APTN National NewsThe remote First Nation of Garden Hill in northern Manitoba has been working hard to tackle food insecurity.The Meechim Farm is a self-sustaining community project.It’s creating jobs producing affordable food and teaching youth traditional food practices.It’s even caught the attention of a documentary filmmaker.APTN’s April Johnson has this story.
TOKYO — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony is reporting a 45 per cent surge in fiscal third-quarter profit on tax reductions, a favourable exchange rate and gains in its music segment.Tokyo-based Sony Corp. reported Friday a October-December profit of 429 billion yen ($3.9 billion), up from 295.9 billion yen in the same period a year earlier. Quarterly sales fell 10 per cent to 2.4 trillion yen ($22 billion).Other sectors such as games and semiconductors eroded profits, but its movie division, helped by the strong performance of “Venom,” and imaging solutions, used in digital cameras, worked as perks.Sony raised its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March to 835 billion yen ($7.7 billion) from an earlier 705 billion yen ($6.5 billion). That’s up from 491 billion yen recorded last year.The Associated Press
8 October 2007Participation of over 80 countries and groups in the General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on interreligious and intercultural understanding showed the importance Member States place on the issue, the 192-member body’s president said today at the close of the first event of its kind at the United Nations. Participation of over 80 countries and groups in the General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on interreligious and intercultural understanding showed the importance Member States place on the issue, the 192-member body’s president said today at the close of the first event of its kind at the United Nations. Srgjan Kerim urged participants to “go forth and strive to build a new culture of international relations based on human rights and security, mutual cooperation and respect for international law.”The high-level dialogue is “an important avenue to achieve this goal,” he said in his closing remarks to the event, which drew the participation of over 80 Member States and representatives of civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith groups and the private sector. While the UN is an excellent forum for dialogue, he emphasized that it must not stop there. “If we want to promote this dialogue we should go back and spread the message in our communities and neighbourhoods throughout the world,” he stated, noting that the success of a global dialogue rests not only on Governments but on the active involvement of the private sector, civil society, faith groups, NGOs and the media. Representatives of these groups, in their discussions with Member States, highlighted practical measures to advance interreligious and intercultural understanding and cooperation including adapting school curricula and teacher training to emphasize multicultural knowledge and awareness, increasing global student exchange programmes, and promoting respectful and inclusive dialogue, especially for minority communities. A spokesman for Mr. Kerim issued a statement today affirming that the event “clearly demonstrated that the General Assembly had an important role to carry this dialogue forward” and pledging the President’s efforts to achieve that end.
23 February 2010More than 7 million people in Niger, which last week saw its Government overthrown in a coup d’état, are facing food insecurity, the United Nations health agency warned today. Some 2.7 million, or one in five households, were severely food insecure and another 5.1 million were moderately food insecure, Paul Garwood of the World Health Organization (WHO) told reporters in Geneva. “More than half the population [of 7.7 million] was estimated to have less than two months worth of food stocks to survive until the next harvest in October,” he stated. Mr. Garwood added that in the first weeks of 2010, nearly 29,000 cases of global acute malnutrition had been reported. In response, Niger’s authorities had recently launched a support plan to improve food safety and prevent malnutrition and to treat cases of malnutrition of children aged under five. Acute malnutrition affected more than 12 per cent of children in this age group in Niger, he noted, adding that WHO is seeking around $659,000 for emergency nutrition intervention for children under five. In addition, WHO is supporting the training of seven trainers in Agadez on the new protocols on the treatment of people with acute malnutrition, and these trainers will in turn train almost 80 people.Meanwhile, the UN is working closely with its partners, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), to help resolve the crisis in the country which began when renegade soldiers stormed the presidential palace last Thursday with the stated aim of returning Niger to democracy.
Mining for ice could pose a major additional threat to the 454 square-kilometre glacier, which is situated in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, and is part of the 13,000-square kilometre Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest frozen land mass in the world after Antarctica and Greenland, according to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).The Jorge Montt glacier is melting at a rate of one kilometre per year, making it one of the world’s most iconic symbols of global warming, UNISDR noted.“The authorities in Chile are to be congratulated on clamping down on this illegal activity,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR.“The Jorge Montt glacier and other major ice-fields are a precious part of our common world heritage and important yardsticks by which we can measure how man-made global warming is threatening the world’s water supply and damaging the environment. They deserve all the protection we can give them, including safeguarding from this type of vandalism.”The prosecutor handling the case in Chile reported this week that those implicated in the ice theft had been identified as a result of an investigation that followed the arrest of the driver of a refrigerated truck last Friday. The truck was intercepted in the southern Chilean town of Cochrane.Chile’s Centre for Scientific Studies has said that several of the country’s glaciers are shrinking because of global warming, but the much-studied Jorge Montt is one of those shrinking the fastest. 2 February 2012Criminal gangs are becoming a threat to the world’s glaciers, which are already receding as a result of climate change, the United Nations said today, citing a case in Chile where police are investigating the theft of some 5,000 kilograms of millennia-old ice from the Jorge Montt glacier.
