Absence of Negative Isn’t Proof Of Positive

first_imgAbsence of negative isn’t the same as the presence of positive.The fact that you aren’t negative, pessimistic, and cynical doesn’t indicate that you are positive, optimistic, and empowered. Your attitude can lie somewhere on this continuum between the two poles, even though we know that optimism is a far healthier choice.An absence of illness is not proof of good health. Even though you may not be sick, you may not be healthy, just like not being poor isn’t proof you are wealthy. There is some state between an absence of illness and an absence of well-being where most people live.Because your dream client is engaged with you in a sales conversation that is following your sales process and your assumptions about client journeys without expressing any real concern isn’t an indication that there are not risks to the opportunity. The absence of a threat isn’t proof a threat does not exist, nor does it prove you are succeeding in winning your dream client’s business.A client who is not unhappy isn’t necessarily pleased and satisfied. The lack of complaints or concerns is not evidence that they are over the moon with you, your service, or your relationship. One key stakeholder being thrilled is not proof that their peers are not horribly unhappy.When there isn’t evidence of something negative, it’s easy to mistakenly believe something is positive. The absence of one is not proof of the other, and if you want to know where things stand, the best strategy is to ask for confirmation.Is there something negative that you can’t see because you haven’t explored or asked for confirmation, being afraid of a confirmation that something isn’t quite right? Is there something positive you aren’t tracking because you fear asking the question might change someone’s perception? In either case, you eliminate your ability to improve your circumstances unless you uncover the evidence. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Nature reviewers not persuaded by initial STAP stem cell papers

first_imgAs two discredited, and now retracted, stem cell papers have produced an almost unimaginable fallout—a national hero accused of scientific fraud, the revamping of one of Japan’s major research institutes, and the suicide of a respected cell biologist—researchers have privately and publicly asked how Nature could have published work that, in retrospect, seems so obviously flawed. Another piece of the puzzle has come to light. The Science news team received a copy of e-mail correspondence between a Nature editor and Haruko Obokata, the lead author of the papers, that indicates the work initially received as rocky a reception there as at two other journals, Cell and Science, that had rejected the work previously. The e-mail, dated 4 April 2013, includes detailed separate criticisms of the two papers and suggestions for new data to support the authors’ claims of a simple and novel way to make stem cells that could form the myriad cell types within a body. The Nature editor rejected the papers, but left open a window, writing, “Should further experimental data allow you to address these criticisms, we would be happy to look at a revised manuscript.” The two papers were published 10 months later.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A representative for Nature declined to comment on the e-mail correspondence, or how Obokata and her co-authors revised their manuscripts. But the critiques are similar to those Science reviewers reportedly leveled when considering an earlier report on the work. Yesterday the website Retraction Watch published what it says are the cover letter and reviews for a manuscript on stem cells submitted to Science by Obokata. (Science’s editorial department would not confirm that the reported reviews were genuine, but the news staff has received the identical document from an independent source.)The Nature reviewers call the manuscripts and the results they describe “very interesting,” “potentially groundbreaking,” “highly provocative,” and “truly remarkable.” In the papers, Obokata, who works at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan, and her co-authors claimed that bathing blood cells from newborn mice in a mildly acidic solution could prompt them to become powerful stem cells. They dubbed the phenomenon stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP.All three Nature reviewers concluded that the data presented in the submitted manuscripts were not enough to support such radical claims. “I would recommend the authors to be extremely cautious in their claims. … The authors should look into the actual effect that the treatment elicits in the genome and they should assess genomic instability,” one writes. “There are several issues that I consider should be clarified beyond doubt because of the potential revolutionary nature of the observations,” writes another.Foreshadowing the difficulty the study authors have had in providing a clear protocol for others to replicate their work, one Nature reviewer writes, “Of paramount importance for the legitimacy of this paper is that the authors provide a full step by step account of their method such that the community can rapidly validate the reproducibility of the findings. The present method description is minimal and key elements are not properly defined.” The reviewer notes that the methods mention the use of B27 medium, “but B27 is a medium supplement, not a medium itself.” Nor does the manuscript mention whether any measures were taken to control the final pH, the reviewer writes.Since the papers were published, labs around the world have tried but failed to produce STAP cells. The papers’ authors have posted several different protocols online, including one as recently as 3 September.The reviewers all point out significant inconsistencies and holes in the data. One notes that although a chimera was supposedly made with STAP cells from a strain of black mice, the offspring are not black. “Please explain,” the reviewer writes.One reviewer summed up, “As it stands, and whereas this reviewer does not doubt the data presented, the process can be summarized as a ‘magical’ approach and none of the conclusions related to the ‘next-generation’ or amplifications in regenerative medicine is supported experimentally.”On 1 April 2014, almost a year after the rejection notice, a RIKEN investigating committee concluded the papers were marred by falsification and fabrication and judged Obokata guilty of research misconduct. Other authors were spared the misconduct charge, but the committee said that senior authors who failed to verify the accuracy of the data “bear heavy responsibility for the research misconduct that resulted from this failure on their part.” RIKEN leaders have recently announced the radical restructuring of the RIKEN CDB, cutting the staff by half.It is still not clear what happened between 4 April 2013 when Nature initially rejected the papers and 20 December 2013 when they were accepted. Teruhiko Wakayama, a co-author formerly at CDB now at the University of Yamanashi in Kofu, says that Obokata shared the reviewers’ comments with him and he made suggestions for revisions pertaining only to the chimeric mice experiments, which were his responsibility. He says he has no idea if the revised papers were again sent to reviewers.Wakayama says it might be a good idea for journals to send reviewer comments to all co-authors as another safeguard against problematic papers. “However, most co-authors just contribute to one or a few parts of the experiments,” he says. This means that even if all co-authors receive the reviewer comments they might not be in a position to address identified problems.last_img read more

