• Expert Advisory Panel to Recommend Improvements in Longterm Care

    first_img In reviewing quality of care, there will be a focus on matters such as proper wound care, patient and worker safety, and appropriate care and protection of vulnerable persons. The panel has been asked to report back with recommendations by November 30. There are about 6,900 nursing home beds and 900 residential care facility beds in Nova Scotia that serve about 11,000 people each year. Janice Keefe, chair – director of Mount Saint Vincent University’s Nova Scotia Centre on Aging Dr. Greg Archibald – family doctor, wound care expert and head of Dalhousie University’s Department of Family Medicine Cheryl Smith – nurse practitioner, educator focusing on polypharmacy and dementia care Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey has appointed an expert advisory panel to look at ways to improve the quality of long-term care in Nova Scotia. “We want to make sure people living in our long-term care homes are getting the best care possible,” said Mr. Delorey. “Recent concerns have left us looking at what we can be doing differently and these experts will help guide us.” The three-member panel includes: Their work will include: identifying evidence-based solutions to improve quality of care in long-term care facilities recommending appropriate staffing levels, staff complement and skill mix for long-term care facilities advising on the recruitment and retention of long-term care stafflast_img read more

  • william Joins Jury for 1M Chivas Venture Startup Competition

    first_imgTech entrepreneur and creative innovator has been announced as a judge for the Chivas Venture – a global competition that gives away $1 million in no-strings funding every year to the world’s most promising social startups.Chivas Venture Judge will.i.amCredit/Copyright: Christopher ParsonsThe tech entrepreneur and seven-time Grammy Award winner will join a panel of expert judges at the Chivas Venture Global Final, hosted at Europe’s leading tech festival – TNW Conference – in Amsterdam on 24th May 2018. An entrepreneur and tech investor himself, brings with him significant experience in business and technology to inspire the Chivas Venture startups, and help him decide how the prize fund will be split between the five grand is the founder of I.AM.PLUS, a business which focuses on Artificial Intelligence for enterprise and smarter consumer products. He is also a philanthropist with a commitment to inspire young people to learn STEAM skills through his foundation. His role as a Coach on ‘The Voice’ UK and Mentor on ‘Planet of the Apps’ will prove invaluable in helping him judge the high-pressure business pitches from this year’s Chivas Venture comments:“I believe there’s an idea in everybody that could change the world for the better, and these inspiring startups are tackling some of the major social issues of our time. World-changing ideas deserve a global platform, so to our next generation of game-changing entrepreneurs I say: bring it on! The jury wants to see your passion and drive on stage at the Chivas Venture Global Final in Amsterdam next month.”Now in its fourth year, the Chivas Venture has, to date, received over 8,000 applications across six continents from entrepreneurs who are providing creative and viable solutions to an array of important global issues.Next month, the 27 startup leaders from around the world will go head-to-head in a series of quarter and semi-final pitches for a chance to pitch for a share of Chivas’ $1m fund at the hotly-anticipated Chivas Venture Global Final. The 27 contenders will be whittled down to five grand finalists, who will each have just five minutes to impress the expert judging panel and a 3,000-strong audience of tech addicts, investors, and entrepreneurs.Until 25th April 2018, the public can show their support for their favourite social startup by casting a vote via the Chivas Venture website. The public’s votes will determine how the first $200,000 in funding is split among the finalists, before the winners of the remaining $800,000 in funding are decided in will be joined on the judging panel by: Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard – parent company of Chivas Regal, who will be judging the competition for the fourth consecutive year; Sheila Herrling, Senior Fellow at The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation; and Kresse Wesling MBE, Co-Founder and Director of sustainable luxury brand Elvis & Kresse. The Chivas Venture Global Final will be hosted by BAFTA winning actor, writer, director and television presenter, Richard Ayoade, who will be taking to the TNW Conference stage to present this year’s final five.Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, comments:“The Chivas Venture is an initiative that is particularly close to my heart as it’s inspired by the founding brothers of Chivas Regal, James and John Chivas, who realised early on that success is much richer when we share it with others. Their spirit is something I witness come to life throughout my entire company every day – and we see that same spirit in our Chivas Venture entrepreneurs, who are all using business to change the world for the better.”“In just three years we have already seen a number of our inspiring social startups grow into successful businesses; overall, in 2017, Chivas Venture enterprises almost tripled their revenue compared to 2015. This year, the calibre of startups is extremely strong, and we have raised the stakes even further: the TNW Conference stage is set and we are ready to see the finalists deliver the pitch of their lives!”To learn more about the Chivas Venture global finalists, visit their pages here.last_img read more

  • New homes for Attawapiskat await ice road

    first_imgAPTN National NewFamilies in Attawapiskat are anxiously awaiting the arrival of new homes.The homes are awaiting shipment in Moosenee, Ont.From there they will be trucked to Attawapiskat over an ice road.The modular homes were built in Fredericton and trucked to Moosenee.A total of 22 homes will make the long trip once the ice is thick enough to handle the load.last_img

