EY offers flexible working to support worklife balance and business performance

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2016: EY promotes flexible working among its employees in order to support a high-performance culture and a diverse workforce.Addressing delegates in his keynote speech at Olympia National, London, Steve Varley, UK chairman and managing partner at EY, spoke about why a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture is a key part of the organisation’s competitive advantage.With 15,000 UK employees, ranging from graduate trainees to trained auditors, EY promotes a culture that attracts and retains key talent, while offering employees a working environment to help them thrive and deliver an outstanding service to its clients.Varley said: “Our purpose as a firm is to build a better working world.”A key part of this aspiration is supporting employees’ work-life balance with a flexible working programme. Key to this is an open and candid conversation about how, when and where an individual would want to work, and how this could balance with the needs of teams and clients.Varley said: “Once we have recruited our people, how do we ensure that we are able to fulfil their career aspirations and offer working arrangements that will help support them throughout the different stages of their careers with us?“We refuse to let people be forced out of a career because we couldn’t be flexible enough to accommodate their situation. Our underlying philosophy is that if we are able to get the best out of our people, by accommodating their needs, then the organisation as well as the individual benefits.”Alongside the flexible working programme, EY introduced more shared parental leave that offers its employees greater flexibility and choice over how their children are cared for in the first year of their life; for example, it offers 39 weeks enhanced pay.Varley said: “We hope that this will empower parents to make choices about childcare that suit their own individual circumstances and hopefully they will not have to make sacrifices in their working lives and careers.”He added: “We believe it creates greater equality for fathers, adoptive parents and same-sex couples; giving our people greater control over their work and home lives helps us to create a high-performance culture.”EY also offers career and family coaching to all parents taking or returning from parental leave, as well as support through its parents network, one of 50 employee networks in the organisation.last_img read more

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Faking a smile may not make you happier study

first_imgFaking a smile may not make you happier after all, according to a large new study which contradicts the belief that our body’s movements can affect our mood.The idea that faking a smile may brighten our mood, which came out of a psychological experiment from the 1980s, may not be true, as scientists were not able to repeat the results in a lab setting.In the facial-feedback hypothesis, dating back to 1988, participants rated the humour of cartoons while inadvertently mimicking either a smile or a pout. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were simply asked to hold a pen in their mouths, either with their lips (which pushes the face into a frown-like expression) or their teeth (which mimics a smile).The participants who used the pen to mimic a smile rated the cartoons as funnier.Now, a new study on 1,894 participants has found no evidence that such an effect exists, ‘Live Science’ reported. Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, the lead researcher of the replication attempt from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and colleagues in 17 labs around the world recruited participants and repeated the pen-in-mouth experiment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey used the same cartoon series, ‘The Far Side,’ that was used in the 1988 experiments, but they selected different cartoon panels, which they tested among outside raters to ensure that the raters reached consensus that each cartoon used in the study was “moderately funny.” “None of the experiments yielded a statistically reliable effect individually,” Wagenmakers said.“Overall, these are the kind of data you would expect to see if you tried to replicate an effect that doesn’t exist or is so small you can’t find it with the paradigm you were using,” he said.last_img read more

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Act Fast Apple Mac mini Now 100 Off

