How to Determine if a Candidate is the Right Fit for Your Corporate Culture

first_imgHow many times have we heard this story? During the interview, candidates say “Yes, I’m committed, willing to do this, love to do that” and so on. Then after they start, we realize they’re not a good cultural fit for our organization. One way to determine if a candidate really aligns with your organization is by using behavioral interviewing questions. As a refresher, behavioral interview questions are those that ask the candidate to talk about something they’ve done in the past. The idea being that past performance is a good indicator of future behavior.For example, let’s say your organization places a great value on customer service. You will want to ask customer service related questions during the interview. There are three different ways you can ask the question:Do you have good customer service skills? This is a closed-ended question. And seriously, who’s going to say, “My customer service skills are awful.” How would you handle an angry customer? On the surface, a better question than the first one. But a candidate can easily give a textbook answer. It doesn’t tell you what the candidate has done.Tell me about a time when you’ve solved a customer problem. This is a behavioral question. The candidate’s reply will tell you about a specific situation they’ve handled in the past.Use this same concept to develop the rest of your interview questions related to organizational values. For instance:Tell me the steps you take to monitor the quality of your work. (Quality)Tell me about a time when you pitched in to help someone else finish a project even though it “wasn’t your job.” What was the result? (Teamwork)Describe the most creative thing you did in your last job. (Creativity)Tell me about a time when you had to persuade a person to accept an idea that you knew they wouldn’t like. (Persuasiveness)You probably noticed most behavioral interview questions start with “Tell me about a time…”. It’s a great tip for making sure you’re asking the candidate to share with you something they’ve done in the past.Speaking of tips, the other thing I’ve learned over the years is not to shy away from getting other people involved in the interviewing process. Many times only the hiring manager or HR handle the process. But I’ve found having candidates talk with their future peers is a good thing. It does take a little explaining on the front end – let candidates know what you’re doing – but the benefits are many:It gives the candidate additional insight into the company. They get to meet some of the people they will work with every day. Chances are once they get hired, if they have a question, these are the people they will go to (before their manager or HR.)The company gets additional support for the candidate. If the peer group buys into the hire, they will show the new employee the ropes.Asking the right questions and getting people involved in the hiring process can give the company more insight about the candidate and vice versa. It’s a win-win for everyone.last_img read more

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Partners With Web of Trust to Help Users Avoid Scam Websites

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Earlier this week, we reported that Google had tweaked its search algorithm following a story in The New York Times about unscrupulous merchants gaming Google’s search rankings via negative merchant reviews. The solution implemented by DuckDuckGo goes beyond just “algorithmic search” to generate results, something that works particularly well when you’re shopping or downloading. Tags:#search#web Alternative search engine DuckDuckGo has announced a partnership with Web of Trust (WOT) to help improve the quality of its search results. DuckDuckGo already goes the extra mile to remove spam from search results, to crowd-source info, and to protect users’ privacy, and as founder Gabriel Weinberg notes in announcing the partnership, working with WOT “further extends all three of these focuses.”Web of Trust (WOT) is a community-based safe surfing tool that uses a traffic-light rating system to help users stay safe as they search and shop online. The ratings are powered by a worldwide community of over 16 million users who, based on their experiences, rate the reputation of some 30 million websites in terms of trustworthiness, privacy, and vendor reliability. With this partnership, DuckDuckGo has added a new setting option that allows you replace the favicons that appear next to site results with WOT’s traffic-light ratings. In other words, green is go; red, no go.last_img read more

Crime scene DNA could be used to reveal a suspect’s age—and whether they have cancer