TORONTO — Troubled Chinese forestry company Sino-Forest Corp. said Friday that holders of about 72% of its outstanding notes have agreed support a restructuring at the company.Sino-Forest said the support follows a deal with an ad hoc committee of noteholders in March to support “either a sale of the company to a third party or a restructuring under which the noteholders would acquire substantially all of the assets of the company.”Once the most valuable forestry company on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Sino-Forest was accused of fraud last year by short seller Muddy Waters Research.Sino-Forest and several former executives have since also been accused of lying to investors and attempting to mislead investigators by the Ontario Securities Commission.The case has also been referred to the RCMP for investigation.[np-related]The company filed for court protection from creditors earlier this year and put itself up for sale, saying that if it doesn’t receive a suitable takeover offer it will implement a restructuring plan under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.Since then, Sino-Forest has been working to gain support from its noteholders.On Friday, the company said noteholders holding at least two-thirds of the principal amount of each of Sino-Forest’s four series of notes have now agreed to support a restructuring.Sino-Forest owns and manages tree plantations as well as manufacturing operations in China.The company has been accused of overstating its assets and revenue as well as misleading investors as to the relationship between Sino-Forest, founder and former chief executive Allen Chan and Greenheart, a publicly traded company listed in Hong Kong.The regulator also alleged Chan secretly controlled companies that received more than $22 million when Sino-Forest bought a controlling interest in Greenheart, which has forest concessions in Suriname.Chan resigned as chief executive of Sino-Forest in August after the OSC first began its investigation, but remained founding chairman emeritus until he resigned from the company in April.Sino-Forest filed a report by its own independent committee earlier this year into the allegations by Muddy Waters, but fell short of bringing investors any closer to seeing a return on their investment in the company.Its shares have been delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Canadian Press
“(Then) just in case it’s got any chips we inspect and patch them up,” Ron said.He’s not aware of any spill, he says, on any of the pipes he’s worked on.The brothers admit they’re getting a little frustrated with the whole Keystone XL discussion. The latest route, Ron says, hardly touches the ecologically sensitive area known as the Sandhills that pipeline opponents initially vowed to protect.“It’s barely even hitting the Sandhills now. That’s what they wanted — for it to be re-routed. And now they don’t even want that,” he said. “To me it seems like it’s not even really about the Sandhills. It’s just, ’How long can we delay it? Let’s just keep fighting it. We’ve already fought it for five years.’… It’s like they’re in a boxing ring or something, (thinking) ’Let’s see how long we can go with this.’This has been the longest fight I’ve ever seen — and the longest fight anyone’s ever seen“This has been the longest fight I’ve ever seen — and the longest fight anyone’s ever seen.”One of their friends, they say, had to sell his car and now rides in an old clunker. He wouldn’t be driving a jalopy, they say, if Keystone XL had been built.As for the Berringers, they’re not always sure which long-term jobs to accept and which ones to pass up on, because they keep holding out hope for Keystone. Jason says workers like him have lost out, financially, because of the wait.They’ll be waiting again, this spring. But they’re setting a deadline date: May.If there’s no news by then, the Berringers will, for the rest of the 2014 construction season, roam elsewhere in the hunt for work. And then there’s the camaraderie of being on the road with the boys, who will often bunk together as a group in tents, campers or motels to save some of that per-diem cash.It’s just that pipeline jobs aren’t always available, and the union will dispatch them to different projects.Just last week, Ron was laid off at a power station at Fort Calhoun, Neb.He’s now on the lookout for his next job. Whatever it is, though, he’d hope to drop it the instant Keystone XL became available.“We’d love to do pipelines all the time,” Ron said. “It’s just that there’s not pipelines all the time — so we have to do something else.”A common complaint in Nebraska is that so many of the workers are from outside the state, they’re likely to take their money elsewhere so communities won’t see much benefit from the bitumen coursing through their soil.Laborers Local 1140 would be responsible for dispatching about half the 2,000 workers for Nebraska, and Iowa’s Berringer clan would almost certainly be among them. Local 1140’s business manager, Ron Kaminski, says about 70% of the workforce would come from within the state.But like so much else in the Keystone discussion, the issue of who lives where isn’t always black and white.Take the Berringers, for example.Jason mostly lives in Iowa. He’s also spent long stretches building pipelines in Illinois, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. He’s built some in Nebraska, too, and he rents a motel when he’s there.Ron, on the other hand, has a Nebraska apartment, in addition to his Iowa home. He’s worked on about 