“Bad has never been so good”

first_imgOh, how Bollywood suffers for its art. If Priyanka Chopra aged from 20 to 65 in 7 Khoon Maaf, Neil Nitin Mukesh, playing her first husband put on 7 kg and sported a prosthetic half leg. As Major Rodriguez, Mukesh abandoned his pretty boy looks. But then Vishal Bhardwaj has a habit of making his actors do his bidding. He had John Abraham injecting substances into his rippling forearms, Irrfan Khan slapping his beautous co-star around, Annu Kapoor climaxing onscreen and Naseeruddin Shah playing hooky with wild mushrooms. It doesn’t always work but the life of Susanna, the “meow si ladki”, is anything but uninteresting. Mukesh, 29, talks of how it was to go from suave to sneering in 7 Khoon Maaf.Q. Why did you agree to be one among so many husbands in a woman centric film?A. The character was extremely delicious for me to eat and I really liked it. Also it was a Vishal Bhardwaj film.Q. If you had a pick, which role would you have chosen?A.I was offered Major Rodriguez and the poet. I liked this one because he has so many layers.Q. The best thing someone has said about you?A. After Johnny Gaddar someone told me ‘bad has never been so good’.Q. Any further singing plans?A. I plan to record some of granddad’s songs with my father.- with Priyanka Sood and Nishat Barilast_img read more

Youth stabbed shot dead following a tiff in S Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: On Wednesday night, a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death following a scuffle with three to four men in the Tigri area of South Delhi.According to the police, the deceased, identified as Rohit was stabbed eight times before being shot at twice from close range by the accused Akash, his brother Annu, Kapil and a few others. According to police, Akash has previous cases against him including that of murder. The deceased also has a case registered against him of a minor scuffle. The locals called police after the incident of stabbing. When the police reached the spot, Rohit was shifted to Batra Hospital by his relatives. He succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead on arrival. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe south Delhi police have registered a case under Section 302/34 of Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act at the Tigri police station. Parminder Singh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South district, said, “During the investigation, it was found that Rohit had an altercation with Akash during the day. In the night, Akash, his brother Annu, Kapil and few others intercepted Rohit and stabbed and fired at him multiple times,” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We did not find any apparent enmity between the deceased and the accused. It seems they got into a random altercation and entered into a fight which turned out to be fatal,” said Additional DCP South Parvinder Singh. The South Delhi police are scanning the CCTV footage in the area in order to know the crime sequence and whereabouts of the accused. The body has been sent for postmortem and an investigation is underway to arrest the absconding accused.last_img read more