first_img By Matt WarrenJul. 3, 2018 , 11:30 AM A drop of blood left by a suspect at a crime scene is a treasure trove for forensic scientists. Genetic information extracted from such biological samples can be compared against DNA databases to see whether a sample’s DNA sequence is a match for any known offenders, for example. To protect individuals’ privacy, these analyses, known as DNA fingerprinting, are normally restricted to parts of the genome not involved in creating proteins. But in some countries, investigators hoping to narrow down their pool of suspects are allowed to identify certain protein-coding sequences that can help predict skin or eye color. And soon, scientists may be able to find out even more from an offender’s DNA—including their age.A new forensic approach analyzes the chemical tags attached to DNA, rather than genetic sequences themselves. These molecules, which can switch genes on and off, get added onto DNA throughout our life span in a process called DNA methylation. And because the patterns of DNA methylation change as we age, they could provide a good indication of how old a suspect is.But this technique could inadvertently reveal a lot more about a suspect’s health and lifestyle, raising tricky legal and ethical questions that may demand new privacy safeguards, scientists suggest in a commentary in the July issue of Trends in Genetics. Science talked to two of the authors, Mahsa Shabani and Bram Bekaert of the University of Leuven in Belgium, who say that when it comes to this new world of forensics, “We have to just make sure that we’re not breaching any ethical boundaries, because we can get a lot more information than people actually realize at the moment.” The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Crime scene DNA could be used to reveal a suspect’s age—and whether they have cancer Forensic scientists are now analyzing the chemical tags on DNA left in blood at crime scenes in order to predict the age of and other information about suspects, but this new technique raises privacy concerns.center_img zoka74/iStock.com Q: How did you get interested in the use of DNA methylation in forensics? Bram Bekaert: We saw that [clinical researchers] were able to associate DNA methylation patterns to chronological age, and extract some additional clinical information. And we started to develop our own simple assays … to estimate age for forensic purposes.Mahsa Shabani: We realised that this actually creates some potential for extracting more personal data, and this raised some ethical and legal concerns.Q: What kind of personal data? B.B.: There was one paper that recently came out where forensic scientists who had developed an age-prediction assay were actually showing they could determine whether individuals had chronic lymphocytic leukemia. That’s just a single example—methylation has also been associated with risk of mortality and all kinds of other pathologies.Q: Does a criminal who leaves behind DNA still have a right to protect their personal information?M.S.: This was one of the questions we were raising. If this method leads us to extract more and more information, what should be our criteria—when should we stop? You may argue that in this specific context any information that could help you to narrow down the [suspect] pool and find the “donor” of the samples … should not create any problem. But on the other hand … previous regulations have always been more restrictive in terms of what you can do with DNA samples.B.B.: DNA methylation is in part heritable … so that’s something we have to take into account as well. It’s not just about the privacy of the individual himself … it’s also about his son, his daughter, or his parents or his siblings.Q: In many countries, regulations prevent the use of DNA samples to predict identifiable information like hair or skin color. Why don’t those laws apply to this new method? B.B.: We are not actually looking at DNA sequences, so the law does not apply to this type of technology. We’re looking at the chemical compounds on top of the DNA sequence—that’s still what’s missing in the law. Right now, I can just look at all of these markers, without breaking the law, and determine whether somebody has cancer or not. So [the technology] has to be regulated or controlled in some kind of way.Q: What could that regulation look like?B.B.: We could limit our assay to just markers that reveal information on the chronological age and do not contain any information on medical issues. So markers that have been associated with cancer incidence should be left out—that would be one solution. The problem with that is that in order to get fairly high [age] accuracy you need more markers.The second approach could be to restrict the information that [a forensic scientist can give] to the police and to the magistrates, so you only provide the predicted age, based on a sample’s methylation values. In my opinion that would probably be the best solution.Q: Aside from age, what other useful information could DNA methylation tell forensic scientists? B.B.: Because DNA methylation is cell type–specific, we can use the patterns to determine what kind of cell we’re dealing with. For example, if I want to make sure that the stain that I’ve recovered from a crime scene is blood, I can use DNA methylation patterns … and you can do so for all kinds of bodily secretions and types of cells.Q: Are these tests being used in police investigations already?B.B.: Not really—most of them are still in the research stage, because when you want to use a forensic test it has to be validated and accredited. But they will come—without a doubt they will come—because police are really, really interested in those kinds of tests.Q: Are you optimistic that they will turn out to be useful forensic tools?B.B.: I’m very convinced that these kinds of tools do have their purpose. … We both support these kinds of tests, we have to just make sure that we’re not breaching any ethical boundaries, because we can get a lot more information than people actually realize at the moment.last_img read more

