LUH dealing with six flu cases a day as visitor ban continues

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital is dealing with an average of six new cases of flu every day as the crisis continues this week.The public is being urged not to visit the building, as visiting restrictions remain in place again this weekend.Seán Murphy General Manager Letterkenny University Hospital is calling for full cooperation with the safety measures, “We are appealing to people to co-operate with the visiting restrictions so that we can protect the many very sick patients in the hospital. “We are seeing on average 6 new cases of flu in the hospital every day. Patients with flu must be accommodated in isolation to prevent the spread of infection and this is putting severe pressure on the availability of beds for other seriously ill patients who need to be admitted for treatment.“We need the co-operation of the public to protect our patients and prevent the spread of infection from the flu and to minimise the chances of it being brought into the hospital.“Our staff are working very hard to care for the many seriously ill patients in the hospital and we need to do everything we can to support them and protect our patients from additional risks of the flu virus.“Anyone carrying the flu virus can spread it for 1-2 days before developing symptoms and up to 5 days after symptoms develop. You may be spreading the flu and not even know it.” Family will only be allowed to visit in exceptional cases.In exceptional cases only, family members may arrange with the ward manager to visit critically ill patients. To arrange a visit, please call the hospital on 074 9125888 and ask to be put through to the manager on the ward who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward or the welfare of the visitors.Mr Murphy added: “We are appealing to people to co-operate with hospital staff. Visitors who arrive without prior agreement from the ward manager will be asked to leave. This is a necessary to protect the many very sick patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. It is critical that their care and treatment is not further complicated by the flu.”LUH dealing with six flu cases a day as visitor ban continues was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Science Journals Make Dogmatic Atheist Statements

