Starfish Dinners of Hope

first_img9 May 2005The Starfish Greathearts Foundation is challenging South Africans – along with individuals from around the world – to host a dinner in their own homes to raise funds for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/Aids.Over 13 000 people from 17 countries took part in the Starfish Dinners of Hope in 2004, raising over R800 000.This enabled Starfish to give nearly 2 000 children nutritional, primary care giver and educational support in the communities of Alexandra (Gauteng), Kwa-Ncgolozi (KwaZulu-Natal), Grassroots (Mpumulanga) and the rural area served by Gcinosapho Outreach (Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal).According to Starfish’s Lucille Onofri, the charity aims to raise R1-million by December.“This is your event”, Starfish says on its website. “Host a dinner at your home, book a restaurant, have a picnic, throw a party. Invite two people or two hundred. Where and how you dine is up to you.“Encourage your guests to make a contribution, and the money you raise will help to secure the future of orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.”For more information, visit Starfish Dinners of reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: More Than Just Compliance

first_img[View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: More Than Just Compliance ” on Storify] On April 20, @shrmnextchat chatted with Cliff Stevenson (@clifforddarrel) of Brandon Hall Group and Lynne Levy (@KronosInc) of Kronos Inc about “More Than Just Compliance.”If you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:last_img

10 months agoFlamengo launch cash bid to beat West Ham to Gabigol signing

first_imgFlamengo launch cash bid to beat West Ham to Gabigol signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlamengo hope an offer of €22m will be enough to land Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa.The Brazilian, after an outstanding season on-loan at Santos, is up for sale at Inter ahead of the January market.West Ham have been regarded as favourites to land Gabigol given their relationship with his agent of Kia Joorabchian. Everton and Crystal Palace are also keen.However, Gazzetta dello Sport says Fla hope an immediate cash offer of €22m can trump their English rivals.Inter paid €35m to sign Gabigol two years ago from Santos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canadas military spies can collect share info on Canadians directive says

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s military spies can collect and share information about Canadian citizens — including material gathered by chance — as long as it supports a legitimate investigation, says a newly disclosed federal directive.The prospect of defence-intelligence agents having personal data about Canadians worries civil-liberties advocates because it is unclear just how much is collected incidentally from the vast reaches of cyberspace.The Canadian Press recently obtained a copy of the eight-page, August 2018 directive, “Guidance on the Collection of Canadian Citizen Information,” through the Access to Information Act.  The instruction to National Defence employees and members of the Canadian Forces says any information collected about Canadians must have a “direct and immediate relationship” to a military operation or activity.But it also warns that “emerging technologies and capabilities” are increasing the possibility that such Canadian information will be scooped up inadvertently from open sources like social-media feeds.Data about Canadians, whether it’s collected intentionally or not, may be kept and used to support authorized defence-intelligence operations, the directive says.The national-security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians is examining the directive as part of a study on how National Defence and the Canadian Forces gather, use, keep and share information about Canadians as part of their intelligence work.The committee plans to deliver a special report to the prime minister on the subject this year.It will be a follow-up to an April report from the committee that said the military has one of the largest intelligence programs in Canada, and it gets little outside scrutiny.The committee, which examined thousands of pages and received several closed-door briefings, found that defence agencies carry out a full range of intelligence activities, collecting information through sensitive methods including technical means, human sources and investigations.It said these activities involve considerable risks, including infringements of Canadians’ rights.The committee called for stricter controls on the military’s spying, including the possibility of legislation spelling out when and how defence intelligence operations can take place.Currently, the only defence activity entailing collection of Canadian citizens’ information is the work of the Canadian Forces national counter-intelligence unit, said Capt. Nicola LaMarre, a National Defence spokeswoman.This includes identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of Canada’s military from foreign intelligence services, or from individuals or groups engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorist activities and other criminal activity as it relates to security concerns, she said.As part of its mandate, the counter-intelligence unit may investigate Forces members and Defence employees, collecting information about them in the process, LaMarre added. But she said that doesn’t mean the unit can “arbitrarily conduct surveillance on Canadian citizens,” and investigations may take place only when there is a clear link to defence security interests.Still, LaMarre said that in “an increasingly complex global information environment, and with Canadians constantly travelling all over the world,” military-intelligence personnel may incidentally gather some information about them.Under the directive, information about Canadians, including material collected inadvertently, can be retained to support authorized intelligence operations, or shared with other Canadian departments and agencies if the law allows.Tim McSorley, national co-ordinator for the Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, finds that troubling given the vast amount of information that swirls daily through the digital sphere.“We’re worried about what it means when they collect inadvertent information,” he said in an interview. “We don’t know the scope or the degree to which Canadians’ information is being captured.”As a result, there should be stronger legislative control and review of the military’s intelligence collection and sharing to ensure it isn’t straying beyond the bounds of privacy law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, he said.“There can always be instances of over-reach, and that needs to be kept in check.”—Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Wildlife officials in Yukon still trying to figure out grizzly attack

first_imgAPTN National NewsYukon wildlife officers are still trying to figure out why a grizzly bear broke into a wilderness home and killed a woman this past weekend.The attack is being described as random and unprovoked.As Shirley McLean reports, as officials do their work, the community mourns.last_img

