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28 April 2009Progress has been made in Nepal’s peace process, including steps towards drafting a new constitution, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cautioned that differences among key political parties continues to impede the consolidation of peace. Regarding the “all-important constitution-making work,” Mr. Ban wrote in a new report made public today that nation-wide public talks are under way and the Special Committee mandated to supervise, integrate and rehabilitate Maoist army personnel has kicked off consultations.Further, the Government has taken steps towards discharging disqualified Maoist army personnel from the cantonment sites, he said.In spite of these “not insignificant positive measures,” the report noted that relations between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) and its main coalition partner, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML), as well as among the four political parties in the Maoist-led coalition Government, remain “fractious, marked by public acrimony and weak consultation over major decisions.”A decade-long civil war, claiming some 13,000 lives, ended in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections last May, the nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy, declared itself a republic and elected Ram Baran Yadav as the country’s first President.At the end of its previous mandate in January, the UN special political mission in the country, known as UNMIN, reduced its staff to a minimal level.“Nepali parties have repeatedly indicated to the United Nations that UNMIN arms monitors will continue to be needed to perform their current duties until the issue of integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel is resolved,” the Secretary-General said in his report.“The international community remains committed to supporting the process on which Nepal has embarked for the consolidation of peace and improvement of the lives of its people,” he added. read more

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20 January 2010A United Nations independent human rights expert today voiced concern over the deaths of homeless people in India’s capital from a cold wave, underscoring the need for adequate shelter to protect them from harsh weather. “The lives of hundreds of homeless people in India are at risk as temperatures near zero degrees,” said Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing. Ten homeless people have lost their lives in the past month in New Delhi, while some 100 people have reportedly died in northern India due to the freezing cold over the last few weeks. The number of homeless people in India has grown since 2007, but the number of shelters for them has plummeted from 46 to 24 in New Delhi, Ms. Rolnik pointed out. This year’s Commonwealth Games appears to be driving the closing down of shelters in New Delhi, with public authorities evicting homeless people and tearing down their places of residence in spite of the frigid temperatures. Late last month, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi demolished a temporary night shelter on Pusa Road, leaving 250 people without shelter and allegedly resulting in the deaths of two people. In spite of an order by the Delhi High Court on 7 January requesting the immediate restoration of the shelter and the protection of the uprooted families, authorities have yet to help them. A further 400 people were evicted from an area they were using as shelter at Pul Mitahi, where many construction workers for the Commonwealth Games and Dalit families were living. Ms. Rolnik, who reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, welcomed the Delhi High Court’s ruling and urged authorities to “halt the demolition of homeless shelters, to provide immediate assistance and adequate shelter to the affected persons, and not to evict homeless persons in the winter, on humanitarian grounds.” read more

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20 October 2010The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today welcomed the publication of preliminary results of last month’s parliamentary elections, but cautioned that the electoral process is not over, with considerable fraud having been identified. More than 4 million voters took part in the 18 September elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Afghanistan’s parliament, which were organized by the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC). At least 2,500 candidates – including nearly 400 women – vied for the parliament’s 249 seats covering all 34 Afghan provinces, plus the Kuchi constituency.Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, recognized the IEC’s hard work to release the election results.He also commended the IEC for its significant improvements in managing the post-polling day process, noting that the body has detected irregularities and is committed to ensuring the process is transparent. Last year’s presidential elections, eventually won by incumbent President Hamid Karzai, were marred by widespread fraud.“The number of votes invalidated and identified by the IEC point to considerable fraud and electoral irregularities on election day,” Mr. de Mistura said in a statement.He emphasized that the electoral process is not over and the results are not yet final, and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) must now wrap up its adjudication of complains and review candidates submitted by the IEC for alleged electoral violations.“We are now looking attentively at this next stage of the process which should also ensure that those who are proven to have committed fraudulent acts are held accountable,” Mr. de Mistura said.“The United Nations hopes that this critical part of the electoral operation is also carried out with diligence and in a timely manner. The United Nations will continue to provide technical and operational support to both electoral institutions.” read more

