first_imgThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it is treating or monitoring 75 of its Atlanta-based staff members for possible anthrax exposure. The exposure may have occurred earlier this month because “established safety practices were not followed,” the agency said in a press statement released today.“Out of an abundance of caution, CDC is taking aggressive steps to protect the health of all involved, including providing protective courses of antibiotics for potentially exposed staff,” the agency stated. “Based on most of the potential exposure scenarios, the risk of infection is very low.” Anthrax can be deadly if inhaled, with symptoms usually appearing within a few days or weeks, but widely available antibiotics can prevent illness.Some of the CDC workers were involved in “inactivating”—or rendering harmless—live samples of Bacillus anthracis bacteria in a biosafety level 3 (BSL3) laboratory for shipment to other CDC laboratories with lower biosafety levels, according to CDC. 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And between 6 and 13 June, lab workers used procedures that may have “aerosolized” the dangerous spores, making them easier to breathe in, investigators found. “Workers, believing the samples were inactivated, were not wearing adequate personal protective equipment while handling the material,” the agency said.The unintentional exposure was discovered on 13 June when researchers noticed live anthrax colonies growing on plates used to store and transport the samples. CDC officials then moved to decontaminate potentially contaminated areas and notify workers who had handled the plates. Investigations are continuing, and the “laboratories will be re-opened when safe to operate,” according to the statement. “Given that CDC expert protocols were not followed, disciplinary action(s) will be taken as necessary.”The incident will bring further scrutiny to CDC and other institutions that work with anthrax and other so-called select agents—dangerous toxins and organisms that are specially regulated by the federal government because of the threat they pose if engineered into a bioweapon, or accidentally escape from a laboratory. Internal whistleblowers have cited a range of problems at CDC’s secure laboratories, and in 2011 the National Academies’ National Research Council reported that select agent laboratories in the United States had 395 events between 2003 and 2009 that could have resulted in exposure to or release of an agent (but they reported just seven infections). Critics of the current select agent system have called for more stringent regulation and a reduction in the number of laboratories handling dangerous agents.BSL3 laboratories have the second strongest containment and safety features, including special air-handling systems, “glove boxes” that keep samples separate from researchers, and secured laboratories. The most stringent labs, BSL4 laboratories, also often require researchers to wear specialized “moon suits” and breathing gear that prevent potential exposures.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 65-year-old Serbian was voted the African confederation’s coach of the year in 2010 after guiding Ghana to the World Cup quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Thailand’s head coach Milovan Rajevac reacts during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between Thailand and India at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)BANGKOK — The Football Association of Thailand has fired Milovan Rajevac as head coach after the national team’s 4-1 opening loss to India at the Asian Cup.Thai FA president Somyot Poompanmoung had warned ahead of the continental tournament that Rajevac’s job was on the line if he couldn’t take the team to the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No. 2 Michigan stays unbeaten, beats No. 21 Indiana SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He announced the decision to fire Rajevac after Sunday’s game in Abu Dhabi, despite Thailand still having group games against Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to play.In a statement released early Monday he says, “It was not the playing format that Thai FA and the team supporters desired. I hereby announce the suspension of the contract with Milovan Rajevac as the coach of Thailand’s national team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAssistant Sirisak Yodyathai will take over as interim head coach for the tournament.Rajevac was hired as the Thailand head coach in April 2017 to replace Kiatsisak Senamuang and had been under increasing pressure since Thailand failed to defend the AFF Cup title last month, losing to Malaysia in the semifinals on away goal rules. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli has been in glorious form and has smashed quite a few batting records this year. