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first_imgWebb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

TD calls for end to anxiety over funding at Seaview House

first_imgThomas Pringle TD is calling on the Minister for Health and Donegal Minister Joe McHugh to secure funding for Seaview House and end the uncertainty residents and staff hold over its future.Deputy Pringle’s call comes amid reports that RehabCare services are under threat of closure due to funding problems.RehabCare supports 3,000 people with disabilities and their families every day across the country but the charity has warned that services will have to be withdrawn by 2020 unless urgent funding of €2 million can be provided by the State. Deputy Pringle says the staff and residents at Seaview House Respite Care in Mountcharles are fearful for what the future holds for the house if the provider is terminated.He said: “This shortfall of funding for RehabCare by the Government means day, residential and respite services like Seaview House in Donegal will be under threat. Understandably this is causing a lot of anxiety for services users and families of Seaview House.“I have been receiving a number of correspondences from concerned constituents who recognise the vital services Seaview House provides.“Residents, families and staff members have been through enough when it comes to maintaining service provision at Seaview House. They have fought to save services from persistent staff shortages after which the HSE decided to outsource provision to a third party, in this case RehabCare. “At the time I was cautious of the move as I felt the HSE could more easily absolve itself of responsibilities when it came to Seaview House. Now we are in a situation where clearly the HSE is exercising its budgetary power at the cost to the service users and their families of this vitally important service.”Independent TD for Donegal has today called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister Joe McHugh to address the funding shortfall for all services provided by RehabCare in Donegal.He said: “I am aware that RehabCare is to meet with the Minister for Health next week and I would urge that the Minister for Health as well as Minister McHugh, on behalf of RehabCare services in Donegal, work to address this impasse.“I have written to Minister Simon Harris expressing the important of securing long-term funding once and for all for these vital services so that residents, families and staff members do not have to go through the turmoil of funding insecurity again,” concluded Pringle.TD calls for end to anxiety over funding at Seaview House was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:seaview houselast_img read more

MIT To Launch Internal Investigation Following Death Of Aaron Swartz

first_imgAaron’s commitment to social justice was profound, and defined his life. He was instrumental to the defeat of an Internet censorship bill; he fought for a more democratic, open, and accountable political system; and he helped to create, build, and preserve a dizzying range of scholarly projects that extended the scope and accessibility of human knowledge. He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place. His deeply humane writing touched minds and hearts across generations and continents. He earned the friendship of thousands and the respect and support of millions more. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “I will not attempt to summarize here the complex events of the past two years. Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT. I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the decisions MIT made, in order to understand and to learn from the actions MIT took. I will share the report with the MIT community when I receive it,” Reif wrote.Swartz’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at Central Avenue Synagogue, 874 Central Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois 60035. The specific time of the funeral as well as remembrances and donations can be found at the site http://rememberaaronsw.comNOTE: As of Monday, the Justice Department has dropped its charges against Swartz today, citing his deathTop image courtesy Wikipedia. Tags:#Dot Obits#Reddit Today, we grieve for the extraordinary and irreplaceable man that we have lost.On Sunday, MIT issued a public response on the death of Swartz, in an email to the press from MIT president L. Rafael Reif:“I want to express very clearly that I and all of us at MIT are extremely saddened by the death of this promising young man who touched the lives of so many. It pains me to think that MIT played any role in a series of events that have ended in tragedy,”  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles. dan rowinski Aaron Swartz, Internet activist, pioneer and innovator, died on Friday. He was 26. Swartz committed suicide in his New York apartment, according to his family. (For more on the case, see The Persecution Of Aaron Schwartz, by ReadWrite’s Jon Mitchell.)Swartz was best known for creating RSS when he was 14 and later as a founding member of Reddit and Demand Progress. Swartz was facing legal challenges in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts from an incident in 2011 following the unauthorized download of 4.8 million scientific and literary papers from the digital database JSTOR through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If found guilty, Swartz could have faced 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine.By reports, Swartz had been dealing with depression – in part due to his legal troubles. To its credit, JSTOR had more or less forgiven Swartz for the transgression and recently made a limited supply of its digital archives available for free. MIT and the U.S. District Court were not quite as forgiving.At the time of the indictment, Demand Progress issued a statement calling Swartz’s actions akin to, ”checking out too many library books.” In a now-infamous statement, the U.S. District Court said, “stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars.”The family, friends and partner of Swartz issued a public statement on Saturday, calling his death the “product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death.” The full statement is below.Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless love; his refusal to accept injustice as inevitable—these gifts made the world, and our lives, far brighter. We’re grateful for our time with him, to those who loved him and stood with him, and to all of those who continue his work for a better world. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Women’s team aims for semis berth at Games