  • What Facebooks privacy policy allows may surprise you

    first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – To get an idea of the data Facebook collects about you, just ask for it. You’ll get a file with every photo and comment you’ve posted, all the ads you’ve clicked on, stuff you’ve liked and searched for and everyone you’ve friended — and unfriended — over the years.This trove of data is used to decide which ads to show you. It also makes using Facebook more seamless and enjoyable — say, by determining which posts to emphasize in your feed, or reminding you of friends’ birthdays.Facebook claims to protect all this information, and it lays out its terms in a privacy policy that’s relatively clear and concise. But few users bother to read it. You might be surprised at what Facebook’s privacy policy allows — and what’s left unsaid.Facebook’s privacy practices have come under fire after a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users. While past privacy debacles have centred on what marketers gather on users, the stakes are higher this time because the firm is alleged to have created psychological profiles to influence how people vote or even think about politics and society.Facebook defends its data collection and sharing activities by noting that it’s adhering to a privacy policy it shares with users. Thanks largely to years of privacy scandals and pressure from users and regulators, Facebook also offers a complex set of controls that let users limit how their information is used — to a point.You can turn off ad targeting and see generic ads instead, the way you would on television or in a newspaper. In the ad settings, you’d need to uncheck all your interests, interactions with companies and websites and other personal information you don’t want to use in targeting. Of course, if you click on a new interest after this, you’ll have to go back and uncheck it in your ad preferences to prevent targeting. It’s a tedious task.As Facebook explains, it puts you in target categories based on your activity. So, if you are 35, live in Seattle and have liked an outdoor adventure page, Facebook may show you an ad for a mountain bike shop in your area.But activity isn’t limited to pages or posts you like, comments you make and your use of outside apps and websites.“If you start typing something and change your mind and delete it, Facebook keeps those and analyzes them too,” Zeynep Tufekci, a prominent techno-sociologist, said in a 2017 TED talk .And, increasingly, Facebook tries to match what it knows about you with your offline data, purchased from data brokers or gathered in other ways. The more information it has, the fuller the picture of you it can offer to advertisers. It can infer things about you that you had no intention of sharing — anything from your ethnicity to personality traits, happiness and use of addictive substances, Tufekci said.These types of data collection aren’t necessarily explicit in privacy policies or settings.What Facebook does say is that advertisers don’t get the raw data. They just tell Facebook what kind of people they want their ads to reach, then Facebook makes the matches and shows the ads.Apps can also collect a lot of data about you, as revealed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The firm got the data from a researcher who paid 270,000 Facebook users to complete a psychological profile quiz back in 2014. But the quiz gathered information on their friends as well, bringing the total number of people affected to about 50 million.Facebook says Cambridge Analytica got the data inappropriately — but only because the app said it collected data for research rather than political profiling. Gathering data on friends was permitted at the time, even if they had never installed the app or given explicit consent.Ian Bogost, a Georgia Tech communications professor who built a tongue-in-cheek game called “Cow Clicker” in 2010, wrote in The Atlantic recently that abusing the Facebook platform for “deliberately nefarious ends” was easy to do then. What’s worse, he said, it was hard to avoid extracting private data.If “you played Cow Clicker, even just once, I got enough of your personal data that, for years, I could have assembled a reasonably sophisticated profile of your interests and behaviour,” he wrote. “I might still be able to; all the data is still there, stored on my private server, where Cow Clicker is still running, allowing players to keep clicking where a cow once stood.”Facebook has since restricted the amount of types of data apps can access. But other types of data collection are still permitted. For this reason, it’s a good idea to check all the apps you’ve given permissions to over the years. You can also do this in your settings.last_img read more

  • U.S. airports hit by shutdown-fuelled shortage of air traffic controllers

    WASHINGTON — Two of the busiest airports in the United States are reporting flight delays due to a shortage of air-traffic controllers, believed to be a direct result of a federal government shutdown that’s now in its 35th day.Arrivals at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey are being delayed by what the Federal Aviation Administration is calling a “slight increase” in sick leaves at two key air-traffic-control operations in Florida and Washington, D.C.According to the FAA’s website, arrivals at both airports are being delayed at their departure points — by up to 90 minutes at LaGuardia and an hour at Newark.The effects have hit Canadian airports, where departure boards are showing delays and outright cancellations of flights bound for American destinations.Air-traffic controllers are among the federal employees who are required to work without pay as a result of the partial government shutdown, the result of President Donald Trump’s dispute with Congress over funding for his southern border wall.A statement from the association says the impact is being managed by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic and allowing more space between flight departures, and urges travellers to check with airlines for information about possible delays.The Canadian Press read more

  • All that jazz Stingray Digital picks up Netherlands music channel operator

    by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 1:08 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email All that jazz: Stingray Digital picks up Netherlands music channel operator MONTREAL – Music services company Stingray Digital Group (TSX:RAY.A) announced its first acquisition as a public company on Thursday, buying Brava Group, an operator of three niche music channels based in the Netherlands.Stingray will become owner of the Brava NL and Brava HD channels, which are dedicated to opera, ballet and classical music, as well as, a blues, soul and gospel channel.The transaction includes an initial payment of $8 million and additional payments of up to $3 million based on performance.The company says together, the commercial-free TV channels have about 35 million subscribers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.Stingray, which pipes mood-setting music into retail stores like Aldo, Canadian Tire and McDonald’s across the globe, has been looking to expand its presence since raising about $140 million through an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange in June.The Montreal-based company also curates playlists for Stingray Music, a collection of Canadian cable TV channels formerly known as Galaxie Music before the company bought them from CBC/Radio-Canada.Stingray distributes music and video in 111 countries to pay-TV subscribers and businesses, and the acquisition of Brava Group will expand the company into another 23 countries, it said.“These acquisitions mark an important advance in our expansion strategy and accelerate our growth,” said Stingray president and CEO Eric Boyko.“We will leverage these three channels to strengthen our relationships with pay TV operators and their subscribers worldwide.” read more

  • Toronto stock market ends eightday winning streak as oil and loonie fall

    by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2016 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market ends eight-day winning streak as oil and loonie fall TORONTO – North American stock markets tumbled at the close Tuesday amid lower energy and metal prices and fresh concerns over the growth of China’s economy.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index snapped an eight-day winning streak by ending the day 72.55 points lower at 13,311.05, weighed down by metals and mining, energy and gold stocks.Metals stocks were the biggest decliner, falling by 7.32 per cent, with shares in miner First Quantum being biggest loser. Its stock was down 16 per cent, or $1.17, at $6.12 per share.Overnight, China reported that its exports plunged 25 per cent last month from a year earlier. The world’s second biggest economy blamed the weakness on falling global demand and the shutdown during the Lunar New Year holiday for the lower sales. Analysts were expecting poor trade data because of the holiday, but the figure is a bigger miss than they had anticipated.The data pulled down copper prices, as the May contract declined six cents to US$2.22 a pound.The Canadian dollar lost more than two-thirds of a cent, down 0.78 at 74.54 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 109.85 points at 16,964.10, while the broader S&P 500 index dropped 22.50 points to 1,979.26. The Nasdaq composite gave up 59.43 points at 4,648.82.John Wilson, chief executive at Sprott Asset Management, said the declines do not come as a surprise because markets have enjoyed a good run in recent weeks and were inevitably going to pull back sometime.“The real question is that what kind of news do we get from here that reaffirms this rally or puts it into question?” he asked.“That’s what the next month or so is going to be about. People trying to look for bread crumbs that say they’re on the right trail for buying these stocks or bread crumbs that say there was no basis for this rally and the situation is still difficult and you want to take your profits and run.”The Bank of Canada is expected to deliver its latest interest rate decision on Wednesday. It’s widely anticipated that the central bank will hold its overnight rate at 0.5 per cent, amid positive yet still tepid signs of economic growth.All eyes will also be on the latest policy meeting of the European Central Bank. Investors are expecting ECB President Mario Draghi to confirm that inflation across the 19-country eurozone has fallen back below zero, and that there will be further stimulus from the central bank.The losses on Bay and Wall Streets came as commodities pulled back.The April crude oil contract fell US$1.40 to US$36.50 a barrel, while the April gold contract dipped $1.10 at US$1,262.90 a troy ounce. The price of April natural gas gained two cents at US$1.71 per mmBtu.— With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

