Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Andra ShefferCEO, Independent Production FundThe IPF invests in the production of scripted drama series created for any platform – digital or traditional television.She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She lectures on the business of television and digital media and is the editor of publications about the business of TV and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s Guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Producers (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and television production in Canada (1986 & 1995).She also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally. She has been awarded the Digital Media Trail Blazer award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Champion of Digital Innovation Tribute at Merging Media , an Award of Excellence by the Digi Awards, an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Youth Media Alliance, and has been inducted as an Industry Builder into the Playback Hall of Fame.Elizabeth Friesen, Executive Director, Telus FundElizabeth Friesen is Executive Director of the TELUS Fund overseeing finance, administration, operations and program design. Elizabeth is also a certified Project Management Professional and brings more than 25 years of senior leadership experience and a proven set of tools and techniques to her consulting engagements. In 2010, Elizabeth obtained a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University and Prosci certification as a Change Management Professional. She has since managed implementation of a renewed medical education curriculum at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, analysis of distributed education alternatives for the Province of Alberta, and the launch of a new channel for Knowledge Network. Langara College and CMPA have also engaged Elizabeth to facilitate meetings and build consensus across complex stakeholder groups. Former senior positions include Chief Operating Officer at Telefilm Canada where Elizabeth was responsible for a +$100M portfolio of media investments. She also led English, French and International Operations, research and strategic planning, and the launch of innovative public private initiatives.John DippongNational Project Lead, Western Region and OntarioJohn Dippong is National Project Lead – Western Region and Ontario, based in Telefilm Canada’s Vancouver office. He is responsible for identifying and implementing regional strategies, partnerships and special initiatives, and managing Telefilm’s Promotion Program. John was also Western Region Feature Film Executive for 12 years, where he was responsible for managing Telefilm’s portfolio of feature film development and production decisions. Prior to joining Telefilm, John worked in feature film production and film festival organization and programming.Christine ChiuAnalyst, CreativeBCChristine is an analyst in the development department for the Project Development Fund, Passport to Markets and International Industry Initiatives programs.Prior to working at Creative BC, Christine worked for ten years in the business affairs departments at various film and television production companies in Vancouver and Toronto. She also worked in film and TV distribution sales in Toronto and Hong Kong.Kim GuiseDirector of Local and Original Programming, TelusKim Guise oversees a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and organizations. Since joining TELUS in 2013, Kim has played a key role in setting TELUS’ local content strategy and enabling TELUS to be an innovator and leader in local programming and the creative industries. Kim is passionate about enabling people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to tell stories that are meaningful to them and their communities.Suzanne LaceyProgram Manager Bell FundPrior to the Bell Fund Suzanne held numerous management positions in the media industry from project management to broadcast scheduling and executive in charge of production for factual and dramatic series. A Queen’s Film graduate, Suzanne was a decision maker at the Hot Docs Industry Forum for several years and has a certificate in Digital Media from OCAD.Christine LarsenVWF Board of DirectorsModeratorMedia insider Christine is the latest addition as Co-Chair to the VWF family. Christine is a veteran media business consultant, with an extensive background at Creative BC and BC Film. For more than a decade, she has managed industry relationships for development funding, digital media strategies, broadcast and distribution. Christine is a former Executive Board member for Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) where she served for 2 years and is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious WIFTV Wayne Black Service Award.CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE VANCOUVER WEB FESTGet your tickets and passes to this amazing festivaleBOSS Canada has a 50% off discount for talentClick HERE to register and use Promo Code: VWF18Talent Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Need funding for your next project? Come to the 2018 Vancouver Web fest and meet Canada’s Funders. 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Police and Indigenous blockades going up work to begin again on BCPolice and Indigenous blockades going up work to begin again on BC
On Thursday, hereditary chiefs struck a deal with the RCMP to abide with an interim court injunction by not blocking access to the work site.In exchange, the chiefs said members of the First Nation would not be arrested and the Unist’ot’en camp would be allowed to remain intact.Chief Na’Moks said they made the temporary agreement to protect Wet’suwet’en members, some of whom were already traumatized after another checkpoint was dismantled and 14 people were arrested on Monday.The Unist’ot’en is a house group within the five clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.The agreement applies to an interim court injunction, which is meant to prevent anyone from impeding the company’s work until the defendants, which include members of the Unist’ot’en camp, file a response.Some members of the Wet’suwet’en say the company does not have authority to work on their territory without consent from the nation’s hereditary clan chiefs. SMITHERS, B.C. – The RCMP lifted an exclusion zone Friday that cut off public access to a forest service road in northern British Columbia at the site of a confrontation this week between Mounties and opponents of a natural gas pipeline.Police say the public and media can travel on the road in the Wet’suwet’en First Nation territory but the RCMP will be patrolling it to ensure everyone’s safety.Earlier Friday, a convoy of work trucks passed through the police roadblock heading to the Unist’ot’en healing camp to dismantle barriers that had blocked workers from starting construction on the Coastal GasLink pipeline. TransCanada Corp. says it has signed benefit-sharing agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the pipeline route. Its Coastal GasLink pipeline would run from northern B.C. through the Wet’suwet’en territory to LNG Canada’s $40 billion export terminal in Kitimat.Coastal GasLink president Rick Gateman said the agreement lays the groundwork for the company to have free access to the area for pre-construction and construction work on the pipeline.The RCMP said in a news release Thursday that police would continue “roving patrols” of the Morice West Forest Service Road.The Mounties said they also set up a temporary RCMP detachment on the road that will be staffed by general duty police officers who “will undergo cultural awareness training on the Wet’suwet’en traditions and will have enhanced training in conflict resolution.”