first_imgBuoyed by their best finish at the World Cup in 32 years, the Indian women’s hockey team is looking at the upcoming Commonwealth Games with renewed optimism.The women’s game has been in the news for the wrong reasons and several new faces were inducted into the coaching staff at virtually the 11th hour. In the circumstances, the ninth- place finish wasn’t such a bad effort.India went into the World Cup as the lowest- ranked team at the 13th spot but showed grit to clinch their highest finish since the seventh place in Madrid in 1978.”If you look at our ranking, ninth place is not too bad. We can take heart from that and take it forward,” head coach Sandeep Somesh told Mail Today from Patiala.The way in which the team bounced back from adversity was especially heartening for the coach. ” The character shown by the girls is a big positive going ahead,” Somesh, who has represented India with distinction, said.” They lost the first three matches badly to the Netherlands, Australia and Germany before coming up with a win against Japan.” The sexual harassment scandal that resulted in the resignation of chief coach MK Kaushik a little over a month before the World Cup was not the ideal lead- up, but Somesh said the girls were focussed on the game.” They left the controversies behind and concentrated on the job at hand on the turf. It was my first major tournament in charge and there was pressure. But the players and coaching staff gelled well and it was a good experience.advertisementThings can only get better from now on,” he said.Teenager Rani Rampal was the star of the Indian team, scoring seven goals to be adjudged the Best Young Player at the World Cup. She finished second in the goalscorers’ charts behind Maartje Paumen of the Netherlands.” Rani had a good run and has a bright future in the game.Everybody else chipped in but a little more was expected from some players. Overall, it was a mixed bag. Hopefully, things will improve in the Commonwealth Games,” Somesh said.The coach hinted that the Indians still had some way to go before matching the powerhouses in women’s hockey.p> ” Skill- wise we are as good, if not better, than the other top teams. But we fall behind in strength and speed. The other teams are more tactically sound as well,” Somesh admitted.” We make too many mistakes in defence and concede goals due to unforced errors. That’s where we lose out.”On their return from Rosario, the players have jumped straight into a coaching camp at Patiala to prepare for the Commonwealth Games and despite India’s commendable record in the event, the coach is not taking things for granted.India won the gold medal in Manchester in 2002 and a silver in Melbourne four years later.” We will aim for the semi- finals to begin with and take it from there,” he said.World Cup bronze medallists England, Australia and New Zealand, are the three teams at the CWG which finished ahead of India in Rosario.” It won’t be easy. There are also unknown forces such as Trinidad and Tobago and Scotland in our pool,” Somesh cautioned.” We need to keep our focus and give our best.” He said the team needed to guard against silly mistakes.” We need to work on our defence and not let in soft goals.Also, we need to improve our attacking play. We created so many chances at the World Cup but could convert only a few.” Our penalty corner conversion rate also needs to improve a lot,” he said, referring to only three goals scored in that manner.last_img read more

LPG Tanker Clashes with Fishing Vessel off Honolulu

first_imgThe LPG tanker Pertusola, carrying 2,300 metric tons of propane, has collided with a commercial fishing vessel off the coast of Oahu, Honolulu, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.The vessels collided some 20 miles southeast of Oahu in the afternoon hours of August 7.The USCG said that Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the fishing vessel’s captain of the incident at around 2 p.m.The officials deployed the cutter Kittiwake and a 45-foot response boat from Station Honolulu to assess the scene, verify vessel damages and any potential pollution.There were no reports of injuries nor pollution following the collision between the fishing vessel, Helen, and the Italy-flagged LPG tanker.An investigation into the cause of the incident was launched.last_img read more

Catt Sadler CoProduces New Documentary Women Like Us

first_imgOn February 25, 2018, Women Like Us Foundation will present the documentary Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the WorldThe film, executive produced by Women Like Us co-founder Linda Rendleman, and co-produced by Women Like Us Global Ambassador Catt Sadler, is a rallying cry for women to continue the fight for equality for all.Women Like Us is a film that lifts and motivates the spirit. This story follows three women on a moving journey of exploration, adversity and evolution, in addition to witnessing the unimaginable social injustices women face around the globe. Award winning journalist Catt Sadler and her mother, Linda Rendleman, activist/author and cofounder of Women Like Us Foundation, along with Sally Colon, film director, travel the US and Kenya to engage in conversations with astounding women tackling unimaginable social injustices such as female genital mutilation, human trafficking, teen suicide, homelessness and more.“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Indy to connect with all the wonderful women who are making change for the community. It was the first place I wanted to come to and share our film. Indy means so much to me and my mom, Linda,” commented Catt Sadler.The Women Like Us Foundation promotes gender equality and social justice through funding women’s nonprofits fighting sexual abuse, mitigating homelessness, and supporting women’s leadership through education. Rendleman formed Women Like Us in Indianapolis ten years ago.Included in the film are local resident and international artist Nancy Noel who supports the NA Noel school in Kenya and Fishers resident Deb Myers, founder of the One Girl at a Time Foundation.“Our work of 10 years has created awareness and funded initiatives led by women with an emphasis on gender equality and social justice,” emphasizes Linda Rendleman, the CEO and President of Women Like Us Foundation. “This film allows us to take their stories across the country with a call to action for women to find their passion and speak their voices for change.”Event sponsors include KAR Auctions, Faegre, Baker, Daniels , LLP, Raymond James Network for Women Advisors, Baritone Sales Group, One Girl at a Time Foundation, Sharonweb Autism Foundation, Network of Women in Business and You Can Free Us.The documentary will screen on February 25th at 6:30pm at the Indianapolis IMAX Theatre (650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46204), preceded by a 5:00pm VIP/Media Red Carpet reception. Catt Sadler and Linda Rendleman will co-host a Q&A at 8:00pm, following the film.Tickets are available at IMAX.last_img read more