Over 40 Demonstrations Occur Every Day in Morocco CNDH Chairman

Rabat – Chairman of Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH) Driss El Yazami has announced that the number of demonstrations has increased in Morocco over the past three years.El Yazami, who was speaking at a press conference on this Wednesday in Rabat, revealed that Morocco has seen over 14,000 protests and demonstrations every year since 2013, an average of 40 protests every day.Commenting on these figures, El Yazami said the number of protests and demonstrations has notably increased during 2013, 2014 and 2015 compared to the past decade. The CNDH chairman said that most of these demonstrations took place without authorization from local authorities. However, he said riot police only intervened to suppress protests 303 times in 2014.El Yazami defended Moroccans’ right to protest, saying that taking to the streets in order to demand their rights is a form of expressing citizenship and should not be considered something “dangerous.”“Protests don’t threaten the status of the state. Instead, they demonstrate the maturity of citizens and their awareness of their rights,” El Yazami explained.These figures confirm the findings of a 2014 Human Rights Watch report which revealed that Moroccans have been exercising their rights to hold peaceful marches and rallies to demand political reform and protest government actions since popular protests swept the region in February 2011.The HRW report noted that Moroccan police mostly allowed these protests, but on some occasions in 2013 police dispersed protesters. read more

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Can Your Video Conferencing System Connect with Mine

Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. There’s a huge opportunity for video conferencing vendors to work together and offer an experience where every system is compatible, just like a text message. Until then, we’ve developed our own solution, which we call the Highfive Meeting Connector. It’s free to all of our customers. Those with an intelligent Highfive Meeting Room can now easily join other video conference meetings—all with a single tap, from a single device, and without ever leaving their meeting room. Visit Highfive.com to learn more.Tags:News & Viewsvideo conferencingSIP interoperabilityHighfiveHighfive Meeting ConnectorVideo Collaboration & A/VConferencingMeetingsSIP/SIP TrunkingVCaaSWebRTC Articles You Might Like What we want is a seamless, “no worries” way to connect, collaborate, and engage with our colleagues. We want the HD-quality video (or better) that’s been in our smartphones for a decade. We want to connect with others without worrying about which meeting service they’re on or what brand of camera they use. We want to start meetings, share screens, and move between meeting rooms without thinking about it. In other words, we want our remote collaboration to just work, so we can just get to work. Log in or register to post comments Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. In-room conferencing is where businesses are demanding a shift. The massive migration to the cloud, coupled with the simplicity of consumer technology and apps, has made the complexity of the typical in-room conferencing setup seem downright ancient by comparison. The lack of interoperability is yet another point of frustration with these proprietary and vendor-locked in-room systems. It’s maddening that the tens of thousands of dollars you spent on vendor A’s system does nothing to help you connect to a meeting scheduled by a third party on vendor B’s system. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » The “always on” workstyle is here to stay. We all have hyper-connected, super-powerful smartphones and laptops, so attending a meeting, editing a spreadsheet, or sharing a presentation can happen from anywhere. But while our personal communications are fast, seamless, and one-tap easy, the tools we’re bound to at work are a frequent source of frustration. So what’s holding us back? It stems from the way the video collaboration industry is clinging to legacy technologies and proprietary services. Over the years, it has fueled a culture of complacency among end users who have settled for less because that’s all there was. But now there is a way to rise above it all. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Highfive_SP-ConferenceRoom-FULLIMAGE_774.png Consider, if you will, what happens when we send a text to a friend today. When you text someone from an iPhone, you don’t care if they’re using an iPhone or Android device; you just know your message will go through. But if you installed a Cisco Webex Room Kit, for example, you can only connect with other Webex systems. This might be fine if you’ve deployed the same systems across your locations and, critically, only ever need to have meetings between those locations. But that’s not practical. The reality is most businesses use more than three different systems across their organization and often need to connect with organizations outside their own. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. For most incumbent video conferencing vendors, however, it’s not that easy. They might use a mix of different hardware and maybe connect it all with an in-room NUC or Mac Mini. But if they share their APIs, using WebRTC and some creative software development, they can make their service interoperable from both sides, allowing inbound and outbound connections from the meeting room itself. With this ability to connect to other video conferencing systems from a single device in your meeting room, you can finally say: “I don’t care which conferencing service you use, let’s just get to work.” Here’s another option: Use technology to solve the problem. Specifically, modern video collaboration tools can leverage WebRTC and SIP interoperability to overcome vendor-to-vendor incompatibility. This enables your teams to use the hardware and software you’ve already deployed to connect with parties using other hardware, solutions, and meeting services. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. read more