20 pipelines in different states. He says it’s not easy spending so much time away from his family.To me it seems like it’s not even really about the Sandhills. It’s just, ’How long can we delay it? So a share of workers’ earnings get spent in local businesses. Also, TransCanada money would go to landowners who have been offered various amounts in exchange for a pipeline on their property.One-third of the Nebraska landowners on the pipeline path have refused to settle, making it the only state with such stiff resistance. Holdout farmers worry that the figures being offered just don’t compensate for the fear of a toxic leak.It’s the Berringers’ job to help avoid that kind of thing.The pipe comes in on rail cars, already commercially coated, Ron explains. Workers will then weld together 80-foot links. They’ll sandblast the weld and heat it so the area is sticky, then add a layer of coating to that spot on the joint.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexander Panetta The debate has been as much about them as carbon emissions or the energy supply. On the one hand, the Obama administration’s opponents routinely beat up on it with the symbolic cudgel of tens of thousands of unfilled Keystone jobs. To the president’s environmentalist base, however, the project would simply create tens — not tens of thousands — of permanent jobs after a brief construction phase.The Berringer math, however, is a little more complex than the zero-sum formulas of political Washington.To them, the calculus starts with a $45-a-day per diem. There’s a six-day work week. Twenty overtime hours a week, at time-and-a-half. Because there’s so much pressure to finish the project in one season, if possible, workers are brought in from all over the place and handed a heavy and lucrative schedule.Given that the standard salary for a worker in their union is about $30 to $40 an hour, the extra cash can amount to about $1,500 per week — or, over an eight-month construction season, a grand total of about $48,000 in extra salary.“Where you make money in construction is your overtime. It’s not your 40-hour work weeks,” explains the elder Berringer brother, 53-year-old Ron.That cash trickles down into local economies along the pipeline route, he says.Ron proudly describes seeing banners outside businesses, welcoming pipeline workers. He even recalls one restaurant owner in Yankton, Neb., being so thrilled with all the extra business that he brought free lunches to the crew one day.A town just gets flooded with all the pipeline people. They fill all the motels, all the restaurants“A town just gets flooded with all the pipeline people. They fill all the motels, all the restaurants, the mechanics’ shops are filled, the barber shops,” Ron said.“A town just loves it when a pipeline goes through it because they fill everything. Maybe a business is going downhill, now it’s not going downhill as much because we came in and gave them a lot of business.”The brothers are adamant about one thing: their pipelining passion isn’t just about the pay.There’s also the pleasure of working outdoors.Guillaume Meyer/AFP/Getty Images OMAHA, Neb. — There’s a clan of semi-nomadic tradesmen quietly watching for a sign that, somewhere on the horizon, there might be a resolution to the Keystone XL dispute.[np_storybar title=”U.S. won’t be rushed into Keystone decision, says secretary of state after Canada accuses it of foot-dragging” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/17/keystone-xl-kerry-baird-2014/?__lsa=5794-4cc0″%5DSecretary of State John Kerry said the environmental analysis on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline isn’t complete and vowed not to rush even as Canadian officials said the process has dragged on too long and demanded a decision.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]The Berringer brothers have travelled far, and often, to build pipelines like their dad did. Between the now-retired father and his two burly boys, their total combined experience adds up to about a century.And in all that prodigious pipeline-laying history, they say, not once have they ever witnessed a struggle like the one Keystone XL.The Berringer boys happen to have a few bucks riding on the outcome.They’d expect their union to land them some sort of construction work this summer, somewhere, but apparently nothing pays like pipelines.If it goes through I’m going to pay off a lot of my bills“If it goes through I’m going to pay off a lot of my bills,” said Jason Berringer, a 43-year-old from Yorktown, Iowa.“If not, I’m gonna be carrying them bills a little longer.”American pipeline workers have become a human football in the political debate over the long-delayed Keystone XL plan, designed to increase Canadian pipeline capacity into the U.S. by about 25 per cent.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird referred to them last week in Washington when he pleaded for a decision before the construction season so that workers aren’t left sitting at home, waiting for the phone to ring.AP Photo/Cliff Owen
Over 4000 people are still housed in IDP camps in Jaffna, Minister of Resettlement and Rehabilitation D M Swaminathan informed Parliament today.He said that 1318 families consisting of 4737 people are living in 32 IDP camps in Jaffna. The Minister was responding to a question posed by EPDP leader Douglas Devananda in Parliament. Swaminathan said that funds have been allocated to meet the basic requirements of the IDPs and additional funds will also be made available when required.