RCMP find boat in Northern Manitoba search for Kam McLeod and BryerRCMP find boat in Northern Manitoba search for Kam McLeod and Bryer
This is the damaged aluminum boat found by #rcmpmb officers on the shores of the Nelson River during a helicopter search on friday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/56Ez8alVTs— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 4, 2019The RCMP say members of the team are highly trained and have access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.Earlier this week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba. In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province. So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips.The Underwater Recovery Team is about to search an area of interest. Police say a damaged aluminum boat was spotted on the shore of the Nelson River on Friday. pic.twitter.com/CRCtast2F5— Joe Scarpelli (@ScarpelliGlobal) August 4, 2019Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911. Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, the RCMP have confirmed the pair were seen in a Fairview Gas Station on July 20. The sighting was not reported to the RCMP until several days later. This is the second confirmed sighting of the pair in Alberta. The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba. The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019. GILLAM, M.B. – RCMP have started to search the Nelson River near Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation in the hunt for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.On Sunday the RCMP confirmed they called in Underwater Recovery Team on Friday after finding RCMP officers searching from a helicopter, located a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River.Based on this new information, five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. They arrived in Gillam on Saturday, August 3rd, and are expected to conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today.
Brock becomes first Canadian university to sign scholarship agreement with island ofBrock becomes first Canadian university to sign scholarship agreement with island of
The doors to a Canadian education have now been opened for students in the Caribbean island nation of Curaçao.Located about 65 kilometres north of Venezuela in the Lesser Antilles, Curaçao is known for its beaches, coral reefs and a strong education system with students eager to leave the island for their post-secondary education.A memorandum of understanding signed on Feb. 16 made Brock the first university in Canada to implement a scholarship agreement with the country.The agreement will enable Curaçaoan students to use their nation’s educational loan program (similar to OSAP in Ontario) to pay for an international education at Brock. The students will also have full access to Brock University’s various scholarship programs.“Brock is very excited by this new partnership as it establishes a mutually beneficial relationship through education and the exchange of knowledge,” said Director of Brock International Leigh-Ellen Keating.The Ministry of Education in Curaçao believes that the geopolitical position of their country, unique socio-economic resources and national commitment to sustainable economic growth through renewable energy provides valuable learning and research opportunities for both Curaçao and Brock.“Brock would like to celebrate and build on the success of its Curaçaoan student population and we look forward to future students from the island choosing to make Brock their educational home,” said Keating.Curaçao joins Brock’s growing international community representing more than 100 countries on campus.