  • Cardale Jones starts Braxton Miller stars in Ohio States 4224 victory over

    Both Ohio State and Virginia Tech wore matching stickers on their helmets in honor of two Virginia journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were killed while on live television on August 26 in Roanoke, Virginia. OSU won 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Ohio State quarterback battle is over, but it was a former quarterback who stole the show for the Buckeyes in Monday night’s season opener.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller — making his first career start at H-back following three years as OSU’s starting quarterback — rushed for 62 yards and caught 78, scoring twice as the Buckeyes (1-0) took advantage after a first-half scare to top Virginia Tech (0-1), 42-24.“I love Braxton Miller,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “He made a lot of decisions that young people have to, and he did it for the best interest of his team, and that’s just when I think about that, it makes you feel good.”The biggest question surrounding the team throughout the offseason was answered when redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones took the field to begin the game. After the game, Jones said he was not aware of who the starter was until Meyer told him to take the field out of the sideline huddle.Jones, who was entrenched in a battle with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett throughout the spring and summer, had mixed results in his first career regular-season start, completing nine of 18 passes for 186 yards. The Cleveland product threw for two touchdowns and an interception, as well.“I thought (Jones did) OK,” Meyer said. “I expect more. The turnover, you just don’t do that, throwing across, start scrambling around, but once again it’s a good team we played against, so we’ll take it and get better.”Eluding a nearly constant Virginia Tech pass rush on the opening drive, Jones led an eight-play, 64-yard march. Jones ducked around a tackler and flung it to sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel in one-on-one coverage, who pulled it in despite a defensive pass interference call to give the Buckeyes the early advantage.Virginia Tech received the ball first, but went three-and-out after an opening first-down pass along the sideline was confirmed after a replay review to be incomplete.OSU’s second drive did not require a repeat performance from Jones, as junior running back Ezekiel Elliott took his first carry 80 yards to put the Buckeyes up by two scores less than nine minutes into the game.The St. Louis native juked to his right through a hole up the middle and shook off a low tackle, and then it was off to the races.Elliott more than doubled his rushing total from last season’s 35-21 loss against the Hokies, as he only had 32 yards on eight carries in Columbus in 2014. After a missed field goal on each end — the latter being a missed 43-yarder by redshirt senior Duke transfer Jack Willoughby, who made his OSU debut — the first quarter came to a close with OSU leading 14-0 and 205-56 in yards from scrimmage.However, the second quarter took a much better turn for the home crowd of 65,632 at Lane Stadium, as the Hokies shook off a first-play holding penalty to accumulate consecutive gains of seven, 15 and then a 51-yard score.Virginia Tech redshirt senior quarterback Michael Brewer rolled out to his right and then threw the other way to junior fullback Sam Rogers, who caught the ball and eluded a pair of OSU tackles to find the endzone and cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half.Unable to answer the momentum shift, Jones threw his first interception on the next drive on a tipped third-down pass. Virginia Tech redshirt junior safety Desmond Frye dove forward to catch the pick, giving the Hokies a chance to tie the game starting at their own 44-yard line.Virginia Tech was not successful in knotting the game at 14, but it did move the ball forward 27 yards to enable sophomore Joey Slye to redeem his earlier miss with a 46-yard kick and narrow the deficit to 14-10.OSU seemed poised to go into the half maintaining the lead, but a muffed punt by Elliott — a surprise returner for the Buckeyes — allowed the Hokies to keep the ball at OSU’s 38-yard line. They did not waste the opportunity, as a play later Brewer found sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford for 36 yards down to the 2-yard line.After two unsuccessful runs, Brewer faked the handoff and rolled to his right, then threw to his left to redshirt senior tight end Ryan Malleck for the go-ahead score with 15 seconds left in the half.After piling up 144 yards and two scores in their two opening drives, the Buckeyes accumulated just 114 yards and no scores in its next four, as the Hokies put up 17 unanswered points. Jones did not complete a pass in the second quarter, finishing the half 6-of-13 for 95 yards.“I think the big thing is what was keeping them in the game. I don’t want to take anything away from them, but I felt like we were shooting ourselves in the foot,” senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said. “A lot of their points came off turnovers, the muffed punt, we threw a pick here and there; it was just a matter of execution.”The redshirt junior did not waste any time picking up his first completion since the first quarter in the second half, finding Miller for a 54-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the half following a 20-yard run by Jones.“We went to the locker room, and we were down, but we pressed pause and we stepped up,” redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas said.On the following drive, a hit on Brewer from OSU senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington knocked the redshirt senior out of the game with a left shoulder injury. The Hokies replaced him with redshirt junior Branden Motley.The two offenses stalled after OSU’s half-opening score, as the next five drives ended without scores.However, Miller, on the play following a Virginia Tech fumble, single-handedly ended the scoring drought with his second score of the half.This time lined up at quarterback for the wildcat formation, Miller scrambled to his left and outran the rush to get into the open field. After being met by two Hokies players, Miller spun between the duo and carried it the rest of the way for a 53-yard run and an 11-point lead.“That was a blessing to see him be able to do that and come back,” Thomas said. “It was hard for him, sitting out a whole year … And then to switch positions, I just loved to see him happy, loved to see him smiling again.”After an interception by redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell on the following drive, Jones put the game away with a 10-yard touchdown run, aided by a pair of pass interference penalties on the drive.OSU held the advantage in total yards over the Hokies 567 to 320, including a lopsided 360 to 128 margin in rushing yards. After trailing 17-14 at the half, the Buckeyes routed the Hokies 28-7 in the second half.Barrett did not see the field until OSU safely led by 18 midway through the final quarter. The Wichita Falls, Texas, product filled in for Jones on the final three drives, running for 40 yards before finding Thomas open in the end zone for a 26-yard score in his first series.“It’s great being on a team that’s good,” Elliott said. “Just all of these guys around you are great players … Just do your job, and you can trust that the people around you will make plays.”The Buckeyes are next set to make their home opener on Saturday against Hawaii. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