first_imgLooking for a current-gen Mac that doesn’t cost a grand? For a limited time you can snag one of our favorite Macs at an all-time low price. Currently, Amazon has the Editor’s Choice 2018 Apple Mac mini on sale for $699. That’s $100 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this Mac. It’s one of the best Apple deals you can get, especially for students. (Note: Orders will ship on September 9).Apple Mac mini 2018: was $799 now $699 @ AmazonThe Mac Mini is a great desktop computer suitable for your everyday needs. It features a 3.6GHz six-core Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. For a limited time, it’s $100 off.View DealThe 2018 Mac mini packs a 3.6GHz six-core Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. In our Apple Mac mini 2018 review, we loved its compact size, upgradable RAM, 4K display support, and Thunderbolt 3 port selection. Though we wish it were a tad more upgradable, we gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and named it Editor’s Choice for its overall rock-solid performance. With its 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4-inch design, the Mac mini’s size hasn’t changed since its 2010 debut. However, the new Mac mini weighs a mere 2.6 pounds and features a modern, space-gray anodized finish.Apple revamped the Mac mini’s internal design to accommodate the updated processor. Its cooling system consists of larger vents and a bigger fan to enhance airflow. What’s more, the latest Mac mini offers more traditional SO-DIMM slots. This means you can upgrade the unit’s RAM if needed. The Mac Mini offers plenty of connectivity options. It has four Thunderbolt 3 ports (using USB Type-C connections), two USB 3.0 ports, a single HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone jack for audio, and Gigabit Ethernet. You can add up to two 4K displays as well as external storage and other PC peripherals.(Image credit: Future)In terms of performance, the Mac mini impressed us in our labs. It scored 13,666 points in our Geekbench 4 overall performance test. That beats the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny (Core i5/8GB RAM), which scored 8,010 points. Our machine was also able to keep 15 browser tabs open while simultaneously streaming music and video without experiencing any lag.File transfer speeds were equally impressive. It copied over a 4.97GB file folder in just 2 seconds, which translates into 2,544 MBps. That’s faster than the HP Z2 Mini G4 (1,017.8 MBps) and also beats other mini PCs, like the Intel Hades Canyon NUC (310.60 MBps) and the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny (169 MBps).With its excellent performance and design, the Mac mini makes for a great value at this price.Apple Mac Mini 2018 Reviewlast_img read more

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Get The IBM Certificate Program Building Chatbots Powered By AI For An

first_imgThis is something that you really don’t want to miss! The world of technology is totally obsessed with Chatbots right now and you could build one on your own! Organizations are always looking for ways to cut their costs and chatbots are just the way. You will be adding something truly amazing to your skill set so get started today. Avail this super awesome discount on IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI with Wccftech deals. The offer expires in a few hours, so hurry up!IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI featuresWith the help of this program, you will explore a whole new world. With this offer you will get one year of Watson Assistant services as well! A deal like this will not come again! So avail it right away! Here are highlights of what the IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI has in store for you: Access 3 complete courses & 17 lessons 24/7 Understand what chatbots are, why they are revolutionary, & the business opportunity they represent Learn how to leverage Watson Assistant & its AI capabilities to build and deploy chatbots on your website or Facebook Messenger Master the key principles of good chatbot design Discover how to create Node-RED applications to connect Watson Assistant with otherWatson services & data sources to make your chatbots smarter Understand how to integrate services like Watson Discovery to query data, extract sentiment, reveal emotions & customer preferencesImportant Details Length of access: purchasing the course gives you access as long as the course is available on edX from IBM Access options: web streaming Certification of completion included Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchaseRequirements Internet requiredThe course has been designed by edX, a name you have most probably heard of before. They were created by Harvard University and MIT in 2012 and they are completely invested in providing great solutions to people wanting to learn more.Original Price IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI: $297Wccftech Discount Price IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI: $257 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Costa Rican fishing boat adrift at sea rescued by private yacht

first_imgNo related posts. A 10-meter fishing vessel named the Maria Christina II that had been adrift for six days due to a mechanical failure was rescued by a private yacht on Friday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, the daily Bermuda Sun reported.The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an alert from the yacht, the Golden Odyssey, that its crew had rescued the fishing boat and was towing it to Cocos Island, 550 km off the coast of Costa Rica.Lt. Rodolfo Murillo, operations chief at the Costa Rican Coast Guard, on Monday confirmed that both ships arrived at Cocos Island Saturday, and crew members are in good condition.The disabled boat’s crew is waiting for spare parts before returning to the Pacific port of Puntarenas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Blooming blue