first_imgScience is supposed to be restricted to the physical and observable world, but the major journals do not hesitate to state ardent, dogmatic opinions about the non-existence of God.  Often they assert without debate that belief in God is an artifact of human evolution.  Here are some recent examples:Tinker Bell, not Jehovah:  Georg Striedter began a book review in Nature1 with this line: “The human brain, and hence the human mind, is not an optimal, designed-from-scratch apparatus.  Rather, it is an imperfect amalgam of shoddy components.”  He was summarizing the view of David Linden’s new book, The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God (Harvard, 2007).  Striedter took issue with Linden’s proof in the book, but not with the contention that our brains are products of evolution.  “What we do know, and what The Accidental Mind helps us to realize, is that the human brain is not designed as many have imagined.”  There was no discussion with any theologian or philosopher about these contentions.Put it Aside:  An editorial in Nature2 began, in bold print, “With all deference to the sensibilities of religious people, the idea that man was created in the image of God can surely be put aside.”  The editorial acknowledged that many scientists are “religious” but didn’t mind as long as they keep their faith and their belief in evolution in separate compartments.    The occasion for the stern editorial was an article by Senator Sam Brownback in the New York Times in which the presidential candidate affirmed a position believed by the majority of Americans: “Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order,” Brownback said.  Continuing an a conciliatory tone, he said, “Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge.  Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as atheistic theology posing as science.“    That was enough to make the editors of Nature call hogwash.  “Humans evolved, body and mind, from earlier primates,” the editorial responded.  No sense trying to leave any room for the hand of God; it is Darwin all the way down: “The ways in which humans think reflect this heritage as surely as the ways in which their limbs are articulated, their immune systems attack viruses and the cones in their eyes process coloured light.  This applies not just to the way in which our neurons fire, but also to various aspects of our moral thought,” it said.    From here, the editorial backed off a bit, admitting that the theological and philosophical issues involved with the human mind are “deep waters.”  Formulating an evolutionary theory of neuroscience is still a challenge.  But regardless of how uncomfortable it may be to accept the evolution of the brain, evolution is the only serious scientific option, they asserted: “Scientific theories of human nature may be discomforting or unsatisfying, but they are not illegitimate.  And serious attempts to frame them will reflect the origins of the human mind in biological and cultural evolution, without reference to a divine creation.”  Anyone disagreeing cannot be serious, in other words.Getting our own dirt:  Synthetic biology is becoming a “welcome antidote for chronic vitalism,” stated another editorial in Nature.3  They said that new attempts to synthesize organisms from scratch amounts to agreement with this quote: ”for the first time, God has competition” (see joke).  To the Editors, synthetic biology will have particular value in ridding society of outmoded, pre-Darwinian beliefs that life is somehow special.  This even weighs in on the debate about abortion, they claimed:Synthetic biology’s view of life as a molecular process lacking moral thresholds at the level of the cell is a powerful one. And it can and perhaps should be invoked to challenge characterizations of life that are sometimes used to defend religious dogma about the embryo.  If this view undermines the notion that a ‘divine spark’ abruptly gives value to a fertilized egg – recognizing as it does that the formation of a new being is gradual, contingent and precarious – then the role of the term ‘life’ in that debate might acquire the ambiguity that it has always warranted.So if science trumps “religious dogma” in the process, so be it.  A callout quote states, “It would be a service to more than synthetic biology if we might now be permitted to dismiss the idea that life is a precise scientific concept.”Dover over easy:  Kevin Padian, a partisan for NCSE in the Dover trail, got free rein in Nature to give his version of the Dover trial.4  It was full of references to “religious intolerance” and “right-wing Christians” in its portrayal of Judge Jones’ decision as a victory for science.  No space was provided to the other side.  No mention was made of articles and books critical of the decision.  Nothing was said about Jones’ heavy lifting of the ACLU source material (12/12/2006).  Padian ended with a portrayal of Dover as a “perfect storm of religious intolerance, First Amendment violation and the never-ending assault on American science education.”    Those needing to hear the other side will have to buy a book: Traipsing Into Evolution by DeWolf, Luskin, West and Witt, who were close to the case as advisors and observers for the defense, though not litigants.  It’s ironic that Padian referred to the Scopes Trial, since the Dover case was nearly a polar opposite.Get your hot dogma here:  In Science,5 anti-creationist Sean B. Carroll got free rein to trash Michael Behe’s new book, The Edge of Evolution.  Behe does not even argue for God as such in the book, but Carroll was sure this was an easily-defused sneak attack to insert God into science.  He likened himself to Thomas Huxley, gloating, “The Lord hath delivered him into mine hands.”  He ridiculed the book, titling his review, “God as genetic engineer.”  His review made unsubstantiated charges to key players in the Intelligent Design movement without rebuttals that the players have made in print numerous times.  With references to Monty Python to ridicule the creationists, Carroll ended, “the argument for design has no scientific leg to stand on.”The critic of my enemy could still be my enemy:  Scott Atran in Science6 reviewed another book whose title is unambiguous: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief by Lewis Wolpert.  Here, Atran was a little more courteous to those who “believe” in God.  He did not think Wolpert was merciful enough to those who view religion as having some positive social effects: viz, “what ought to be, including moral framing that convinces people to commit to others beyond the logic and evidence for advancing self-interest.”  But does this justify believing in a real God, who really created the world?  Certainly not: “Religion involves the same causal categories that evolution endowed us with for everyday thinking,” he said without hesitation.The enemy of my enemy is my enemy:  There was a stinging exchange in Science last week7 between Jonathan Haidt (U of Virginia) about moral evolution (see 05/17/2007), and David Barash, a psychologist from U of Washington.  The debate was over the role of group selection, but the common whipping-boy in both letters was the “religious right.”  Barash was incensed that Haidt explained “patriotism, respect for tradition, and a sense of sacredness” as artifacts of group selection instead of individual selection.  Haidt was quick to point out that “As for Barash’s final point about conservative morality, I do not believe that descriptive biology confers normative legitimacy.”  Patriotism and a sense of sacredness may evolve, for that matter, but that such notions are “disliked by political liberals and dismissed by moral psychologists.”  The subtext was clear: morals and beliefs about God did evolve, whether or not group selection did it.While evolutionists do not hesitate to propound their own opinions about God in the science journals, the journals routinely screen out any opinions by theists about the scientific validity of evolution.1Georg Striedter, “Brain botch,” Nature 447, 640 (7 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/447640a.2Editorial, “Evolution and the brain,” Nature 447, 753 (14 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/447753a.3Editorial, “Meanings of ‘life,’” Nature 447, 1031-1032 (28 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/4471031b.4Kevin Padian, “The case of creation,” Nature 448, 253-254 (19 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448253a.5Sean B. Carroll, “God as Genetic Engineer,” Science, 8 June 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5830, pp. 1427-1428, DOI: 10.1126/science.1145104.6Scott Atran, “The Nature of Belief,” Science, 27 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5837, p. 456, DOI: 10.1126/science.1142653.7Letters, “Evolution and Group Selection,” Science, 3 August 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5838, pp. 596-597, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5838.596d.The debating tactic of the Darwin Party in the public marketplace of ideas is unchanged since Huxley: ridicule, attack, threaten, marginalize, and hoard power.  None of the ideologues above have a scientific leg to stand on to claim that their brains evolved, because if that were true, they could never know it or claim it was true.  By asserting that their claims are true, and that religion and creation is false, they have affirmed that there is a world of knowledge outside the realm of particles that is eternal and does not evolve.  This cannot be possible within their own world view.  They have therefore shot themselves in the brain; their position is self-refuting, and necessarily false.    So what do you do with such people?  You treat them like any other special-interest deadheads.  You answer them according to their folly when other people are listening in, and you answer them not according to their folly lest you be like them.  Next, you disarm them by taking back the power they stole.  Prepare for a long conflict.  Zombies are like automatons and don’t surrender easily.  Appeals to reason, for instance, are likely to fall on deaf ears.    You scientists who are humbly and honestly going about your work figuring out how DNA repair works, what the sun is doing, and how soil organisms produce compounds that may fight cancer, blessings upon you.  Stay away from the D.P. ideologues.  They have nothing to offer.  Deal with them when you must, to get your papers published, but understand that the kind of dogmatic statements they make (like those above) are light-years apart from plain old observational, daily scientific work.  We need the products of your science; we do not need self-appointed shallow philosophers in places of power over you.  Join the growing Dissent from Darwin list to eat away at their totalitarian dictatorship, so that we can once again enjoy an open marketplace of ideas.  You might also ponder the origin of intangible, unchanging things like morals, truth and knowledge, which your work assumes are real.(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Deep Rose Flower Headband Hair Crown Festival Boho Garland Vtg Burgundy N06 *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* – for a friend and I know she will be happy with this