  • Gabbro demand met by Gibca and Sandvik

    first_imgAccording to Quarry Manager, Gulam Mohammed, the hydraulic drills and Sandvik drill steels are proving to be a winning combination, providing exceptional service in difficult conditions. “The secret is,” he adds, “we take very good care of our equipment, maintaining it correctly and regularly.” This includes regrinding the Sandvik bits. “From day one we recognised the importance of grinding to at least double the life of the bits and extend the life of the rods,” he added. Gibca undertakes its own grinding on-site on a weekly basis, minimally two times on each bit and according to Gulam Mohammed, generally three times. He says, “We hope to get between 700 – 800 drill m/bit but it is all dependent on the hardness of the rock.” Gibca Crushing and Quarry Operations is supplying large quantities of armour rock for Dubai’s Palm Island projects. Gibca Crushing at Kadrah, some 25 km east of Dhaid, is the biggest among a number of quarries in the region to recognise the performance provided by its Sandvik Tamrock hydraulic crawler drills and Sandvik rock tools working in this highly abrasive rock. Gibca received its first licence to excavate gabbro from the local municipality 30 years ago in a riverbed retrieval application of the wadi over a 4 km2 area.As the riverbed source dried up and demand for gabbro increased, Gibca opened the first of two quarries in 1989 placing an order for its first Tamrock hydraulic drill, a CHA550. With continuing demand, Gibca took further deliveries of Tamrock rigs with a CHA660 in 2001 and a CHA700 late last year. Today with all three Sandvik Tamrock rigs working, the high production CHA700 is taking the lion’s share with its larger 89 mm diameter holes.The CHA700 is a hydraulic top hammer crawler drill designed for 64–102 mm diameter blastholes using T38, T45 and T51 extension drill steels. Its robust build is well suited to the demanding terrain of the Kadrah quarry. It is equipped with an HL710 hydraulic rock drill, chain feed, rod handling system, telescopic boom and powerpack, all mounted on an oscillating FL6 type undercarriage.The crosswise mounted powerpack – engine, air compressor and hydraulic pumps – is mounted at the rear of the rig to balance the weight of the boom, feed and rock drill.  This keeps the body of the drill short and guarantees good stability. The CHA700 is powered by a Caterpillar 3056E diesel engine, which meets TIER II and STAGE II emission requirements and offers lower fuel consumption.All three rigs are fitted with Sandvik extension drilling tools.  The CHA700 is using 89 mm diameter retrac button bits and T51 MF-extension rods. The two older rigs are also using Sandvik rock tools including 64-mm retrac bits and T38 MF-extension rods.last_img read more

  • Its time to do something The forgotten mass grave of 800 babies

    first_imgUpdated 23:00EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY to raise enough funds to build a memorial at an unmarked grave of as many as 800 babies in Tuam.The site is located at what was a home for unmarried mothers, run by the Bon Secours order, from the 1920s until the 1960s.Catherine Corless, a local historian and genealogist, was researching the home when she discovered death records for 796 children, ranging from infants to children up to the age of nine.There was a high infant mortality rate over the forty year period, with many of the children believed to have died from malnutrition and infectious diseases.She could also find no record of their burial in other graveyards in the county, or in areas where the mothers had been from.“We can safely assume that they’re all in that plot,” Corless told added that she is now trying to have the grave marked.A group of us came together late last year, formed a committee, and decided that, when we discovered the enormous amount of children in that plot, it was time to do something.Local authorities have so far donated €2,000 towards the memorial, but those involved hope to raise €5,000 to build a plaque containing all 796 names and a small statue.However, fundraising efforts have been slow so far.“People aren’t really talking about the discovery,” she said.People don’t seem shocked, I don’t understand.“If two children were discovered in an unmarked grave, the news would be everywhere. We have almost 800 here.”The site was previously known to be a graveyard, locally suspected to be one for unbaptised babies or famine victims, but it was thought that a small number of children were interred there.After the home was closed in the 1960s, two boys were playing close to the site when they discovered partially broken concrete slabs covering a hollow – a disused septic tank, which had been in use prior to the 1920s when the building was a workhouse but then emptied.‘Filled with bones’The boys broke the concrete and discovered a hole “filled to the brim with bones”.A housing estate was build where the home used to be, and a local couple had been tending to the graveyard plot for 35 years, trimming the grass and planting flowers.The husband, Padraic, had built a small grotto as well. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland“Sadly, he passed away a week ago”, Corless said, “Padraic’s wish was that this little graveyard would be remembered with a plaque.”Corless spoke to a number of people who were residents at the home, and said they were treated very harshly.“Some of the children from the home would attend the local school,” she said.“They were treated differently, went home earlier, and were all shipped off to an industrial school when they were around 7-years-old.”The Irish Mail on Sunday reports that a garda investigation is underway into missing death certificates at the home.As a result of this investigation, the site may be excavated.Corless has said that if anyone is looking for information about relatives who may have been at the home, or wishes to donate, they can contact her on published 17:45In their own words: Survivors’ accounts of life inside a Magdalene Laundry >last_img read more