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The African Union-United Nations mission in Sudan’s Darfur region, known as UNAMID, said today that it was “deeply concerned” by reports of the closure of the office of a radio station in Khartoum and the arrest of several journalists and human rights activists.“UNAMID calls for the respect of all those detained and arrested and expresses its hope for a swift resolution to the matter,” according to a press release from the mission.According to media reports, 10 activists from Darfur, including lawyer Abderahmane Gassim and nine members of a local human-rights organization were arrested since Saturday in Khartoum.UNAMID was established by the Security Council in 2007 to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen. 3 November 2010The African Union-United Nations mission in Sudan’s Darfur region, known as UNAMID, said today that it was “deeply concerned” by reports of the closure of the office of a radio station in Khartoum and the arrest of several journalists and human rights activists. read more

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“Governments must do everything possible to close all gaps so people with diabetes can recover and avoid the damage to their heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves that is caused by the disease,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark World Diabetes Day. According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes deaths could double between 2005 and 2030, with poorer countries bearing the brunt of the epidemic. Eighty per cent of the projected new cases could occur in low- and middle-income countries. Currently, diabetes afflicts more than 220 million people worldwide, and no country is unaffected, according to WHO. In 2005 alone, diabetes killed an estimated 1.1 million people across the world, more than half of them women, according to the agency. “It is crucial to educate people at risk or those who are suffering from the disease so they can avoid complicating factors such as smoking, and understand how to manage their condition. This will prevent long-term complications which take a heavy toll in human suffering and financial cost,” the Secretary-General said. Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood. The General Assembly will in September next year convene a high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Mr. Ban urged those who will attend to use the occasion to show their commitment to tackling diabetes and other chronic illnesses. He called for diet and lifestyle changes for better health, including reducing the consumption of highly processed foods and increasing activities such as walking and cycling, which he said are beneficial to both people’s bodies and the planet. “On World Diabetes Day, let us all do our part to control the disease and ensure that people who have it receive the care and treatment they need,” the Secretary-General said. Ala Alwan, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health, pointed out that people can take daily low-cost steps to prevent diabetes or delay its onset. Such measures include healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco and the harmful use of alcohol. 14 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that early diagnosis and effective treatment are critical to the management of diabetes, saying it is “unacceptable” that people with the condition die because they lack information, treatment or access to life-saving medicines. read more

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25 April 2011The panel of experts set up to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on accountability issues with respect to the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka has found credible reports of war crimes committed by both the Government and Tamil rebels and calls for genuine investigations into the allegations, according to a report made public today by the United Nations. The panel of experts set up to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on accountability issues with respect to the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka has found credible reports of war crimes committed by both the Government and Tamil rebels and calls for genuine investigations into the allegations, according to a report made public today by the United Nations. The decision to release the report, which was submitted to the Secretary-General on 12 April and shared with the Sri Lankan Government, was made as a “matter of transparency and in the broader public interest,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General sincerely hopes that this advisory report will make a contribution to full accountability and justice so that the Sri Lankan Government and people will be able to proceed towards national reconciliation and peace,” the statement added.Mr. Ban is carefully reviewing the report’s conclusions and recommendations, “including its disturbing assessment that a number of allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government of Sri Lanka are credible, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Government forces declared victory over the rebel LTTE in May 2009 after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people. The conflict ended with large numbers of Sri Lankans living as internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially in the north of the island country.The panel found credible allegations that comprise five core categories of potential serious violations committed by the Government in the final stages of the conflict, including killing of civilians through widespread shelling and the denial of humanitarian assistance. The credible allegations concerning the LTTE comprise six core categories of potential serious violations, including using civilians as a human buffer and killing civilians attempting to flee LTTE control. The panel’s first recommendation is that the Government of Sri Lanka should respond to the serious allegations by initiating an effective accountability process beginning with genuine investigations. “The Secretary-General has consistently held the view that Sri Lanka should, first and foremost, assume responsibility for ensuring accountability for the alleged violations,” said the statement, adding that he encourages the Government to respond constructively to the recommendations made by the panel.Mr. Ban has decided that he will respond positively to the panel’s recommendation for a review of the UN’s actions regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates during the war in Sri Lanka – particularly in the last stages – and its aftermath. The modality of such a review will be determined after consultations with relevant agencies, funds and programmes.“In regard to the recommendation that he establish an international investigation mechanism, the Secretary-General is advised that this will require host country consent or a decision from Member States through an appropriate intergovernmental forum,” the statement added. The three-member panel of experts was set up following the Joint Statement made by Mr. Ban and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Secretary-General visited the South Asian nation shortly after the end of the conflict.The members of the panel were Marzuki Darusman of Indonesia (chair), Yasmin Sooka of South Africa and Steven Ratner of the United States. They began their work in September 2010. read more