first_imgRelated posts:Poet Ernesto Cardenal on Gran Canal project: ‘We should denounce to the world what is happening in Nicaragua’ Costa Rica adds yet another claim to ongoing border dispute with Nicaragua Costa Rica finishes work to close artificial canal built by Nicaragua in disputed territory US Marines plan force in Honduras for hurricane season The most productive garden in Costa Rica just got rid of a bunch of destructive bulldozers stealing the biggest fruits.For decades, nets bigger than your house have plowed the Pacific for tuna, killing all sorts of denizens of the deep, including dolphins, when they are accidentally ensnared as bycatch. Starting a few weeks from now, the tuna dozers have been instructed to leave the area.President Laura Chinchilla decreed that these mayhem machines should wreak their havoc more than 60 miles from our rich coast. She told the tuna ships they could do their thing 60-200 miles offshore. The tuna ships are still welcome by the government in most of Costa Rica’s Pacific, but it’s time to move on out.The new regulations will protect some of the most bio-productive ecosystems in Costa Rica. Some of the largest known dolphin pods in the world (such as the spinner dolphin megapods featured in the BBC1 John Downer Productions Spy in the Pod series this year, will no longer be caught in nets during attempts to round up giant tuna that swim with them. The Pacific will likely bloom like never before.The ocean’s productivity will hopefully respond quickly, with dolphin pods and tuna schools growing to numbers never seen before. The bounty will likely spread all the way to the beaches in a domino effect of recuperating ecosystems.Since the area also covers the diverse seascape of the continental shelf drop-off, the reverberations will be good and deep. The fantastic world of undersea cliffs and canyons plunging from a couple hundred meters to a couple of thousand meters gives the open ocean waters above the greatest bio-productivity in the nation, rivaled only by the shifting Costa Rican area of the Central American Dome, which is much further offshore. Conserving apex predators out to 60 miles offshore will bring back other fish and interconnected life that nobody has even thought about.While the world will be a better place when the slaughter brought on by tuna fleets is curtailed, it’s the international tourists, Central Valley pescado aficionados, and especially coastal communities that will benefit most. The newly enriched oceans will drive a swell of economic activity, and of course all that value will bring its own set of problems.Enforcement of the ocean management plan will be a challenge. Corruption will cause setbacks. But the plan is a positive and decidedly blue adjustment. And there is reason to believe that advances in technology and organization will stop poachers in their wake.The new radars being installed along the coast will light up the massive tuna ships and their helicopters on a screen at coast guard bases onshore. This is a big advance over current methods of driving around a small part of the ocean with a boat or a plane, hoping to find a tuna ship that does not detect the sting on its advanced radar. Tuna ships will also have to carry GPS locators. For the first time, the coast guard will have technology similar to the poachers. And drones patrols and satellite time for Costa Rican seas can’t be far behind, which will tip the scales.Marine tourism and local fishers will continue to be vocal about poachers in the new area, but now they will have a lot more footing. Sixty miles is about as far as you can do on a day trip from shore, and much of that will be patrolled.Several projects are in the works for private groups to patrol for poachers and report them. Dedicated groups helping with patrols for enforcement is the future of marine conservation. Groups like Sea Shepard, which is saving the whales of Antarctica, show that a difference can still be made even when governments won’t put up the money. Boats with cameras, laptops and media can make poachers disappear if the laws are in place.The decree, which was pushed by fisherman Enrique Ramirez and FECOP, likely also received a boost from the BBC Natural History Units spectacular dolphin shows claiming the biggest dolphin pod they could find on the blue planet.And we should not underestimate The Tico Times reporting on the topic since the 1990s. The first column I wrote in these pages calling out the tuna dozers was in 1998. But Laura Chinchilla made this happen, and it was probably quite a political challenge to get such entrenched, moneyed interests to give up the areas on the map the tuna fleet call Jackpot and Bonanza. No other single decree could have done so much for Costa Rican oceans as moving the tuna dozers far offshore, short of banning them totally. The blue jackpot and bonanza will now be for people and marine life instead of a foreign tuna fishing fleet.Laura Chinchilla’s blue legacy will be that the fruits of Costa Rica’s marine garden will bloom. And perhaps the benefits will bloom most for the biggest resident dolphin pods in the world, along with the massive schools of giant tuna and other life that swim beneath them in the big blue of Costa Rica. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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US embassy urges Haiti to resolve political crisis