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16 Years Later

first_imgOn March 24, 2009, Jon Stanley (username: Moun10Bike) stood on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA. He snapped a selfie before walking into the nondescript office across the street. It was Jon’s first day at a new job.Jon’s first day at Geocaching HQ.“I took a selfie — perhaps my first-ever — of me arriving at Groundspeak on my first day working here,” said Jon. “I was told I was employee #28.”Jon had a long history with the game before joining the company behind, now known as Geocaching HQ. He first met Founder Jeremy Irish in 2000. Over lunch, the two discussed software that Jon had provided for an early version of the website. “The community was small then and I was in the same geographic area,” Jon said. “So it was natural that we would end up getting together.”Jeremy realized that’s traffic would quickly outgrow the website he’d started as a hobby site. In 2000, he partnered with two co-workers, Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth, to start a new company. With the proceeds from selling 144 geocaching t-shirts, they began to scale the website to keep up with its growing audience. The three founders continued working at their day jobs while managing the website on the side.Cathy Hornback (username: Prying Pandora) first met the founders when they spontaneously showed up at her Cache In, Trash Out® Event. “I almost peed my pants when they just showed up. No warning.” Cathy with Founder Jeremy Irish in 2006.Today, Cathy wears multiple hats: player (she’s going on 15,000 finds), volunteer reviewer, and Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because one guy had a crazy idea to hide a bucket of trinkets for other people to find with their newly accurate GPS receivers. Then another guy (Jeremy) had the gumption to build a website to list them all,” said Cathy. Cathy first met Jon in 2005 while looking for the same geocache. Five years later, she joined him as an employee at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because of our community’s engagement,” Cathy said. “Without them, there would be nothing.”Jon and Cathy were welcomed on their first days at Geocaching HQ by another long-time geocacher, Annie Love (username: Love). “I still pinch myself daily that I get to work here,” Annie said. “Geocaching was my hobby before I started working here and it’s a dream to get to do something I love for work. Sure, I sit at a desk most of the time, but getting to help people with this game for work is pretty awesome.”Annie joined Geocaching HQ on January 29, 2007. “My first job was to work as the receptionist at the front desk, answer phone calls and emails about the game of geocaching.”When Annie started, there were a dozen or so employees and 353,685 active geocaches. Today, Geocaching HQ has 74 employees and the website lists nearly 3 million geocaches hidden all over the world.Annie, now Partner Programs Manager, said, “We really listen to our community. We might not be able to make everything to perfection overnight, but we definitely hear the wants and needs of the community and apply that directly to what we work on.”A company photo taken in June 2007, shortly after Annie and Jenn started.A few months later, Jenn Seva (username: MissJenn) joined Geocaching HQ as employee #17, having previously served as a Community Volunteer Reviewer. “I started as a player of the game in 2001. I’m lucky enough to have combined my hobby and my livelihood without ruining either one of them.” Now Senior Manager of Tourism and Travel, Jenn said, “Geocaching HQ is different than most other companies because we are made up of employees who want to be here. We want to delight our community and encourage people to go play outside. I don’t feel like just an insignificant cog in a giant wheel.”Jon, Cathy and Annie feel similarly. “You only need to talk to the founders or any employee to see that we are passionate about the game and keeping people engaged with a fun and rewarding pastime for years to come,” said Jon. “While we may seem to move slow, it is not because of a lack of desire to improve things, only that we are a lot smaller than people know. I see our purpose to be good custodians of the game and provide the tools and means for people to have and share these experiences and adventures.”A company photo taken last summer.Sixteen years later, Geocaching HQ remains a strong, independent organization on a mission to enable adventure, exploration, and discovery. We are led by our original founders and we have no outside investors or influences who would maximize profits at the expense of the game. Annie said, “The community creates the game. We want to create the best tools to play it.” on November 9, 2000. on January 29, 2007. There were 353,685 active geocaches then. on April 30, 2007. There were 391,592 geocaches at the time. on March 26, 2009. There were 755,856 geocaches listed at the time. on August 13, 2010. There were 1,154,177 geocaches in the world. on June 20, 2012. There were 1,798,456 geocaches then. today. There are 2,921,888 active geocaches in the world.Have questions about Geocaching HQ? Post them in the comments below. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWhat 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to MeMarch 4, 2013In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Green Archers lock up top two, blow out Bulldogs