A 31-year-old teacher in Ajax has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old student. Krystal Wilson, also known as Krystal Clunis, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference. The alleged incidents are believed to have happened while Wilson was working at da Vinci Public School in Ajax during the 2017 to 2018 school year and involve a 10-year-old boy.She is currently a teacher at Roland Michner Public School on Ritchie Ave. in Ajax.Police say Wilson has also worked at Vincent Massey Public School and Dr. SJ Phillips in Oshawa.Investigators want to ensure there are no other victims and are asking anyone with additional information about the investigation to contact Det. Cst. Dalziel at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5334.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called for a moratorium on the deportation of Indonesian asylum seekers in Malaysia amid persistent reports that authorities there are planning to deport some 250 people who fled conflict in the province of Aceh.High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers noted that the reports were at odds with recent assurances from Malaysian officials that persons fleeing the conflict in Aceh would not be sent back to a situation that could endanger their lives and well-being. Speaking from Geneva yesterday, he said he hoped that following his recent telephone discussions with senior Malaysian Foreign Ministry officials a moratorium on the deportations would be instituted. A high-level delegation from UNHCR is due to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, next week to discuss ways in which asylum issues can be addressed to meet protection needs. Over the past two weeks, several hundred asylum seekers were rounded up and arrested outside UNHCR’s Kuala Lumpur office and remain in detention, effectively barring them from exercising their right to seek international protection.
Opening a new complex to house United Nations offices in Germany, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today praised the central role support for the world Organization has long played in German foreign policy.“One might even say that UN ideals have become part of the country’s very identity. Having themselves known the horror of war, and the errant path a society can take, the German people are strongly committed to peace, human rights and sustainable development – and not just at home,” he said in Bonn, citing German participation in peacekeeping from Afghanistan to the Balkans and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “With today’s opening of this campus, Germany’s commitment to the United Nations grows deeper still. The renowned ‘Langer Eugen,’ which formerly housed the parliamentarians of a divided Germany, is now the place where all UN agencies are united, and will work as a single family.” Bonn serves as a headquarters for UN bodies whose tasks range from mitigating and adapting to climate change and saving migratory animals and endangered species to protecting 1 billion people the consequences of land degradation and improving early warning of natural disasters.It also hosts UN Volunteers, which sends thousands of people all around the world to help with the essential work of economic and social development.At a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr. Annan was asked whether the UN depended too much on the United States. “The United States is the only superpower in the world. It has a leadership role within the Organization, but it cannot act alone. It has to act with the other Member States,” he said. “The UN needs the United States and the United States needs the UN, and we need to work together, and I think by and large on many occasions we are able to work together, but we do have our differences. There are situations where we differ and I think it ought to be possible for us to differ and still work together.”He noted that the UN worked better when all its key Member States shared a common view of which direction the Organization should take.“If there are bitter differences between the US and the UN, either with the other UN Members or with the Secretary-General and the Secretariat, it does lead to problems, but I think we can function and do function with the US despite some of the difficulties we have had, and which is natural,” he said. “We shouldn’t be too overly upset about it. The main thing is that we should accept the UN’s interest to serve the interests of all States, large and small, and that it is the only indispensable organization we have and we must all support it.”Meanwhile today, a spokesman for the Secretary-General announced that he would attend the pledging conference for the African Union force in Darfur, Sudan, scheduled to take place in Brussels on 18 July.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini in a swap involving three former first-round picks.Schmaltz is off to a slow start with two goals and nine assists in 23 games, but the forward is just 22 years old and is coming off a breakout season. He was selected by Chicago with the 20th pick in the 2014 draft.The Blackhawks are hoping Strome will benefit from a change of scenery after a tough start to his NHL career with the Coyotes. He went No. 3 overall in 2015, one spot ahead of Toronto star Mitch Marner, but the 6-foot-3 forward has just seven goals and nine assists in 47 career games.Perlini, 22, has two goals and four assists) in 22 games this year. He set career highs with 17 goals and 13 assists in 74 games last season.The deal was announced Sunday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