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE,Haiti – The U.S. embassy in Haiti urged the Caribbean country’s politicians Sunday to find a solution to the political crisis that will soon see its parliament’s mandate end, leaving a perilous political vacuum.In a cruel coincidence, the Monday night deadline falls just as the impoverished nation marks the fifth anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that killed 300,000 people.Polls to elect new lawmakers have been postponed several times, and no new date has been set.Protesters, who have taken to the streets in near-daily demonstrations, accuse President Michel Martelly of tacitly allowing the parliament to expire in order to rule by decree, while he accuses the opposition of blocking an electoral law that would allow a vote.“The U.S. government notes with grave concern that despite the President’s wide-ranging concessions, parliament has not voted an electoral law to allow for 2015 elections,” the embassy said in a statement.“In the short time remaining before the constitutionally mandated end of the current parliament on January 12, we urge all parties to agree on a framework for parliamentary mandates, a new Provisional Electoral Council, passage of amendments to the electoral law, and the formation of a government of consensus.” Protesters block a street with cars during a march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, on Jan. 11, 2015. Protesters marched through the streets calling for the resignation of the Haitian leader. Héctor Retamal/AFPMartelly was scheduled Sunday to meet with political leaders in a final effort to reach an agreement.A new prime minister, Evans Paul, named by Martelly on Dec. 26, has been unable to take office as a result of the political friction between the president and lawmakers.A group of senators has proposed a new prime minister be chosen.The U.S. Embassy said if no solution was found before the deadline, the U.S. government would “continue to work with President Martelly and whatever legitimate Haitian government institutions remain to safeguard the significant gains we have achieved together since the January 12, 2010 earthquake.”Haiti has struggled to get back on its feet since the 2010 earthquake, and its progress has been hampered by a cholera epidemic likely brought to the country by U.N. peacekeepers. Facebook Comments Related posts:Anti-government protest turns violent in Haiti Haiti opposition cautiously welcomes PM’s resignation Haiti unveils Cabinet to fill political vacuum Haiti postpones presidential runoff votelast_img read more

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Driver injured as bakkie rolls

first_imgThe driver of a Toyota bakkie was injured in a crash this afternoon (Friday) on the P455 (Colenso Pieters road) after the bakkie rolled.It is alleged that the driver was travelling on the road heading towards Colenso when she lost control of the bakkie causing it to go off the roadway and roll down an embankment.The bakkie ploughed through trees and also a fence.The driver was treated on scene for moderate injuries and transported to hospital by Sharaj Ambulance Services.EMRS and Ezakheni police also responded to the scene.Traffic passed with caution, as emergency personnel controlled the situation.Traffic was not obstructed in any way as the bakkie rolled completely off the road. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Honouring the late Valliamma Munswami Mudaliar

first_imgEmnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality hosted an unveiling ceremony in honour of the late Valliamma Munswami Mudaliar on Saturday morning (Saturday, November 15) at the municipal gardens. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Young and old alike seated themselves under a beautiful tent to witness the auspicious ceremony. A bust (head statue) of Valliamma Mudaliar was unveiled in recognition of the time she spent with Mahatma Gandhi in her early years, developing non-violent methods to fight inequality in South Africa. This also coincides with the 154th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa.After the bust was unveiled, various organisations placed beautiful garlands and roses around the statue. Family of the late Valliamma Mudaliar were also present, as well as honourable guests including Mayor Vincent Madlala and Deputy Mayor Sindi Mfusi.last_img read more