  • Bill OReillys future at Fox hangs in balance over sexual harassment claims

    first_img 23,624 Views Apr 19th 2017, 10:23 AM By Associated Press Short URL 25 Comments Bill O’Reilly’s future at Fox hangs in balance over sexual harassment claims Executives are reportedly “preparing to cut ties” with the presenter. Bill O’Reilly Image: Andy Kropa/AP Share Tweet Email center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Bill O’Reilly BILL O’REILLY’S FUTURE at Fox News remains uncertain amid an ongoing investigation into sexual harassment allegations.The conservative presenter is currently on leave while Fox News Channel’s parent company looks into a woman’s accusation that her career was slowed when she spurned O’Reilly’s advances.Dozens of advertisers have dropped The O’Reilly Factor following reports of harassment settlements paid to other women. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing.The pressure is mounting on O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox, which is looking into at least one complaint about his behaviour.The Wall Street Journal — a newspaper owned by the same Murdoch family that owns Fox News Channel — reported late yesterday that Fox executives were “preparing to cut ties” with O’Reilly. A spokesman for 21st Century Fox declined to comment to AP.Earlier, lawyer Lisa Bloom said she was representing a former clerical worker at Fox who complained that day to a hotline established at Fox about O’Reilly’s behaviour during her six months working there in 2008.‘Hot chocolate’ The woman, who is African American, said O’Reilly referred to her as “hot chocolate” at one point when they were together alone, made grunting noises and leered at her cleavage and legs, Bloom said. The woman said she never had a direct conversation with O’Reilly.The woman, who is not contemplating any legal action, reported being “very stressed and disillusioned” about her job and believed she would be fired if she complained to anyone, Bloom said.Marc Kasowitz, O’Reilly’s lawyer, said it was “outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened almost a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially where there is obviously an orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations”.It wasn’t immediately clear who he was referring to.Bloom, who represents another woman who has complained about O’Reilly’s behavior, said she is not taking payment for the O’Reilly cases.Later, Kasowitz said O’Reilly has been subject to a “brutal campaign of character assassination” that is unprecedented in more than 70 years. He said he had evidence that a smear campaign is being orchestrated by “far-left organisations,” but he didn’t immediately release any.Meanwhile, women’s rights group UltraViolet yesterday said it planned to hire an airplane with a banner, as well as drop off petitions at Fox News Channel’s New York headquarters, calling for O’Reilly to lose his job at the network.Ratings dropping During O’Reilly’s time off, his show’s viewership declined by 23% in the hands of substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld.Nielsen company figures show that, so far, viewers aren’t as interested in The O’Reilly Factor without O’Reilly.Perino has done the best, with her 3.15 million viewers on Monday, down 16% from O’Reilly’s performance a week earlier. Bolling also showed a 16% drop from O’Reilly a week earlier, and he reached 3.11 million viewers.The 2.32 million who watched Gutfeld on Friday was down 39% from the previous Friday and, alarmingly, was even lower than Tucker Carlson’s audience at 9pm. Carlson usually benefits from O’Reilly’s strong lead-in.Still, the substitutes beat their cable news competition. And Fox pointed out that the network finished last week ahead of all cable networks in viewership, as it has for much of this year.O’Reilly’s viewership spiked in the days following a New York Times report on the harassment allegations on 2 April. In the week that followed, viewership increased to an average of 3.71 million, up 12% from the week before the report and 28% over the same week in 2016.O’Reilly averaged nearly four million viewers a night for the first three months of 2017, his best performance ever. Viewership tends to drop with the arrival of daylight savings time.Read: Major companies pull ads from Bill O’Reilly’s show over sexual harassment claimsOpinion: ‘Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly will be replaced by another big mouth, cheering Trump on’ Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 10:23 AM Image: Andy Kropa/APlast_img read more

  • SPOILERS 313 WWE Main Event taping results from Detroit

    first_img SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Twitter Google+ SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Now Playing Up Next Sen. Kamala Harris Chimes In On Jussie Smollett Reports CREED II s Florian Munteanu to fight Anthony Joshua? Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Dolph Lundgren found superhero movie stunt scenes really difficult to shoot Videos Articlescenter_img The following was taped on Monday night in Detroit, Michigan.Thanks to Ken Konarzewski of for passing along this live report.3/13 WWE Main Event taping results:* They’re selling shirts that say “Final go at the Joe.”* Curtis Axel def. Bo Dallas.* Jack Gallagher def. Noam Dar.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCREED II s Florian Munteanu to fight Anthony Joshua?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles At least 17 deaths from Florence: NC governor Now Playing Up Next Curtis Axel Now Playing Up Next Jussie Smollett Says Sorry To Empire Cast WhatsApp Joel Edgerton Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitchlast_img read more

  • Washingtons minimum wage jumps to 919 per hour in January

    first_img Washington state’s minimum wage increases by 15 cents to $9.19 an hour starting on New Year’s Day, the state Department of Labor & Industries announced Friday.The state’s minimum wage is adjusted each year for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index over the preceding 12 months. This past year, it is up 1.67 percent. The yearly recalculation is required by Initiative 688, which Washington voters passed in 1998. The 2013 increase is 22 cents less than the 37 cent minimum wage raise that was ushered in earlier this year. That wage hike took Washington’s minimum wage from $8.67 per hour in 2011 to $9.04 an hour in 2012.While Washington’s current minimum wage rate is already the highest state minimum, the city of San Francisco has the nation’s highest minimum wage, which topped the double-digit mark this year at $10.24 per hour. Oregon’s rate will jump to $8.95 on Jan. 1, up from its current rate of $8.80. The federal minimum wage is $7.25. Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- to 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.68 per hour in 2012, according to L&I. Click to enlarge.last_img read more

  • AppleBeats deal buoys music industry

    first_imgWhen Cortez Bryant decided to negotiate a headphones marketing deal for his clients Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj a few years ago, he turned down more money from other more established companies to sign with Beats By Dre for a simple reason.“There was a bunch of history there, so at the end of the day I took less upfront money to be part of this deal with people who understood pop culture,” Bryant said. “I try to stick to that because if I lose touch with pop culture, then I’m out of the music business.”A day after the sale of Beats By Dre on Wednesday to tech giant Apple Inc., members of the music industry were abuzz about what the $3 billion deal might mean for an area thought to be in an irreversible decline. Label executive Jimmy Iovine and business partner Dr. Dre’s move to Apple has those who make their money on music expecting changes that are generally positive for the overall business — though maybe not for every artist trying to make a living.“It’s all wins,” said Daniel Glass, owner of Mumford & Sons’ label Glassnote Records. “It’s a win for everybody and the fact is the value of a copyright, a master, went up a lot. Think about it: The perception and value of music went up because of the amount of hands this will be in.”The industry inadvertently opened the door for file sharing when it refused to sign a deal with Napster at the turn of the century. Few people pay for music, and with physical and digital sales declining, the value of music has continued to decrease as members of the industry resisted the new — but different — revenue model from streaming.last_img read more