Venezuelas youth are abandoning their homeland Ireland is their destinationVenezuelas youth are abandoning their homeland Ireland is their destination
CITIZENS OF VENEZUELA’S socialist revolution have grown accustomed to long lines for everything from bread to buying a car.But 26-year-old Daniela Rodriguez hopes this line will be her last.Like some 50 other college students and graduates, she’s been lounging for the past three days on the cement sidewalks of a busy Caracas office district waiting for a consulate stamp that she hopes will be her ticket to a brighter future. Her destination? Ireland a country she knows almost nothing about. Not that it matters.Daniela Rodriguez laughs with friends as she waits outside Ireland’s consulate in Caracas. (Pic: AP Photo/Fernando Llano)“I’ll blindly go anywhere,” said Rodriguez, who has been unable to find work as a journalist since graduating college in 2010, instead working as a sales clerk at a clothing store. “Here you kill yourself just to get nowhere, but outside Venezuela in two years your effort pays off.”The sentiment is widely shared by Venezuela’s best and brightest, who are abandoning their homeland in droves rather than wait for a punishing currency crisis, record shortages and 50 per cent inflation to ease. But not everyone is fleeing the madness. Some Venezuelans are posing as students and recycling on the black market increasingly scarce hard currency meted out at the official exchange rate to pay for schooling abroad.Amid the desperate search for opportunities abroad, Ireland has emerged as an almost ideal escape.The country has long attracted language students from all over the world, and unlike the US, Australia and Canada, Venezuelans don’t need a visa to enter the European Union.And while Spain, for years the preferred destination for Latin American emigrants, has youth unemployment of above 50 per cent, the Irish economy is recovering steadily from Europe’s financial crisis. Venezuelans already studying there report that it’s easy to find work. “It’s very sad that having invested so much in institutions to develop quality human resources we can’t take advantage of them to add dynamism to the economy,” said Anitza Freitez, a Caracas-based demographer who has studied migratory trends.She estimates the number of Venezuelans living abroad jumped 12 per cent between 2005 and 2010, a pride-shattering reversal for a country whose oil-fueled prosperity made it a magnet for immigrants from southern Europe and South America for much of the last half-century.Ties with Ireland stretch back to Venezuela’s 19th century war of independence, one of Liberator Simon Bolivar’s closest aides was an Irish military officer named Daniel O’Leary. But until recently fewer than 200 Venezuelans were living there, according to Freitez’s research.Now, Venezuelans rival Brazilians, a country with a population seven times larger, as the biggest foreign student population at many language schools in Ireland.And the exodus keeps building.Seda College in Dublin said it received 7,640 unique visitors to its website from Venezuela in January, equal to a third of total inquiries for all of 2013. MeQuieroIr.com, or “I Want To Go,” a Venezuelan website that provides information to people looking to emigrate, also reported record traffic this month at twice the normal levels.So popular has Dublin become among Venezuela’s youth that leading satirical website El Chiguire Bipolar recently joked it had become Venezuela’s safest city, a reference to the violent crime that overruns Venezuelan streets, another factor driving people overseas.A man completes a form outside Ireland’s consulate in Caracas. (Pic: AP Photo/Fernando Llano)“This isn’t like previous waves we saw after elections,” said Esther Bermudez, MeQuieroIr.com’s founder, who moved to Montreal in 2007 fed up with currency controls that made it impossible to do business with advertisers and suppliers abroad. “Interest in leaving seems more sustained, less emotional, as people come to grips with the structural crisis the country is facing.”That disillusionment can be felt outside the Honorary Consulate in Caracas, where for the past six months, and more intensely since the economy took a turn for the worst in November, students gather every day before dawn.Sometimes the lines are 200 deep, drawing complaints from passing office workers and forcing a rotating cadre of self-appointed leaders to maintain a 24-hour vigil so that nobody jumps the line when the consulate, which operates out of a law office, opens between 10am and noon.They’re all there to cross the same Rubicon: obtaining a stamp certifying their enrollment letter sent from Ireland.With that paper in hand, they can navigate the bureaucratic labyrinth created by a decade of rigid currency controls and buy hard currency at the official exchange rate of 6.3 bolivars per US dollar, 12 times cheaper than on the black market.Ireland’s foreign ministry told says that it has also detected a small number of fraudulent applications but wouldn’t provide details. The talk among the students and hired fixers on the sidewalk is that the consul’s stamp was recently counterfeited.Early morning queues at the Irish consulate. (Pic: AP Photo/Fernando Llano) Unlike other foreign students, Venezuelans also face obstacles opening bank accounts in Ireland because of fear they could be used to illegally transfer money, said Tiago Mascarenhas, Seda’s marketing director.Some students, while acknowledging that the system lends itself to fraud, say the real abuses are being carried out by President Nicolas Maduro’s government, which has allowed supermarket shelves go bare and inflation to skyrocket even as it sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves.“If the government is suspicious then they should present proof,” said Rodriguez, who says that a third of her close friends have already left Venezuela. “It’s not our fault the country isn’t progressing.”Read: Higgins to meet Chilean president on first full day of South America trip >Read: President and Tánaiste express sadness at death of Hugo Chavez >
