New integrity regime will add flexibility to procurement bans minister

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s minister in charge of procurement says the Trudeau government wants its integrity regime for corporate wrongdoing to be more flexible — a change that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin.The engineering and construction giant faces corruption and fraud charges over bribery allegations while pursuing business in Libya and, if the company is convicted, the new integrity regime could reduce the punishment it faces.Carla Qualtrough says proposed changes to the federal government’s integrity rules were brought forward after hearing from industry players who felt the existing tool was too rigid.The current regime automatically disqualifies most offenders from getting federal contracts for 10 years, though the period is sometimes reducible to five years.  Qualtrough says the updated policy would still carry a potential ban from federal contracts of up to a decade, depending on a number of factors including the severity of the transgression, but much shorter periods would be allowed.Speaking to a parliamentary committee, Qualtrough said the new policy will be finalized in four to six weeks and will cover a wider range of offences. read more

Australian PM WTO needs mending to keep up with the times

SINGAPORE — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the World Trade Organization needs mending to keep up with the times.He said Friday that many leaders attending the Group of 20 summit in Osaka later this month share the view that there is a need to modernize the WTO and its rules.“We need to mend it, we don’t need to break it, and mending it requires a lot of partnership,” he said. “Just now it’s the technical practical things that need to get done.”Morrison was speaking at a meeting organized by the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.The Associated Press

TSX up more than 100 points New York indexes also higher loonie

TORONTO – North American stock markets rebounded strongly to close the trading week, with the Toronto stock market posting a triple-digit gain in advance of the Victoria Day holiday weekend.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index soared 102.26 points to close at 13,919.58 on Friday.In New York, markets turned higher after big drops Thursday as traders appeared to come to terms with the renewed possibly of a June rate hike.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 65.54 points at 17,500.94, the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 12.28 points to 2,052.32 and the Nasdaq composite rose 57.03 points to 4,769.56.For the past couple of days, the markets have been driven by reaction to minutes from the April meeting of the Federal Reserve which showed a possible interest rate hike in mid-June is back on the table, said Philip Petursson, chief investment strategist at Manulife Investments.All four indexes posted losses Thursday in reaction to the Fed news, which appeared to catch traders by surprise.“I think this is maybe just a bit of a rebound from the past couple of days that have been a little bit more negative in reaction to the Fed meeting minutes,” Petursson said.He thinks it’s more likely the Fed will raise rates when it meets in late July, considering how close the June 14-15 meeting is to the United Kingdom’s June 23 referendum on whether it should leave the European Union.But there’s still an outside chance the next hike could come in June, he said.Despite the market rebound, the Canadian dollar posted its fourth consecutive loss, down 0.11 of a U.S. cent at 76.20 cents US.The loonie is facing headwinds from a resurgent U.S. dollar following the news from the Fed on interest rates. However, that’s unlikely to keep dragging the commodity-sensitive loonie down, said Petursson.While the July crude contract was down 26 cents at US$48.41 a barrel on Friday, Petursson said the long-term outlook is more positive. A conservative estimate for the price of oil is US$55 a barrel at some point this year, he said, and that should move the loonie higher too.“If this is a tug of war between oil prices and the Fed, I think oil prices are going to win and ultimately we’ll see the Canadian dollar higher through the rest of the year,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, June natural gas was up 2.3 cents at US$2.06 per mmBtu, the June gold contract fell $1.90 to US$1,252.90 a troy ounce and July copper was little changed at US$2.06 pound.New York markets will reopen as usual on Monday, but Toronto remains closed for Victoria Day.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. TSX up more than 100 points; New York indexes also higher; loonie wanes by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2016 9:32 am MDT Last Updated May 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Afghanistan UN mission condemns attack on election office in Kabul