Modi and Abbott hold talks, sign pacts on social security, narcotics

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday held talks and sought early conclusion of negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement and a closure on the civil nuclear deal.After the two leaders held talks, India and Australia signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and arts and culture.”We also agreed on seeking early closure on the civil nuclear agreement, which will give Australia a chance to participate in one of the most secure and safe nuclear energy programme in the world,” Modi said in a statement to the media at a joint press conference with Abbott. Modi arrives in Melbourne Later, while addressing the Parliament, Australian Prime Minister Abbott said, “If all goes well, Australia will export uranium to India under suitable safeguards because cleaner energy is one of the most important contributions that Australia can make to wider world.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Tony Abbott addressing media in Canberra.Modi, while talking about India-Australia ties, said, “This is a natural partnership, arising from our shared values and interests, and our strategic maritime locations. India and Australia have a great economic synergy.” See pictures: Modi meets Abbott, addresses Australian Parliament “There are huge opportunities for partnership in every area we can think of – agriculture, agro-processing, resources, energy, finance, infrastructure, education, and science and technology,” Modi said.Abbott, in Parliament, said, “By the end of the next year we will have a Free Trade deal with what is potentially the world’s largest market.”advertisementModi emphasised that the economic climate in India has changed.”I believe it will be a lot easier to convert opportunities into concrete outcomes,” Modi said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Tony Abbott witnessing the signing of agreements at Australian Parliament.Modi also announced that India will organise a ‘Make in India’ show in Australia in 2015 while Australia would hold a business week in India in January next year.”Prime Minister Abbott and I discussed what we should do to impart real momentum to our economic partnership.Reconstituting the CEO Forum is an important step. We have agreed to speed up negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. I also asked for easier access for Indian business to the Australian market and quicker investment approvals,” Modi said at the joint press conference.India and Australia also agreed on a Framework for Security Cooperation.”I greatly welcome the New Framework for Security Cooperation. Security and defence are important and growing areas of the new India-Australia partnership — for advancing regional peace and stability, and combating terrorism and trans-national crimes,” Modi said.”This morning’s visit with prime minister Abbott to the Australian War Memorial reminded us of the need to strive together for a better world,” he said.PM Narendra Modi meeting Australian PM Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra.Modi, who is the first Indian prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi in 1986, said “I would like to say that it has been nearly three decades since the last Prime Ministerial visit from India. The fact that we have exchanged visits in two months is a sign of better times to come.”Modi also thanked Australian Prime Minister Abbott, the people and the federal and the state governments of Australia for a wonderful visit so far.”Prime Minister Abbott and I have spent the last week together at the East Asia Summit, the G20 and for this bilateral summit. This reflects the broad framework of our relationship, defined by a growing partnership in the cause of a peaceful and prosperous world, and a strong and broad-based bilateral relationship,” he said.Modi also touched upon cultural and sporting ties between the two countries, saying that cricket and hockey are the “natural glue” between the people of the two countries.”I am pleased with the new Cultural Exchange Programme signed today. India would establish a Cultural Centre in Sydney by February 2015. We plan to hold a Festival of India in Australia in 2015 and tourism weeks in Australia,” Modi said of the agreements signed in the cultural and tourism sector.PM Narendra Modi shaking hands with Australian Parliamentarians after addressing joint session of Australian Parliament.”The Social Security Agreement is a really positive development. It will help in making our business relations stronger, especially in the Services Sector,” he said.Modi and Abbott had summit talks in Delhi last month during which India and Australia sealed a landmark civil nuclear deal that will facilitate sale of uranium to New Delhi.advertisementThe two leaders had earlier directed their respective negotiators to conclude the administrative arrangements pertaining to the civil nuclear pact at an early date that will facilitate uranium trade.Australia has about 40 per cent of the world’s uranium reserves and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of yellow cake annually. India and Australia had commenced negotiations for the sale of uranium in early 2012.The two-way trade stands at a relatively modest $15 billion a year compared with $150 billion for Australia’s two-way trade with China.last_img read more