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International workshop urges rapid demining in Lebanon

Addressing the meeting on behalf of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, the Minister of Defence, Khalil Hrawi, said Lebanon must deal with more than 1,500 minefields which jeopardized civilian life and hampered investment in development projects. In addition, he expressed regret that Israel had refused to provide the UN with relevant maps of the minefields.Also taking part in the workshop, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Omran, formally announced his country’s intention to contribute $50 million to finance demining operations in Lebanon — a donation that was widely hailed by the participants.The Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, Steffan de Mistura, said the United Arab Emirates was a major donor which had demonstrated “great vision and generosity.” He added that the UN would support the Lebanese Government’s own demining plans.Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, praised the efforts of all those working on mine clearance, noting that their work would contribute to building a lasting peace.Participants adopted a declaration which noted that the menace posed by mines was most prevalent in the south, and stressed the need for demining efforts to begin there. The declaration also expressed strong support for the Lebanese Government’s proposal to set up a “mine action coordination cell” for southern Lebanon bringing together all partners involved in the process. In addition, participants agreed to begin demining immediately “while efforts proceed through the United Nations and the international community to pursue the Israeli maps that have been withheld,” according to a statement released today by the UN Information Centre in Beirut.Tomorrow, delegates will conduct a field visit to Nabatiyeh in south Lebanon to witness mine clearance operations conducted by the Lebanese army, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the UN Interim Force for Lebanon (UNIFIL). read more

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US consumer confidence rebounds in March as job market improves

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2015 8:40 am MDT US consumer confidence rebounds in March as job market improves In this March 13, 2015 photo, pedestrians walk past a sign advertising a sale at H&M along Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach, Fla. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for March on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) WASHINGTON – An improving job market drove U.S. consumer confidence higher this month after a dip in February, a promising sign for the economy as it heads into spring.The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 101.3 in March from revised 98.8 reading in February.Confidence has risen to the highest levels since before the Great Recession started in December 2007. A year ago, the index stood at 83.9.“The strength of confidence, along with improving labour market conditions, indicates that real consumption growth will accelerate over the coming months,” Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a research note.The private business group takes into account expectations for the future and consumers’ assessment of current conditions. Consumers were more optimistic about the future but a little less impressed with current economic conditions.Confidence rose for those younger than 35 and 55 or older. It fell for Americans 35 to 54. The percentage of consumers who expect the economy will have more jobs in six months rose to 15.5 per cent from 13.8 per cent in February; 18.4 per cent said they expected their income to increase over the next six months, up from 16.4 per cent last month.Consumers were more likely to say they would buy a car in the next six months but slightly less likely to say they intended to buy a home or major appliance, or go on vacation.Over the past year, employers have added nearly 3.3 million jobs, the fastest 12-month pace of hiring since 1998.The Commerce Department reported Monday that U.S. incomes rose a solid 0.4 per cent in February, matching January’s uptick, a sign that wages may be beginning to grow again after a long period of stagnation.Consumers are certainly acting more confident: Their spending rose at a 4.4 per cent annual rate from October through December, the fastest pace in eight years. read more

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BC Supreme Court asked to quash Site C environmental assessment certificate

B.C. Supreme Court asked to quash Site C environmental assessment certificate FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A landowner group in British Columbia is going to court on Monday in an effort to derail the construction of a massive hydro-electric project in the province’s northeast.The Peace Valley Landowner Association is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to quash the provincial environmental assessment certificate for the Site C dam.The dam would flood an 83-kilometre stretch of valley along the Peace River near Fort St. John.The organization responsible for taking the provincial government and BC Hydro to court describes the area slated for flooding as an irreplaceable natural assetThe B.C. government gave the $8.8-billion project the green light last December.First Nations and environmental groups have denounced the project, forecasting it as the most expensive mistake in the province’s history. by Moves Prairies/BC and Business. Guard against duplication., The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2015 1:52 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Al Jazeera America news network ousts chief executive amid management defections

FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism. The network’s management said that Ehab Al Shihabi, who has run Al-Jazeera America since its 2013 launch, will be replaced immediately by Al Anstey. A veteran news executive, Anstey has most recently been managing director of Al-Jazeera English. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The troubled Al Jazeera America network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday following a week of management defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism.The little-watched news network is replacing its CEO, Ehab Al Shihabi, with veteran news executive Al Anstey. Al Shihabi has run Al Jazeera America since it started two years ago, and Anstey has been the managing director of Al Jazeera English.Both networks are offshoots of the Al Jazeera cable news network, run out of Qatar.Al Shihabi sent an email to the staff welcoming Anstey and saying he would remain as chief operating officer.Al Jazeera’s former senior vice-president of newsgathering, Marcy McGinnis, quit this week and told The New York Times that Al Shihabi managed with a culture of fear. The network’s head of human resources and its communications chief resigned last week, and a former employee sued Al Jazeera America, charging that he was fired when he complained about a former colleague’s anti-Semitic and sexist behaviour.Al Shihabi had a news conference Monday to say that charges the network was anti-Semitic and anti-women were absurd. He called the network, which is available in half the nation’s television homes but is infrequently watched, “a huge success story.”Al Jazeera America, or AJAM, announced the management change in a news release, and a spokeswoman said the chairman of its board of directors, Mostefa Souag, wasn’t available for comment. In a statement, Souag said Anstey has “the unique ability to undertake the strategic changes needed for the success of the channel.”Anstey, who has worked at CBS News, Reuters and The Associated Press, said he is “committed to engaging the team and uplifting our collective ambitions, as a much needed channel for American audiences.”Attorney Jeffrey Kimmel, representing former AJAM employee Matthew Luke, argued Wednesday that the ouster of Al Shihabi should be seen as an admission his client was wrongfully terminated.Luke charged in his lawsuit that an ex-colleague had denigrated female employees and said that “whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.” by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2015 3:05 pm MDT Last Updated May 6, 2015 at 7:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Al Jazeera America news network ousts chief executive amid management defections read more

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SC tells President PC polls cannot be held under old system

The President’s Office today made public the opinion of the court. Secretary to the President Udaya Seneviratne said that a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had unanimously agreed that the election cannot be held under the Provincial Council (Amendment) Act since the President does not have the authority to declare the boundaries set out in the report handed over to the Minister by the Delimitation Committee. Accordingly the Supreme Court reached a decision on the matter on Friday and communicated its stand to the President. The Supreme Court has informed President Maithripala Sirisena that the Provincial Council elections cannot be held under the previous electoral system or the Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act, the President’s Office said.The opinion of the Supreme Court had been sought by the President. read more

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Haiti must ensure justice for victims of past human rights violations –

A senior United Nations official today urged Haiti to ensure there is no impunity for human rights violations committed during the presidency of Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.Serious human rights violations, including torture, rape, and extrajudicial killings have been extensively documented by Haitian and international human rights organizations to have occurred in the country during Mr. Duvalier’s 15-year rule, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“Such systematic violations of rights must not remain unaddressed,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay. “All those Haitians who suffered such abuses have a right to see justice is done.”Last month, a judge ruled that Mr. Duvalier would be prosecuted for corruption charges but not for human rights abuses. The decision was appealed, and the court will decide in the next few days whether the decision still holds.“I encourage the judicial authorities to act on their responsibilities and ensure the victims are provided with the long overdue justice they deserve,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that there is no statute of limitation under international law for serious human rights violations.Human rights groups have long called for Mr. Duvalier to be arrested in relation to rights abuses carried out during his rule. The former president made a surprise return to Haiti in January 2011, after 25 years of exile in France and amidst a political crisis in his country.Soon after Mr. Duvalier’s return, OHCHR offered Haitian authorities technical assistance for prosecuting crimes committed from 1971 to 1986 when he was in power. read more

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Brocks 105th Convocation comes to a close

FULL REPLAY: Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Math and Science, 10 a.m. Ceremony The final of Brock University’s nine Spring Convocation ceremonies was held Friday in front of a packed house inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium.Nearly 400 graduating students from the Faculties of Humanities and Mathematics and Science crossed the stage to receive their degrees.Delivering the Convocation address was Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Nigel Lezama, who told the students the physical degree they were about to receive holds deep meaning.“Think back to who you were five years ago. Think about what you knew and what you thought you knew,” Lezama said. “Your degree symbolizes this intellectual growth.“That piece of paper is a symbol of your potential to continue challenging yourselves and the systems that govern your lives,” he said.Lezama, the Faculty of Humanities recipient for the Excellence in Teaching award, told the grads they were on the cusp of the best time of their lives.“Many will tell you that life is short and to start your career as soon as possible,” he said. “But you’re young, you have lots of time to settle down into a career. Make the most of your freedom and the plethora of choices your education has given you.”Friday’s ceremony included an emotional presentation of a degree posthumously to the family of Jennifer Popescu, who died suddenly last month. Popescu was 21 years old and had just completed her four-year Biomedical Sciences program. She was set to begin a master’s degree at Brock this fall.Watch a timelapse video of Friday’s ceremony below: read more