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OTTAWA — As an international investigation of tax evaders broadens to include Canadian authorities, the federal government says it has convicted just 44 individuals of offshore tax cheating since 2006.And the total amount of fines levied — $6.8-million — is less than the $7.7-million in taxes that were evaded.Between April 2006 and March 2012, a total of 44 convicted tax evaders were collectively sentenced to 337 months in jail, an average of about seven months each.The figures came this week from the Canada Revenue Agency in response to a question in Parliament from Liberal MP Geoff Reagan.Revenue Minister Gail Shea also announced this week that Ottawa is being given access to Canadian data from an ongoing offshore tax-evasion investigation being conducted by American, Australian and British authorities.Although the revenue agency publishes the names of people convicted of domestic and offshore tax offences, it posts their names online for only six months — after which it says privacy rules prevent it from identifying the individuals.New data from Statistics Canada shows Canadian funds in the world’s 12 biggest tax havens grew to a record $170-billion in 2012, according to Canadians for Tax Fairness. read more

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CALGARY — For the biggest pay hikes in Canada, look no further than the oilpatch.The energy sector continues to lead the country in both actual and projected salary increases, according to survey released Monday by global consulting firm Mercer.The average base salary increase across the country is expected to be 3% next year, the same as in 2014.But in the energy sector, the pay bump is forecast at 3.7% in 2015 after an actual 3.9% increase this year.Mercer has conducted its Canada Compensation Planning Survey for more than two decades, compiling responses from nearly 700 organizations across Canada.For the past five years, the trends have been stable both at a national level and amongst different industries, Mercer’s Allison Griffiths said in an interview.“Companies just, in general, are feeling more stable and more confident about their outlooks,” she said.When the energy sector is removed from the mix, the national average projected salary increase drops to 2.9%. That effect is more pronounced in energy-rich Alberta and Saskatchewan.On the other end of the spectrum, the transportation, equipment, consumer goods and retail/wholesale industries are expected to see the smallest salary increases at around 2.6 or 2.7%.“All different factors come into play here when we’re talking about salary increases. It’s the economy… or who are the big companies within the region and what are they doing? Cost of living comes into it, competition for labour,” said Griffiths.“Retail in general is typically one of the industries that their profits and their margins are very tight, so they’re typically very conservative with their salary increases.”While base salary is an important component in attracting and retaining talent, it’s important to make sure employees understand in other ways that they’re valued, she said.“Unless you have good communication and you’re really able to explain things to employees in a meaningful way, things get lost in translation and the engagement aspect of it can get diminished,” she said.“It’s actually about how it’s delivered and thanking your employees for their hard work and things like that.”Another important aspect is making sure employees are aware of opportunities for advancement within their organization. With the economic outlook stabilizing, companies are becoming more focused on putting so-called “career frameworks” in place.Demographics also has a lot to do with it, said Griffiths.“The younger generation definitely wants to know more and wants more transparency around their career potential.”The Canadian Press read more

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CALGARY — India has issued a six-month extension allowing Canadian peas and lentils to be exported to the country without first being treated for pests.Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon said the notice issued this week is a positive step, but what’s still unclear is whether Canadian exports will be exempt from a fine for not treating the shipments before export.India, the largest market for Canada’s 12,000 pulse farmers, had for years been letting Canadian shipments be treated on arrival rather than before shipping, but signalled earlier this year that the exception would end.The dispute centres around India’s requirement that pulse imports be fumigated with methyl bromide before export, a pesticide Canada is trying to phase out because of concerns it depletes the ozone layer, and which doesn’t work well in the cold.At the end of March, India issued a last-minute three-month extension to the waiver after Canadian officials met with Indian counterparts in an effort to keep open what was a $1.1-billion market for Canadian pulses last year.A spokesperson for Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the government continues to work to find a long-term solution to the issue. read more