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper’s exploits in the ongoing T20 season has drawn comparison between him and the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. (IPL Full Coverage)Meanwhile, Tendulkar himself seems to be amazed with Kohli’s batting form. The former India skipper feels Kohli’s secret is playing with a ‘straight bat’ and ‘visualising all three formats without ever compromising on his technique’. (Also read: Virat Kohli better than AB de Villiers, says Shane Warne) ‘SCORES WITH GOOD CRICKETING SHOTS'”Virat presents the straight bat and scores with good cricketing shots. He is a special talent and he works hard on his game. His discipline and commitment has to be emulated. He visualises different formats without ever compromising on his technique. (Also read: I will be worried to bowl at Virat Kohli, says Wasim Akram) “In addition, he is very strong mentally and thrives in pressure situations,” Tendulkar told Gulf News in an interview.GOOD QUALITY OF CRICKET IN IPLTendulkar was all praise for the quality of cricket in the Indian Premier League, which he believes is on an upswing in recent times.”The level of competition in the IPL has been steadily growing. We have had last couple of seasons, where the last match of the pool has decided the final standings and the teams for the knockout phase. It is great for the tournament as the interest level is maintained throughout,” he said.advertisement’TEST CRICKET SHOULD OFFER MORE TO BOWLERS’While T20s are about entertainment where spectators want a fair share of fours and sixes, Tendulkar feels Test cricket should offer more to the bowlers.”I believe that Test cricket has its own unique position in cricket. I also think that the format should enable bowler-friendly wickets. The other formats have largely become overtly advantageous to batsmen, so Test cricket should create this balance.”EMBRACES DAY-NIGHT TESTSTendulkar said he is open to the idea of day-night Test cricket which he feels can make the format attractive for audiences.”Test cricket will continue to remain the challenge for any cricketer. It is appropriately called Test as the format tests your skill, temperament, capability and endurance. The changes being considered are to make it exciting for the audiences,” the 43-year-old said.’NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD WORK’Alastair Cook is set to join the 10,000 Test runs club, of which Tendulkar is a member. Asked what does it take to achieve that level, Tendulkar said: “It is important to start afresh and keep preparing for the new game. You may have scored a century in the last game but that is the past. You also need to work on your weaker areas since bowlers, coaches and support staff are constantly analysing your batting. There is no substitute for hard work and discipline.”last_img read more

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Robbie Lawler defended his UFC welterweight belt with a bruising split-decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 195 on Jan. 2.Lawler (27-10) was awarded the narrow decision after an outstanding five-round brawl. Condit (30-9) landed 120 more strikes and wobbled the champion multiple times, but Lawler’s power did enough damage to win three rounds on two judges’ scorecards.Stipe Miocic also stopped Andrei Arlovski with punches 54 seconds into the first round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, likely earning a heavyweight title shot in the UFC’s traditional New Year’s week show in its hometown.Lawler and Condit established a lofty benchmark for the best fight of 2016 with their thrilling, draining slugfest. Both fighters landed huge strikes and big knockdowns, yet both bounced up and kept fighting into a brutal fifth round.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMilos Raonic has beaten racket-smashing No. 4-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) on his fourth match point to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals for the fourth time.The big-serving Canadian had his serve broken in the opening game but responded by winning the next eight games to go up a break in the second set. After falling behind 4-1 in the second, Zverev had just about enough.The 21-year-old German sat down in his courtside chair and destroyed his racket by whacking it against the ground eight times — and then tossing it aside.He was warned for racket abuse after the display and, after dropping the set two games later, he left the court and went to the locker room.Frustration level #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019When he returned, he only dropped one point on his serve until the eighth game, but suddenly things went haywire again when he faced two match points. Zverev composed himself to save those two break points and led in the tiebreaker until Raonic went on a roll.From 3-1 down, Raonic rallied to get to 6-4 and missed one more match point before finally converting.Bravo, @milosraonic!#Raonic books a ninth Grand Slam quarterfinal, extending his own record for the most major quarterfinals reached by a Canadian player man or woman in history.#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The 2016 Wimbledon runner-up will face either No. 11 Borna Coric or No. 28 Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals.advertisementAlso Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe at Australian OpenI lost to a better player: Roger Federer after Also Read | shock defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipaslast_img read more