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Mobile ordering at Tower Tim Hortons saves a Timbit of time

Don’t let the long line at the Tim Hortons Tower location intimidate you into not getting your morning coffee.Ordering your favourite menu items is now more convenient with the Tower location being featured on the Tim Hortons mobile app.“Convenience and speed of service are on the top of our list,” says Braden Day, Co-ordinator, Compliance and Brands at Brock University. “Launching Tims Rewards and mobile order is a great way to help combat wait times. We continue to work closely with our brands on campus to improve the customer experience.”All items are purchased directly from the app, which means no payment is required at time of pick-up. Simply arrive at the side pick-up window, grab your order and enjoy.The Tim Hortons app, which can be downloaded on the Apple Store or Google Play, also allows customers to utilize gift cards and continue to earn and redeem Tims Rewards.To use the app:Open the app and select Brock University as your location using the locations map.Place your order once you’re close to the location and walk directly there (once you place your order from anywhere on campus, Tim Hortons will begin preparing it). To avoid items being cold, it is recommended that you place your order when you’re about two or three minutes from the location.Proceed directly to the pick-up window around the corner on the east side (closest to the Mackenzie Chown Complex).Pick up your order, which will have a white sticker label noting the items you ordered and the name you registered with on the app. Each item you order will have its own sticker and be clearly labeled. read more

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No regret Captured ISIS fighter wants to come home — but not

