Negotiators working hard in China to resolve canola trade dispute Freeland says

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 3:54 am MDT Last Updated Aug 30, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – Government negotiators in China are working hard to resolve a dispute that could affect Canadian canola exports, says Canada’s international trade minister.Chrystia Freeland, part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s delegation in China, said she understands the “absolute importance” of the two countries’ trade relationship, which includes billions of dollars worth of canola shipments.The two countries disagree about what level of “dockage” — foreign material such as weeds, other crops and detritus — should be considered acceptable in Canada’s canola exports to China.Trudeau is in the east Asian country for high-level meetings and the G20, which gets underway later this week, but the canola dispute is expected to dominate the trade agenda. The Chinese government has given Canada until Thursday to cut the level of foreign material in its deliveries by more than half.“It’s a big deal for Canada and the Canadian government understands that,” said Freeland, who said she knows of what she speaks: she grew up on a canola farm in northern Alberta, where her father is preparing for this year’s harvest.China’s ambassador to Canada, Luo Zhaohui, has said that Canada has been inflexible and unfair in its approach to talks that began about seven years ago over Chinese concerns about rules for the make-up of canola shipments.Luo added that China buys 87 per cent of its canola from Canada because of its good quality and production. But he warned China can always look elsewhere for the product, if necessary.Canada, he said, never showed any kind of flexibility and its position was non-negotiable.The canola industry has warned the dispute threatens the bottom line of producers as they’re ready to take in one of their best-ever harvests.Conservative trade critic Gerry Ritz, who served as agriculture minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper, expressed misgivings about the Liberal government’s ability to resolve the dispute, given that Canada’s softwood lumber deal with the U.S. remains unrenewed.“We expect the prime minister to make representations on behalf of Canada’s canola industry to the highest levels of the Chinese governmen,” Ritz said in a statement. “We cannot allow partial regulatory barriers to harm our agricultural industry.”The issue is heating up with Statistics Canada expecting some bumper grain crops this year, including 17 million tonnes of canola for the third-biggest harvest on record.The tougher restrictions coming from China, Canada’s largest canola buyer, will mean grain traders will have to pass on the higher processing costs to farmers, said Rick White, CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association. Negotiators working hard in China to resolve canola trade dispute, Freeland says read more

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Guernsey could become first place in British Isles to have a suicide

first_imgHe added: “I have personal experience of my father who died nine years ago. His death from cardiovascular disease was very distressing…It was not a comfortable death and it was also not the death that he would have chosen for himself had he had the choice.”At the forefront of proposals will be measures to protect the vulnerable, while the cost is likely to be covered by the island’s health service for residents, it was reported. Doctors’ rights to object to requests will also likely be considered.Assisted dying is illegal in the UK under the Suicide Act of 1961, and carries a sentence of up to 14 years prison.However if it is legalised, it would allow a person the choice to control their death if they decide their suffering is unbearable. 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. On average, a British resident travels to Switzerland every eight days for an assisted death, usually at the Zurich clinic of Dignitas at a cost of £10,000.Campaigners, including Dignity in Dying, have produced research suggesting 82 per cent of the public were in favour of assisted dying being legalised.Guernsey previously tried to legalise it in 2002, but plans were dismissed.While it could open the door to the possibility of mainland nationals travelling to Guernsey, some believe that if passed the law should be limited to local residents only. Gavin St Pier, the island’s top politician, told the Mirror he is backing the proposal for terminally-ill adults who are mentally competent and have been given six months or less to live.He said: “This is about giving people choice and a sense that they have some control themselves, rather than being frightened, out of control and in the hands of others. That for me is why it is such an important issue.” Guernsey could become the first place in the British Isles to have a suicide clinic under proposals being put to a vote on the island in May.If pushed through by politicians, it would likely trigger an 18-month consultation period to pull together a legal framework to make the changes.However, sources have told the Mirror that the plans look likely to get the green light. If so, it could open up a pathway for UK mainland residents to travel to Guernsey to end their life if they so choose.Campaigners in the UK who have long sought a change in the law to legalise assisted dying are likely to be paying close attention to proceedings in the hope of overhauling the law on the mainland. Currently, patients wishing to end their lives travel to Switzerland, where the practice is legal.Although Guernsey lies within the British Isles in the English channel and its residents hold British passports, it has its own legislative body and has the freedom to pass its own laws.Yet the UK Government has powers to intervene if there are implications for the UK, and the matter will go before the Privy Council. The mainland can also oversee legal changes on immigration and defence matters.last_img read more