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The injured people were admitted to the Gampaha hospital.Meanwhile in Dambulla, a bus travelling to Vavuniya from Colombo crashed into a van injuring 23 people. Most of those injured were the passengers in the van, the police media unit said. (Colombo Gazette) Four people were killed and over 30 others were injured in two separate accidents this afternoon, the police said.In one accident in Nittambuwa, a van crashed into a three-wheeler killing four people and injuring seven others.

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Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan, who was supervising the investigation, has ordered a detailed probe stating that “it has serious dimensions.” The seized fake Indian currencies were of very high quality and the source of the counterfeit notes had to be ascertained, he had said. The police have detained Robert, a fisherman in Mandapam, for interrogation. He had lent his ‘vallam’ (country boat) for drug trafficking, police said.Interrogation of the accused revealed that five more people — two in Thangachimadam, one in Pamban and two in Madurai — were involved in the racket and special teams had fanned out to nab them, Ms. Maheswari said. The police identified the other accused as Veeramurugan (23), Vicky alias Venkatesh (23) from Madurai, and Rajan (42) and Siva (31) from a refugee camp at Batlagundu in Dindigul district. Siva had been staying in the camp since 1999, while Rajan arrived in Tamil Nadu in 2007, the police said. Muneez alias Murugesan, the prime accused who had smuggled ganja and received Rs. 9.5 lakh in fake Indian currency notes in the denomination of Rs. 1,000 from one Amaran, a drug peddler in Sri Lanka, was among the five arrested on Tuesday and remanded in judicial custody, the DSP said. Indian police have arrested five people including two Sri Lankans over a fake currency and drug trafficking racket, The Hindu newspaper reported.After stepping up the investigation,a special team, led by K. Maheswari, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Kilakarai), arrested five people, including two Sri Lankan Tamils, who were either involved in drug trafficking or circulating fake Indian currencies with a total face value of Indian Rs. 9.5 lakh. read more

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The Foreign Ministry said Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterates the need for collective action by the international community to combat this scourge. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is shocked by the terrorist attack at the British Parliament yesterday, 22 March 2017, resulting in death and injury.This attack at the heart of London, at Westminster, which is home to the oldest Parliament in the world that has nurtured many of the parliamentary traditions cherished by legislatures across the world including ours, deserves our utmost condemnation. The Government and people of Sri Lanka stand firmly in support and solidarity with the Government and people of the United Kingdom and extend heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those injured in the attack. read more

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A policeman who was arrested for opening fire at the UNP headquarters yesterday, was produced in court today and remanded till May 15.The policeman was arrested after he opened fire at the Sirikotha UNP headquarters late last evening. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the bullets from an automatic weapon pierced the glass of the UNP elephant logo and entered the ‘Panditaratne room’ and hit the wall across.No one was injured in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette)

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He says every member of the SLFP and the UPFA in Parliament should oppose the proposed 20th Amendment and the Amendment to the provincial council elections law brought with a view to postponing the forthcoming provincial council elections and to extend the terms of the existing provincial councils without an election.“The SLFP/UPFA group in parliament can deprive the government of the two thirds majority needed to pass this Amendment. Because this 20th Amendment impinges on the people’s sovereignty and the franchise, it will require a referendum as well. We will be petitioning the Supreme Court in this regard. But the SLFP/UPFA parliamentarians acting together can block this in the legislature. They are duty bound to do so to safeguard the rights of the people. If the need is to hold all the PC elections on the same day, the government can bring forward the elections to all Provincial Councils to 2017, instead of postponing the elections till 2019,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Government has gazetted the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with a view to postponing elections to the provincial councils.Rajapaksa said that the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Provinces were to stand dissolved in a few weeks time, in early October. “The proposed postponement of the PC elections comes in the context where the local Government elections which were due in March 2015 have also been indefinitely postponed. This is the latest in a long list of outrages against democracy perpetrated by this government which came into power through a conspiracy aided by interested foreign parties on 8 January 2015,” he said. The former President said that if passed into law, the 20th Amendment would allow not only the postponement of all PC elections, but also the extension of the terms of all existing PCs up to September 2019 in a direct violation of the franchise and the sovereignty of the people. read more