UN expert calls for Human Rights Council to examine global food crisis

The Human Rights Council should convene to discuss the current global food crisis because it is important to view the problem of soaring prices as “a massive violation of the right to adequate food,” a United Nations expert on the subject said today.Speaking in New York, the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, called for a special session of the HRC so that the Council can “speak with one single voice.”Mr. de Schutter said the right to adequate food had been “for the moment totally absent” from the debate about economic and humanitarian aid to meet the current crisis. “If we had 100 million persons arrested in a dictatorial regime [or] if we had 100 million persons beaten up by police, of course we would be marching on the streets and we’d be convening special sessions of the Human Rights Council,” Mr. de Schutter said. “Every single of these 100 million individuals deserves the same degree of attention from the international community as if the person had been arbitrarily arrested or detained for his or her political opinions.”The Special Rapporteur, who took over the role yesterday from his predecessor, Jean Ziegler, added that “governments cannot remain passive in the current crisis,” and called for a range of measures to tackle the issue. He said that States should increase their support to humanitarian agencies and provide cash transfers to the neediest segments of populations in food-insecure countries. In the longer-term he called for greater financial support for small-scale farmers, action to combat climate change, and the phasing out of “market-distorting” agricultural subsidies.Mr. de Schutter said that the world needed to do much more “not only to respond to this crisis but to prevent further similar crises from occurring. I would not want in 10 years’ time to see another crisis of this amplitude. This is not a natural disaster. It’s not an earthquake. It’s a crisis which is man-made,” he said. Earlier this week the UN announced that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had assembled an international task force which would prepare a global plan of action to tackle the global rise in food prices.Writing in an op-ed in today’s International Herald Tribune, Mr. Ban said, “we do not know how far food prices might go, nor how far they could eventually fall. But one thing is certain: we have gone from an era of plentitude to one of scarcity. Experts agree that food prices are not likely to return to the levels the world has grown accustomed to any time soon.”He added that, “we can deal with this crisis. We have the resources. We know what to do. We should consider this not only a problem but as an opportunity. It is a huge chance to address the root problems of many of the world’s poorest people, 70 per cent of whom live as small farmers. If we help them – if we offer aid and the right mix of sound local and international policies – the solution will come.” 2 May 2008The Human Rights Council should convene to discuss the current global food crisis because it is important to view the problem of soaring prices as “a massive violation of the right to adequate food,” a United Nations expert on the subject said today. read more

Iowas Hockenson wins Mackey Award as nations top tight end

Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson is the Mackey Award winner as the best tight end in the country.The winner was announced Wednesday. Hockenson is the first sophomore to win the award in its 19-year history and the second player from Iowa, joining Dallas Clark in 2002.The other finalists were Albert Okwuegbunam of Missouri and Kaden Smith of Stanford.Hockenson had 46 catches for 717 yards and six touchdowns this season for the Hawkeyes. They will play No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Twins found dead at White Cliffs of Dover were carrying ashes of

first_imgMuriel and Bernard Burgess died in an area of the White Cliffs of Dover known as Langdon CliffsIn the case of Mr Enion, of Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, Mrs Harding recorded a conclusion of suicide after hearing that CCTV footage captured a figure jumping from the cliffs.The inquest heard Mr Enion had served in the British Army from 1988 to 1996, and was deployed to the Gulf during the first Gulf War in January 1991. They were struggling to come to terms with the death of their parentsPatricia Harding, senior coroner Twins whose bodies were found at the White Cliffs of Dover on New Year’s Day had rucksacks containing the ashes of their dead parents, an inquest heard.A coroner said Muriel and Bernard Burgess, 59, had been struggling to come to terms with their parents’ deaths, particularly their mother’s in 2014.The siblings fell more than 200ft in an area known as Langdon Cliffs in Dover, Kent, and were found by rescue teams searching for Gulf War veteran Scott Enion, 45, whose body was also recovered.One rucksack recovered near the twins contained ashes with their mother’s name, and it emerged a second rucksack had their father’s ashes inside. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An inquest in Maidstone, Kent, into all three deaths heard Mr and Miss Burgess were recluses who lived together in a static caravan and were single and had no children.Detective Sergeant Stuart Ward, of Kent Police, said their late parents were also called Bernard and Muriel. Mr Burgess senior died in 1984 and Mrs Burgess senior died 30 years later.Senior coroner Patricia Harding said that in September last year the Burgess twins attended a consultation with their GP amid reports of having “low mood” since their mother’s death.Both were unemployed, struggled financially and sold the family home in north Wales to buy a caravan together in the village of Elton, Cheshire.For three months last year, the brother and sister disappeared for three months and went into rent arrears, according to the caravan park manager.Mr Ward said: “They returned and said that they went walking somewhere in the UK.” Mr Ward said: “He had spoken in the past that he had been bullied in the Army due to his racial background and he had considered suicide.”Mr Enion also felt he suffered from Gulf War Syndrome, which culminated in health problems, including fatigue and headaches, and had witnessed comrades killed after coming under friendly fire.However, his suicidal thoughts were described as “historical” and he was last seen by his GP last October 13 for a headache. No relatives for either Mr Enion or the Burgess twins attended the inquest. On Christmas Day, police were called to the pair on the Dover clifftop after Mr Burgess was spotted by a concerned passer-by sheltering by a large rock.Miss Burgess told police they had travelled to Dover to do some walking over the Christmas period, and the officer reported no concern for them.Mr Ward said there was “no indication” they came to scatter their parents’ ashes and Mrs Harding said she could not be sure they intended to take their own lives.Recording an open conclusion for both Mr and Miss Burgess, Mrs Harding said: “They were struggling to come to terms with the death of their parents, particularly the death of their mother in 2014.”It is clear from the evidence that they were both of the view that they could be assisted by counselling. Muriel and Bernard were reclusive and would keep themselves to themselves and disappear and go for walks within the UK.”Mrs Harding added: “The evidence doesn’t disclose to the required standard of proof whether there was an intention by them to take their own lives or was indeed simply a tragic accident.”last_img read more

