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My First National Conference

first_imgThis year was my first opportunity to attend SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition and I have to say I was overall very pleased with the experience.  There was no shortage of excellent speakers and sessions and the hardest part was choosing between them.  My favorite sessions were probably:From the Files of the Bizarre: The Latest, Most Unusual Employment Law Cases with Joseph Beachboard;  MEGA SESSION: Detecting Lies and Deception: Practical Skills for HR Professionals with Michael Wade Johnson;Leadership Communication: Develop, Deliver, Connect with Jeff Lanza;MEGA SESSION: Ego vs. EQ: How Top Business Leaders Beat 8 Ego Traps with Emotional Intelligence with Jen Skirkani.The exhibitors went all out and had some awesome giveaways and games such as trivia, free headshots, Wii games, and so much more to entice people into their booths.  I only spent a few minutes in one of the available lounges (the leaders lounge), but they seemed to be very nice options to catch some down time during the conference. I really only have two complaints: the food, and the lack of places to sit (other than the floor) and eat.  I understand that what was chosen was probably the ‘easiest’ for the setting, but considering how much the conference cost, it would have been nice to have better food options.  There were tables set up during the lunch hour, however there weren’t nearly enough for everyone, so the floor was my best option both days.Overall, SHRM’s Annual Conference was everything I had heard and expected it to be and really enjoyed networking and learning a lot.  If you have never been, I highly recommend you go!To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

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Spouses of CARICOM Heads Visit Historic Falmouth

first_img Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) toured the historic town of Falmouth on Thursday (July 5), where they viewed the 18th century Georgian buildings and participated in craft shopping.The Heads are in Jamaica for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from July 4 to 6 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.The Most Hon. Juliet Holness, wife of Prime Minister and Chairman of CARICOM, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, hosted the spouses of the leaders from Haiti, Suriname and Belize on a trolley tour.Also on the trip was Mrs. Lis Cuesta Peraza, wife of the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who is attending the CARICOM meeting as a special guest.Speaking with JIS News, Mrs. Holness said it is very important for the women to see some of the historic sites in Jamaica and to be exposed to the culture and people.“I was particularly pleased.  It was important for them to see the local artisans, bus drivers, taxi drivers, and those persons who are in the food industry contributing to tourism and income generation. It gives them a real taste of Jamaica, its culture and its people,” she noted.Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, told JIS News that it was “great to be able to spend some time with Mrs. Holness and the other first ladies that are here”.Mrs. Barrow, who purchased craft pieces from vendors at the Falmouth craft market, said she would like to visit Ocho Rios on her next trip to Jamaica.“Unfortunately, I don’t have much time, but I would really have liked to go to Ocho Rios. One speaks of Ocho Rios as a great attraction in Jamaica. Maybe I will save that for my next visit to Jamaica,” she said.Mrs. Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring, spouse of the President of Suriname, Dési Bouterse, told JIS News that she is enjoying the trip.“Very beautiful; I love authentic things. I like the historic tour. I am enjoying where I am. I am taking back a turtle, which I will put in my office, because I have a lot of colourful things from all places of the world,” she noted.Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, who accompanied the spouses, said he was proud to show off the old town, and the new developments, including the cruise-ship pier and the shopping areas.The group also visited Chukka Good Hope Estate just outside of Falmouth, and the Flankers Community Centre Second Chance Project in St. James. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, told JIS News that it was “great to be able to spend some time with Mrs. Holness and the other first ladies that are here”. The Heads are in Jamaica for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from July 4 to 6 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.  “Very beautiful; I love authentic things. I like the historic tour. I am enjoying where I am. I am taking back a turtle, which I will put in my office, because I have a lot of colourful things from all places of the world,” she noted. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Philanthropist Murray Koffler founder of Shoppers Drug Mart dead at 93

first_imgTORONTO – Murray Koffler, the founder of Shoppers Drug Mart, has died at the age of 93, according to Loblaw Companies Ltd.Toronto-born Koffler was a pharmacist when he founded Shoppers in 1962.The chain was taken over in 1978 by Imasco Ltd. and later acquired by Loblaw in 2014 for $12.4 billion.Loblaw spokesman Kevin Groh said that while Koffler was not involved in the chain’s day-to-day business for many years, his legacy is reflected in the company’s stores and the philanthropic spirit behind its support for women’s health.After Koffler witnessed his wife Marvelle’s follow-up treatment for breast cancer at New York’s Evelyn Lauder Breast Centre, the couple decided Canada needed a similar centre, so they founded the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre in Toronto.Koffler’s philanthropy was also instrumental in the creation of the University of Toronto’s Koffler Institute of Pharmacy, as well as the school’s Koffler Student Centre.last_img read more