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SriLankan Airlines, the largest foreign carrier into India, resumed its services to the southern Indian city of Kochi on 30th August, which had been suspended since 15th August due to the worst flooding in the state of Kerala in nearly a century.Cochin International Airport was closed on August and reopened on 29th August, with the first flights being domestic services, followed shortly by international carriers. SriLankan’s first flight following the resumption departed Colombo at 0747 hours. In addition, passengers booked to fly from any point in the SriLankan Airlines network to Cochin, were able to fly to Trivandrum or any other destination in South India served by SriLankan, at no extra charge.SriLankan also temporarily increased its capacity between Trivandrum and Colombo to cater to the additional requirement. These included offering passengers booked to travel from Cochin to Colombo and onward destinations, the option of departing from Trivandrum or any other destination in South India served by SriLankan, at no extra charge. During the closure of the Cochin Airport SriLankan Airlines had introduced a series of measures to mitigate inconvenience to its valued passengers. read more

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Kodituwakku was found to have violated Article 42(2) of the Judicature Act. A restraining order was issued by the Supreme Court today preventing Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku from practising as a lawyer for three years.A case had earlier been filed against Kodituwakku over a statement he had made in 2015 before then Court of Appeal President Vijith Malalgoda. Kodituwakku was accused of making a statement which caused inconvenience to Justice Vijith Malalgoda during the case in 2015. Under the Act every person admitted and enrolled as an attorney-at-law who shall be guilty of any deceit, malpractice, crime or offence may be suspended from practice or removed from office by any three Judges of the Supreme Court sitting together.Accordingly, the three Judges of the Supreme Court today issued an order preventing Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku from practising as a lawyer for three years. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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This was a nice set up for Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons. To Merkley, the term “remote work” is erroneous. That’s because use of the word “remote” suggests that the work is at the office, when in fact work is where the people are. “Distributed work” is the better term he said, and he presented his experience running a 100% distributed company. Creative Commons closed its physical office because few of its employees were local to it. He touted the many benefits of distributed teams, but cautioned that effort is required to counteract how our culture prizes individual accomplishments. Leadership is really about driving effective collaboration, he said. The message was clear: Flexible work is much more than a technical issue. The workday in general is far less structured than it used to be, but it’s particularly unstructured for distributed workers across time zones. One of the key benefits of distributed work is schedule flexibility, yet this turns against us if we can’t turn it off. The antidote is connection, Murabit said. When employees feel a sense of purpose that’s supported by inclusive and responsive management, they’re more than 80% healthier and happier, she explained. Not all meetings in a distributed company are distributed. Sometimes the social dynamic is necessary and appropriate to meet in person. For these meetings, Merkley said he funds travel and requires participation. “You are either in the meeting or not,” he said. He also said he practices the full-attention or no-attention rule, and mocked the “sent from mobile” in email signatures as an excuse for a compromised response. If you can’t fully engage, just say so and respond when you can. The speaker lineup was diverse. The topics ranged from best practices, to 5G, physical robots, AI, and more. It wasn’t a traditional vendor conference, in that Fuze only played the role of host and didn’t present on how its services could facilitate mobile and distributed work. Be a Change Agent for Your Workspaces Beth Schultz May 20, 2019 Everyone’s No. 1 focus should be on creating great employee experiences. FlexSummit2019_2174 entry.jpg FlexSummit2019_9317 theater.jpg Click below to continue to Page 2Tags:News & ViewsFlex Summitflexible workplacescollaborationFuture of WorkAnalyst InsightDigital WorkplaceEmployee ExperienceNews & Views12nextlast Articles You Might Like Personal video meetings help him retain connections and minimize burnout, and he prioritizes these recurring meetings despite travel and other commitments, Merkley said. A shared Google Doc serves as a live agenda and log. He minimizes communication channels to specific tools in order to retain a useful conversation history. He recommends the use of shared objectives and key results to ensure alignment among team members. WorkSpace Connect: Uniting People, Places, Technology Beth Schultz April 02, 2019 IT, A/V, facilities, real estate, HR, and other groups must come together to develop cohesive, worker-centric workplaces — and we’re here to help. Merkley shared several practices that he uses to manage a distributed team effectively. For example, if one person is distributed, everyone is distributed. This rule acknowledges that interactions taking place among a distributed workforce have different needs than those among colleagues located in the same place. If six participants are in the same room and one is remote, the meeting qualifies as distributed and has a distinct set of practices, including sending agendas in advance, verification that all parties can see and hear, shared and visible notetaking, a digital whiteboard, and more. Most readers here are familiar with how UC technologies enable working from anywhere, on any device, at any time. While this is indeed a marvelous accomplishment, it’s just a precursor to many of the radical changes occurring in the workplace. In a presentation on how flexible work is transforming global communities, Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN high-level commissioner on health employment and economic growth, cited that just offering flexible work options leads to 89% higher retention rates for companies. She cited that American Express had 43% higher productivity rates after implementing flexible work policies. Is Your Office Built for the Future of Work? Roopam Jain May 09, 2019 Workplace innovation and redesign will become critical success factors moving forward. Workstreams Paving the Way for the New World of Work Iain Scholnick June 04, 2019 Workstreams can thread all the necessary information, knowledge, people, and business tools into a single point of productivity. Log in or register to post comments Fuze last month hosted an informative gathering to address future-of-work trends and issues with distributed and flexible collaboration and productivity. The event, called Flex Summit, featured 13 presentations (many available for viewing here) on the emerging challenges and opportunities of flexible workplaces. See All in Future of Work » It’s Time We Modernize the Way People Work Joe Burton March 18, 2019 Accelerating innovation that will transform the way people communicate and collaborate in the future Flexible work can contribute to burnout, too, Murabit said. More than 50% of remote employees face personal wellness issues, she said. In fact, it’s no coincidence that the World Health Organization recently classified burnout as a disease. Without a clear schedule, the same self-motivated characteristics that allow many teleworkers to succeed cause others to burn out. Thirty percent of remote workers don’t know when they’re supposed to be working, and 85% of them feel an incredible sense of isolation, she said. However, there’s a dark side to flexible work, Murabit said. Unintended consequences of flexible work include exacerbating socio-economic and gender inequalities, she shared. Remote workers need to have access to technology as well as strong communication skills, and these two requirements eliminate a lot of otherwise qualified candidates — particularly outside of the west and in non-tech careers. read more