Nurse and midwife misconduct hearings may be held in secret

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It’s a step back for openness – dealing with concerns behind closed doors without systematic public scrutiny is not in the public interestPeter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents Ms Smith told The Telegraph: “For a long time we and others have been saying that the Fitness for Practice process is distressing and adversarial and cumbersome.”She questioned whether there was any point having public hearings if the nurse or midwife had admitted their failings, and shown willingness to learn from them. Around six in ten cases are closed after initial assessment, with around 1,500 public hearings annually. Latest figures show that in 2016/17, 23 per cent of those facing such hearings were struck off, with 28 per cent suspended and 18 per cent subject to conditions, such as only working under supervision or undergoing retraining.In theory, nurses can already be subject to sanctions without a hearing in public, if they admit their errors, but just 11 “consensual panel determinations” take place each month.’Improved customer experience for nurses’Next week the NMC’s board will consider proposals to greatly expand this system, saying the current approach encourages “a culture of blame and denial”.The board papers suggest the new approach would mean “an improved customer experience” for the nurses subject to misconduct hearings, as well as to those who refer cases of concern.This would mean “enabling nurses and midwives to remediate regulatory concerns” while “holding full hearings only in exceptional circumstances,” the documents state. Nurses and midwives will rarely be subject to public misconduct hearings and could avoid any sanctions for errors if they admit blunders early, under controversial new plans.The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) wants to replace “cumbersome and adversarial” fitness to practice processes with a system that could mean most cases being heard behind closed doors.Under the draft strategy, nurses who might currently expect to be struck off could continue working if they admit failings early and convince the watchdog that they have learnt their lessons.Such an approach will apply even in the most grave cases, including those which resulted in patient deaths, the regulator’s head said.Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive, said the plans, which would mean full hearings held “only in exceptional circumstances,” were an attempt to protect patient safety without “punishing” nurses and midwives for mistakes.“This is not about doing deals behind closed doors,” she insisted, adding that the proposed system – which is due to go to public consultation – would put patient safety first. “If you have a registrant who says ‘yes it happened, it shouldn’t have happened’ and they reflect on it then what is the purpose of the hearing?” she said. “It is distressing for everyone especially the witnesses because it is so adversarial.”If facts were disputed, a public hearing would be required, she said.  Otherwise a panel would consider the case, and impose any sanctions, without any meetings in public.Such changes could also save significant funds she said, with three quarters of the watchdog’s £85 million budget spent on fitness to practice processes.Even if clear failings by nurses had resulted in the death of a patient, it was not always necessary to impose sanctions, she said.“It depends on whether the nurse recognises what they have done and learns from it,” stressing that any sanctions would be publicly on the record, even if there was no public hearing. However, patient safety campaigners described the moves as “shocking” and a “step back for openness”.The watchdog receives more than 5,000 referrals a year from hospitals, patients and the public. Some of the worst scandals of recent years have taken place in maternity unitscenter_img Around 1,500 public hearings take place each yearCredit:PA Around 1,500 public hearings take place each year In a briefing document, the regulator said: “Under our new strategy, where a nurse or midwife makes a clinical mistake – even a mistake which causes serious harm – but they admit to it early, engage with us, and demonstrate learning, we may no longer need to impose a more restrictive sanction – such as a long-term suspension or conditions of practice. If they remediate properly and learn from their mistakes, this may be enough to protect the public. We want to resolve as many cases as possible by consent with the nurse or midwife – ie without the need for a full hearing.” The NMC chief executive acknowledged that the proposals – which will go to public consultation next month, if agreed by their board – could be met with a public backlash.“This is a consultation,” she said.  “If other organisations come back and say this doesn’t look right we will take that seriously.  The key thing for us is what patients’ groups think, what the public think. We want to get this right, we know there will be different views.”Ms Smith said she had been interested in recent statements from the Health and Social Care Secretary, who raised concerns over the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who was struck off by the General Medical Council over the death of a six-year-old boy.Jeremy Hunt had warned off “unintended consequences” if medics were unable to reflect openly on their mistakes.Peter Walsh, chief executive of Action against Medical Accidents, warned the “shocking” new proposals would place too much reliance on the honesty of individual hospitals and which could lead to further cover-ups.“It’s a step back for openness – dealing with concerns behind closed doors without systematic public scrutiny is not in the public interest,” he said.James Titcombe, who has campaigned for better NHS accountability since losing his baby son Joshua in the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal, said: “The NMC hasn’t been a fit for purpose organisation for some time. Rather than moving to a more closed and secretive approach, the NMC  urgently needs a change in leadership and top to bottom reform.” A major report by the Professional Standards Agency into the NMC’s handling of the Morecambe Bay cases is due to be published next week. Some of the worst scandals of recent years have taken place in maternity unitsCredit:Alamylast_img read more