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In 1845 Douglass had dinner with the Lord Mayor Today hed be

first_img Writer and actor Short URL ‘In 1845, Douglass had dinner with the Lord Mayor. Today he’d be put in direct provision’ Ireland’s direct provision system is a stark contrast to Frederick Douglass’ reception here, writes Donal O’Kelly. May 1st 2017, 8:45 AM 37 Comments I have spent some of the happiest days of my life since landing in this country. I seem to have undergone a transformation. I live a new life.It’s unlikely anyone living under direct provision while applying for asylum or humanitarian leave to remain would say the same in Ireland now.Donal O’Kelly is a writer and actor. His play The Memory Stick has just finished its premiere run in San Jose California. He will perform in his play about Douglass, The Cambria, with Sorcha Fox in the Hospice Education Centre, Harold’s Cross at 8pm on Saturday May 13. Delayed maternity payment: ‘It seemed my application had been “forgotten about”‘>Column: ‘The time has come. We demand the opportunity to live our lives through Irish’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 1 May 2017, 8:45 AMcenter_img 159 Views https://jrnl.ie/3361008 ON THE MORNING of August 10 1845, among the passengers aboard the Cunard trans-Atlantic paddle steamer Cambria in Boston Harbour, was an escaped slave called Frederick Douglass.He had escaped from his owner, Thomas Auld, in Baltimore Maryland in 1838. He had worked in the docks in New Bedford, Massachusetts ever since, going on speaking tours in the northern states about the system of slavery, that was central to the US economy in the south.A slave’s autobiography comes a bestsellerOn that morning in August 1845, reacting to news that his autobiography had become a celebrated bestseller, enraged slave-owners placed a price on his head, and he was forced to flee the US as a refugee. He headed for Ireland aboard The Cambria.It was an eventful voyage. When his identity was discovered, a mob assembled by slaveholders on board tried to throw Douglass overboard. During the scuffle on deck, he was assisted by an impressively-built Irishman called Gough.He survived to become what Abraham Lincoln called, “the most impressive man I ever met”, and the most influential African-American of the 19th century.The Black O’ConnellFrederick Douglass could hold a crowd. His powers of oratory saw him gain a reputation in Ireland as “The Black O’Connell”, after Daniel O’Connell MP, with whom he spoke on several platforms. Douglass brought a trunk with him from which he extracted instruments of confinement and torture used daily in the southern United States, such as neck irons and shackles.One of the stages they graced together was the Repeal Movement’s trendy new venue, The Conciliation Hall on Burgh Quay. On the site of The Conciliation Hall now stands, by an ironic twist, the Garda National Immigration Bureau.It is, among other uses, the place where deportees are corralled before being transported to the airport for deportation.In 1845, Frederick Douglass travelled under a false ID, Mister Frederick Johnston. If he were to arrive in Ireland nowadays this would seriously affect his chances of gaining asylum. It would be considered a lie, even though it was necessary, as is often the case, to save the refugee’s life.He would be placed first in Balseskin Direct Provision centre near Dublin Airport, until he was sent to wherever the RIA (Reception and Integration Agency) decided. This could be any one of 30-odd centres nationwide, the vast majority run by private profit-making concerns.Treatment of today’s asylum seekersHe would be given €19 a week for “extras” while being accommodated three-to-a-room and with rigidly-set meal times. He would be barred from third-level study. He would not be allowed to work. In Baltimore, Maryland he was at least free to work part-time at the harbour and keep some of his pay.He would be sent a 60-page questionnaire to complete, told to get legal advice, and not given enough time to receive that legal advice. He would be warned that this may affect his assessment.He would be called for an interview. Presumably the scars on his back from the many floggings he received would be enough evidence to gain him at least humanitarian leave to remain.In 1845, Douglass was invited by the Lord Mayor to dine with him in the Mansion House. He is thought to have stayed with Quaker hosts in the Harold’s Cross area during his stay in Dublin in 1845.It was a neat piece of collaborative campaigning by small Quaker anti-slavery groups and mainly Catholic supporters of O’Connell’s massive Repeal Movement that ensured he spoke to capacity attendances in Dublin, Belfast, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and elsewhere.Ireland’s grubby, shameful strategyMy play, The Cambria, starts and finishes in Dublin Airport today, where a teacher finds that her Nigerian pupil has been summarily deported. Douglass’s time-honoured quote echoes loudly in Ireland today: “Power concedes nothing without demand; it never did, and it never will”.Ireland’s direct provision system of asylum-seeker accommodation, and the implementation of the mis-named International Protection Act, are intended as pull-factor deterrents, a grubby shameful strategy Ireland has rigorously pursued since Charlie Haughey’s cynical EU Dublin Convention of 1990 that meant an asylum application had to be made in one’s first state of entry in the EU. Unlikely to be Ireland.Douglass said: By Donal O’Kelly Donal O’Kelly Share Tweet Email2 last_img read more

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