  • Turning Social Media Into a Business

    first_imgAccording to a 2009 Forrester Research study called “The Social Technographics of Business Buyers,” b-to-b buyers and decision makers are among the most active groups in social media. However, monetizing around that participation has been a struggle for b-to-b publishers. Still, turning social media into a revenue-generating business is a priority for many publishers in 2010. As Cygnus Business Media looks to build value after emerging from its Chapter 11 restructuring last year, one of its top priorities will be harnessing what CEO John French calls “social business media.” “Social media is the buzz word du jour but just like how everyone talked about Webinars and e-newsletters a couple years ago, everybody finds a new horse to ride,” he says. “We think social business media is as important as those previous developments but it’s a lot bigger. Business-to-business is a form of social media. The difference was in years past, it was done in print. We’ve gone from magazines delivering push content to getting the people out there to get together and talk.” The next step is figuring out how to monetize social media around communities such as, and EMS As part of the relaunch of its brand, Demers Ambulances wanted to create a social business media “buzz” and purchased an integrated package in order to reach a targeted group of EMS professionals that included ads, eblasts, blogs booth space, podcasts and Webcasts on EMS Garage. “Getting manufacturers involved is one of the things we’re working on now and we don’t have the perfect answer,” says French. “We’re trying to figure out the next best step. Our experience has been, it’s OK for a reader to see advertising from a manufacturer, they know they’re getting the magazine for nothing. The precedent has already been set. If there is an ad message in an online community it’s going to be OK, users realize without this the medium wouldn’t exist. Take the 50,000 people who got a magazine for the last 20 years. They didn’t know at the time but they were the beginnings of the community.” Geographic and Demographic TargetingMeanwhile, former Cygnus vice president of interactive Dave Iannone, founder of Web firm Go Forward Media and the architect of Cygnus’, is working toward monetizing a new set of social media sites. In 2009, Elsevier Public Safety acquired Iannone’s and brought Go Forward Media in to develop social media sites around JEMS (the Journal of Emergency Medical Services) and Law Officer. Today, JemsConnect has more than 10,000 members while LawOfficer Connect has more than 5,000 members. But the real push for the Elsevier social networks is going beyond their proprietary Ning platforms to wider social networks such as Facebook, where all three brands are approaching or exceeding more than 50,000 fans, according to Iannone. “One big story can drive traffic spikes of more than 50 percent,” he says. “JEMS recently had a story about a paramedic who died on the scene and it had more than one thousand shares on Facebook. That translates into tens of thousands of page-views. Our strategy is not to rely on any one single platform. We have the Ning-based Web site for the hardcore users and we have Facebook where people do surprising things, like link to a discussion on to read it, then come back to Facebook to discuss it. We can get more comments on Facebook about a discussion that’s actually on The days of one Web portal are over.” In terms of monetization, Elsevier and Go Forward sell fan pages to marketers for hundreds of dollars per month. “Once you’ve got them engaged with their customers and potential customers, they fully realize the full power of social media,” says Iannone. The three Elsevier sites are starting to offer geographically and demographically targeted advertising on a CPM basis and in 2010 will generate revenue in the seven figures, according to Iannone. “We’re looking at sizeable growth annually where we can be up there with the big boys at not much cost,” he adds. “Many consumer magazines have figured this out but b-to-b hasn’t been really taking advantage of social media. This stuff changes so quickly-if you thought the Web changed quickly, this is going to be even more rapid. If you haven’t caught up, you’re going to be in worse shape than you were with the Web 10 years ago.”Using Social Media To Take the Agency RoleWhile Framingham, Massachusetts-based tech publisher IDG is one of the few publishers that’s had success with developing a paid user community with its CIO Executive Council, it’s also using social media to provide real-time market intelligence for their clients. In an expansion of its Strategic Marketing Services group, IDG has partnered with Networked Insights to launch IDG Social Scout-a service that uses proprietary analytics to track conversations around topics and brands and measures sentiment/engagement over time. Tapping Networked Insights’ proprietary “listening platform,” the IDG Social Scout service can track social conversations online in regard to specific topics chosen by IDG’s marketing clients, providing real-time data on how well those terms are resonating-ideally helping the marketer to develop a more pointed, effective campaign.After determining which topics its clients are most interested in learning about, IDG’s research team develops a community of sites based on conversational engagement and volume that the company will track on an ongoing basis. IDG provide clients with a benchmark report that includes their brand and three competitors. From there, it provides weekly metrics reports that show change in conversation, sentiment and key conversations that are happening online regarding a particular topic.While still small in terms of overall revenue, social media services are becoming a significant revenue stream and IDG has struck seven figure deals around it, according to CEO Bob Carrigan. “Social media services have been tremendously successful from the user point of view but also the sponsorship point of view,” he says. “We’ve really developed a large portfolio of products that do everything from listening and evaluating the buzz of brand, to integrating social media into traditional marketing programs. It’s not just great for revenue but every marketer wants to talk to us about this.”last_img read more