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a top two spot after shooting down National University, 101-76, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers rose to 11-2 while dealing a big blow to the Bulldogs’ Final Four bid.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Conor McGregor named EA Sports UFC cover athlete for 2nd time John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Reigning MVP Ben Mbala put up a game-high 30 points with eight rebounds to lead La Salle while Rivero added 16 points and six rebounds.J-Jay Alejandro and Antonio Joson had 20 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The loss was NU’s eighth in 12 games as the Bulldogs will now have to rely on other teams in hopes to making the semifinals.La Salle immediately built momentum as early as the second quarter going on a 23-9 run with Ben Mbala giving the Green Archers a 43-27 lead late in the period and the defending champions never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we’re getting better every game because we make it a point to follow the game plan the coaches set up,” said Ricci Rivero in Filipino. “What we do in practice, we make sure that we apply it to the game,” said captain Kib Montalbo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgSports Cover Australia in Association with SBS is poised to allocate the second round of 2006 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF) grants to amateur sporting clubs nation wide. Applications for the ten remaining $1000 grant close on Friday 24 November 2006. Between August and December 2006, The SSF will have awarded 20 x $1,000 grants to amateur sporting clubs and associations throughout Australia. Southern Districts Touch Football Association in Western Australia were successful in their Grant application in Round 1 of allocations in September.Southern Districts received the grant to assist with the purchase of a new line marker and a coaching development program for their association to increase junior participation levels.If your affiliate/assoication applied in Round 1 there is no need to reapply for Round 2 as your application will be automatically re-entered for round 2.Winners will be announced during the week of 4 December 2006.For an application form and further information visit the Sports Cover websitelast_img read more

10 months ago’Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilson

first_img‘Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz has talked up Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson amid interest from Chelsea.The Brazilian will have the task of marking Wilson when the Cherries take on Chelsea in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola yesterday confirmed the club’s interest in the 26-year-old. And Luiz certainly rates his abilities.”I think he is amazing, a great player,” said Luiz. “He is doing really well. He is a top number nine with power and great movement. “He is scoring a lot of goals, he did well in his first game for England. If he continues in this way, he is a player to play in the best teams in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Missouri Man Arrested For Posting Threats On Yik Yak Towards Mizzou Students