first_imgUNC cheerleader walks through College GameDay live-shot.Jay Williams DukeAfter splitting the regular season title in the SEC, Kentucky and Texas A&M both reached the league’s tournament final – setting up what seemed like an all-important showdown regarding NCAA Tournament seeding. Well, that’s what we thought.The Wildcats knocked off the Aggies Sunday, taking home the trophy. But somehow, when the brackets were unveiled just hours later, Texas A&M was given a 3-seed, while UK landed on the 4-line. John Calipari, per usual, went off. It turns out some of the ESPN guys agree with him.College basketball analyst Jay Williams went as far as to say that Kentucky got “hosed” by the committee. . @KentuckyMBB got hosed. No way #BBN wins their conf tourney & share of the regular season & get a 4 seed while Texas A&M gets a 3 seed.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 13, 2016It’s hard to disagree here. Most thought that at worst, Kentucky would get a 3-seed, and at best, a 2-seed. The NCAA Tournament selection committee continues to baffle everyone, year after year.last_img read more

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 00:00 IST Ravi Shastri was reappointed as Indian head coach till T20 World Cup 2021. (AP Photo)Ravi Shastri, who was reappointed as Indian head coach till T20 World Cup 2021, by the Kapil Dev led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) set up for this purpose has asked for a greater say in the selection process during his interview.Shastri, who started as the overwhelming favourite to keep the top job, eventually won the race comfortably with his communication skills and prior experience of knowing the team well helping him clinch the race.But CAC members say Shastri’s interview wasn’t a monologue and questions were asked of him, for example, the weak middle order that cost India the World Cup. “Shastri wasn’t amused with the fact that he was kept out of selection meetings from quite some time where only the captain sat with the selectors to pick the team,” a CAC member told India Today.”He basically suggested the team management didn’t get the players they wanted in the middle order for the World Cup. Although the team management doesn’t have a vote in selection meetings, Shastri wants both the captain and coach’s inputs to be taken in selection meetings,” said another CAC member.Interestingly Chief selector MSK Prasad, when asked about inconsistencies in World Cup selections, had laid the blame on team management.”When Shikhar Dhawan was injured, we already had a reserve opener in KL Rahul. At that juncture, we didn’t have a left-hander at the top. The team management requested for a left-hander. We had no other choice other than Rishabh Pant. We knew his capability. That’s the reason why we had to bring in a left-hander.advertisement”Subsequently, when Vijay Shankar was injured, why an opener was brought in… that’s the confusion. In the game against England, KL Rahul fell on his back and he didn’t take the field. There was so much of worry factor. At that juncture, a mail was written (by team management) that we need a back-up opener. We looked at some of the openers. Some were not in form and some were injured. That’s when we went to Mayank Agarwal,” Prasad had said.With the selectors and not CAC assigned to pick the rest of the support staff to assist Shastri, next week, things could get a little more complex if the team management doesn’t have their way after that process is over.Also Read | How Ravi Shastri pipped Mike Hesson and Tom Moody for another stint as India head coachAlso Read | Mike Hesson misses out but congratulates Ravi Shastri on retaining India jobAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow India coach Ravi Shastri wants greater say in selection in new inningsRavi Shastri will continue as the head coach of India cricket team for another two years as the Cricket Advisory Committee, headed by Kapil Dev picked the former India captain for the role after conducting interviews in Mumbai on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA Dartmouth High School student who founded a multicultural club and is an active volunteer is this year’s winner of a prestigious government scholarship. Ijjieh Mantolino will accept the $6,000 Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Johnstone Memorial Fund Entrance Scholarship today, June 26, at her school’s graduation ceremony. “Ijjieh is an outstanding role model for today’s young people,” Education Minister Karen Casey said. “She not only excels in academics, she works hard to make a difference in other people’s lives. I am pleased to congratulate her on this award.” Ms. Mantolino, whose family moved to Nova Scotia from the Philippines nine years ago, has maintained an outstanding academic record while being involved in many aspects of student life, sports and volunteerism. Many of her efforts have been in a leadership role. “Ijjieh has been a gift to teach. She is highly respected by her peers, as well as her teachers,” said leadership instructor Debbie Dunham, adding Ijjieh is not afraid to take on a challenge. “She will step up when others will not.” Ms. Mantolino founded, and was first president of, the multicultural club at Dartmouth High School and has been very active in the Filipino Association of Nova Scotia. An accomplished dancer, she organizes and teaches Filipino folk dancing to younger children and has represented the association in various cultural events. Her volunteer efforts include helping seniors, tutoring, working at a day care and helping people with special needs. “I don’t like staying at home not doing anything, and I like to contribute to my community,” Ms. Mantolino. Ms. Mantolino will be pursing a bachelor of science degree at Dalhousie University starting this fall. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be living in Nova Scotia, graduating from high school and beginning an undergraduate degree program at a Maritime university in the fall. The applicant must also have demonstrated an interest in multiculturalism and human rights. This year, 46 eligible applications were reviewed by the selection committee. Nova Scotia established the scholarship in 1991 to honour the life and work of the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate who devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday remanded Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who is arrested in a money laundering case, to ED’s custody till September 13. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order after the ED sought 14-day custodial interrogation of Shivakumar, arrested on Tuesday night, claiming that he was evasive and non-cooperative in the probe and there was “phenomenal growth” in his income while he was in important position. Opposing ED’s contentions, Shivakumar’s counsel said that the Congress leader has already been quizzed for 33 hours by the agency and he is not a flight risk. The ED had in September last year registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Auto industry body SIAM on Wednesday said the industry, which has been reeling under a prolonged slump, is staring at a difficult road ahead for the rest of the year due to transition to BS-VI emission norm from BS-VI by April 2020. Terming it as a “huge challenge”, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Rajan Wadhera said on an average each vehicle manufacturer is spending close to Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade all of their model line-up to meet the new emission norm within a short span. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The auto industry, as we all have seen in the past eight months, has witnessed continuous de-growth and August being the worst at 30 per cent,” Wadhera said, while speaking at Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) annual auto retail conclave. He further said the entire value chain of the auto industry – from component suppliers to vehicles manufacturers and dealers – have been impacted by the slowdown. “The road for the rest of the year is also looking difficult because there is a huge challenge of migration from BS-IV to BS-VI is awaiting us,” Wadhera said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNew technologies coming into vehicle, which has to be done “in a span of three years across all models and have defect free products is a huge challenge”, he added. “On an average an OEM is spending about Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade their product portfolio,” Wadhera said. In order to ensure a smooth transition, he said, “Sales forecasting and operational efficiency has become important on account of the upcoming BS-IV to BS-VI transition”. While the dealers will be managing the front-end, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) need to ensure that there should neither be loss of sales on account of unavailability of products nor allow inventory build up or write-off which will create more hardships for the dealers, he added. In the near future, Wadhera said the auto industry will not only have to deal with slowdown and BS-VI transition, but also has “actually prepare for the future mobility” – electric, connected and autonomous.last_img read more

21 June 2010Delegates gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to explore ways of improving the implementation of a global treaty aimed at protecting oceans and the resources they hold from a range of threats, including pollution, climate change, illegal fishing and crimes. Experts attending the five-day meeting of the UN Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will assess the needs for national and regional capacity-building as they seek to come up with the appropriate knowledge to help States protect Oceans in accordance with the provisions of the UN Law of the Sea Convention.In his report to the General Assembly on oceans and the law of the sea, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon points out that because seas are interconnected, assistance intended to strengthen capacities to manage ocean-related activities can ultimately benefit all States.He notes that effective protection of oceans continued to be hampered by capacity limitations, especially in developing countries.“These limitations and challenges may constrain the potential for States, in particular developing countries, especially the least developed among them and the small island developing States, to benefit from oceans and seas and their resources pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” the Secretary-General said in his report. read more