The Men’s Junior IHF World Championship today will start in Algeria. The 24 best national teams in generation 1996 will have, once again and for the last time, chance to fight for the medals in youth categories.SCHEDULE ← Previous Story Hungarian giRls and Spanish boys rule the Beach Handball world Next Story → ALGERIA 2017: Perfect start for France and Slovenia
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The president of the Mundial host, Vladimir Putin in a rallying call before tournament says Russia will “fight until the end” even though they head into the World Cup in poor form.The side automatically qualified as hosts but they are the lowest ranked of the 32 teams at the tournament and are without a win in 2018. However, they will launch the World Cup on Thursday when they face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.“Our team have not achieved big results in recent times,” said Putin according to BBC.Russia’s last win came on 7 October when they beat South Korea 4-2 in a friendly in Moscow. Since then they have lost to Argentina, Brazil, France and Austria and drawn with Iran, Spain and Turkey.However, Putin expects Stanislav Cherchesov’s side to raise their game with a population of 144 million willing the hosts on.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“We very much expect – all fans and lovers of football in Russia – expect the team to play with dignity, for them to show modern, interesting football, and to fight until the end,” added Putin.Russia are ranked 70th in Fifa’s world rankings – three places below opening opponents Saudi Arabia. After Thursday, Russia move to Saint Petersburg to face Egypt on 19 June before rounding off their Group A programme against Uruguay in Samara on 25 June.Cherchesov knows his players need to discover some confidence.“I am not a therapist able to reassure anyone,” he said after a 1-1 draw against Turkey on 5 June.“We are making progress and our main task is to believe in ourselves. We also need the fans to believe in us.”
May 9, 2018 Updated: 10:20 PM Sasha Foo, Video of sheriff’s deputies arresting Vista father and son prompts internal investigation Posted: May 9, 2018 Sasha Foo A bystander recorded the arrest on Monday, showing two men being detained following a domestic violence complaint. The video which has gone viral is stirring comment and in some cases, criticism about the deputies’ use of force. In the clip, 50-year-old Gerardo Martinez is being escorted by two deputies and then pushed into a wooden fence. His son, 24-year-old Gerardo Martinez Junior, is pinned to the ground by four deputies, as one of them strikes him several times in the head.The Sheriff’s Department said the incident occurred after deputies responded to a call from a woman who said she was a victim of domestic violence. Deputies said the younger man had a weapon and was holding the woman against her will.According to a spokesperson for the department, “During the subsequent arrest, the parties in the video fought with deputies and this is a small portion of a much larger incident.”The Reverend Shane Harris, who heads the local chapter of the civil rights group, National Action Network, said the actions he saw on the video were “egregious.” He said the men were already in handcuffs and did not need to be forcibly restrained.“So wait a minute, why do we need six men after the arrest was made, to be pulling these men down, as if they’re some rag doll and pushing his head against the pavement? We have real questions in regards to that,” Harris said.He said the Sheriff’s Department should set up an independent review of the incident.“They already said they launched an internal investigation which we know is not going to work because you’re investigating yourself. Let’s be fair here. Let’s be transparent here,” Harris said.The Sheriff’s Department said its internal investigation would be comprehensive and would include a review of the video from the deputies’ body-worn cameras. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies have been reassigned to administrative duties and an internal investigation is underway, following the surfacing of a video that shows deputies making an arrest in Vista. Video of sheriff’s deputies arresting Vista father and son is going viral. Local civil rights leader asks for independent investigation to look into the deputies’ use of force. @KUSINews. pic.twitter.com/NUpU525YiU— Sasha Foo KUSI (@SashaFooKUSI) May 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Vancouver and Battle Ground residents aren’t the only ones who can expect a 1 percent increase to their cities’ property tax levies.Vancouver approved the increase at its Dec. 2 city council meeting. Camas, Washougal, La Center and Ridgefield also will see tax increases in 2014.For some outlying cities, the increase will be used to backfill flagging general funds. Others will use it to boost growing coffers. And most plan to emphasize capital construction projects.With property valuations increasing, the 1 percent bump — the most allowed in a given year — is anticipated to give cities a little extra wiggle room. “It does provide us with consistent funding over the years,” said Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow.The 1 percent increase reflects the amount cities can collect, so the change won’t necessarily result in tax increases for all residents. Because assessed values fluctuate, the tax liability for a property owner may be more than the 1 percent, or less, said Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick.Looking aheadIn Ridgefield, Onslow said he was confident of the city’s financial footing in 2014, following a 2013 building boom that resulted in houses going up at a feverish pace.In 2013, Ridgefield was the third-fastest-growing city in Washington, with the number of residents jumping by 4.7 percent. That level of growth isn’t sustainable, city officials say, even though the city expects to grow in the years to come. The population is expected to edge up by another 4.5 percent over the next three years. Click to enlarge