Human trafficking report is a wake up call to government says Immigrant

first_imgTrafficked worker in Ireland: I was threatened, confined and treated as a slave>Victims of human trafficking gang rescued from Belfast brothels> 2009 –  66 people2010 – 78 people2011 – 57 people They say they want the government to:Appoint an anti-trafficking Tsar to ensure greater sharing of information and a co-ordinated approach across Government departments, agencies, the Gardaí and the non-governmental sector.Improve the reporting of this crime and the identification of victims.Provide safe and secure accommodation for those who have been identified.Target the demand for sex-trafficking by implementing the unanimous recommendations of the Oireachtas Justice Committee for laws against sex buyers.Anti Trafficking Coordinator with the Immigrant Council, Nusha Yonkova added: It is now clear that Ireland’s response to one of the biggest crimes in Europe is not good enough and that urgent action is needed.This report not only identifies shortfalls in the law but also highlights failures to provide proper accommodation and safeguards to victims. The report states that 66 per cent victims were adult women, while 24 per cent were children and 10 per cent were men. The main type of exploitation reported during the period 2009-2011, both for adults and children, was sexual exploitation.The review states that preliminary data for 2012, identified 48 human trafficking victims. 31 were female and 23 were children.Sexual exploitationAs regards the forms of exploitation, 39 of the alleged victims were subjected to sexual exploitation and six to labour exploitation. Three cases were found to be cases of illegal immigration.Speaking about the review today Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter said he thought the report was “generally positive” in relation to Ireland and said he will carefully consider the insights of expert report.He said he thought there had been much done “in a relatively short period of time” in relation to human trafficking. He said there was “much to be learned from independent evaluations”.He added that the government “will carefully consider the insights of the group of experts in relation to our approach”.‘Wake-up call’The Immigrant Council of Ireland said the shortfalls highlighted must be acted upon, stating that the report is a “wake up call”.Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said: This report flies in the face of those vested interests in the sex ‘trade’ who have been trying to claim that human trafficking for sexual exploitation does not exist in Ireland. AN EXPERT REVIEW group has been critical of how Ireland is tackling human trafficking.The review into the state’s compliance with the anti-trafficking convention was conducted by an expert committee from the Council of Europe, who stated that the number of prosecutions and convictions for human trafficking is still “very low”  and the length of the criminal proceedings is “also a manner of concern”.They urged the Irish authorities to take additional measures to ensure that human trafficking offences are investigated and prosecuted effectively, which they say would lead to “proportionate and dissuasive sanctions”.IntimidationThey also said that more could be done to ensure that victims of human trafficking are not subject to intimidation, either before or after a court case.The group said that new immigration legislation had been delayed since 2008, but said that it was promised this year that new legislation would be introduced. They wanted to stress to government that new legislation relating to immigration, asylum and human trafficking should be implemented as soon as possible.Having looked at Ireland’s human trafficking situation the said that Ireland is primarily a country of destination for victims of trafficking, rather than a country of transit.FiguresBetween 2009-2011, more than 200 possible victims of human trafficking were identified in Ireland.The figures, supplied to the expert group by the gardaí, give the following breakdown of human trafficking victims:last_img read more

Northern Ireland has a choice about what type of summer it wants

first_imgAFTER A TURBULENT winter, featuring weeks of volatile Union Flag protests, there is some concern that Northern Ireland’s traditional parades’ season could turn ugly.However, the Parades Commission has said there is still time for residents to make positive choices and live through a peaceful summer.“People have a choice,” chairman Peter Osborne insisted in his pre-summer statement.Those directly involved can choose to engage in dialogue or they can choose not to talk to others. People can decide to raise tensions with unhelpful public comment or they can decide to help with calming and measured language.The main parading season kicks off in six weeks time and politicians have been urged to lead by example.“In their language, they can demonstrate political leadership signposting others towards accommodation,” explained Osborne. “Or instead they can comment in an inflammatory and negative way, thereby raising community tensions. They have choices to make.”Earlier this year, First Minister Peter Robinson criticised Sinn Féin councillors for antagonising parts of the population by voting to reduce the number of days the Union flag flies outside Belfast City Hall. The vote sparked off weeks of violent protests. He described the move as “ill-considered and provocative”.Osborne said that people will expect cooperation between parade organisers and residents in particularly-sensitive areas that have been prone to trouble in the past.“Last autumn the Orange Order made it clear that there was no impediment to individual lodges talking to local residents,” he said. “The Commission will facilitate that dialogue when it can, but we need those involved to have the courage to take the steps necessary to deliver on the expectation created.”Where agreement is not reached locally, the Parades Commission steps in to make decisions about parades and protests.“If people make the right choices, Northern Ireland can have a positive summer. If they don’t, society is entitled to ask why, because everyone must endure the consequences,” concluded Osborne.Two journalists receive death threats from paramilitariesAdams to meet family of prison officer shot dead in Dublinlast_img read more