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is dispatching a senior envoy to the Middle East for talks on the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, a spokesman for the world body announced today.Special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen will travel to Beirut and Damascus this week “to discuss with Lebanese and Syrian officials the full, complete and immediate implementation of Security Council resolution 1559,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York.The resolution, adopted last September, calls for a pullout of all foreign forces from Lebanon as well as an end to all militias and the extension of government control over the whole country. Syrian troops have been in Lebanon since the early stages of the 1975-1990 civil war.In the press statement, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard also said the Secretary-General “took note of the speech delivered today in Damascus by the Syrian President Dr. Bashar Al Assad and will study it carefully.” read more

first_imgTHE NATIONAL MANAGEMENT Assets Agency (NAMA) has said that no evidence has been passed on to it about any impropriety involving staff members.In the Seanad today, Senator Daragh O’Brien said he had information in his possession that shows impropriety by employees, including the leaking of information.He told that he could not go into too much detail as of yet but said that more information would be forthcoming.In a statement this evening, NAMA said the “Senator’s comments in the Seanad this afternoon suggest that he has evidence of impropriety involving staff members of NAMA.“He has not shared any such evidence with NAMA. Nor has NAMA received any such evidence from any other party.”The statement went on to say that “if the Senator or any other party has evidence of any impropriety, they are legally obliged, under Section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act 2011, to bring it to the immediate attention of the Garda Siochana”.Leaked informationO’Brien said NAMA is the largest property management company in the world and has responsibility for €74 billion in loans, adding that he needed to know today whether the Garda Commissioner has been requested to carry out a “detailed investigation” into alleged “corruption and impropriety in NAMA”.“It is crucial that the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance or the Minister for Justice and Equality come before the House today to make a statement on this matter, which is so serious that it could undermine NAMA and the property and financial services sectors,” he said.He called on the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance or the Minister for Justice and Equality to come before the House and confirm whether the Garda Commissioner has been requested to carry out an investigation.The gardaí confirmed to that a complaint had been received from NAMA in relation to a former employee and that they were conducting an investigation into the matter. The added that their investigation was at an advanced stage.Read: NAMA meets ‘major milestone’ with redemption of €500m in senior bonds>Read: NAMA says it has been the most ‘proactive’ in providing social housing>last_img read more

first_img Hugh O’ConnellUpdated, 14:18PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has affirmed that he is preparing draft legislation to protect the pay of public workers, while work continues on talks to reach an agreement on how to make some savings.Howlin said this afternoon that he had asked the Labour Relations Commission chairman Kieran Mulvey to continue his current efforts, which have seen some progress made on reaching a successor to the Croke Park pay deal – including some sector-specific deals.While the Government is still keen to agree a single all-encompassing deal, it said it was prepared to enter deals with individual trade unions if no single all-encompassing deal could be reached.However, “as a contingency measure”, the Government was still moving ahead with drafting legislation which would give legal effect to a unilateral pay cut.Before this morning’s cabinet meeting, Howlin had said that “one way or another”, pay cuts would have to be made in the public sector.Howlin told reporters that cuts were necessary, and there would have to be legislation – irrespective of whether a deal is reached with unions or not – but that the government’s preference was for a negotiated settlement.“The structure of the alternatives that the government is considering are known, they will include pay cuts for anybody over €65,000,” he said.“Obviously we have to make contingency plans and I have had discussions over the last number of days, in fact since the end of the ballot, with the Attorney General’s office because one way or another we have to make these savings.”“We want to do it in a way that we have agreement,” he added saying that savings needed to be made “in as balanced a way as possible”.Howlin also ruled out setting any specific deadline for reaching an agreement with unions, adding: “There is no date in my head that is immutable.”Additional reporting by Gavan ReillyRead: Health unions in new public pay talks as Croke Park cuts are tweakedMore: EU will inspect Ireland’s finances for decades after bailout, under new ruleslast_img read more