Woolwich accused disrupts court hearings shouting Im a soldierWoolwich accused disrupts court hearings shouting Im a soldier
Really and truly it’s about the good, honest, decent, hardworking British members of society, whether they be Muslim or non-Muslim. They are the ones that have suffered the most.He also complained about the examination of his genitals ahead of his court appearance, adding: “I cried like a baby, you know, into my sleeve.”When he was reprimanded by judge Nigel Sweeney for interrupting, he replied: “Stop trying to stifle the truth.”But he later praised the judge after Sweeney let him have his handcuffs removed in the video-link room at Belmarsh prison, on the understanding that two prison officers sit beside him.“That man who is wearing the white wig and the red robe. May Allah bless that man because he has had the courage to do something that many wouldn’t have had the courage to do,” he said.Adebolajo’s case will return to the Old Bailey on June 28, when it will join up with that of his co-accused, Adebowale.- © AFP, 2013 ONE OF THE TWO men accused of murdering a British soldier in London repeatedly interrupted his bail hearing today to shout “I’m a soldier” and accuse the judge of stifling the truth.The video-link connecting Michael Adebolajo, 28, from prison to the Old Bailey central criminal court was eventually switched off after the judge asked him several times to be quiet.Adebolajo is accused along with another man, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, of hacking soldier Lee Rigby to death in broad daylight near a barracks in Woolwich, south east London, two weeks ago.He is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm.In his second appearance in court since being charged on Saturday, Adebolajo was still wearing a plaster cast on his left arm after being shot by police at the scene of the murder.He has been seen by psychiatrists five times – three times in hospital and at least twice since he was discharged on Friday – and has been declared fit for interview each time, the court heard.Defence lawyer David Gottlieb said: “It’s the prosecution’s case that he is completely sane. He doesn’t suffer from any mental disorder at all. Mr Hamza agrees with that”.Adebolajo asked at an earlier hearing to be referred to as Mujaahid Abu Hamza.While his mental state was discussed, he interjected: “I’m not familiar with this legal jargon. I’m a soldier, not a lawyer.”Wearing a burgundy top with a pink jumper, Adebolajo complained that the hearing was not about him, “even though I played a major part in proceedings”. He said:
United Airlines forgot the courts of public opinion and law are twoUnited Airlines forgot the courts of public opinion and law are two
Of course, United handled the situation appallingly. They were slow to respond when everybody was talking about it. When their chief executive, Oscar Munoz, came out to apologise at first, he used terrible jargon and ‘legalese’.He said he was sorry for having to “re-accommodate” the customer, not for the forceful extraction, and said he would be “reaching out” to the man. Not the language of a man who was named PR Week’s communicator of the year only one month ago.Munoz also said in a staff email that the guy was “disruptive and belligerent”. Even if he was, the airline lost that argument as soon as the video went viral. United eventually changed its tone, but only after the incident attracted a massive amount of media attention.The magnitude of that particular PR crisis was enormous, but it shows that it could happen to anyone. All companies should learn to conduct themselves properly in the eye of a social media storm.Here’s my advice for how companies should handle such a scenario:Swift actionHow quickly you respond to a crisis will define how the whole thing plays out. In the United case, the airline forgot that the court of public opinion and the court of law are two completely different things.In many crises, the lawyers usually get to the chief executive before the communicators do. Then you end up with a legal response to the issue like the one Munoz first gave, which only exacerbates the problem and the crisis rolls on.The trick is to ask yourself: how quickly can you act on a complaint and how can you take a substantive, caring response to the problem?If you act in a human way and acknowledge the problem that you’re involved in, you’ll be able to deal with it better.It will still be painful. In some cases, you’ll have to pay compensation or suck up to some really ugly accusations. The quicker you do that, the better.Go offlineWhen you first start to get complaints online, you should try as quickly as possible to take the conversation offline, especially if it’s only a handful of angry customers at first. You don’t want to get involved in a ping-pong war with irate Twitter users.When you take the conversation offline, you can deal with the issue in a more personal manner. It shows the customer that you actually care about their problem.It’s important to remember, as well, that when your brand is talking to somebody through a social media account, the employee messaging back should always identify themselves.When people are in trouble, they want to deal with an actual person, not some kind of faceless Wizard of Oz. If somebody knows they’re talking to Jack at All Good Tales, the interaction is always easier than if they’re talking to a corporate edifice. A woman using her smartphone Source: Oliver Berg/DPA/PA ImagesDon’t try to be cleverI started my career as a press officer for the Progressive Democrats. During my time, I had to deal with a number of scandals. You can have a plan in place for all sorts of scenarios, but