International Business Machines (IBM) on Monday, dismissed rumours surrounding a Forbes report claiming the company is to cut about 1,12,000 jobs.The report read that technology firm would cut about 26% of its workforce, which would be one of the largest-ever layoffs. It had 4,31,212 employees as of end-2013. The IT company said in its earnings report, released a week ago, that it would trim its staff by ‘several thousand’ employees, adding that those affected would represent a “small fraction,” of Forbes’s claim, IBM told Reuters in an emailed statement.The company has been trying to reshape its over-four-lakh-strong employee base, by laying off people in certain business areas, even as it recruits staff in new growth businesses.Last week, Silicon Valley technology gossip columnist Robert Cringely wrote that IBM planned to go for a sudden 26% cut to its global workforce, rather than choosing to do so gradually.Workforce Rebalancing”IBM does not comment on rumours, even ridiculous or baseless ones,” read the company email. “If anyone had checked information readily available from our public earnings statements, or had simply asked us, they would know that IBM has already announced the company has just taken a $600 million charge for workforce rebalancing. This equates to several thousand people, a small fraction of what’s been reported.”Meanwhile, Bernstein research analyst Toni Sacconaghi estimates that 8,000 employees could be affected by the current move, in line with recent years.In a note to his clients, he said that over the last seven years the IT company has taken an annual restructuring charge ranging from $450 million to $1.5 billion, adding employee layoffs to be in the range of 6,500 and 21,500 a year, for the corresponding period.
map of khulnaA mobile court in Khulna on Saturday sentenced a local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to one-year jail for stalking a female SSC examinee at Chuknagar in Dumuria upazila, reports UNB.The mobile court led by Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and executive magistrate Shahnaz Begum handed down the verdict at Chuknagar Dibbyapalli Secondary School compound in the noon, said Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Dumuria police station.The convicted BCL leader Ahmed Rony, 26, is the organising secretary of Chuknagar Degree College unit and son of Fazlur Rahman Mollah of Mothbaria village.Atlia union parishad chairman Protap Kumar Roy said Rony used to disturb the girl on her way to the school.
X Listen NASA/Aubrey Gemignani via FlickrFILE PHOTO: Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) held a full-committee event Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC to allow members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology an opportunity to ask astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman questions through a live downlink with the International Space Station (ISS).The House Science Committee held hearings Tuesday, focusing on the risk that Russia or other foreign states might try to manipulate the outcome of the presidential election.The hearing followed a series of cyberattacks on U.S. political targets over the summer. First came the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s systems, releasing e-mails embarrassing to Hillary Clinton just ahead of the party’s nominating convention.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“The attacks on voter registration databases in Illinois and Arizona are the latest instances of such attacks, this time with alleged ties to Russia,” said Congressman Lamar Smith of central Texas, chairman of the House Science Committee. “We have yet to take decisive steps to defend ourselves and deter attackers.”Dan Wallach is a computer scientist and voting machine security expert at Rice University. He testified the U.S. must prepare for the possibility that Russia or other adversaries would try to attack America’s election systems.“My number one concern is our voter registration databases, because they are online,” Wallach said, “and if an attacker can damage or destroy the voter registration databases, they could disenfranchise a significant number of voters, leading to long lines and other difficulties. The provisional voting process requires filling out affidavits. It’s slow. It takes time. And that wouldn’t work for millions of voters.”Wallach said such attackers need not go after every county in every state to tip a national election. They would only need to concentrate their efforts in a few battleground states, where a small nudge could have a large impact. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:25