43 new Android files found to infringe Oracle Java patents UPDATED

first_imgIn August last year Oracle dropped a bombshell when it sued Google over Java patent infringement. After acquiring Sun, Oracle was quick to defend its new property and targeted Android which it believes is derived from Java and infringes on several patents.Google responded by giving 20 different reasons no infringement had occurred. But today the tables have well and truly turned in Oracle’s favor.FOSS Patents, a blog that covers software patent news, has been investigating the lawsuit and the claimed infringements by Google. By looking at the Android codebase in detail Florian Mueller of FOSS has found some pretty damning evidence which Oracle can use to further prove infringement has taken place.First of all Florian has identified 6 new source code files that look to have been derived with a decompiler. Specifically:I have since found six more files in an adjacent directory that show the same pattern of direct copying. All of them were apparently derived with the help of a decompiler tool. Those files form part of Froyo (Android version 2.2) as well as Gingerbread (version 2.3). Although on its own that finding is quite serious, Meuller has uncovered another 37 files in the Android codebase that contain very clear Sun copyright notices:I have identified 37 files marked as “PROPRIETARY/CONFIDENTIAL” by Sun and a copyright notice file that says: “DO NOT DISTRIBUTE!” Those files appear to relate to the Mobile Media API of the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit. Unless Google obtained a license to that code (which is unlikely given the content and tone of those warnings), this constitutes another breach. This is new evidence in addition to what Oracle has already presented giving the company new ammo with which to face Google in the courts.Google did complain that Oracle left out copyright headers in the documents it filed for the case originally, but including them turns out to be worse for Google as they state “PROPRIETARY/CONFIDENTIAL” or have a GPL 2 header. In both cases they do not allow Google to use the code freely under the Apache open source license according to Meuller.Oracle will now surely jump on this new evidence and submit it as part of the lawsuit. Google may have already realized such infringing evidence exists, while any manufacturer relying on Android on their devices will be bracing for the outcome of this case.[UPDATE] The findings of FOSS are being questioned with ZDNet’s Ed Brunette stating the claims are false. The first 6 files being referred to were actually released by Sun to aid developers and everyone has access to them. The other 37 files are for native code audio drivers and don’t actually ship with Android. Check out Ed’s response to these claims and make up your own mind if this works for or against Google.Read more at FOSS Patents, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Amazon starts offering free AutoRip MP3s with vinyl purchases

first_imgIn January Amazon launched its AutoRip service, which saw every music CD purchase accompanied by the 256Kbps MP3 versions of each music track for free. So for anyone who still prefers to have a physical copy of their music, there was no need to take the time to rip it for your digital music player of choice.Now Amazon is extending the AutoRip service to include another physical music format it sells: vinyl. From now on, if you purchase any vinyl records from Amazon you will also receive the MP3 version for free. This is actually a much more useful offer because it’s a lot more difficult to rip your vinyl than it is a CD.Just like with CDs, AutoRip will provide MP3s for any music release since 1998 and for any new music going forward. For Amazon, it’s an easy way to entice music purchases and draw new consumers due to the added value on offer. It also helps that the digital versions of the tracks are available immediately, meaning you can listen to your purchase before the vinyl version gets delivered.But it’s also a way to promote its Cloud Player and associated apps. AutoRip music is stored for free on your account in the cloud, it can also be played back instantly on any Android or iOS device, Kindle devices, web browsers, Samsung TVs, and even a Roku or Sonos.So, unless there’s a major price difference at another online store, Amazon just gave you another reason to buy from them instead. [Image credit: Michelle Hawkins-Thiel]last_img read more