NFL Coaches Yell At Refs Because It Freakin Works

In the first quarter of a scoreless 2016 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos faced third-and-6 from their own 44-yard line. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ran a 15-yard out, breaking toward the Broncos’ sideline. He did not catch Manning’s wobbly throw, but there was contact on the play, and Denver’s players and coaching staff appealed to the official for a pass interference call on Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan. They got one, and the Broncos got a first down, scoring the game’s opening touchdown four plays later.On the ensuing drive, the Patriots faced third-and-3 at their own 27-yard line. Rob Gronkowski ran a wheel route up the Broncos’ sideline with T.J. Ward in coverage. As the Patriots tight end turned to look back for the ball, the defender made contact and shoved him, preventing a catch. Both Gronk and Tom Brady yelled for a penalty. The flag did not come, and the Patriots were forced to punt.Similar plays led to different outcomes that benefited the team on the sideline closest to the on-field action. Most NFL refs would likely say they are immune any sideline bias. “If I make a call because a coach is screaming at me on one side of the field and it’s wrong, that’s a bad day for me,” former NFL official Scott Green told us. (The NFL declined to comment.)But as it turns out, a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular. To prove it, we looked at the rates at which refs call the NFL’s most severe penalties, including defensive pass interference, aggressive infractions like personal fouls and unnecessary roughness, and offensive holding calls, based on where the offensive team ran its play.1Some of this research was published in March in Economic Inquiry.For three common penalties, the direction of the play — that is, whether it’s run toward the offensive or defensive team’s sideline — makes a significant difference. In other words, refs make more defensive pass interference calls on the offensive team’s sideline but more offensive holding calls on the defensive team’s sideline. What’s more, these differences aren’t uniform across the field — the effect only shows up on plays run, roughly, between the 32-yard lines, the same space where coaches and players are allowed to stand during play.The following graphs show the penalty rates per 1,000 plays for defensive pass interference and aggressive defensive penalties, which include unnecessary roughness, personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct, and horse-collar tackles.2The data includes regular-season games between 2010 and 2014, and uses coin-toss information provided by Football Outsiders and play-by-play data from Armchair Analysis. To estimate penalty rates, we used a model of penalty outcomes that depends on yard line and which sideline (offensive or defensive team’s) the play was closer to. Additional methodological details can be found here. So what could be causing this phenomenon?Refs are faced with a near-impossible task. They make judgment calls in real time, relying on just their eyes and their experience. Deprived of the advantages, like instant replay, that we enjoy from the couch, refs have less information to help them resist the normal subconscious urge to draw on external cues for assistance in making borderline calls. In psychology terms, this process is called cue learning. It’s why we laugh longer in the presence of other humans laughing,4Which, in turn, is the reason that many TV comedies use a laugh track. why we eat more in the presence of overweight company, and why our judgment of persuasive speeches is influenced by the audience’s reaction.The most common cue in sports is crowd noise, and because crowd noise almost always supports the home team, the way the fans sway the referees is the No. 1 driver of home-field advantage in sports. And one notable experiment suggests that how loud a crowd is helps refs decide whether an interaction should be penalized. A pair of German researchers showed actual referees old video clips of possible soccer infractions, with crowd noise played at high or low volume. Refs looking at the exact same interactions were more likely to hand out a yellow card when they heard a lot of crowd noise than when the volume was low.It follows, then, that screaming and hat-throwing football personnel may also have an effect on referee choices. In football, this sideline bias even seems to supersede refs’ tendency to support the home team: The differences in the penalty rates from sideline to sideline are several times larger than the differences in penalty rates between the home and away teams.That bias can affect the outcome even when officials have time to confer. In a 2015 playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford threw a third-and-1 pass to Brandon Pettigrew. Officials initially called defensive pass interference on the Cowboys’ Anthony Hitchens.But the flag occurred right in front of the Cowboys sideline. This led to some confusion. It also led to a helmetless Dez Bryant yelling at the official.After conferring with each other, the officials picked up the flag, a decision that Mike Pereira, Fox Sports’ rules analyst and the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, said was incorrect. Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics calculates that when the official picked up the flag, the Lions’ chances of winning that game dropped by 12 percentage points.Dallas won 24-20.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. Refs throw flags for defensive infractions at significantly higher rates when plays are run in the direction of the offensive team’s sideline; near midfield, defensive penalties are called about 50 percent more often on the offensive team’s sideline than the defensive team’s. Close to the end zone, where the sidelines are supposed to be free of coaches and players, these differences are negligible.For offensive flags, that association is reversed, at least on holding penalties.3Offensive pass interference calls didn’t vary by proximity to either team’s sideline. Here’s the rate of holding calls made on outside run plays, which shows how the defensive team’s sideline can help draw flags on the offense. Around midfield, offensive holding gets called about 35 percent more often on plays run at the defensive team’s sideline. read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of April 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, April 29, 2018.Sunday, April 29No MeetingsMonday, April 30NoneTuesday, May 1The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Planning Board meet at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, May 2The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, May 3The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission will take a site visit to the Nassau Avenue Water Storage Tank at 5:30pm.Friday, May 4No MeetingsSaturday, May 5The Annual Town Meeting takes place at 10:30am in the High School Auditorium.All meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Facebook data leak Should you delete your account now