“The IEC and its civilian workers are conducting a public service so that Afghans can vote. It is reprehensible that they have been deliberately targeted,” Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement.Civilians are said to be among those killed in today’s incident, for which the Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility. According to media reports, a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle outside the election office while two other gunmen stormed into the building. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reiterated that such attacks on civilians are serious violations of international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes.The attack on the IEC is the latest in a series of recent violent incidents – including a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital and a suicide bombing of a market in Faryab – ahead of the 5 April elections, which will lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power. “These are extremely important elections for Afghanistan,” said Mr. Haysom, who is also the acting head of UNAMA. “Afghans from all parts of the country should have an equal opportunity to have their say on the future direction of their country.”The Mission welcomed the efforts of the IEC and Afghan security agencies to create conditions which permit the broadest possible participation in upcoming elections.“Afghans want to vote and to have the chance to forge their national destiny,” said Mr. Haysom, “They have a right to vote and those Afghans that believe they have a patriotic duty to participate in the elections must be given the chance to do so.” Noting that security remains a challenge to the goal of achieving an inclusive election, he stressed that continued efforts by the Afghan security forces to reinforce the security of candidates, election workers and voters are vital. “It is just as important,” he added, “that the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission take every measure to reassure those Afghans who make the noble choice to participate that their vote will be respected.” read more

LeBron May Be The Most Clutch Playoff Shooter Of His Generation

On Sunday afternoon, LeBron James offered another reminder of how silly it was to ever doubt his performance in the clutch. the game, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweeted that James has now made more go-ahead shots at the end of playoff games than Michael Jordan. (It’s not the only area in which James is Jordan’s statistical peer in the postseason.)Windhorst’s definition for what constitutes a game-winning shot is as good as any — it covers all potential go-ahead field-goal attempts with five or fewer seconds remaining in the fourth quarter (or overtime) of playoff games. At, I was able to find 10 such attempts for James: five makes and five misses.1I’m not sure what accounts for the discrepancy with Windhorst’s numbers (he has James as 6-for-10), but for the remainder of this post, I will use as my data source. How does that stack up to other playoff performers over the years?Unfortunately, Jordan’s playoff career predates BBR’s shot-by-shot database by three seasons, but the site does have a record of every such shot attempted since the 2001 playoffs. And in those go-ahead situations (after accounting for the leverage of the game in which each shot occurred), nobody has a better record relative to expectations2As measured by points generated per shot above what would be expected from the distance of the shot. than James — particularly not his longtime nemesis Kobe Bryant, who sits at the opposite end of the list.Relative to the league-wide average, James generated 4.8 more total points than expected on his go-ahead shots, which translates to about one entire playoff win beyond what an average shooter would have contributed from the same field-goal distances. And those numbers become magnified when you consider that James’s average go-ahead shot came in a playoff game with championship implications 34 percent greater than the typical postseason contest. After we weight by the leverage of his specific game-winning shot attempts, James generated the equivalent3At normal playoff conditions. of 8.5 more points than expected, or roughly two playoff wins above average, with his clutch end-of-game shooting alone.(By contrast, Bryant generated 3.2 fewer points than expected and did it in games that were about 64 percent more important than the average playoff game, compounding the damage of his 1-for-10 performance.)So there’s no doubting James’s history of knocking down big playoff shots. But what’s also interesting about the list above is that the trailing section contains slightly better players, on balance; the bottom 10 players have tallied 1,090 wins above replacement (WAR), versus 987 WAR for the top 10.Granted, there’s essentially no relationship between career WAR and leverage-weighted net expected points for the entire sample of players … but maybe that’s the point. Role players can be called upon to hit huge shots with championship implications just as readily as stars. While James (and Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Paul, to name a few) are all-time greats, the fact that the likes of Rashard Lewis and Metta World Peace also rank so highly — and Bryant fares so poorly — might speak as much as anything else to the unpredictability of who steps up and changes the course of NBA history with a clutch shot or two.One thing’s for sure, though: James has shown that he’s better at knocking down such consequential buckets than any other player of his generation. read more

DDay 75th anniversary sail past Route times and where to watch the

The Royal British Legion have chartered a cruise liner, the MV Boudicca, to take the Normandy veterans on a tour of D-Day commemorative events. As the vessel departs it will be escorted by a Type-23 Royal… The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth will form Procedure Alpha – lining the decks around the ship, wearing their No 1 uniform, with medals. A Royal Marine Band and a Guard of Honour – formed by the company of the HMS Queen Elizabeth – will join Prime Minister Theresa May, Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt and First Sea Lord Sir Philip Jones to honour the veterans as the MV Boudicca passes. Up to 300 veterans will be honoured during D-Day commemorative events at Portsmouth on Wednesday.