Video Share this Embed Close Stop Link Former ISIS fighter on the state of the organization 0:16 For Abu Ridwan, the desire to live in an Islamic state took him out of Canada six years ago. In the summer of 2013, Abu Ridwan had graduated from Toronto’s Seneca College and had a job with a tech company when he decided to leave it all behind to be a part of the emerging Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.  “I was happy coming to a place where we have an Islamic state and we could live in an Islamic state and implement the Sharia law. I was content with what I had and the life I was living.”  Within a few months, he had joined the ranks of ISIS and pledged his allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  His Arabic and English language skills caught the attention of ISIS commanders and he was recruited to the group’s media department headquartered in the city of Raqqa. “We come in the morning and we leave later in the day. If you finish your work, you might leave early. It’s nothing unusual if you consider how you work even in like Canada; you know if you are sick or have an emergency, you take a day off. It was very normal,” Abu Ridwan said.   Watch “When terror comes home: The plan for deradicalizing returning ISIS fighters” on The Fifth Estate on CBC-TV on Sunday at 9 p.m. Yet life was anything but normal for the civilians who lived in Raqqa. The underground citizen journalist group — Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently — documented 29 public civilian executions in Raqqa in November and December 2014.  Abu Ridwan said his monthly ISIS salary of slightly less than $200 US was enough to live a comfortable life.  “It’s not like you’re struggling and you’re poor or anything. You are still living good, you were eating well.”  Flames of War  Abu Ridwan told The Fifth Estate that after spending months translating and reading ISIS news items, he was given a script for a propaganda video by ISIS commanders in September 2014.  “They said we want you to read this and so I recorded it, and they took it and they asked for some changes. I rerecorded some parts, and that was it,” Abu Ridwan said. But when ISIS released that Flames of War video on social media platforms, the threats it contained against Western countries caused a panic among security agencies in Canada, the United States and Europe.   Terrorism researcher Amarnath Amarasingam has interviewed more than 50 foreign fighters and describes Flames of War as ISIS’s stamp on how it wanted the world to perceive it. Terrorism researcher Amarnath Amarasingam has interviewed more than 50 foreign fighters. (CBC) “The video was horrific. It showed a series of executions and set the stage of what we knew of ISIS going forward in terms of its brutality and its perverse creativity in how it chose to execute so-called spies and people that it considered to be enemies of the state,” said Amarasingam, an assistant professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. At FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., an alert was issued asking the public to call in any tips, however small, that would lead to unveiling the identity of the voice.  After the fall of Raqqa to Kurdish forces backed by the United States, Abu Ridwan and his family fled to the city of Baghouz. Earlier this year, ISIS fighters held up in the city surrendered to Syrian Kurdish militia. Abu Ridwan was one of them.  Masked executioner? Abu Ridwan told The Fifth Estate that his role in the Flames of War was limited to narrating the video and that he did not participate in any executions. But intelligence analyst Jeff Weyers believes Abu Ridwan might be the masked executioner in the video.  Intelligence analyst Jeff Weyers suspects that Abu Ridwan is diminishing his role with ISIS. (CBC) A masked man can be seen presiding over Syrian soldiers digging their own graves before being shot in the back of the head, their bodies tumbling into the freshly dug graves.  Weyers suspects that Abu Ridwan is diminishing his role to avoid prosecution for mass murder.    “A lot of the Western fighters are trying to diminish their responsibility — I am a chef, I am a cook, I am a driver. Well, there are a lot of chefs, cooks and drivers right now and not a whole lot of fighters that helped the Islamic State take over all this territory,” Weyers said.  Geolocating a crime scene Weyers said Canadian authorities can take steps to determine whether Abu Ridwan was the executioner in the ISIS video. “Even wearing a mask, you are still revealing portions of your face. The eyes are enough that you can do an identification.”       What to do with suspected Canadian ISIS fighters and their families detained in Syria? Another method is using ISIS’s own video to pinpoint the exact spot where the massacre took place. It’s a technique called “geolocation.”  Weyers said he spent hours pouring over the Flames of War video identifying landmarks and managed to locate the precise spot where the massacre took place.  He said he gave the information to the RCMP but is not aware whether anything was done with it.  Captured ISIS recruits Amarasingam said Abu Ridwan is one of six Canadian men being held in prisons at undisclosed location in parts of northeastern Syria, in territory controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces.   Nine Canadian women, often described as ISIS brides, and 18 children are being held at either Al-Roj or Al-Hawl, overcrowded refugee camps in northeastern Syria.  ISIS wives and children were rounded up in Syria and taken to detention camps earlier this year. (Getty Images) The captured ISIS members and their families here in Canada are pleading with Ottawa to help bring them home. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened that they would be released if Canada and European countries don’t repatriate their nationals.  Ralph Goodale, Canada’s minister of public safety, says the captured ISIS members “have a constitutional right to re-enter the country, but the government of Canada does not have a legal obligation to facilitate their return.” But Canada’s approach has been criticized by some security experts. Watch a security expert talk about Canada’s policy: Twitter Leah West Restore player Share this Playback Status: ready Bitrate: Undetermined Embed Turn captions on Close Link Facebook Assigned test group: None Assigned test group: None Close 00:16 Stop Email Streaming URL: Identifier: mediaId 1610093635929 Bitrate: Undetermined Play Assigned test group: None Stop Turn captions on Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Twitter Playback Status: ready Asset: Undetermined Turn captions on Pause Play Email Facebook Identifier: mediaId 1610085443989 Twitter Embed Playback Status: ready Shortly after Abu Ridwan was captured in northeastern Syria earlier this year, the Syrian Democratic Forces released a video interview with the Canadian man. (Syrian Democratic Forces)Before he was captured by Syrian Kurdish forces in February, Canadian Mohammed Khalifa went from being a cog in the ranks of ISIS to its English language voice.      Khalifa, 35, who goes by his ISIS nom de guerre Abu Ridwan, says he would like to return to Canada provided he can bring his non-Canadian wife and their three children. “This area is no doubt a dangerous area. I’d want to take my family out of there,” Abu Ridwan told The Fifth Estate in an interview from a prison in northern Syria. But if his return means he will likely face justice in a Canadian court, Abu Ridwan said he would rather remain locked up where he is.  “In terms of going back to be judged, then no.”  While captured ISIS members and their families at home in Canada have been pleading with Ottawa for help to repatriate them home, the country’s handling of the contentious issue has come in for criticism by security experts. Watch Abu Ridwan talk about his belief in ISIS: Streaming URL: Pause Restore player Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Asset: Undetermined Turn captions off Watch Pause Abu Ridwan Close Watch Stop Turn captions off Link When terror comes home: The plan for deradicalizing returning ISIS fighters Close Close Streaming URL: Dozens of Canadians have already returned home after joining terror organizations abroad. Others are waiting in detention camps in Syria. The federal government says it has a plan to keep the public safe when they return. Bob McKeown investigates Canada’s strategy and finds there are serious concerns about how effective it’ll be. 45:05 Turn captions off Embed Code: Close Stop Bitrate: Undetermined 45:05 Stop Watch Close Asset: Undetermined Embed Code: Share this Video Pause Close A security expert on Canada’s policy 0:18 Leah West, a former lawyer with the federal Department of Justice, describes the country’s policy as one of “inaction.”  Canada “should bring them home and prosecute those that they have the evidence to prosecute for offences,” said West, who teaches national security and intelligence at Carleton University in Ottawa.  Even though Abu Ridwan is confined to a Syrian prison, he told The Fifth Estate he has no regrets about the oath he took to defend and fight for the Islamic State.  “In terms of actually being a part of the Islamic State, I don’t regret that,” said Abu Ridwan. “The fact that I’m a prisoner doesn’t mean that I change my beliefs. It doesn’t mean that I change my position with regards to my religion, with regards to the Sharia.” No easy way to deradicalize hate group members, experts say Another Canadian ISIS fighter who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Huzaifa said he spent seven months enforcing Sharia law for ISIS before returning to Canada in 2016.  In an interview with a New York Times reporter, Abu Huzaifa confessed to killing civilians in Syria, but he has not been charged with any crime.  Abu Huzaifa posted this photo of himself on his Instagram page shortly after he returned to Canada in 2016. (Abu Huzaifa/Instagram) The Fifth Estate approached Abu Huzaifa with a hidden camera at the place where he works in the Greater Toronto Area. He said he is in a counselling program with a local imam that is monitored by the RCMP and aimed at deradicalizing him. Abu Huzaifa said he is not sure how the sessions are going or whether they are making any difference for him.  When asked what he thought about the captured ISIS fighters in Syria, men he still describes as “his brothers,” he said: “If we bring these guys back, it shouldn’t be that big of a problem, to be honest. I’m probably scarier than them walking around free because day by day I know I got off scot-free.” Watch the full episode of The Fifth Estate: Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Video Pause Close Close Email Embed Code: Close Identifier: mediaId 1610937411517 Pause 00:18 Play Restore player Facebook read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State wins two of three games in Rebel Invitational