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Cambodias biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity

first_imgPHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s largest hydropower project has begun producing electricity as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to support a jump-start to industrial expansion.Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday inaugurated the 400-megawatt Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in the northeastern province of Stung Treng.It was built over four years at a cost of nearly $800 million and is a joint venture of China’s Hydrolancang International Energy with a 51 per cent stake, Cambodia’s Royal Group with 39 per cent and Vietnam’s EVN International with 10 per cent. Ownership will be handed over to the government after 40 years.Opponents say the dam will damage the biodiversity of two tributaries of the Mekong River and devastate the livelihoods and homes of thousands of people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Northern Rockies RCMP searching for suspect in Thursday home invasion near Toad

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — Mounties in in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality are searching for the suspect in a home invasion near Toad River yesterday.On Thursday at 1:40 p.m., officers with the Northern Rockies RCMP were called to a home in the Toad River Area, roughly 200 kilometres west of Fort Nelson on the Alaska Highway. The resident reported that a man entered their home, acted in a threatening manner, then left on foot. No one was reportedly injured during the encounter.The homeowner describes the suspect as a First Nations man between 45 and 55 years old, standing 5’5” tall, with a “chubby” build. The man was last seen wearing a black jacket and grey gloves. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect, is asked to contact the Northern Rockies RCMP at (250) 774-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

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Fort Nelson First Nation and Chevron Canada Natural Gas Agreement

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – An Agreement and Memorandum of Future Understanding was signed between the Fort Nelson First Nation and Chevron Canada Limited.The Agreement related to Chevron’s natural gas exploration, appraisal and development activities on the Fort Nelson First Nations Traditional Territory will be the cooperation of both the First Nations and Chevron. In the spirit of mutual respect, and recognition to support responsible and sustainable economic development in a way that protects the Traditional Territory.“Chevron values the importance of learning from and respecting the cultures of the Fort Nelson First Nation. We are committed to working with Fort Nelson First Nation to develop natural gas resources in their Traditional Territory that provides economic benefits while protecting the environment and culture for future generations.” said the President of Chevron Canada Ltd, Frank Cassulolast_img read more

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Anil Sharma resigns from Himachal BJP cabinet; CM Thakur accepts resignation

first_imgShimla: Faced with tremendous pressures, Himachal Pradesh Power and Multi-Purpose Projects (MPP) Anil Sharma on Friday resigned from the cabinet but asserted that he will continue to serve as a member of the state assembly.”I have sent my resignation to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur this morning,” he told the Millennium Post, minutes after his resignation was delivered at Chief Minister’s office. The Chief Minister, who was campaigning in Mandi, confirmed about Sharma’s resignation that has been accepted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The minister had been facing pressures from the BJP to make his position clear after his son Ashray Sharma, along with grandfather Sukh Ram (former telecom minister) had joined the Congress and also got the ticket to contest Mandi parliamentary election against sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. When asked about circumstances leading to his resignation, Sharma said, “I have been facing a serious dilemma after my son and father had joined the Congress. Though I had made my position clear to the Chief Minister the kind of statements and cheap remarks being made about me and my family left me very much hurt.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt’s now clear that Sukh Ram’s ambition to see his grandson Ashray Sharma rising has cost his son Anil Sharma dear. Sharma had joined the BJP in 2017 just before the assembly polls. Earlier, he was a cabinet minister in the Congress government. Ashray was instrumental in his entry to the BJP but now a reason for his exit too. The outgoing minister said on Thursday that the Chief Minister was in his constituency and tried to ridicule him publicly. This has hurt him and compelled to call it a day. He said, “I had no plans to make a political career when I contested by the first election in 1993. But my son definitely has an aptitude and interest to keep the legacy of his grandfather alive. I have decided not to stand by him. My status as a minister is not something bigger than the son’s career.” Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday mounted a fresh attack against Sharma. “You, despite being in my cabinet, kept contacting people to mobilise against BJP candidate. You even challenge the Chief Minister’s status saying it’s easy to be CM or MLA but impossible to be a leader. And, all these months your father (Pt Sukh Ram) frequently kept asking choicest portfolios to Anil Sharma and a Rajya Sabha seat to Ashray (grandson). What are you people (family) up to? I have so many secrets to tell as this family been a political opportunist.” When asked whether he will campaign for his son, Sharma said no in affirmative. “I will neither campaign for the Congress (i.e. his son) nor for the BJP,” he added. About Mandi seat, he said, “Wait and watch. It’s going to be a close finish. Ram Swaroop Sharma should not take shelter behind the Chief Minister if he wants to fight a battle. Let it be Ram Swaroop Sharma vs Ashray fight, not Jai Ram vs Ashray.”last_img read more

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Ex-IAF pilot’s wife murder: Police search for car which entered society