Chine une réserve naturelle menacée par un projet de barrage

first_imgChine : une réserve naturelle menacée par un projet de barrageLancée il y a quelques jours en Chine, la construction du barrage du barrage de Xiaonanhai, le dernier du projet des Trois Gorges, suscite la colère des défenseurs de l’environnement. Ce barrage inondera une réserve naturelle et mettra en danger la survie des quarante espèces de poissons d’eau douce qu’elle abrite. La société Three Gorges vient de donner le coup d’envoi de la construction d’un nouveau barrage sur le Yangtsé, le dernier d’une série de douze installations le long du fleuve aujourd’hui toutes terminées ou en cours de construction. Un projet contre lequel les écologistes s’insurgent car il implique l’inondation d’une réserve naturelle créée pour protéger une quarantaine de poissons d’eau douce. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce barrage, baptisé Xiaonanhai, nécessitera un investissement de quelque 3,6 milliards d’euros. Censé produire 1,76 gigawatts, soit 7,8 % de la future production du barrage des Trois Gorges à pleine capacité, il “est la toute dernière section le long du Yangtsé qui restait préservée pour les espèces de poissons menacés ou locaux. Ce serait leur dernier habitat” souligneMa Jun, un environnementaliste qui se bat depuis deux ans contre la construction du barrage, cité par Reuters. Xiaonanhai vise à faire du cours moyen du Yangtsé une série de réservoirs qui ne laissera “aucun espace pour les poissons”, s’insurge l’écologiste.Pour l’heure, le projet n’en est qu’à ses prémices, avec la construction d’une route et la pose de câbles électriques et de conduites d’eau, a expliqué un responsable de la société Tree Gorges. Mais “la construction du barrage lui-même ne commencera que lorsque nous aurons obtenu l’approbation finale” a-t-il souligné. Et d’assurer que “le gouvernement prendra dûment en considération tous les aspects, y compris l’impact sur l’environnement, avant de délivrer un permis”.Le 4 avril 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shane McMahons CoastToCoast Stephanie congratulates new champs Trish Stratus

first_img Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Pinterest Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live WWE uploaded a video of Shane McMahon’s double Coast-To-Coast on both Jey and Jimmy Uso during the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday night.Shane was successful on the first attempt, but not the second.You can view the clip above courtesy of WWE.Stephanie congratulates new champsStephanie McMahon tweeted her congratulations to the first-ever WWE Women’s tag team champions, Bayley and Sasha Banks.Congratulations @itsBayleyWWE & @SashaBanksWWE, the 1st ever @WWE #WomensTagTeamChampions! And to every woman who competed in that match – your heart & souls are still out there! You all made this movement & moment happen! #WomensEvolution #YouDeserveIt! #BossNHugConnection— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) February 18, 2019Trish Stratus congratulates The Miz and MaryseTrish Stratus congratulated The Miz and Maryse on their announcement. As reported earlier, Miz and Maryse are expecting their second child.Félicitations @MaryseMizanin and congrats @mikethemiz!!! So exciting!! Welcome to the fam of four club! #ITcouplestylebabyannouncement #cantwaitforthegenderreveal #WWEEliminationChamber— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) February 18, 2019center_img Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Overnight Security Officer at Securtias Security ServicesFull-Time Retail Salesperson at Mattress FirmFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales & Client Management Representative at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time (Temp) Animal Care Technician I at Charles River LabsPart-Time Event Design & Decor Intern at Art Of The EventFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane Ventilation Full-Time ABA Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Shift Leader at DunkinPart-Time Crew Member at Dunkin(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster mimics a boxer but is actually electric