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team won two of three games while playing in the Rebel Invitational this weekend, defeating Southern Miss on Friday and Samford on Sunday, but falling to Ole Miss in the Buckeyes’ second game on Friday. The Buckeyes defeated Southern Miss in five sets, losing two of the first three, but sweeping the last two for the overall win. The momentum continued into the first set against Ole Miss, defeating the Rebels 29-27, but stopped after that as the Buckeyes fell in three of the remaining four sets. Ohio State left Oxford, MS with a sweep of Samford on Sept. 1. Senior setter Olivia Dailey made 48 assists and seven digs while redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry totaled seven kills and four blocks. Freshman outside hitter Mia Grunze, freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte all hit double digits in kills against Southern Miss; a career high for Grunze and Bukilic. Sophomore defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder and junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin dug 14 and 12 balls, respectively. Franklin also had seven kills and junior defensive specialist Camry Halm had eight digs and two service aces.Bukilić, Grunze and Witte dominated the second match, sporting 38 of the 54 team kills. The match came down to the wire in the fifth set, and the Buckeyes lost the set to Ole Miss.They came back strong the next day, burning Samford out early with long rallies, forcing them into their best game. The Samford Bulldogs tied up the first set at 20-all but the Buckeyes finished strong with a 28-26 win.The teams bounced back and forth throughout the second set, and the Bucks clenched the third set from the start. Gruensfelder led the defense with 17 digs, followed by Halm with 15.Next, Ohio State will head to Towson, Maryland on Sept. 7-8 to face Princeton, Missouri and Towson. read more

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2018 Big Ten Preview Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Columbus, Ohio2017 Record: 12-2 (9-1 Big Ten) Head coach: Urban Meyer 2018 Record: 4-0 (1-0 Big Ten) What has happened thus far in 2018: Even without head coach Urban Meyer for the first three games, Ohio State has not had many issues to start the 2018 season. Winning each of their first four games, including one in conference play, the Buckeyes have scored no fewer than 40 points in each game this season, averaging 599 yards of offense per game — No. 1 in the Big Ten. After allowing 31 points to Oregon State in the season opener, the Ohio State defense has allowed nine points combined against Rutgers and Tulane, while giving up 28 points to then-No. 15 TCU on Sept. 15. Impact Player: In his first four games as the starting quarterback for Ohio State, redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins has made a major impact on how the Buckeyes run their offense. Instead of the run-heavy, option-based offense the team ran with J.T. Barrett, Haskins leads an Ohio State offense that leads the Big Ten in passing, averaging 365.8 passing yards per game. He is doing it with high accuracy, completing 75.7 percent of his pass attempts, and with a high touchdown rate, throwing 16 touchdowns and only one interception in 115 pass attempts. Haskins, in four games, has redefined what the Ohio State offense is and will be for the rest of the 2018 season, something opponents have already seen in the first four games. Strengths Offensively, a lot of areas have been clicking for Ohio State. With an offensive line that has done a good job of protecting Haskins, anchored in the middle by junior center Michael Jordan, the Buckeyes have allowed only 1.5 sacks per game. The Buckeyes also have had success with the veteran receiving corps, led by three redshirt senior captains in Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell. When not passing the ball, the Ohio State running backs — redshirt junior Mike Weber and sophomore J.K. Dobbins — have found some success, each averaging 5.8 yards per carry with five touchdowns combined. Even with the loss of junior defensive end Nick Bosa to a core muscle injury, the Ohio State front line has continued to be the strength of the defense. With redshirt junior Dre’Mont Jones in the middle and sophomore Chase Young on the end, the Buckeyes are tied with Penn State as the conference leader with 15 sacks in four games. WeaknessesOhio State has had a bit of trouble in eliminating big plays when opposing backs get past the defensive line. After allowing two touchdown runs of at least 75 yards against Oregon State, the Buckeyes have struggled in rush defense. They have allowed at least a 30-yard run in three of the four total games this season, including a 93-yard touchdown run by TCU junior running back Darius Anderson on Sept. 15, the longest touchdown allowed in Ohio State history. read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State falls to Nebraska on penalty kicks in Big