when you’re in the middle of a crisis, the first thing that comes under savage attack is your judgement.Your brain works in really different in that situation – when senior people come under fire, it’s a really difficult and lonely place to be. Even the most well-thought-out plan can go out the window.Think of that famous Mike Tyson quote, “Everybody’s got a plan till they get a punch in the mouth.”What happens to lots of people when they’re in the middle of a crisis is they think: what’s the minimum I can get away with? Instead, they should find the maximum they’re willing to give to get the problem to go away.There’s a concept I talk about in crisis communications courses I’ve done where I say, “Imagine if had to write a cheque so the problem would go away, but you could only do it once. How large would that cheque be?”It reminds people that, in a crisis, they’re not supposed to be trying to get away with as little as possible.Senior management should all sing from the same hymn sheet. They should act swiftly and try to make one big decision to make the whole thing go away. If you need to be sorry, be sorry. Don’t be defensive or give a vague, legal answer to questions.One media moment that burned in my mind was when Ivan Yates had to shut down Celtic Bookmakers in 2011.He went on Sean O’Rourke the day the company went into receivership, and in his opening statement he said it was his fault the company couldn’t be saved. Ivan Yates Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieHe said he felt terrible, but the problem wasn’t just about him. He acknowledged that there were hundreds of people who gave their life’s work to the company who would be out of a job.The minute he had that opening statement finished, there wasn’t a substantial question left to ask him.The overall piece of advice I would give to companies is when you’re dealing with a crisis, leave no question unanswered. You’ll minimise the crisis in the long run and get to move on from it quicker.Jack Murray is chief executive and founder of communications agency All Good Tales. This article was written in conversation with Conor McMahon as part of a series of masterclasses with some of Ireland’s most influential business people.If you want to share your opinion, advice or story, email email@example.com.Written by Jack Murray and posted on Fora.ie Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3339015 Share Tweet Email4 Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: ‘United Airlines forgot the courts of public opinion and law are two very different things’ Communications expert Jack Murray delivers a masterclass in how to deal with a social media storm. Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 8:00 AM 450 Views THE FIRST HOUR of a PR crisis was traditionally called ‘the golden hour’. Today, thanks to Twitter, we’re probably talking about the golden nanosecond.What happens in every social media storm, big or small, is that you lose control of the narrative very quickly. Take the United Airlines scandal this week, when a passenger was dragged off a flight that was overbooked.The 40-second video that came out afterwards of the man being forcibly removed from the plane was disturbing – but it was a perfect social media moment.As jaw-dropping as it was, that video was absolute gold for media organisations. It was clickbait on an unbelievable level. And when your crisis becomes a commercial opportunity for everybody else, you’ve got a problem on a whole other level. By Fora Staff @United overbook #flight3411 and decided to force random passengers off the plane. Here’s how they did it: pic.twitter.com/QfefM8X2cW— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017 19 Comments Take me to Fora Source: Jayse D. Anspach/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 15th 2017, 8:00 AM
Calls for submissions on Direct Provision and asylum application improvementsCalls for submissions on Direct Provision and asylum application improvements
Calls for submissions on Direct Provision and asylum application improvements The current system was established in 1999 in response to a sharp increase in people seeking asylum in Ireland. Friday 3 May 2019, 6:00 AM Short URL 12,412 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22 Comments STAKEHOLDERS ARE BEING asked to make submissions on issues affecting people living in Ireland’s Direct Provision system as well as the international protection application process.The Justice and Equality committee is asking interested parties what can be done in the short-to-medium term to improve the welfare and conditions of people currently living in Direct Provision.Established in 1999 in response to a sharp increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Ireland, Direct Provision has been repeatedly critcised by migrant rights groups due to the length of time people remain in centres while their asylum applications or appeals are processed, the conditions of centres as well as the psychological effects on those living in these centres. In 2017, a blanket ban which prevented asylum seekers from working was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in May 2017. Barriers remain for people living in Direct Provision who wish to work, however, the Irish Refugee Council has said. The weekly allowance of €21.60 for Direct Provision residents has also been frequently criticised – though this was raised last year to €38.80 per week. Last week, residents of Mosney Direct Provision centre in Co Meath protested at the treatment by staff and management of a fellow-resident, leading the Irish Council for Civil Liberties to reiterate calls for independent inspections of Direct Provision centres to take place. ‘Better models’Since September, pressure has grown on the Department of Justice & Equality’s Reception & Integration Agency to accommodate those seeking international protection