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The case of a woman who says she developed post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as a juror during the trial of Michael Rafferty has been resolved.According to the Canadian Press, the woman’s lawyer said Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has agreed to provide the juror with “some financial assistance” towards expenses she incurred in receiving treatment after Rafferty’s trial.Rafferty was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering 8-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford in Woodstock, Ont.The 57-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, argued she should be recognized and compensated as a victim of crime. The woman’s lawyers said she was forced to go on long-term disability and was previously diagnosed with PTSD and an anxiety disorder.On Monday, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that by January 2017, anyone serving on a jury who required counselling will be able to receive it for free. The province will have a designated phone number available for those who need support. read more

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A 42-year-old man who worked as a building superintendent in Toronto has been charged in the alleged sexual assaults of two children.Investigators allege the man was working at 12 Rockford Rd. when he assaulted a young girl over the course of four years on multiple occasions.Barry Strangways is facing four charges in connection with those allegations, including sexual assault and sexual interference.Police say the same man is accused of befriending a boy in 2013 and spending a significant amount of time with him from the time he was 11 until he was 14.It’s alleged he sexually assaulted the boy on several occasions and has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and indecent exposure to a person under 16 years.Strangways is scheduled to appear in court Monday.Police say Strangways has been employed as a building superintendent at several residential addresses in Toronto including 4750 Jane Street (2003–2008), 2911 Bayview Avenue (2008–2012), 12 Rockford Road (2012–present).Anyone with information that could help police with this investigations is asked to call 416-808-2922. read more