first_img 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise BMW Motorrad BMW 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian BMW’s riderless, self-driving motorcycle goes for a spin… Motorcycles Electric Cars Concept Cars 1:30 Comment More From Roadshow Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV 27 Photos Enlarge ImageI don’t think I’m cool enough to even look at this bike. BMW Motorrad Electric motorcycles aren’t new, but they’ve been gaining some serious steam as companies like Harley-Davidson finally pick up the pace and accept 21st-century technologies into their products. BMW Motorrad’s motorcycles have a very important history with a specific combustion engine, but because the future doesn’t wait for anyone, BMW gave its bread-and-butter setup a heapin’ helpin’ of electrification.BMW Motorrad, the automaker’s motorcycle division, unveiled the Vision DC Roadster concept on Tuesday. The manufacturer did away with the Beemer’s staple flat-two “boxer” gas engine and replaced it with — I’ll pause so you can grab your pearls for later clutching — an electric motor and battery. Yet the company didn’t want to eliminate that link to the past in its entirety. Given the small nature of the electric motor, and the relatively not-small nature of the batteries required for decent range, BMW Motorrad shuffled things up a bit. The battery is now where the boxer engine used to be, and the OEM did the best it could to arrange things so that they still bore a passing resemblance to an internal combustion engine. The cooling elements are exposed and placed in the air stream to keep temperatures manageable, and when the bike starts up, the cooling elements move outward. Instead of using a chain to drive the rear wheel, it uses a universal shaft.BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster ConceptEnlarge ImageNo fuel tank? No problem. BMW Motorrad Since there’s no gas engine, that means there’s no need for a gas tank, which means there’s more space to get expressive with the design. The whole thing looks like something out of a dystopian anime, sharp and aggressive with a healthy dose of cool. The bike’s electric drive is surrounded by a milled aluminum frame and some minimalist fairings. Further adding to the sci-fi theme is a set of fluorescent elements on the sides of the tires that can create designs while the bike is in motion.Heck, even the rider’s gear is plucked from some 23rd-century megalopolis. In addition to looking more like street wear than traditional armor, the suit has built-in magnets, to which a rucksack can be attached. Whenever the rider needs something from the bag, just pull and detach the magnets. Just don’t stand too close to any old-school CRT televisions.The BMW Motorrad Vision DC gives us a pretty interesting look at the future of BMW’s motorcycle division. With an emphasis on applying new technologies without losing sight of the design that made the old one so cool to start, this new concept looks right at home alongside BMW’s other new concept, the Vision M Next. BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster is an all-electric thrill ride BMWlast_img read more

Tara Sutaria hails Hrithik Roshan as the hottest teacher

first_imgHrithik RoshanPR HandoutIt is no surprise that Tara Sutaria, who is going to essay the role of a student, finds Hrithik Roshan the hottest teacher considering the fact that he has been voted as the sexiest man in Asia.Actress Tara Sutaria who is soon making her silver screen debut with Student Of The Year 2, alongside Tiger Shroff feels that Hrithik Roshan will make for a great and hot teacher, amongst all the names from the industry.In one of the interactions, the debutant actress said, “I think Hrithik Sir would be a great teacher, a hot teacher also”. Taking cues from the aforesaid, this makes the student couple- Tiger and Tara big fans of Hrithik.Hrithik Roshan, who is hailed as the millennium superstar for the pan Indian appeal he holds, is a constant favourite of all people belonging to different age groups. Tara Sutaria in Student of the Year 2 (SOTY 2)InstagramThe superstar will be seen playing the character of a Maths teacher in his highly awaited film, ‘Super 30’ and the students of tinsel town are already swooned over by the actor.Hrithik has always surprised the audience and critics with his versatile portrayal of varied roles in his movies. Currently, the actor is shooting for another project with co-star Tiger Shroff.Hrithik, who has earlier delivered stellar performances essaying varied characters across genres, has yet again given the testimony of his versatility.The posters of the film added to the excitement of Super 30 as Hrithik posed with 30 kids who play his students, giving a peek of the look that the character carries.Releasing on July 26, 2019, Hrithik’s next is one of the most awaited films of the year.last_img read more