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Elderly woman hit by car in Murchison Mall parking area

first_imgA woman sustained minor injuries when she was hit by a Toyota Yaris in the Murchison Mall parking area, near Entrance 2, on Friday afternoon.The woman, who is believed to have been walking with a family member at the time, was knocked down while crossing the parking lot. It is alleged that the driver of the vehicle that hit her was turning into a parking bay at the time.Sharaj Ambulance Services and EMRS responded, with Sharaj medics stabilising the woman at the scene. She was then transported to hospital. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Oklahoma State is suing Texas OC Joe Wickline

first_imgNote that Wickline has also countersued Oklahoma State now too. Wickline is largely seeking full release from his contract at Oklahoma State. The Austin American-Statesman has a good writeup on that end.No one knows where this goes from here; but my guess is the parties reach a settlement in which Wickline sends some amount of money back to Oklahoma State. He won’t be happy about it though. Pretty unclear if Texas would help him with any of that. Wickline currently makes $575,000 per year at Texas (assistant head coach for offense Shawn Watson makes $650,000…see Oklahoma State’s point?). Let’s just say, things just got real in Austin.You ask, how clear is the clause in Wickline’s contract about him having to call the plays, well here it is:(note: I highlighted the phrase in yellow) Well, if you ask Oklahoma State, they say they are actually suing Texas “offensive line coach” Joe Wickline.Here’s the short version. Wickline’s contract with Oklahoma State (where he was Mike Gundy’s offensive line coach) called for specific liquidated damages in the event he broke his contract to leave for any position other than a head coaching position or an offensive coordinator role (“with play calling duties”) at an FBS program or as an assistant on an NFL staff.Wickline joined Charlie Strong’s staff as offensive line coach and was given the offensive coordinator title as well to help him avoid having to pay the required damages to Oklahoma State. I say “given the title” because it was clear to everyone in the profession that Shawn Watson (“assistant head coach for offense”) would actually serve in what is traditionally considered the offensive coordinator’s role. Watson takes the lead on the game planning and calls the plays from the box.Well, now Oklahoma State wants their money, to the tune of $593,000 and change. Let that sink in. For those that are into reading lawsuits, here is Oklahoma State’s petition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

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WWFs Ship Blue Panda in Greece to Support Ionian Sea

first_img17sharesHome > Destinations news > WWF’s Ship ‘Blue Panda’ in Greece to Support Ionian SeaPhoto © WWF GreeceThe World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ship Blue Panda recently arrived in Greece to promote awareness of the diversity of marine wildlife in the Mediterranean and inform the public on threats, which include offshore drilling for oil and natural gas.The Blue Panda arrived to the island of Zakynthos on Sunday and will continue on to Kefalonia (July 24-26) and Ithaki (July 24-26).According to WWF, these areas of the Ionian are the most threatened by oil concessions. “Iconic habitats with unique threatened species, such as sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead turtles and monk seals, and top tourism destinations for millions of people are under immediate threat,” WWF said in an announcement.WWF Greece: ‘The Ionian must remain alive’“Zakynthos is the island of the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta and is home to the most important sea turtle spawning beach across the Mediterranean,” WWF Hellas General Manager Dimitris Karavellas said during the Blue Panda’s stay in the waters of the island.Photo © Joakim Odelberg, WWF Greece“However, the government, along with oil companies, is preparing to start hydrocarbon research and extraction on the island of Zakynthos. WWF is opposed to these plans and calls on the Ionian society and our fellow citizens across the country to be informed and to say a strong no to drilling… The Ionian must remain alive,” Karavellas added.While in Greece, the Blue Panda crew will hold events to inform residents and visitors of the Greek islands on plans of oil companies to drill for oil and gas in the Ionian Sea.At every port the Blue Panda will be open to visitors from 6pm to 10pm.Photo © WWF GreeceBlue Panda’s voyage to Greece is part of the WWF tour of the Mediterranean, aimed to inform and raise awareness on today’s environmental challenges (marine pollution from plastic waste, overfishing and offshore drilling) for marine life.Before arriving to Greece, the Blue Panda passed through France and Italy and will then continue its voyage to Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco.last_img read more