  • Immigration enforcement changes hit home in Alaska

    first_img(Creative Commons photo courtesy of Icars)  .Late last month the Trump administration released new instructions on how Homeland Security is supposed to implement immigration policies. Under the Obama administration, immigration officers focused on deporting people who committed serious crimes. Now, everyone who has violated immigration laws could be arrested, detained, and deported. These changes put some Alaskans in limbo.Listen nowMatteo and Valentine sat in their immaculate living room. The furniture, the art, and the wall color are all perfectly coordinated, like in a magazine. A teacup-sized puppy in a pink sweater bounces around their feet and climbs up on the interpreter’s lap.“They’ve just bought a house a few months ago, thinking they have a life in the United States,” the interpreter explained after Matteo spoke in Spanish. “But now, even being here, they don’t feel like the house really belongs to them.”The couple arrived with two of their children in 2005 from Latin America. We’re not using their real names or their country of origin. They have immigration documents, but they aren’t permanent residents. One of their children is undocumented. Matteo said they could be considered criminals just for having a child who is undocumented living in their house.“They want to think sometimes it’s a nightmare because you can wake up from a nightmare but right now, it’s just simply terrifying,” the interpreter said.Matteo used to work as a police officer fighting drug cartels in Latin America. He was used to receiving death threats, but he says 10 years ago, they threatened to kill his oldest son. He realized the danger was real and imminent, so they fled to the United States. Valentine had to leave her oldest daughter behind with her parents. She hasn’t seen her in a decade.Their immigration lawyer, Lea McDermid, said the family, like many others, are in limbo. Speaking during a phone interview, she said up until the new orders were issued, if a person filed paperwork to try to stay in the country legally they would be somewhat protected from being deported by the Department of Homeland Security.“In other words, DHS knows you are here but because you are in the process of applying for a benefit you are considered extremely low priority for removal,” she said. “Well now, all the priorities are out the window. I mean Trump has announced that basically everyone is a priority for removal.”“We should expect to see more people deported who are married to American citizens and don’t have criminal records,” said immigration attorney Margaret Stock during a phone interview. “That’s what I’m seeing.”Stock said it’s not like people want to be out of compliance with immigration laws, it’s just really complicated. “If you want to get your paperwork here in America processed you have to have money and time. You have to have all your documents in order and it’s not easy for people to do.”For Matteo and Valentine, it was hard to live without documents their first few years in the country. Matteo said he felt like one of the criminals he used to pursue as a law enforcement officer. As soon as they had documents and social security numbers, the couple established their own businesses and started building their lives here, in safety.Matteo said he’s worried about how immigration laws are being enforced and what that means for his family. But he’s also concerned about how attitudes towards immigrants are changing.“They’re not worried about the wall Trump wants to build at the border,” the interpreter said. “They’re worried about the wall that’s being built through hate and rejection of immigrants in the hearts and minds of people. Because that’s a wall that you can’t see.”For now, Matteo and his family are just living their lives as normally as possible. They are saving the money they planned to use to expand their house and setting it aside, just in case. But they can’t go back to Latin America because it’s too dangerous. They want to stay here, in their home.last_img read more

  • Will appear in court case filed by BJPRSS opponents to

    first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he will appear in a court in Patna for a case filed by his “political opponents” in the BJP-RSS to “harass and intimidate” him. Gandhi’s appearance in the court later Saturday comes days after he as well as CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury pleading not guilty in a defamation case in Mumbai filed against them by an RSS worker. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “I will appear in person at the Civil Court in Patna today at 2 PM, in yet another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/BJP to harass & intimidate me. Satyameva Jayate,” Gandhi said in a tweet. Gandhi and Yechury, who pleaded not guilty in the case in the Mazgaon-Sewree metropolitan magistrate’s court, will now face trial during which the court would record their statements and that of the complainant as well as other witnesses.last_img read more

  • EXCLUSIVE Mandeep Singh Indian hockeys future superstar ready to reach greater heights

    first_imgIndia’s Mandeep Singh in actionFIH / Grant TreebyThe reason why many people who follow Indian hockey are optimistic about its future is the presence of great young talent in the country. One of the brightest young stars of the team, Mandeep Singh, has emerged as an extremely sharp and astute strikers in international hockey and has impressed many with his skills.In this exclusive conversation with Akshay Saraswat of International Business Times, India, the 24-year-old discusses the challenges of modern hockey and of dealing with stardom at a young age.You were recognised as a great talent right from the time you came into the Indian side. Does that put extra pressure on you when you play for India?Mandeep: Pressure, it’s there sometimes and not there on other occasions. Because we want to make 100 percent effort for the team. In the last few tournaments, we were going into the circle but missing out on scoring goals or earning a penalty corner. Now our focus is that, whenever we go into the ‘D,’ we should get something, at least a PC since we possess good drag flickers.So, that is the main area of my focus. Earlier, I wanted to score goals, because, as a forward, I used to think I have to score goals. But now, having realised that the ball may be lost if you are in a hurry, whenever the ball goes into the D, we try to get at least a PC out of it.So, I am not under pressure. Whenever I play in India, especially in Bhubaneswar, I enjoy the experience a lot. That’s a good thing. Twitter/Hockey IndiaYou said that you try to create at least a PC when you are in the D. But you are adept at taking good positions in the D and at scoring. So, does it get difficult to, at times, decide whether to attempt scoring or earning a PC?Mandeep: When the match starts, my first attempt is to find space in the D. That’s what I do in practice as well, even when I am training alone. If we do well in training, we are obviously going to do well in actual matches also.I also keep thinking about different ways of doing my job. Where can I move, with whom I have good eye-to-eye communication? This allows me to, when I get the pass, take a first-touch shot instead of stopping the ball? So, that’s the thing. When I am in the team, my focus is on what can I do in the D? The first thing is to stop the ball because without it, we won’t be able to get anything. So, that’s very important.You have good attackers like SV Sunil, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh with you in the team. They usually play from the wings while you are the central forward. How important is their support to you?Mandeep: Their support is immense because I have been playing with them for the last 6-7 years. We have a very good understanding amongst us. I usually play as a centre-forward but sometimes, our position gets changed. I have great communication with Sunil paaji. Sometimes, I play as the right-forward and he takes a different position. I also have great eye-to-eye communication with Raman and Aakash. So, even when we have our training sessions, we talk to each other about making space and making good passes. So, yes, I have a great understanding with them.Your team plays in a very aggressive manner and likes to keep attacking. Has the team management asked you to remain high up on the pitch even when you are defending?Mandeep: Yes, because 4-5 years ago, if we were losing, we used to feel very nervous. But in the last few years, we have started to keep motivating each other. Whenever we score a goal, our aim is to keep scoring. Because if we keep scoring, it will put more and more pressure on the other team. Whether we have scored one, two or three goals, our aim is to continue getting more goals. Twitter/Mandeep SinghIn the old days, due to the off-side rule, centre-forwards had to dribble their way past defenders. Now, with that rule gone, centre-forwards usually take a good position in front of the goal posts and wait for a good pass to them. Are you satisfied with this role or do you also feel the desire to do a lot more dribbling and dodging defenders?Mandeep: These days, hockey has become so fast that you can’t play too individualistically. You can’t just dribble the ball on your own because there is a lot of pressure put on players by the opposition. So, the more simple our hockey is, the more one-touch our game is, the better it is.Whether it’s me or any other striker, we usually get the ball in the last 25 yards or the D. Our main goal, at that time, is to get a PC, simple as that. But if we get the ball in the centre of the field, then we try to pass the ball and move forward quickly. This allows us to easily beat the opponents.Punjab has a great tradition of producing quality strikers. People think that the state is going through difficult times with issues relating to drugs and other things. But looking at how you and other quality forwards are still coming through from the state, is it the case that the tradition of hockey is still very strong in Punjab?Mandeep: I think it is as strong as it was before. Whether it’s Punjab or Karnataka, UP or anywhere else, they are all part of India. So, I am happy that the culture of hockey in Punjab is still strong and helping Indian hockey.You came into the Indian team at a very early age. Did it take some time for you to get used to the big stage and feel comfortable?Mandeep: Yes, because I played in the junior division first in 2010 and for the next two years as well. But very soon, I was taking part in the senior camp also. When Hockey India League took place in 2013, I played in that as well. At that time, I used to be a little shy with the seniors. But Manpreet Singh, our current captain, who is from the same village as me and has played with me right from the beginning, greatly motivated me and helped me gain confidence, especially when interacting with the seniors.So yes, at first, when I came into the team, I had some issues but I was also very happy. From that time, I decided that I would give my all for the team and the country and that’s what I have been doing. Twitter/Hockey IndiaIn the last tournament that your team played – FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar – you didn’t score as many goals as you are often seen to. Was that a disappointment or were you happy with the performance of the team?Mandeep: No, I wasn’t troubled by that because I knew, if I could get into a good position, I can score a goal. But if I am running after an opportunity to score a goal, then I would unnecessarily invade the space of other strikers. So, goals don’t matter, it’s the team that matters.That’s why whenever I used to go into the D, I wanted to get a PC. Because it’s the team that wins and not the individual. That’s why in my mind, if we are not getting a goal but creating PCs, it’s a good thing for the team.Did you always had this line of thinking or did you have to change it after coming into the national team?Mandeep: No, this line of thinking was there right from the beginning, that team comes first. Because if I run after goals, I will damage my game and that of the team as well. So, the team always came first for me.Achieving stardom at such a young age, how difficult was that for you to manage?Mandeep: It does create some problem in the beginning but once we get attached to seniors and spend time with them, you learn a lot from them. You slowly get adjusted to it. TwitterWe now have a new system of penalty-shootout. As a striker, you are often involved in them. How much do you practice and prepare for them?Mandeep: When we have our training sessions, we also have shootout training at the end. I think it’s good that we are having such a great practice. Of course, when we are playing a match, our attempt is to ensure that the match doesn’t go into a shootout and we win in regular time itself.But do you try to, personally, improve your ability to succeed in these kinds of situations?Mandeep: Yes, we do like to improve ourselves in that department. Tricks like how to deceive the keeper by faking a shot and others are practised.Having played for so long in the international circuit, which goalkeeper did you find the toughest to beat?Mandeep: Jaap Stockmann of Netherlands. I used to find him a little difficult to deal with because he had been playing for Punjab side in the HIL. His vision is good. I have scored against him so it’s not that he is impossible to beat but he has the ability to understand where I am attacking from and cover that area. So, I had some difficulties against him.last_img read more