Who Might Be In Donald Trumps Cabinet Plus More About The Transition

first_imgGETTY IMAGESFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon have all been mentioned as possibilities for major roles in the president-elect’s administration. L: Alex Wong, Brett Carlsen, Mandel Ngan/Getty ImagesThe election just ended and the new president doesn’t even take office until Jan. 20. But the transition planning starts now.Who’s going to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state? His chief of staff? His education secretary? Now that the news of Trump’s election has settled, speculation over how the president-elect will fill out his administration has consumed Washington.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Keeping in mind the truism that nobody who knows is talking, and those who are talking don’t really know, here are some of the names being floated, leaked and speculated about.Let’s start with chief of staff, a key position that will influence the filling of many others. The name of Reince Priebus, currently chairman of the Republican National Committee, has often been mentioned. Priebus was a steady backer of Trump, when many in the party establishment wanted nothing to do with the brash businessman, and put the party’s apparatus behind Trump’s campaign.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who quickly gave his support to Trump after being vanquished by him in the primary campaign, has also been mentioned in connection with this job or another post in the incoming administration. Christie has been serving as head of the Trump transition team.Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, was spotted taking a long walk on the White House grounds with Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough during Trump’s Oval Office visit with President Obama Thursday, leading some to speculate that he could be in line for the post.Also add to the list of potential chiefs of staff Steve Bannon, who served as Trump’s campaign chief after coming over from the conservative website Breitbart News.Another longtime Trump backer is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Could he be the next secretary of state? Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who acted as Trump’s attack dog on the campaign trail, is said to be interested in becoming attorney general.A couple of members of the U.S. Senate might also be tapped for posts. Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions for secretary of defense? Or maybe Tennessee’s Bob Corker for secretary of state.For homeland security, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas could make the list. Another Texas congressman, Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, is reportedly under consideration as Treasury secretary.Another Trump aide, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that she has been offered an unspecified White House job.And if Trump wants to go rogue, Sarah Palin is among those rumored to be interested in becoming secretary of the interior.Beyond the names, here are five things to know about the transition, including how many jobs the new president needs to fill and whether the Obama administration will need to help.1. Why all this talk about the transition now?Because this is a really big deal. Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, calls it “the most complicated takeover, not only on the planet, but in history.” Handing over the keys of the government means taking control of an operation with some 4 million employees, both civilian and military, and a $4 trillion budget. Huge numbers, even by the standards of Donald Trump. In fact, the Trump and Clinton campaigns actually began work preparing for the transition back in August.2. How many jobs does the new president have to fill?There are some 4,000 political appointments for the incoming administration to fill. Every Cabinet agency needs a secretary and top staff. Each federal agency, an administrator. And of the 4,000 top jobs, one-quarter of them require Senate confirmation.According to the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, “best practice generally dictates having White House positions filled by Thanksgiving, and the most important Cabinet positions ready to announce between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” to give time for the nominees to prepare for their confirmation hearings.3. Is the Obama administration helping or hindering the president-elect’s team takeover?It seems President Obama, who called Trump “temperamentally unfit” for office during the campaign, and Trump, who questioned Obama’s American birth, have moved on, at least publicly. The White House has long said Obama wants to ensure that the transition to the Trump administration is smooth. And federal legislation passed in 2010 ensures a degree of cooperation, including providing government office space for the president-elect’s team as well as IT support. Trump transition team members will soon be visiting individual agencies for briefings with what’s been dubbed “landing teams.” The Government Services Administration, which oversees the logistics of the process, has a website here that explains the transition process.4. Have presidential transitions always been so coordinated?No. In 1960, for instance, President-elect John F. Kennedy didn’t even meet with the man he succeeded, President Dwight Eisenhower, until nearly a month after his election. And until recently the transition process had been sort of an underground operation, to avoid the perception of a candidate “measuring the drapes” of the Oval Office before even being elected.5. How can I get a job with the new administration?Not sure we can help you there, but you might want to check out Trump’s transition website.And this may not help you find employment, but the Government Accountability Office has a list of recommendations here about issues it thinks the new administration should address.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Divya Khosla Kumar dazzles on the ramp

first_imgThe gorgeous Divya Khosla Kumar made heads turn as she walked the runway for the Delhi based ace designer Parul J Maurya for her label ‘Ethnique River’ at Vaunt International Fashioner Week, presented by Usha Shriram Mobile Phones in The Umrao Hotel, Delhi. The designer showcased her collection ‘Traveller’ at the fashion week. The collection signified the new era of menswear, drawing an inspiration for modern age man who loves travelling, exploring; who is playful and free-spirited.last_img