5 at 5 Thursday

first_img5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Thu 4:56 PM By Dominic McGrath Share4 Tweet Email Short URL No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4806414 Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 4:55 PM 19,312 Views Image: Shutterstock/Matej Kastelic EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #ELECTION: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today that May 2020 is the “right moment” for a general election. He was speaking at the party’s annual away day in Cork. 2. #BELFAST: A court in Northern Ireland has rejected a challenge to prorogation, which had argued that a no-deal Brexit posed a threat to the Northern Ireland peace process. 3. #DEFENCE PAY: Agriculture minister Michael Creed has suggested that Michael D Higgins’ comments yesterday on Defence Forces pay were “quite unusual”. 4. #DUBLIN: A great grandfather who was left fighting for his life a month ago following an unprovoked attack outside his home has been left with a permanent significant brain injury.5. #NO-DEAL BREXIT: Tanaiste Simon Coveney has said that customs checks imposed in a no-deal scenario will not be permanent, adding that the government needs to “level with people” about what will happen if the UK crashes out of the EU.  Image: Shutterstock/Matej Kastelic Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tullow Oil appoints Machin

first_imgTullow Oil has appointed John Machin group head of reward.Machin joins the oil exploration and production organisation from William Hill, where he was head of reward and engagement.Prior to this, Machin was global head of compensation and benefits at Misys.last_img

23 of law firms believe workplace stress and burnout are increasing

first_imgAlmost a quarter (23%) of law firm respondents believe that burnout and stress are increasing among fee-earning staff, according to research by Xerox HR Services.Its survey of 70 UK law firms also found that 38% of respondents feel that fee-earning employees’ stress levels are high or very high.The research also found:17% of respondents think that stress levels are high or very high among non-fee-earning staff, and that burnout and stress have worsened among this group of employees.95% believe that they should take a good or great deal of responsibility for their employees’ mental wellbeing.72% of respondents say they are very or extremely supportive of their employees’ mental wellbeing, which includes providing support measures such as taking steps to ease workplace pressures and putting activities and programmes in place.Three-quarters (75%) of respondents offer all their employees educational programmes that promote good work-life balance.94% of respondents offer fee-earners the chance to take part in employee engagement surveys, and 57% provide mental health screening.Almost half (47%) of respondents say they offer work-life balance, time management and delegation training programmes to improve productivity, and 45% do so to improve performance.Chris Evans, senior consultant at Xerox HR Services, said: “While the survey found increasing levels of stress, we’re also seeing an increase in the number of firms looking to improve this situation.“It’s important to measure and monitor the impact of each programme, collect feedback from the staff and explore what other support could be offered such as healthcare information or financial wellbeing guidance.”last_img read more

Chandigarh to bask in the glory of 8th Theatre Olympics

first_imgAdding a feather to its cap of achievements, Chandigarh is all set to bask in the glory of hosting 8th Theatre Olympics, the world’s largest theatre festival, held in India for the first time.This edition of the global theatre festival will cover 17 cities in India with over 25000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 ambience performances, and 250 youth shows.The Chandigarh chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is being organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in collaboration with Department of Culture Affair, UT Chandigarh/Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy. This was stated by Chairman, Sangeet Natak Academy, Kamal Arora; Suresh Bhardwaj, Festival Convenor, NSD, New Delhi, and Sudesh Sharma, Chief Coordinator, 8th Theatre Olympics Chandigarh Chapter, here today. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Chandigarh is home to cosmopolitan and folk cultures and therefore offers a perfect backdrop for an international festival like 8th Theatre Olympics,” Kamal Arora stated.”Chandigarh is a city of theatre lovers. We are very happy to have Chandigarh as a co-host of the 8th Theatre Olympics,” affirmed Suresh Bhardwaj, Festival Convener, National School of Drama, New Delhi.”We are very proud to host a chapter of 8th Theatre Olympics in our city. We will make every effort to make this event a grand success”, Sudesh Sharma reiterated. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe fortnight-long event in the city, from March 20 to April 3 at Tagore Hall, will stage 15 plays comprising four specially invited plays as well as folk theatre and international plays. Famous productions such as “Macbeth” (Ratan Thiyam), “Mohna Batav”(Navid Inamdhar, Latur), “Indipity” (Pranjal Saikia), and “Hasyachuramari” (Saurabh Anant) will be staged during the theatre festival in Chandigarh. Few allied activities will also take place during this period. “For the past three years, we had the dream to bring Theatre Olympics to India. The dream that we had seen has come true. Since we began to envision and achieve this feat, Dr Mahesh Sharma and the Ministry of Culture have extended wholehearted support to the idea and have played an instrumental role in making it a reality. Throughout centuries we have seen playwright like Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht becoming a part of Indian theatre, while despite having our own extraordinary playwrights and theatrical figures, we are still to make a similar impact. This is a huge leap towards that direction of putting Indian theatre on the world map,” Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD added.The festival will culminate on April 8 in Mumbai.last_img read more