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Bret Bielema may be on the verge of landing a major

first_imgThere had been reporting that Bielema was expected to join the Pats’ outgoing defensive coordinator Brian Flores as the defensive line coach on Flores’ new staff with the Miami Dolphins, but apparently Belichick has other plans.Such a promotion would also break precedent for Belichick, as Volin notes that outside hires such as Bill O’Brien and Dean Pees had to take position jobs before working their way up to coordinator roles. If Bielema does become New England’s next defensive coordinator, he would beat out the presumptive favorite in Greg Schiano, who is currently without a job after parting ways with Ohio State after the season.Bielema had no prior NFL experience as a player or coach before joining Belichick’s staff early last year. His only professional experience came in the arena league, and his coaching career had been spent at Iowa, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Arkansas.But as he explained to CBS Sports last summer, Bielema took a quick liking to the professional game for the same reasons that many college coaches never leave once they get a taste of the NFL: the chance to coach the best players the game has to offer, and the absence of the, quote-unquote, extracurriculars native to the college game.“The thing I love about football in the NFL is you go to work at 6 a.m. and you leave at 9 [p.m.] and it’s nothing but football,” Bielema said. “It’s just purely football.”As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix When Bret Bielema resurfaced with the New England Patriots last spring, most assumed it was just a way for him to bide his time in between college jobs. He’d been fired as the head coach at Arkansas the previous November and laid low — the Bielemas had recently had a daughter — before hopping aboard Bill Belichick’s staff to assist with pre-draft scouting at the 2018 combine.And then the draft came and went, and Bielema was still hanging around. Over the summer they gave him a title, “Consultant to the Head Coach.”Throughout the playoffs he’d been spotted walking into the stadium in his suit and tie with his trademark headphones wrapped around his head, a weekly reminder of, “Oh yeah, I forgot he was with them.”But now Bielema may remain on in New England on a permanent basis. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Bielema has been telling those around him he expects to be named the Patriots’ defensive coordinator after the Super Bowl.last_img read more

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Dramatic shifts in the balance of Middle East power