The Bizarre Memoirs of a Schizophrenic Inspired Freuds Theories on the Illness

first_imgDaniel Paul Schreber, born in 1842, was a German magistrate. He also had severe and chronic schizophrenia and wrote books about his struggles with his illness. His father was a doctor and author, who wrote on the topics of child-rearing, public health, and exercise, and it’s been theorized that Schreber’s mental health issues were the result of his father’s unusual perspective on parenting.The other thing that Schreber is known for is his Memoirs of my Nervous Condition, in which he talks at length about his inner world.Daniel Paul SchreberSigmund Freud read Schreber’s book and treated it as a case history, interpreting the work and its implications for the state of Schreber’s mind. That interpretation became the basis for Freud’s understanding of paranoid schizophrenia.Freud’s case histories were usually put together from first-hand accounts of patients he was treating, but Freud never treated Schreber, nor was there reason to think that they ever consulted, according to Psychologist World.Schreber was the second child of five, born to a comfortable family. His father was a well-known physician who became the director of a sanatorium in Leipzig. Schreber’s older brother, Gustav, studied law, and Schreber followed him in that pursuit. Both brothers ended up becoming judges.Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis.Mental illness was present throughout the family. Their father, for all his renown, suffered from depression, and so did Gustav, who ultimately committed suicide in 1877.According to his notes, Schreber had his first breakdown after trying to go into politics but failing to be elected. This resulted in his developing hypochondria and spending six months in a psychiatric hospital.On his release, he was relatively normal for the next eight years, until being appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court of Appeals brought on a new set of symptoms. He began suffering from nightmares and insomnia, and developed some unusual sexual behaviors.Daniel Paul Schreber c. 1890.He attempted suicide and landed back in the hospital, where he stayed from 1894 to 1902. It was during this time that he wrote his Memoirs. After his release, he had five more good years; he and his wife even adopted a teenage daughter in 1906. The following year, however, his wife died and he returned to the hospital. He stayed there until his death in 1911.In his Memoirs of my Nervous Condition, Schreber describes various thoughts and symptoms that he battled. He had sensory issues with light and sound — both often seeming overwhelming. He began to have “morbid fantasies,” thinking, for example, that he was suffering from some type of plague.Sigmund FreudHe could sit for extended periods of time in a “hallucinatory stupor.” He began having auditory hallucinations and delusions, including many ideas of a religious nature and believed he was talking directly with God. One of those ideas was that it was his responsibility to save the world, and the only way he could do it was to become a woman and create a new population that was fathered by God.After reading Memoirs, Freud did an intensive analysis of Schreber based on the text. He was especially interested in what he saw as Schreber’s emasculation fantasies, and how they tied into his religious delusions.Group photo 1909 in front of Clark University. Front row: Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung; back row: Abraham A. Brill, Ernest Jones, Sándor Ferenczi.Prior to his illness, Schreber had never been particularly religious. Freud concluded that Schreber had a “redeemer delusion,” and that his need to be emasculated was part of the religious role he had been assigned.Freud further concluded that the assertion that he needed to become a woman was an expression of homosexual impulses felt toward his father and brother and that the voices he heard calling him “Miss Schreber” were due to guilt over those feelings. The voice of God that Schreber spoke with, Freud concluded, had to be transference of his feeling for his first therapist at the beginning of his illness.Freud’s beliefs that schizophrenia was rooted in homosexual conflicts is far removed from our current understanding about the root causes of the disease; it may have even slowed the development of a more functional understanding of the condition. It’s also true that his ideas were shaped by his observations of certain patients who suffered from the condition and hardly allowed for a widespread analysis and comparison.He did, however, make an admirable job of identifying those of Schreber’s symptoms which are characteristic of the disease: the paranoia, the hallucinations, and the delusions, especially those of a religious nature.Even if his understanding been more accurate, and Freud had met with and treated Schreber directly, the sad truth is that little could have been done during that period of time to relieve Schreber’s symptoms. There was no real understanding of the neurochemical basis for the condition, let alone medications that could address it.Read another story from us: Freud analyzed Da Vinci’s subconscious through his painting “The Virgin & Child with Saint Anne”That doesn’t undervalue Freud’s contribution to existing ideas about the illness, though, nor does it take away from the brilliance and suffering of Daniel Schreber, whose book opened a door into a world that had previously been very hard for others to enter.last_img read more