Google App Store Gets More Oversight

first_imgMarch 17, 2015 Google Inc is tightening supervision of its freewheeling Play store, forming a special team to screen new apps for malware and sexually explicit material, and strengthening its age-based rating system.The change brings Google Play, a bazaar for digital games, social media apps and entertainment software, closer to Apple Inc’s tightly controlled App Store. But Google is not adopting Apple’s practice of only approving apps that meet its stringent quality standards.The change underscores the growing importance of apps in the success of the companies’ rival mobile gadgets. Google, whose Android software runs most of the world’s smartphones, and the iPhone and iPad maker each manage online hubs with more than one million apps ranging from calendars to video games.Google said in its official blog on Tuesday that its expert team will screen each app submitted by developers to spot earlier anything that runs afoul of its rules. Google had only used automated technology for screening at the time of submission.The new process will not create bottlenecks, Google said in a post, promising that approved apps will become available on Google Play within “a matter of hours” after submission.Apple does not disclose its app review period, but the website appreviewtimes.com puts the average wait time at seven days for Apple’s App Store.Developers must answer special questionnaires about their apps to help independent ratings organizations assign age-based ratings, Google said.”We know that people in different countries have different ideas about what content is appropriate for kids, teens and adults, so today’s announcement will help developers better label their apps for the right audience,” Google said in the blog post.As of May, apps submitted without the questionnaire will not be published in Google Play, and existing apps that do not seek a rating could be blocked in certain markets or for certain users, Google said. Until now, Google has let developers rate their own apps using a system created by Google.Google, whose Android software runs most of the world’s smartphones, and Apple each manage online hubs with more than one million apps ranging from calendars to video games.(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Richard Chang) This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

9 Things People Think Will Happen at Tomorrows Big MacBook Pro Event

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read October 26, 2016center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Apple fans have been anticipating tomorrow for some time now. At its Cupertino campus on Thursday, Apple will be holding its long-awaited “Hello Again” event in which the company will unveil a number of major Mac updates. But it’s not these refreshes people are excited about; it’s the release of the company’s redesigned Macbook Pro — which fans have gotten a sneak peak of through leaked images. There are also rumors of updates to the Air and iMac, along with speculation of release dates for AirPods, Apple’s new wireless headphones.While the gossip mill is spinning, it is just talk. When it comes to Apple you never really know what you’re going to get. So as the countdown begins, we’ve taken a look at what’s expected at tomorrow’s big event.MacBook Pro1. Focus on thinner and lighter: Apple’s always trying to make their devices thinner and lighter so this one’s a given. Both the 13- and 15-inch models will have a slightly thinner design — but for the most part may look identical to their 2012 models, according to Bloomberg. 2. Introduction of the OLED Touch Bar: The new Pro will have an OLED Touch Bar — a small touchscreen strip in place of the small strip of keys — at the top of the keyboard for changing brightness, controlling volume and skipping through music, according to The Verge. The new bar will give users the ability to configure their own array of different options and shortcuts.“Basically, imagine having a strip of keys that changes to whatever’s most useful for a given app,” The Verge reports. “So if you’re in a Word document, you might see copy, paste and formatting options. If you’re in Photoshop, you might see brush adjustments.”3. Unveiling of the TouchID Fingerprint Sensor: Like the iPhone, it is rumored that people will be able to unlock their MacBook Pro with the touch of their finger, and use it to make online purchases through Apple Pay.4. Removing USB ports: They’ve already ditched the headphone jack for the new iPhone 7, why not lose USB ports for new the MacBook Pro, too?It’s predicted that Apple will eliminate the USB 3.0 and Magsafe ports on its new MacBook Pro, speculates Japanese rumor blog, Macotakara. If the rumors are true, the new Pros will feature USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3 ports instead. This change means “you’d presumably charge it through the USB-C port and connect peripherals via Thunderbolt 3” and would need “some kind of USB 3.0 adapter,” according to Engadget.MacBook Air5. Elimination of the 11-inch airs: Apple allegedly plans to kill the 11-inch MacBook Airs altogether, reports Engadget. This is likely because the lack of difference between the small Air and the 12-inch MacBook.6. Transition to USB-C ports: Although no major changes are expected of the new MacBook Air, it is likely that the current version’s USB 3.0 ports will be replaced with USB-C ports, or mini ports, says Bloomberg.iMac7. Making the switch to USB-C ports: Like the Airs, the iMacs are expected to switch out USB 3.0 ports with USB-C ones.8. Upgrade to new processor: This is under major speculation, but the push for new processors for the iMac have been ongoing by Apple — although Intel chip maker has not released the appropriate chips to do so yet (apparently). If this is announced tomorrow, the new iMacs will likely not ship until next year.AirPods9. Announce release date: This one’s not so much a secret, but since Apple killed the headphone jack of the iPhone 7, the company has talked about the new wireless earphones, or the “AirPods.” They are predicted to go on sale the day of tomorrow’s event.last_img read more

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