first_imgBy SM Farid MirbagheriThe past month has witnessed momentous developments in the tragic course of west Asian politics.Within the space of a mere 10 hours the Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri offered his resignation in a televised speech in Saudi Arabia to be followed, only hours later, by the Houthis in Yemen firing two rockets on the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. And then there was the sudden arrest and detainment of a considerable number of Saudi royal family members as well as senior figures in the country all on corruption charges.In parallel, on the Syrian diplomatic front there were also notable developments. President Putin of Russia, Erdogan of Turkey and Rohani of Iran gathered in Sochi, Russia to discuss the country’s continuing civil war. The trilateral meeting came after a visit to Moscow by the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and a long telephone conversation between the US and Russian presidents. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also kept informed by Putin on his meeting with Bashar Assad.Now the Lebanese prime minister has at the request of the country’s president rescinded his resignation but the move has somewhat put the country’s politically powerful and militarily strong Hezbollah on the defensive. Hassan Nasrollah, the leader of the group, has found it necessary to defend his organisation and the goals for which they strive i.e. the continuing fight against Israel.The politically ill-timed rockets by the Houthis aimed at Riyadh have also afforded more political fire-power for the Saudis’ continuing war against them. Domestically the purge of the top echelon of the Saudi Arabian elite may also aid the young Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his ambitions to start a new proactive role in his country’s politics. Coupled with the new laws offering greater freedom to women the prince might have paved the way to succeed King Salman as a progressive, forward looking and strong leader for the Saudis.President Trump’s seemingly diminished role in Syria may suggest a behind-the-scenes understanding reached between Washington and Moscow. Away from the watchful eyes of an intrusive media, eager to find any Kremlin-related ammunition to fire at his administration, the US leader may have found a way to reach a tacit agreement with his Russian counterpart.Less than one year into his presidency Donald Trump may feel a sense of achievement with Isis disappearing as a potent force in the region. With the quiet shift in the re-alignment of forces inside Syria whilst accepting a role for Russia in the war-torn country, the US policy makers may also be reservedly nudging, albeit passively, the Syrian tragedy closer to a diplomatic solution. Such an agreement, if ever arrived at, will reportedly not be as welcoming to the interests of Iranians who have been offering much support – and at great pains – to maintain the government in Damascus throughout the crisis. Whatever the case, however, there now seems to be more movement, and not just motion, on the Syrian front than in the past five years.Lebanon, as ever the mirror of the entire region, will probably experience even greater tension with the potential for a full scale war that will directly involve Israel and other regional countries by proxy. The reported progress of the Saudi-led forces in Yemen can make the Lebanese arena all the more important in the violent rivalry for regional ascendancy. Tel Aviv will in all likelihood seize the opportunity, given the chance, to take the military measures it considers necessary for its protection and survival. Should the conflict in Lebanon go very much against Hezbollah and if, as reports indicate, developments in Syria prove unfavourable to Tehran then the Iranian government may resort to do what it can in Iraq against the United States and its interests.Undoubtedly the region is going through a very dramatic phase in its history. There are projected shifts in the balance of power with an uncertain outcome.As things stand Saudi Arabia appears to have the full support of the White House and is believed to have reached a tacit understanding with the Kremlin. Its Arab partners, bar Qatar, all seem to support its position in the crises that have bedeviled west Asia and north Africa.Iran on the other hand appears to enjoy the backing of Moscow but certainly it suffers from a very hostile administration in Washington. Qatar, Turkey and Iraq are the three countries Tehran can, to varying degrees, expect some measure of support but only as long as the fast-changing circumstances permit. The Islamic Republic’s much-hoped-for corridor to the Mediterranean Sea that would run across northern Iraq, Syria and then Lebanon may still be some way off on the regional political chart.Professor SM Farid Mirbagheri is a professor of international relations and holds the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of NicosiaYou May LikeAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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it will largely be because he wants to create US jobs" George David Banks former White House international energy and environment advisor told a crowd at the Hudson Institute think tank in February Banks has since departed and it remains unclear how other Trump officials view the deal If Trump decides to support the agreement it will need to go to the Senate for approval before the US can ratify it formally Banks said in February Despite the business support for the Kigali Amendment the deal could face headwind given Trump’s disdain for climate change policy and his apparent desire to overturn anything that has Obama’s stamp of approval on it At the time the deal was negotiated scientists said that it could prevent a 05C (09F) rise in temperature by 2100 That represents significant progress toward the goal embedded in the Paris Agreement of keeping temperature rise below 2C (36F) by 2100 Write to Justin Worland at justinworland@timecomA security researcher has uncovered a vulnerability in Apple’s Mac operating system that could expose passwords stored in the software’s Keychain The discovery comes just as Apple launched its newest version of macOS called High Sierra on Sept 25 Patrick Wardle director of research at Synack posted a video demonstrating the bug on Sept 25 and reported the issue to Apple earlier this month according to reports from ZDNet and Gizmodo which first reported the findings The video shows how an app could be used to extract plain text passwords for services such as Facebook Twitter and Bank of America from a Mac’s Keychain without requiring a master password Apple is currently investigating the proof-of-concept shown in Wardle’s video The Keychain is an encrypted container in Apple’s macOS software for storing passwords and account information so that the user doesn’t have to remember and manage them Although Wardle exploited the issue in High Sierra he noted that other versions of macOS are also vulnerable Both signed and unsigned apps can exploit this vulnerability Wardle said on Twitter meaning that even apps with Apple’s stamp of approval that are distributed through the App Store may be able to carry out an attack But Apple said in a statement that running an app like the one in Wardle’s video would require “explicit approval” from the user “macOS is designed to be secure by default and Gatekeeper warns users against installing unsigned apps like the one shown in this proof of concept and prevents them from launching the app without explicit approval” an Apple spokesperson said to TIME “We encourage users to download software only from trusted sources like the Mac App Store and to pay careful attention to security dialogs that macOS presents” Apple also has the authority to revoke developer certification for signed apps at any time if program is found to be behaving maliciously Apple launched a bug bounty program in 2016 to encourage developers and researchers to report security issues But a report from Motherboard 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