in Ireland.In addition to the 38 permanent Direct Provision centres around Ireland, there are currently over 500 asylum seekers living in hotels and B&Bs. Earlier this month, the department announced that Clondalkin Towers Direct Provision centre – due to close in June – will remain open until at least 2021.Three other centres are due to open in line with the ‘Independent Living’ model recommended by 2015′s McMahon report, which made 173 recommendations for Ireland’s asylum system. The department aims to open more centres in line with this model throughout 2019 and 2020, according to a spokesperson for the justice department. The justice committee has said it plans to look beyond the current Direct Provision system to “consider whether there are better models or alternatives we could pursue”. For the last number of years, there have been calls for the government to examine alternative models to the Direct Provision system. The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) has said it will be making a submission to the committee. The justice committee is also asking for submissions in relation to the efficiency of the current system of processing international protection claims “in order to bring policies, practices and laws into line with international best practice and standards”. The committee is due to commence a series of public hearings on Direct Provision issues on 22 May and said it plans to publish a findings report in the autumn.The closing date for submissions is 24 May. https://jrnl.ie/4615385 By Cónal Thomas Image: Asylum Archive May 3rd 2019, 6:01 AM Image: Asylum Archive Share52 Tweet Email1
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eleni Zaroulia, the wife of Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and an MP with the neo-Nazi party, prompted complaints in Parliament when she referred to migrants as “subhumans” who are “carrying all kinds of diseases.” The comment prompted Deputy Parliament Speaker Yiannis Dragasakis to ask Zaroulia, who has been appointed to the Council of Europe’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, to show more respect. Dragasakis asked if Zaroulia would be sharing the same views when attending the committee meetings. This week, 218 out of 300 MPs voted to lift the immunity of Golden Dawn deputy Costas Barbarousis after he was involved in a raid on an open-air market in Mesolongi, western Greece, last month, when migrants’ stalls were smashed. Source: Kathimerini
Twitter ajoute le partage d’images aux messages Depuis mercredi, les utilisateurs de Twitter ont la possibilité de joindre des images directement aux messages qu’ils postent sur le site de micro-blogging. Jusqu’à présent, ils devaient passer par un service annexe. Ça y est elle est arrivée. Annoncée depuis le 31 mai, la fonction partage d’images a enfin fait son apparition sur Twitter. Depuis mercredi, les utilisateurs ont la possibilité d’inclure des images directement dans leurs tweets et sans passer par les hébergeurs utilisés jusqu’ici. À lire aussiL’astronaute Reid Wiseman réalise le premier Vine de l’espacePour joindre une photo au texte, il suffit de cliquer sur l’icône “photo”, puis de parcourir le contenu de son disque et de choisir l’image. Un système beaucoup plus pratique que le précédent alors que les milliers de photos partagées chaque jour seront hébergées par Photobucket, note Metro france.Si les images s’affichent donc instantanément dans le feed, le système est tout de même limité puisque leur taille ne peut dépasser 3 mégaoctets. Néanmoins, d’ici la fin de l’année, d’autres options pourraient faire leur apparition tels que la possibilité de visualiser les galeries d’images envoyées par les utilisateurs, révèle Metro france. Le 11 août 2011 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambert
McClair Pogba needs more consistency to become worldclassMcClair Pogba needs more consistency to become worldclass
Ex-Manchester United forward Brian McClair demands more from an inconsistent, yet talented, Paul PogbaThe French midfielder scored for the fifth time in last Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton, but continues to be criticised for his rather underwhelming performances.United fans and critics alike believe Pogba is yet to deliver the kind of displays that saw the club fork out a then-world transfer fee of £89m to Juventus.But McClair, who used to be the director of United’s youth academy, knows first-hand just how talented Pogba is.And while manager Jose Mourinho reckons his happy with Pogba’s campaign, McClair knows the United academy graduate is capable of better things.The 54-year-old feels some more consistency from Pogba could help him on his way to true greatness.“Pogba is doing pretty well at Manchester United,” McClair told ESPN.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“There is a bit too much social media nonsense, which is nothing to do with playing football, but Pogba has scored some important goals and played well in important games.“World-class players grab the main events, the semi-finals and finals for club and country, the biggest league games. France won the World Cup this year.“But I don’t know how many people would say that one particular player grabbed the whole thing. Pele grabbed World Cups, Garrincha and [Diego] Maradona too.“[Michel] Platini grabbed European championships. Real Madrid, with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, [Luka] Modric and Sergio Ramos, grab the most important games when it really matters.“They change games when things are going against you. Lionel Messi does the same. Cristiano did it when he was at Manchester United.“A top Manchester United player needs to be at least 7/10 every game. And in the proper big games you need to make some 10/10 appearances.”Pogba has managed five goals and four assists in 13 appearances across all competitions for United this season.