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares throw the ball downfield in the first half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a 0-0 tie through 90 minutes, the Ohio State women’s soccer team lost in the first round of the Big Ten tournament to six-seeded Nebraska, falling 3-2 on penalty kicks.With a 2-2 score through four rounds of penalty kicks, sophomore forward Natalie Cooke tallied the goal that launched the Cornhuskers over the Buckeyes, and will advance to the Big Ten semifinals with today’s win. After a sluggish start for both teams, Ohio State senior midfielder Sarah Roberts managed to attempt a shot from the top of the box that was later blocked by a Nebraska defender. Cornhuskers junior goalkeeper Aubrei Corder then managed to notch a save on a shot made by sophomore forward Marissa Birzon from 15 yards. The scoreboard remained 0-0 heading into halftime after neither team had the ability to maintain momentum in the first 45 minutes of the match with Ohio State holding a 6-1 advantage in shots and Nebraska keeping a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.In the second half of the game, Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr came through for the Buckeyes after she deflected a shot from the top of the box made by Cornhusker junior midfielder Meg Brandt.Kerr made three saves in her eight shutout of the year for Ohio State. The eight clean sheets is tied for No. 5 in a single season in program history.The matchup went into overtime after ending regulation in a tie.Yet, both teams still stayed scoreless throughout overtime and double overtime, ultimately forcing the game come down to penalty kicks to decide who move forward to the Big Ten semifinals.  Ohio State outshot Nebraska 16-7 in the game heading into the penalty kicks.Junior midfielder Alyssa Baumbick kicked first for the Buckeyes, but Corder was there to stop the ball from going into the net.With a lot at stake, Senior forward/midfielder Savanah Uveges then kicked the ball past Kerr and into the net, putting the Cornhuskers up 1-0 through one round, before Cooke eventually hit the game-winner to send Nebraska to the next round.Ohio State, which now sits at 9-5-4 on the season, will now wait to see where its fate lies based on the NCAA selection show on Nov 5. read more

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Football Ohio State comes in at No 10 in first College Football

The Buckeyes prepare to take to the field prior to the start of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) comes in ranked No. 10 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday.Coming in behind No. 5 Michigan, the Buckeyes are the second-highest team in the rankings in the Big Ten, along with No. 14 Penn State and No. 16 Iowa.Ohio State is coming off a bye week, with its last game being a 49-20 loss to Purdue. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 8 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.Ohio State plays a home game against Nebraska at noon on Saturday.Here are the full rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) LSU4.) Notre Dame5.) Michigan6.) Georgia7.) Oklahoma8.) Washington State9.) Kentucky10.) Ohio State11.) Florida12.) UCF13.) West Virginia14.) Penn State15.) Utah16.) Iowa17.) Texas18.) Mississippi State19.) Syracuse20.) Texas A&M21.) NC State22.) Boston College23.) Fresno State24.) Iowa State25.) Virginia read more

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TBDPITL Ep 24 Can Ohio State win a game in the NCAA

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s 90-70 win against No. 22 Iowa, and if the Buckeyes can continue momentum into the rest of the season. They also talk about men’s hockey and its win of the Big Ten title in the regular season, and if women’s basketball has a slim chance to make the tournament as well. Also, what you’ve all been waiting for, updates on their intramural sports teams.