Transparency International ditches Cypriot branch in money laundering spat

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe non-governmental organisation (NGO) Transparency International has denied official membership status to its Cypriot branch due to fundamental disagreements regarding anti-money laundering work, prompting anger from members in Cyprus.“The affiliation of Transparency International Cyprus was ended in August,” said Stan Cutzach, member of the ethics and governance committee of Transparency International in an emailed statement.Cutzach, who was commenting in response to an emailed inquiry from the Cyprus Business Mail, said that the global anti-corruption watchdog could clarify questions early this year with its Cypriot branch or “chapter” related to the use of the logo and brand.Two former members of the board of directors of Transparency International Cyprus, former chairwoman Maria Kramvia Kapardi and former vice chairman Marios Skandalis said they were dismayed over the Berlin-based organisation’s decision, and questioned the NGO’s motives that led to it.“Our priority was not money laundering but corruption,” said Kapardi who also teaches accounting at the Limassol-based Cyprus University of Technology, better known as Tepak. “The ultimate goal of Transparency International is not tackling money laundering by fighting corruption. They were obsessed in demonstrating that Cyprus did nothing in the money laundering area”.Kapardi added that Transparency International had ignored the work the Cypriot branch had accomplished and added that the decision was guided by “ulterior motives”.Similarly, Skandalis, who is now chairman of the Cyprus Integrity Forum, a successor organisation of Transparency International Cyprus, said “unfounded obsession with money laundering and vague perceptions as to conflict of interest” and a German attempt to discredit Cyprus were behind the Berlin-based NGO’s decision not to offer the Cypriot branch an official status as a chapter.“When they told us in writing that they cannot give us the official status of ‘chapter’ because of the above reasons we requested to talk to them and even visit them in Berlin to clarify what exactly they meant, but there was a complete absence of response from their side,” he added. “At the same time and after serious discussion at our board we decided that probably it was not right for us to be associated with such an association which lacked practical transparency”.Skandalis is head of the anti-money laundering compliance department of Bank of Cyprus, the largest lender on the island. In June, he was elected chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC), a body tasked with supervising the anti-money laundering compliance of accountants, who together with law offices often act as customer introducers for banks.In 2016, Bank of Cyprus said that it had ditched nine in ten of its former introducers and terminated relations with 1,871 customers, citing compliance reasons.“It was as if they were hiding,” to avoid giving an explanation for their decision, Skandalis continued. “Our legal advisor’s position was that this absence of communication and not getting the right to support our position, violated our basic human rights”.The Bank of Cyprus chief compliance officer said the parent NGO also asked the Cyprus chapter to look into the island’s controversial citizenship-by-investment scheme, which allows foreign investors to acquire a Cypriot passport within months by investing as little as €2m, which led to an inflow of around €5bn in foreign investment in recent years mainly into real estate.“And we said that this issue needs complete transparency and that it should constitute a by-product of the real economy of Cyprus,” he continued.“But what more was it expected from Transparency International Cyprus to say? To say that it is an illegal sector of the economy? Well it is not, it is a sector that applies in all EU economies including Germany”.The parent NGO ignored the Cypriot branch’s contribution in modernising Cypriot law in the area of the financing of political parties and the protection of whistleblowers, he added. It also ignored the findings of the financial transparency index, a survey which showed that Germany was the 7th least transparent economy among 112 jurisdictions. Cyprus was the 24th least transparent.“So here we have country number 7 accusing country number 24 for lack of transparency,” Skandalis continued. “I am not saying that it is Germany behind all these unfounded and unfair allegations, but all these things are really very strange. Why isn’t Transparency International Germany being questioned and probably disaccredited?”Cyprus which in 2012 requested an international bailout, paid a heavy price five years ago when Germany declined to make funds available to support Cypriot banks citing their use by Russian oligarchs.The island made headlines at the beginning of the millennium when it emerged that former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic laundered illicit funds through the Cypriot banking system. As recently as last year, Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder said that Cyprus had done little to investigate the theft of $230m (€183m) in stolen funds uncovered by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in Russia a decade ago.A year ago, Transparency International said that Cyprus disclosed the most complete set of anti-money laundering data among 12 analysed countries including Germany, the US, the UK and France.“So, we decided to continue our struggle alone, as the Cyprus Integrity Forum with the same values and objectives as before, but without having to do with Transparency International secretariat in Berlin anymore,” the Bank of Cyprus compliance officer said. “We wanted to see more honesty, transparency and fruitful communication in our relationship to with the secretariat. 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