The Real Madrid coach wants the Argentinean superstar to play for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.The first leg will be played tomorrow at night at Camp Nou, while the second leg is scheduled for February 27th at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.But Barca’s superstar Lionel Messi might not play the first leg of the Semifinal, because of a thigh problem in Saturday’s 2-2 Spanish La Liga draw with Valencia.“In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games,” Solari said to ESPN as he wants Messi to play this match.“That is how it is.”When asked if the doubt over Messi’s participation will change his preparation for the match, Solari replied: “Not at all.”“Nobody is undroppable in football,” he said after being asked about Vinicius JuniorMadrid will have one less day to prepare for the match, as Barcelona played earlier in the weekend, but for Solari, that’s just something that happens in football.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I hope not, although it is curious, to say the least,” Solari said.“We do not set the calendar, which is for La Liga [authorities] to answer for. We just have to go out there and give our best.”Madrid has a very difficult month of February, as they take on Barcelona tomorrow in Copa del Rey, then on Saturday, they visit Atletico Madrid.Next week Los Blancos will play against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and then will have two La Liga matches: against Girona and Levante.They end their February month hosting Barcelona in Copa del Rey action.🎙💬 This is what Solari had to say about tomorrow’s Clásico!#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Wi3GkRrs6b— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 5, 2019
Greenpeace protesters have climbed down from an Arctic-bound drill rig in the Pacific. The activists said rough waters drove them off their high-seas bivouac on Shell’s Polar Pioneer this Saturday — nearly a week after they climbed aboard.Download AudioOn Saturday, a federal judge in Anchorage also granted Shell’s request for a temporary restraining order against Greenpeace.U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason ordered Greenpeace to stay more than half a mile from the Polar Pioneer and Shell’s second rig, the Noble Discoverer. But she declined Shell’s request to have the order apply to all of the support vessels they hope to deploy in the Chukchi Sea this summer.Shell could try again as part of a longer-lasting injunction. For now, their temporary restraining order will expire on April 28.
Reuters fileThe government and the Banks Board Bureau will shortlist candidates for the next chairman of the the country’s largest bank, the State Bank of India, as present incumbent Arundhati Bhattacharya’s term will end in October, financial daily Economic Times said on Monday, citing a senior government official.The daily said the government intends to start the process early so that there is a smooth transition and the bank does not remain headless for a long period. “We want to avoid a situation where for some reason the appointment gets delayed as seen in cases of some state-run lenders,” the daily said, quoting the official, who added that such delays occurred despite getting vigilance clearances in advance.Four managing directors of the bank – Rajnish Kumar, B Sriram, PK Gupta and Dinesh Kumar Khara – are in the running to succeed Bhattacharya. Gupta and Khara have longer tenures left and so have a stronger case. Kumar and Sriram are set to retire in 2018, the daily said, saying that vigilance clearance for three of the MDs has been obtained already.Appointed in 2013 as the bank’s first woman chairman, Bhattacharya got a year’s extension in October 2016 as SBI was in the process of merging its associate banks like the State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself.Following the successful mergers in April, SBI accounted for nearly a quarter of all outstanding bank loans in India. It took nearly seven years after State Bank of Indore was merged with the country’s largest lender to complete this consolidation, Economic Times said.The paper quoted a senior BBB functionary as saying that the government would be looking at offering a fixed tenure for the bank chairman.In 2015, while selecting private sector candidates for five large public sector banks (PSBs), the government had offered fixed three-year tenures subject to the superannuation age of 60 years. The same year, management reforms in PSBs were initiated and the post of chairman and managing director-cum-CEO was split, except for SBI.In 2017-18, the bank has estimated growth (in business) of 10-12 per cent, and in fiscal 2019, it is pegged at 14 per cent.A qualified institutional placement (QIP) issuance by the bank to raise RS 15,000 crore through private placement on June 5 came on the back of a 43 per cent stock rally in the last one year.SBI said late last week that the QIP was oversubscribed, with demand exceeding Rs 27,000 crore and the issue getting priced at Rs 287.25 per share.It said exceptionally strong demand of over Rs 8,000 crore came from only foreign institutional investors. Overall, FII demand was in excess of Rs 11,000 crore.Anshula Kant, DMD & CFO of SBI, said in a Hindu Businessline report last week that for 2017-18 the bank has not fixed the resources that will be raised via divestment of non-core assets. Last year, the bank’s resource raising target via divestment of non-core assets was Rs 3,000 crore and it raised Rs 2,700 crore.