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police had questioned four to five persons including the family members of former IAF wing commander’s wife who was found dead at her house in Dwarka’s Sector-7 area.Police said that they are trying to trace a car in the case and they also suspect that the deceased might have been made unconscious and then killed. Investigators told Millennium Post that apart from robbery, different angles being probed. “We are tracing a car in the case which had entered the society. The number plate of the vehicle is not clear. Phone records being scanned in the case,” said the Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesinvestigator. “More than three teams closely working in the case. Some new facts came which is being investigated,” he added. Police sources further said that they are investigating whether the deceased Meenu Jain might have been unconscious when the accused killed her. “There are several things which are being checked,” added source. Police are also finding a cell phone which is currently off. A 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander was found dead at her house in Dwarka, police said on Saturday. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe deceased has been identified as Neenu Jain. Neenu’s husband is a retired Indian Air Force wing commander and currently working as a commercial pilot with IndiGo. The couple has a son and a daughter. The son, who works in an MNC in Noida, visits his parents on weekends while the daughter is a doctor in Goa, police said. “The investigation is taken up by the team and we have already collected the CCTV from the society,” said a senior Police officer. The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening but she did not receive the phone. Thereafter, her father and brother came to see her at her flat in Air Force Naval officers Enclave in Dwarka Sector-7 but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. Unable to get the door opened and suspecting something amiss, the duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side. As they entered the house they saw Meenu Jain lying on the floor unconscious. A mobile phone, some cash and jewellery was found missing from the house, following which a case under sections 302 (murder) and 392 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and investigation initiated, police said.last_img read more

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Lessons from Tehri

first_imgSustainable approaches for urban water sanitation have gained firmer voices and more spaces for implementation in recent years. But some issues in our water management systems persist. One of them is the excessive dependence on water supply. Most urban areas have resorted to importing water from further and further away. Many large Indian cities have to source water from long distances, ranging between 50 and 200 kilometres due to exhaustion of remaining sources or pollution in nearby ones. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlong with an increased cost of raw water and losses due to leakage, such methods are ecologically unsustainable. The example of Tehri dam highlights this clearly. Popularised in national imagery as the tallest dam in Asia and as a technological feat, the dam supplies water to Delhi, situated about 300 km away. At 260.5 metres, the structure was built upon the waters of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana tributaries of the Ganga. The river has been embedded in the cultural cosmology and livelihoods of the local population. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Tehri jheel (lake), which formed as a result of this dam, submerged nearly 55 square kms of the fertile river valley. In Garhwal, where over 70 per cent population depends on agriculture for livelihood and only 12 per cent land can be used for cultivation, this proved to be calamitous. Even before the dam began functioning in 2006, it had submerged the town of Tehri and affected close to 125 villages. This led to the displacement of over 1 lakh people. But the sequence of such displacements continues due to silting and landslides along the reservoir’s periphery. The region is situated along the highly active Lower Himalayan fault line, where earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.5 or greater are highly probable. A study carried out by the National Geophysical Research Institute in 2012 found smaller earthquakes in a radius of 20 km linked to changes in reservoir levels at the Tehri dam. These added to the already existing menace of landslides which were common in the area due to deforestation and incessant constructions. There are several Tehris in the pipeline. To avoid this we must encourage knowledge which leads away from incessant supply of water. India’s future water needs stand compromised due to overdependence on conventional water supply and consumption frameworks. This demands a renewed focus on an inclusive approach towards urban water management. So, when the water gushes out of our taps next time, let’s be aware of its journey. (Saakshi Joshi is a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Water-Waste Management Unit, CSE. Her current work includes capacity building and policy research for urban water and sanitation management. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Morocco deploys military units on borders with Algeria

first_imgRabat- Moroccan military helicopters have been reported to comb the border area with neighboring Algeria following the latter’s decision to reinforce its presence along the shared borders by putting more boots on the ground, according to Al Massae daily in its issue of Friday November 1st.Units from the Royal Armed Forces and auxiliary forces had been deployed to the borders after receiving instructions to stay vigilant and alert in dealing with the recent escalation from Algeria. The relation between Morocco and its neighbor deteriorated  after the speech of Algerian president in Abuja on Monday, which contained allegations concerning the situation of human rights in the Sahara. The Algerian President called on the United Nations to expand its mission in the Sahara, known as MINURSO, to monitor the situation of human rights in this disputed territory. Algeria’s President statement was considered by Rabat as “provocative and hostile”.As a result, Morocco announced on Wednesday its decision to recall its ambassador in Algiers for consultation.The Moroccan Army is increasing alertness along the shared borders after it gathered new information that Algeria is conducting joint military exercises with the Polisario front militias using live ammunition and focusing mainly on tactics of guerrilla warfare, according to a source quoted by Al Massae.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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