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Caricom leaders in Bahamas for closeddoor meetings

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese family from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas returns home todaySeptember 15, 2019In “latest news”Bahamas government warns persons harbouring illegal migrantsSeptember 12, 2019In “latest news”Guyana preparing to help hurricane-hit BahamasSeptember 4, 2019In “Environment” (CMC) — The Prime Ministers of St Lucia and Barbados touched down in The Bahamas earlier today to hold talks with Bahamian Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis about relief efforts following the destruction left behind Hurricane Dorian.St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and his Barbadian counterpart Mia Mottley, accompanied by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Irwin LaRoque, were scheduled to meet with Minnis and other officials at the office of the National Emergency Management Administration (NEMA).In a Facebook post, Mottley indicated that the meeting, which also included members of NEMA, was to allow the other regional leaders to receive a “very thorough briefing of the situation at hand, including reports from the Ministry of Works, Director of Environmental Health, Ministry of Public Health, Commissioner of Police, the Bahamas Defence Force and Department of Social Services.”Dorian, a Category Five hurricane when it neared the Bahamas, ripped through Great Abaco Island and Grand Bahama, leaving a trail of destruction behind.At least 20 people have since been declared dead, scores reported missing and thousands have been left stranded on the islands as rescue efforts continue. read more

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Macmahon eyes GBF Underground Mining acquisition

first_imgASX-listed Macmahon Holdings has, following market speculation, confirmed it is in discussions with GBF Underground Mining Co (GBF) in relation to a potential acquisition of the contractor.Macmahon said it has not yet agreed terms or entered into binding purchase documentation for any acquisition, but did say, if acquisition terms are agreed, any consideration would be payable through cash and debt facilities.“Macmahon will provide a further update if binding arrangements are entered into in relation to GBF,” it said.GBF was founded in 1988 in the Western Australian Goldfields as a locally-owned and operated private underground mining contractor and continues to have a strong presence in the Western Australian Goldfields.GBF has worked on a number of projects in the region, including Doray Minerals’ Andy Well project, Gold Fields Australia’s Belleisle mine (part of St Ives), Newcrest Mining’s Mount Marion mine and LaMancha Resources’ Frogs Legs project.Shortly after this announcement, Orminex, which has a strategic alliance with GBF under the Mineral Ventures Model, came out with its own statement.The Mineral Ventures Model the two companies are involved in provides capital and mining service solutions to suitable near-term production gold projects. The two are currently developing the Comet Vale mine, have recently acquired the high-grade Penny’s Find gold mine near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and continue to assess a number of other potential mineral venture opportunities, Orminex said.Orminex Executive Chairman, Daryl Henthorn, said GBF had already advised Orminex that the operation of the strategic alliance will continue, irrespective of whether a transaction is finalised in relation to GBF. “It’s business as normal,” he said.last_img read more

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Customised Uralmashplant electric excavator goes to work at East Minings Solntsevsky coal

first_imgAn excavator manufactured by Uralmashplant (Ekaterinburg) and customised by East Mining Co has been put into operation at the Solntsevsky coal mine in Sakhalin, Russia, the miner says.The EKG-20 excavator is designed to excavate overburden in the mine, according to East Mining, and is paired with 220-ton capacity Belaz dump trucks.“The special feature of this excavator, as compared with the similar models, is a modified bucket capacity,” the company said, adding that the capacity was increased from standard 20 cu.m to 22 cu.m.This is the 21st excavator to go into operation at Solntsevsky, but it is the first homemade electric excavator, East Mining said.The company previously purchased and used electrohydraulic excavators from manufacturers in Japan and Germany, but the serial manufacturing of the EKG-20 started nearly three years ago.“Not only it is similar in performance with foreign alternatives, but also provides a more cost-effective excavation,” the company said. “The machinery is 95% made of Russian components, equipped with a modern AC drive, information management system, detection system for assemblies and mechanisms, workflow parameters checkout system.”Igor Kovach, the Director of Solntsevsky coal mine, said: “The excavator is wholly-electric. The use of AC drive considerably decreases machine operation expenses. Moreover, the life cycle of EKG-20 is 20 years, while the lifecycle of electrohydraulic excavators is seven years. All this has a positive impact on the corporate economics: according to our estimates, this excavator, as compared with electrohydraulic machines, allows us to reduce excavation of 1 cu.m of overburden two-to-three times.”The excavator is 18 m tall, over 30 m wide and weighs around 750 tons (680 t). Today, is it the biggest open-mine machine in Sakhalin.The assembly of excavation equipment was made at the coal mine by the manufacturing company representatives and local specialists.last_img read more

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