first_imgThere’s been a 96% drop in EU nurses going to work in the UK since Brexit Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU registered in the UK but only 46 registered this April. NEW FIGURES FROM the UK have shown a drastic reduction in the number of nurses from other countries in the EU registering to work in Britain.In July of last year, 1,304 nurses from the EU registered in Britain. That number had fallen drastically to 344 just two months later in September.In April, just 46 EU nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). To become a practising nurse or midwife in the UK, you must register with the NMC.The figures were released to the Health Foundation under a Freedom of Information request.The UK has repeatedly faces staff shortages in the nursing sector, and has recruited from Europe and further afield to plug the gap.Around 57,000 EU nationals work in the NHS in the UK, with nurses accounting for 20,000 of these.Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: “The recruitment and retention of nurses is one of the biggest challenges facing health and social care, with a shortage of 30,000 nurses in England alone.The drop in EU nurses registering to work in the UK could not be more stark – just 46 registered to work in the UK in April. Without EU nurses it will be even harder for the NHS and other employers to find the staff they need to provide safe patient care. The findings should be a wake-up call to politicians and health service leaders.Recruitment and retention of nurses has been a problem in Ireland’s health service also with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) warning earlier this year that nearly 2,000 skilled nursing staff leave the country each year.INMO General Secretary Liam Doran also told in January that Irish nurses are sought after abroad and that the UK is usually an attractive proposition.“In the UK, for example, they’re offering at least the same pay, bonuses are better, working hours are better, so are the staff levels,” Doran added.Last month, Health Minister Simon Harris gave a commitment that student nurses and midwives would be offered full-time contracts after they graduated.Harris said that he had “heard loud and clear from your union that we are only going to succeed if we attach the kind of priority to recruitment and retention that has never been seen before and that is exactly what we are doing”.The Minister added that these weren’t simply “soothing political words”.Read: ‘Sick and tired’: Why Ireland’s’ nurses are leaving in their drovesRead: Simon Harris commits to giving graduating Irish student nurses full-time contracts 31 Comments Jun 12th 2017, 1:58 PM Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire By Sean Murray Short URLcenter_img Share28 Tweet Email3 Monday 12 Jun 2017, 1:58 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 13,073 Views Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens played down concern at the news that US President Barack Obama intends to visit Turkey and not Greece in the near future, as Greek diplomats stepped up efforts to secure a meeting between the American leader and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.“Greece has no reason to follow the dead-end logic of out-and-out competition with other countries,” said government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros.It has been traditional for US presidents who want to visit Ankara to hold meetings in Athens as well.In response to Obama’s Turkey trip, Greek diplomats are now pushing for Obama to hold talks with Karamanlis at the sidelines of a NATO summit in April. However, diplomatic sources indicated that even if the meeting does take place, it will not be as wide ranging or as substantial as the talks that Obama is likely to have with Turkish officials. Athens is also concerned that the US president’s visit to Turkey will help elevate its status as a regional power.last_img read more

first_imgIslamabad: UN-proscribed terrorist Hafiz Saeed was held guilty by a court in Pakistan’s Gujranwala, according to Pakistani media. Saeed’s case has been shifted to Pakistan’s Gujrat, the reports added. The 26/11 terror attack mastermind was arrested by Pakistani authorities on July 17 over charges related to terror financing and was sent to seven days in judicial custody, which was later extended by 14 days – on July 24. The court had directed the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) to present a complete chargesheet of the case against Hafiz by August 7, according to Geo News. On July 3, the top 13 leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), including Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, were booked in nearly two dozen cases related to terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.last_img read more

first_img Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Maina Mwaura By: Maina Mwaura Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Maina Mwaura USCIRF report: China, two dozen other countries top religious freedom offenders list Maina Mwaura,Load Comments,Protesting Methodist LGBTQ policy, confirmation class takes a pass Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Jennifer Pinckney had hoped to be in Bible study on the evening of June 17, 2015.But her 6-year-old daughter had other plans.The two were in the senior pastor’s office at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on the night that Dylann Roof opened fire during the church’s Wednesday night Bible study, killing nine people. Among the victims was Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and Jennifer’s husband.She and her daughter heard the shots, barricaded the door and hid under a desk in a secretary’s office, according to her testimony during the penalty phase of Roof’s trial.