first_imgA 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this photo illustration May 13, 2015.ReutersFacebook’s deepening crisis over the data leak of 50 million people to British political-advertising firm Cambridge Analytica has led to a public outcry about its data policies.The hashtag #DeleteFacebook has been making the rounds on Twitter this week and when co-founder Mark Zuckerberg did come out to address the public, some 2 billion weren’t ready to forgive the social network giant.It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 20181. Remove Facebook bookmark from your web browserIf you visit your Facebook page every 20 minutes, its time you get rid of the app from your web browser. The lesser you involve with Facebook, the better.2. Deactivate your Facebook accountIf you’re not able to control your constant urge to check Facebook, simply deactivate your account.Facebook will still have your data, of course, but you’ll get a chance to take a breather and depend less on the digital platform when you’re ready to jump back in.3. Stop signing in with FacebookDo not use your Facebook credentials to log into various sites and services. By doing this, you give other companies access to your Facebook data, which can be used for various illicit activities.Use a handy password manager to create and keep track of your logins and passwords instead. And if an app demands you sign into Facebook to use it, find an alternative.4. Delete your accountDeleting your account is also an option, if you want to completely distance yourself from the social media world.When you’re absolutely sure about closing your account, let Facebook know, and be prepared to stay away from your account. Change your mind, and you’ll have to start the countdown all over again.”It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you’ve posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook,” the company says in its Help Center page.last_img read more

UN wants to negotiate with US Canada to resettle Rohingyas

first_imgA Rohingya refugee child smiles at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe United Nations’ refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.Tens of thousands of Rohingya live in Bangladesh after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s, and their number has been swelled by an estimated 69,000 escaping an army crackdown in northern Rakhine State in recent months.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would push for resettlement of those most in need, despite growing resistance in some developed countries, particularly the United States under President Donald Trump, UNHCR’s Bangladesh representative, Shinji Kubo, told Reuters on Thursday.”UNHCR will continue to work with the authorities concerned, including in the United States,” Kubo said.”Regardless of the change in government or government policies, I think UNHCR has a clear responsibility to pursue a protection-oriented resettlement programme.”Kubo said 1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad.”Resettlement will always be a challenging thing because only a small number of resettlement opportunities are being allocated by the international community at the moment,” Kubo said in an interview. “But it’s our job to try to consult with respective countries based on the protection and humanitarian needs of these individuals.”H.T. Imam, a political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the resettlement proposal was “unrealistic” due to reluctance in the United States and Europe to take further Muslim refugees.Reuters reported this month that officials at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea were increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees had fallen through.Canada, Australia and the United States were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012. A Bangladesh government official said it was feared the programme would encourage more people from Myanmar to use it as a transit country to seek asylum in the West.Canada has said it would welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war, after Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States, an order since suspended by a U.S. district judge.HOPING FOR ACCESSA Rohingya refugee girl wipes her eyes as she cries at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe UNHCR supports around 34,000 refugees living in two government-registered camps in the Bangladesh coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, but a greater number of Rohingya live in makeshift settlements nearby, unregistered and officially ineligible to receive international aid.Kubo said he had asked Bangladesh to give the UN access to all the refugees who have recently arrived, adding that UNHCR and other international agencies were also willing to provide aid to poor Bangladeshis living near the refugee settlements to counter local resentment at the influx.Hasina adviser Imam said providing aid to the new refugees and its citizens was the responsibility of the government.Myanmar said late on Wednesday that a security operation that began after nine police officers were killed in attacks on border security posts on Oct. 9 had now ended.A report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Feb. 3 gave accounts of mass killings and gang rapes by troops during the operation, which it said probably constituted crimes against humanity.Two UN sources have separately told Reuters that more than 1,000 Rohingya may have been killed in the crackdown.Northern Rakhine has been locked down since October, and Myanmar has not said when aid groups or reporters might be allowed in.”We’re now hoping for immediate access to the affected areas in northern Rakhine as soon as possible with our resources, our protection expertise,” Kubo said. “That will also have a positive impact on what is happening in Bangladesh at the moment.”last_img read more