Burned madrasa girls family unhappy over police roleBurned madrasa girls family unhappy over police role
The madrasa student from Sonagazi, Feni who was set on fire. File photoOne among the four people who set a madrasa girl on fire in Sonagazi of Feni on 6 April has reportedly been arrested.The accused Shampa is a close relative of Siraj Ud Daula, the principal of the madrasa. The victim’s family had filed a case against him on 27 March alleging sexual abuses. The burned student, who is still in a critical condition, made a ‘dying declaration’ to the physicians at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital before being taken into life support. In her statement she said four persons including two women had carried out the attack and one of them was Shampa.Deputy inspector general of police’s Chittagong range, Khandaker Golam Faruque, told the media on Tuesday that they had detained Shampa from Mangalkandi union on 9 April.But the Sonagazi police station said the detainee was Umme Sultana alias Popy.These contradictory statements cast doubts over the arrest of Shampa. While DIG Faruque was asked on the contradiction of the two police statements, he said Popy and Shampa was the same person.The family of the madrasa student said, they could not rely on the local police administration. The police have been trying to hide the actual incident of the attempted murder of the girl and tried to change the case statement as well, they alleged.Family members of the girl at DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit said that an investigation should be carried out to know whose interest was being served by the Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain.When asked why they cannot trust Moazzem, the victim’s brother told Prothom Alo that the OC on 27 March had termed the case a concocted one, saying the victim had ‘made up a drama’. Their family was constantly being threatened, too, he added.Around one and half hours prior to the attack on his sister, Afsaruddin, an English teacher of the madrasa, threatened the family to withdraw the case, said the brother.Thirty hours after the incident, the OC told the media that there would be investigation to know if this was a suicide attempt or a murder attempt.The victim’s family members also said that Iqbal Ahmed, a sub-inspector of Sonagazi police station, took an interview of the victim on 6 April taking permission from the physicians of DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit. He recorded the interview and let them listen to it.But on Tuesday, it was discovered that the statement in which police took the signature of the victim’s brother had some information missing. The incident of tying the girl up before setting her on fire and the names of several crucial defendants were omitted.In the first statement, nine were named excluding the principal and including four anonymous women. Later at the protest of the victim’s family, councilor of Sonagazi municipality No. 4, Maqsud Alam, an alim student of the madrasa, Jobayer Ahmed, and hafez of madrasa owned hefezkhana, hafez Abdul Quader, were named.Several inhabitants of the area said the police station sent them messages asking not to join in any demonstration against the principal.The OC Moazzem Hossain, however, denied the allegations stating he never said the girl had tried to commit suicide.When asked, DIG Faruque said there was no scope to neglect such an issue and legal steps would be taken against the responsible ones.Four have been shown arrested and sent to the court of Feni Tuesday. Senior judicial magistrate Sharaf Uddin granted five-day remand for each of the four — Nur Hossain, Kefayet Ullah, Saidul Islam and Alauddin — all of whom are known as the principal’s men.According to sources in police, during an interrogation the detained madrasa office assistant Nurul Amin revealed that another allegation of sexual abuse was brought against the principal earlier, but the issue got lost after a probe committee was formed.The principal called in three girl students to his office on 27 March. One among them was allowed to enter the room. As the principal pressed calling bell after some time, the assistant went on and found the girl (who was later set on fire) sitting on the floor leaning her head down. As he took her out of the room, she started crying seeing her two friends.Sonagazi union council chairman Shamsul Arefin said the attack on the girl was premeditated and added the principal has a group of cadres who were involved in the incident.The physicians at DMCH carried out a surgery on the madrasa girl on Tuesday to make her lungs functional.”We have conducted the operation keeping her on life support,” Brigadier General Nasir Uddin, a director of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), told newsmen at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of DMCH on Tuesday.Nasir Uddin said the burned girl is facing a number of complications. Alongside blood and lung infection, she has developed problems in her kidney.Quoting Singapore physicians, he said she could not be taken abroad for treatment in such a critical condition. A group of physicians from Singapore General Hospital are due in Dhaka on 14 April on a pre-scheduled programme. They will visit the girl at that time.[Prothom Alo’s Sonagazi correspondent also contributed to this report]