At least 255 GM Canada workers to be laid off at St

first_imgLayoff notices have been handed out to hundreds of workers at the General Motors transmission-making factory in St. Catharines, Ont., as effects spread from a strike that started Sunday at GM’s CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont.At least 255 of the 350 union workers at the St. Catharines plant will be laid off starting Monday, said Unifor 199 chairman Tim McKinnon.“We supply about 90 per cent of (CAMI’s) transmissions, so it’s related to that,” he said.“Even though they were down, we ran all week … We have a lot of transmissions stockpiled now because we didn’t know if they were going to resolve it this week or not. It doesn’t look like they’re going to.”He said even if the strike at the plant that makes Chevrolet Equinox vehicles is resolved over the weekend, the St. Catharines workers will be out for at least a week. He added his union supports the CAMI workers’ strike despite the layoffs.GM Canada, meanwhile, said in an update posted Thursday on its website that it has made “production adjustments” at St. Catharines and at two American engine plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Flint, Mich., as a result of the strike.A spokeswoman said in an email no further details would be available.On Wednesday, parts maker Magna International (TSX:MG) announced it would stop supplying parts to the CAMI plant, a decision it said would affect output at a few of its facilities in Ontario, without being specific.Unifor Local 88, the union representing the 2,500 striking workers at CAMI, said Thursday it has invited management to get talks rolling again in hopes of reaching a settlement.But local president Dan Borthwick said its demand that the plant be designated the lead producer of the Equinox to ensure production and jobs aren’t shifted to Mexico hasn’t changed.“We’re just trying to be responsible and see if there’s any way we can bring a quick resolution to the work stoppage and minimize the effects on our members and the suppliers and the surrounding community,” he said.“With that said, the company has to understand our goals, the lead producer letter, our economics and our contract language are still outstanding issues that need to be resolved.”When asked if GM would meet with the union, the spokeswoman sent a copy of GM’s statement posted last Sunday which expressed disappointment that talks had broken down and encouraged Unifor to resume negotiations. She wouldn’t say if any meetings have been scheduled with the union.Job security has become more of an issue for the union since GM shifted production of its Terrain SUV from the CAMI plant to Mexico earlier this year at a loss of more than 400 jobs.last_img read more

CBS News fires political director for inappropriate acts

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News has fired its political director, Steve Chaggaris, for “inappropriate behaviour,” the latest in a string of powerful men to lose a job over alleged misconduct.Six weeks ago, CBS News dropped Charlie Rose after several women accused him of unwanted sexual advances. He had been on its morning show, “CBS This Morning,” and was a “60 Minutes” contributor.At the time, CBS News President David Rhodes told employees that there was “absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace.” He had said that it was important to CBS’ credibility in reporting on accusations made against media figures that the company manage basic standards of behaviour at its own shop.In an emailed statement sent to The Associated Press on Thursday, CBS News said that “In the last two weeks, accounts of inappropriate behaviour by Steve Chaggaris were brought to our attention and were immediately investigated. As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately.” Chaggaris was fired Wednesday.The company did not specify what Chaggaris was accused of and a spokeswoman declined to answer follow-up questions. Chaggaris was not immediately available for comment.Chaggaris had led the news team’s political coverage and appeared on-air. He was a longtime employee, having started at CBS News in 1999, with a two-year gap from 2010-2012 working for a news startup and Yahoo.The video game website IGN also cut ties with its editor-in-chief, Steve Butts, after an “investigation into alleged misconduct,” said IGN Entertainment’s general manager, Mitch Galbraith, in an email Thursday. Butts did not reply to a request for comment via Twitter.last_img read more

Site C workforce sees big jump in May

first_img Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro There were 345 additional B.C. residents employed on Site C as contractors, making up 82 percent of contractors and bringing the total number of B.C. contractors to 1,765.The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors employed at Site C saw an increase after declines in recent months.The number of locals employed on the dam went from 532 in April to 657 in May, though the percentage of PRRD residents working as contractors actually dropped from 31 to 30 percent.The three temporary foreign workers employed as contractors at Site C in May, which is identical the number of TFW contractors for the past two months.The number of apprentices at Site C increased from 29 to 37, while the number of Indigenous workers also increased, from 163 to 226. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam saw a big jump in May.According to statistics published by BC Hydro this afternoon, there were a total of 2,810 workers employed on Site C during the fifth month of the year, up from 2,242 in April.The number of contractors on site has once again broken the 2,000 mark jumping by 423 to a total of 2,160. The number of engineers and project team members also saw a big increase from the month prior, jumping from 505 to 650. The number of women employed on the project jumped from 285 to 370.last_img read more