  • 7 among cult guru hanged for Japan sarin attack

    first_imgFacts on Shoko Asahara and his Aum Shinrikyo cult that carried out a deadly sarin attack in Tokyo in 1995. AFPShoko Asahara, executed Friday for his role in the deadly 1995 sarin attack on Tokyo’s subway, used a mixture of charisma and mysticism to lure followers to his Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult.The “guru” with his wild hair and unkempt beard, once led up to 10,000 followers, including some who in 1995 targeted the Tokyo subway in a shocking chemical attack that killed 13 people and injured thousands more.The attack brought international infamy to the Aum group, which attracted a range of devotees, including the doctors and engineers who produced chemical agents for the group’s crimes.Despite humble beginnings and being nearly blind, Asahara was a charismatic speaker who attracted hordes of recruits to the cult he developed in the 1980s.“Asahara was talented at brainwashing,” said Kimiaki Nishida, a professor of social psychology at Rissho University in Tokyo.He “lured young people, who felt a sense of emptiness in Japanese society,” Nishida told AFP.Asahara told followers that he would help them acquire “the power of God with the right kind of training” and they would “create a new world” after Armageddon, which he predicted would occur in 1997.‘Violence was a hobby’He was born Chizuo Matsumoto on March 2, 1955, one of nine children of an impoverished straw mat maker in Yatsushiro on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu.He started calling himself Asahara in the 1980s, when the Aum cult was being developed.He was admitted to a state boarding school for blind children when he was six, quickly earning a reputation for bullying classmates.“For him, violence was like a hobby. Once he got angry, there was no way to stop it,” a former classmate once said.Asahara left school at 19 after qualifying as an acupuncturist.His poor eyesight meant he was unable to pursue his first choice of medical school, and he failed to gain admission to study law at the University of Tokyo-a traditional route into the nation’s elite class.In 1978, he married Tomoko, and the couple would go on to have four daughters and two sons.Four years later, he had his first brush with the law, being arrested and fined for selling quack medicine out of his acupuncture practice east of Tokyo.After the arrest, he became a recluse, reportedly travelling to India and reading religious books, before emerging as a yoga instructor two years later.Map and factfile on the deadly sarin attack on Tokyo`s subway in 1995. AFPHe claimed to have achieved enlightenment in the Himalayas and preached an esoteric mix of various Eastern religions combined with his own apocalyptic prophecies.Another Asahara?His followers claimed their guru, who dressed in Chinese-style pyjama tunics, had extra-sensory powers and could levitate for hours at a time.In 1990, Asahara and a group of followers ran unsuccessfully for parliamentary election, and after the failed bid he became increasingly violent.In June 1994, Aum members released sarin in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto at night, killing eight people, but the attack was not initially linked to the cult.The group went on developing their chemical weapons, and on March 20, 1995 released sarin at several points across the Tokyo subway during the morning rush hour.The attack shocked the world, and prompted a massive crackdown that saw Asahara and some of his followers arrested.He was on death row for the attack and other crimes from 2006, after a lengthy prosecution during which he regularly delivered rambling and incoherent monologues in English and Japanese.Twelve other Aum members were also sentenced to death over the 1995 attack and other crimes.The Aum cult, now renamed Aleph, officially disowned Asahara in 2000, but experts believe his influence remains strong, with some members using pictures of him and recordings of his voice for meditation.And there have been fears that Asahara’s execution could usher in a replacement “guru.”“It would be no surprise if another Asahara emerges in the future,” Nishida said.last_img