“Be quiet. Don’t say anything,” she told her daughter. The two survived.Roof was eventually sentenced to death.In the years since the attack at Emanuel AME, Pinckney has worked hard to pick up the pieces and to give her daughters a sense of a normal life. She was recently in Atlanta, where her daughters were taking part in a dance competition, and sat down for an interview with RNS.It has been almost four years since the tragic events of the Charleston shooting. Can you take us back to the day it happened and what you experienced?In the beginning, you’re in denial. You don’t always register when things happen. Especially as traumatic as the Charleston shooting. You just kind of think to yourself, “Did this happen to me?”To be honest, at first, I was a little in denial that it really happened at all. I can tell you that I immediately went into mom mode to protect and be there for my two girls, which was and still is my first priority. I can remember getting home that night and seeing police cars everywhere in our yard and allowing my girls to briefly look out the window as I tried to explain to them the reality of what had happened.Jennifer Pinckney, widow of the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, speaks during a Feb. 9, 2016, event at Duke University on the violence that targeted Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Photo courtesy of Megan Mendenhall, Duke UniversityHow are you and the kids doing?We have our good and bad days. We are living in Columbia, S.C. I’m adjusting to being a single parent, and the girls are doing well in school and enjoying participating in dance competitions, which they have been involved in since they were little girls.When did it become real to you that your husband was gone?Because he traveled a lot it was easy for me to think that he would be coming home, so at first, it was like he was gone on a trip. It wasn’t until they brought his car home that it became real to me. I can remember sitting in his car and crying. That’s when it became real for me. There have been other moments, but I can remember that one vividly.Are there any other emotions that you had to deal with after your husband was murdered?There are just different little things I went through, like when I’d go into his closet, the bedroom, the bathroom, I never moved his pajamas that he had left out. Even when I’m looking at my girls, sometimes I can see him in them.There has been so much said about your husband, who was he to you?The Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s wife, Jennifer Pinckney, top right, sits with her daughters, Eliana, right, and Malana, left in pink sweater, during services honoring his life, on June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston TD Arena. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)There are many people who think they knew him, but they don’t, which is one of the hardest things that I have to deal with.Clementa was so relatable to whoever he would meet. He was a tall man, so when he would talk to the girls, he would kneel down to their level to speak to them. He was a calm man. Even when he served in the state Senate, his colleagues would say he would hear both sides and would remain calm in listening. One of his favorite sayings was “Have you thought about it this way?” He was truly an attentive man. As busy as he was, Sunday was our time as a family. He would intentionally block that time off for us even after preaching on Sundays.What type of pastor was he?I can still remember his sermons. In fact, after his death, I went back and listened to some of them. Although I was in the room when he preached them, listening to them again ministered to me. His sermons felt like he was ministering to me from his grave.His sermons have ministered to me through some tough moments in my life.A lot has changed in America the last three years; what are your thoughts?(Deep breath) Yeah, a lot has changed, which is why I think much prayer is needed.What is your life like today?After the incident took place there were lots of people around, and the phone was constantly ringing, then after a while, everything just stops and people move on. I’m a mom first, and raising my two girls is my first priority in life. I want to make sure that I do that role well.How do you raise two girls, whose father was killed because of a hate crime?You know, I try to teach them just because someone may not like you, you have to go beyond that. You’re always going to run into difficult situations and different kinds of people, and you have to get beyond that person’s ignorance.What would you like for people to remember about your husband?That he loved God, he loved and respected everyone. It’s also important to note that no matter how busy he got, the girls and I came first. He would always take time for us. Clementa would hear everyone’s point of view. Many of his colleagues called him one of the most peaceful people that they knew.Do you sometimes ask yourself why this didn’t happen to someone else?I don’t because it shouldn’t happen to anyone else.How have you handled the pressure of being in the public eye?Before the tragedy, most people didn’t even really recognize me. When the tragedy happened and the media started coming around and started coming to my house, I had to go into protection mode to make sure that my girls were cared for.I’m a mother first. 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