PM misguiding country on reservation: Maya

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misguiding the country on the issue of reservation.In a tweet, Mayawati said, “Efforts being made by PM Modi to misguide the country on reservation that it will continue, is in fact another jumlebaji (rhetoric), as like the Congress, in their rule, reservation to SC/ST/OBC has been made completely inactive and ineffective.” Apart from this, why are governments of the BJP at the Centre and in the state working to kill the rights of Dalits, tribals and OBC, of giving reservations to them in government jobs? she asked. The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo chief also said, “The BJP and PM Modi must give their report (hisab-kitab) on this.”last_img read more

The Pacers Are Bucking Every NBA Trend And Its Working

Celtics4754+7 Long-midrange attempts are 2-point jump shots from between 16 and 23 feet.Source: Grizzlies3521-14 Long-midrange attempts3-point attemptsFree throws Lakers3237+5 T-Wolves5047-3 Spurs5047-3 Projected season wins TeamPreseasonCurrentDiff. INDIANAPOLIS — Even before this season, a campaign in which they’ve pieced together the NBA’s best record, the Houston Rockets and their unusual goals on offense have been an object of fascination. For years, there’s been intrigue surrounding Houston’s desire to shatter records by taking threes whenever possible. More recently, the team’s historic ability to score 1-on-1 has garnered attention. The Pacers and Rockets have different philosophiesHow the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets compare in key offensive metrics, 2018-17 season through March 21 Mavericks3026-4 Pelicans4347+4 Cavaliers5748-9 Clippers4644-2 Raptors4561+16 Bulls2627+1 Nets2926-3 Indiana Pacers119.3%2728.3%2522.7 Magic3726-11 Warriors6461-3 Rockets5766+9 Hawks2624-2 Indiana’s ahead of scheduleProjected win totals for NBA teams if they continue their current pace compared with FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 preseason win projections Blazers4250+8 Jazz46460 Houston Rockets304.4149.9230.7 76ers3949+10 Nuggets4843-5 Pistons3438+4 Thunder5548-7 Suns3121-10 Hornets4636-10 Knicks30300 Current pace for games through March 21 TeamRankShare of all shotsRankShare of all shotsRankper 100 FG attempts Kings2426+2 Heat4045+5 Wizards46460 Pacers3245+13 Bucks4542-3 Far less talked about are the Indiana Pacers, arguably the league’s most surprising team this season. At 41-31, Indiana is vying for home-court advantage in the playoffs and is only a shade behind the reigning three-time conference champion Cavaliers. More interesting is how the Pacers are doing it: They have become the Anti-Rockets.Indiana’s offensive approach is diametrically opposed to the league’s best team. The Rockets are notorious for avoiding midrange shots; the Pacers hover nearly just as far above the league average in how often they take long twos as the Rockets are beneath it. The median team shoots from the 16- to 23-foot range about 12 percent of the time; Houston takes 4.4 percent of its shots from that distance, while Indiana takes a whopping 19.3 percent of its shots from there.The contrasts in shot selection don’t end with midrange jumpers. Unlike the Rockets, who take a league-high 50 percent of their shots from 3-point range and get to the free-throw line at the second highest clip in the league, the Pacers rank among the NBA’s bottom six in both 3-point attempt rate and free-throw attempt rate.A fair amount of that seems to stem from coach Nate McMillan’s offensive philosophy,1Larry Bird’s hiring of McMillan was initially criticized by many because of his reputation as a coach who slowed things down — a trait that ran counter to Bird’s stated desire to play more up-tempo after parting ways with Frank Vogel. McMillan, who’s since sought to get the Pacers to play faster, has argued that the long-held perception of his coaching style was unfair, given the sorts of rosters he was working with. which encourages pulling the trigger quickly if a defender is allowing the solid jump-shooting team more than a few feet of space.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“We talk about playing early, playing late,” McMillan told me. “If you have an open look or a rim attempt early (in the shot clock), take it. If you don’t, then make teams defend. But when we have open looks, we want to take them.” The Pacers have often done that, with the caveat being that, in today’s NBA, those midrange attempts are often ones the defense would like for Indiana to take.Indiana has launched 1,273 open and wide-open 2-point jumpers,2From 10 feet and farther. “Open” means no defender was within 4 feet at the time of the shot. “Wide open” means no defender was within 6 feet at the time of the shot. over 100 more than the next closest team, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. And in keeping with McMillan’s wishes, the Pacers rank third with 205 open attempts from midrange in the first eight seconds of the shot clock.Simply put, the Pacers aren’t in the business of turning down open looks — even the ones thought to be the least efficient. Al Jefferson, a Pacers backup big man and former All-NBA center who’s been forced into action because of recent injuries to Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, told me that his teammates have gotten frustrated with him at times for not always adhering to that shoot-it-if-you’re-open game plan.