first_imgyik yak app logo.Twitter/@EMichiganEagles The issues at Missouri continue to escalate, following the resignation of system president Tim Wolfe after a string of racially-charged incidents across the Columbia campus spurred large-scale protests by students. Things took a frightening turn on Tuesday night, when a local man posted terroristic threats towards black Mizzou students on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak. Warning: some of the posts contain explicit language.University of Missouri police arrest suspect for posting online threats— Mary Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) November 11, 2015Update on Missouri University: Anonymous posts death threat towards black students on Yik Yak!#ConcernedStudent1950— Ray Warren Symposium (@rwsymplc) November 11, 2015screenshotted this before it got removed #Mizzou— Lara Haft (@badpriestess) November 11, 2015Early this morning, a local 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making the threatening posts, though it has not yet been confirmed that he was the poster. According to reports, he is not a Mizzou student, and was not near campus when the messages were posted.19-year-old Hunter M. Park for making terrorist threats towards the Mizzou campus on social media.— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) November 11, 2015Have apprehended suspect who used multiple accts to threaten @Mizzou students. He was never physically near campus @MUalert— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015The school sent out this email to students this morning.#Mizzou sent this email to students this morning.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) November 11, 2015We hope these issues pass, and Missouri proves to be a safe, inclusive place for all students soon enough. Please stay safe, everyone.last_img read more

New report calls for ways to retain more immigrants in Atlantic Canada

first_imgFREDERICTON – A new report says if Atlantic Canada wants to solve its economic and demographic problems, it must become more than a stopover for immigrants.The report entitled “The People Imperative” will be released Wednesday at a one-day summit on immigration and revitalization, being held in Fredericton.The report is prepared by the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank with ties to business and government.It says increasing immigration won’t work for Atlantic Canada unless people choose to stay. Right now the region has the lowest immigration retention rates in the country.Nova Scotia has a five-year immigrant retention rate between 2011-2015 of 72 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador is at 56 per cent, New Brunswick is at 52 per cent, and P.E.I. is at just 18 per cent.No province outside Atlantic Canada has a retention rate below 80 per cent.Atlantic Canada needs to boost immigration and retention if it is to combat the demographic challenge of an aging population.Frank McKenna, deputy chair of TD Bank group, former premier and Canadian ambassador to the United States, said it’s a challenge when you see population numbers dropping in parts of the region.“We have a time bomb going off in that our population is not just declining, but it’s aging as well. On average our population is eight years older than that of Alberta. And that means that we face higher health care costs per capita,” he said.McKenna said more must be done to attract and retain immigrants, and that includes providing more services such as language training, and getting more employers involved.He’s quick to concede the difficulty when immigrants are being attracted to larger centres like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver that have a larger critical mass.“Not surprisingly they want to be with their fellow citizens in terms of the food they eat, the God they worship, the culture they respect, and we don’t have a lot of those tracks laid down,” he said.Nearly two-thirds of all immigrants to Canada in 2013-2017 arrived in one of the three largest centres, while the Atlantic region received 4.6 per cent of immigrants.“The literature is clear on why immigrants leave Atlantic Canada: they seek better job opportunities and higher compensation, better educational opportunities for themselves and their children, better social services and cultural amenities, and ties to ethnic community and extended family,” the report reads.Still, McKenna said the federally sponsored Atlantic Immigration Pilot program is working, but may need more resources.The Atlantic region is also losing many of its young people who are moving in search of better jobs and better pay.The report says despite that, the region has a lot of positive aspects that need to be promoted, including quality of life.“Immigrants note that the manageable pace of life, with safe communities and good service, makes Atlantic communities attractive for raising families, and the proximity to nature is a large lifestyle draw. These attractions are difficult to quantity, but they are important components of branding Atlantic Canada as a desirable destination,” the report said.The report said retaining more international students for the region would be a huge win, and governments should proactively recruit established entrepreneurs to Atlantic Canada.The summit kicks off a three-year research project on Atlantic revitalization with a special focus on immigrant retention.However McKenna said the situation may be more time critical than that, noting that he sounded the alarm on demographic change and the aging population in 1995.last_img read more

US official convinced Morocco has tools to become key player on

first_imgBordeaux – A cybersecurity expert visiting Rabat stated the Kingdom has all the attributes to play a leading role in the management and resolution of international affairs.Jane Holl Lute is the President and CEO of the Council on Cybersecurity and a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.Ms. Lute is currently in Rabat on the occasion of the third “Atlantic Dialogues” Forum which is held every year and brings together high-level policymakers, business leaders, media and opinion-shapers from around the Atlantic bassin. For this edition, more than 400 experts from 52 countries are meeting in Rabat, under the patronage of King Mohamed VI. The American expert has made it clear she sees great potential in Morocco.“I am very familiar with Morocco. This is a country that has a strong international profile and a rich cultural and historical heritage,” said the expert.She also noted and applauded the Kingdom’s recent efforts, stating “The country has undergone tremendous reforms that have had a positive impact on the daily lives of Moroccans.”last_img read more