“They got on me in Philly because I turned down some open midrange shots. So I told them, ‘I guarantee you the next game, I’ll shoot it,’” Jefferson said after a loss to the East-leading Raptors. “Then tonight came and I turned down another open look and did a dribble handoff instead. And they all yelled at me: ‘Shoot the ball!’3Look carefully at the first clip, and you’ll notice a fan sitting in the third row (on the bottom left of the screen) standing up, gesturing to Jefferson that he should have taken the first open shot. Luckily for me, I shot the next one, and it went in.”Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I guess that’s just the new NBA. I’m more old-school. But that’s the shot. You look at a lot of the bigs (on defense), and they back off when you set that pick. If the pop is open? That’s when my teammates will get mad at me if I don’t take it,” Jefferson said. “Even if you might miss it, take it. Because that’s what the defense is giving you.”It would be hard to say this approach hasn’t worked for Indiana, a team that was expected to struggle mightily on offense after trading Paul George. No one is more integral to Indiana’s strategy than Victor Oladipo,4Perhaps the simplest measure of his value: The Pacers, 41-25 with Oladipo, have gone 0-6 in games without their All-Star this season. who’s made the huge leap from mere starter to All-Star. (Not only have the Pacers improved slightly since last season, jumping from 15th to 12th in offensive rating, but they also sit in fifth place in the East.) But it’s also worth noting that their heavy reliance on jumpers — ones that some teams avoid like the plague — hasn’t hurt them. If anything, Oladipo and the Pacers have taken advantage of a market inefficiency by launching, and making, midrange tries at a much higher rate than other teams.Of course, the midrange shot is far from the sole reason Indiana is outperforming every preseason projection. Darren Collison is leading the league in 3-point percentage. The Pacers’ defense has improved and uses its length to create the second-most deflections in the NBA; they’re also tied at third for forcing the highest turnover percentage. Oladipo’s gambling instincts as a free safety occasionally help shorten a handful of defensive plays, not only helping keep Indiana’s young bigs out of foul trouble, but also creating quick, efficient looks the other way in transition.5The Pacers are sixth in offensive efficiency after forcing a live-ball turnover, and their possessions last an average of just 9.1 seconds after such plays, the NBA’s 11th-fastest pace, according to Inpredictable.Forward Thaddeus Young put it in much simpler terms: “We’re just playing basketball. We’re having fun,” he told CBS Sports. “When you have a team that’s just full of ISO players and it’s just isolation basketball, it’s not as fun. You’re just standing around watching.”While no one will mistake this offense for the perpetual-motion ones used in San Antonio or Utah, the Pacers seem to benefit from added movement in their sets — particularly in screen-handoff scenarios, where Indiana is one of the NBA’s most efficient, aggressive teams on a per-play basis.6They rank first in field-goal attempts stemming from direct handoffs and rank fourth in points per direct handoff, according to Second Spectrum.The real question with Indiana — beyond its tough schedule to close out the season — is how the club will adjust come postseason if the midrange looks don’t fall as frequently, or if opposing clubs begin crowding the Pacers’ space more than they’re used to. This month is already testing the former, as McMillan’s team has shot its worst percentage of the season7March has been the Pacers’ worst month from midrange by a country mile. They were shooting 36.9 percent from there heading into Friday’s game, a mark that would rank 25th. Their worst percentage prior to this was last month, when they hit 42.7 percent of those attempts, still good enough for the NBA’s ninth-best mark. from that part of the floor.Indiana has shown it’s capable of beating just about anyone in the East.8The Pacers took won three of four against the Cavaliers, split four games with the Celtics and won their first matchup with Toronto back in November. But if that cold spell carries into the playoffs, Oladipo and his teammates may be required to force the issue a bit more and use a more aggressive style than the one we’ve seen much of the season. “There’s plenty of times I walk up to him in games and say, ‘Don’t let them off the hook,’” Young said of Oladipo.9Oladipo is rare in the sense that he’s just as dangerous after a considerable number of dribbles as he is off the catch. His effective field-goal percentage is nearly the same after using seven dribbles or more as it is when he doesn’t use a dribble at all, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If the Pacers can avoid doing that, these Anti-Rockets could transform themselves into a tough out next month.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more