Resource Discovery| Once I was Very Very Scared

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTExtended and repeated separations from a primary caregiver in the context of danger, media and communication exposure, the impact of combat exposure on returning parent, possible parental mental health problems, physical injury or loss, frequent relocations. These are all challenges faced by military children and families, as discussed by Dr. Catherine Mogil during her 2017 webinar on resilience in military children.It’s no secret that military children are at higher risk for experiencing traumatic events and stressful situations which may induce some pretty big feelings. It’s also no secret that even the most emotionally resilient adults have difficulties sometimes processing the big feelings. So, how do we help our military children when they are experiencing tough feelings? Chandra Ghosh Ippen and Erich Ippen, Jr. tackle the topic through their book Once I was Very Very Scared.At the beginning of the book, a squirrel announces that he was once very scared. Soon after his announcement, several of his animal friends start to share that they were also scared. Each animal talks about what made them scared and then share the ways in which they react to being scared. After all of the animals share their stories, a porcupine comes along and encourages all of them to think of new things that they can do to help them when they are scared. Or mad, or sad.This book assists both children and adults in understanding just how tough situations can impact children and ways to help them get through it!This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS launched in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgClaiming to be the worlds first motorcycle to adopt triple spark engine technology, Bajaj Auto launched its new product, Pulsar 200NS, in Andhra Pradesh. It is priced at Rs 86,754 ex-showroom in Hyderabad.Launching the bike in Hyderabad recently, K Srinivas, President (Two-wheelers), said the company is confident of registering a “double-digit growth” this year, despite the two-wheeler industry registering a six per cent growth last quarter. “We believe our new launches will keep our market share growing,” he said, adding that another trend was that the growth in the over-100 cc segment was quicker than the 100-cc category. The former had a share of 34 per cent in the overall bike sales last year, but grew at 18 per cent, while the latter reflected a growth rate of nine per cent.Srinivas said, “This trend is to our advantage, as we have a 40 per cent market share in this segment. The second and third-time bike owners are going in for the over-100cc and sports bikes.”Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS has been dominating online biker communities since the Pune-based company first unveiled its product in early 2012.Packed with power and design, the motorcycle has given its rivals a hard time not just with regards to performance but with an incredibly alluring pricetag.The Pulsar 200NS, which has the world’s first triple-sparkplug technology, is powered by a liquid-cooled single cylinder 4-valve SOHC 199.5cc engine.According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.Last fiscal witnessed the sale of 10 million bikes across the country, with Bajaj Auto garnering a share of 2.5 million (or 25 per cent).With agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Swiss open World Cup criminal probe into ex-FIFA official Jerome Valcke and Qatar businessman

first_imgSwiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Jerome Valcke, the banned former FIFA secretary general, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatar’s beIN Media, over World Cup broadcasting deals.The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said on Thursday it suspected Valcke accepted “undue advantages” in connection with the award of media rights for the 2026 and 2030 competitions from Al-Khelaifi.Valcke was Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man when the latter ran FIFA, the Swiss-based world soccer body. Al-Khelaifi is also president of French club Paris Saint Germain.Barry Bercke, Valcke’s U.S. lawyer, declined to comment. BeIN Media denied any wrongdoing and said it was cooperating with officials.”Following a request by the office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), the beIN SPORTS offices in Boulogne-Billancourt (France) were searched this morning,” read the beIN statement.”The employees on site cooperated with the authorities until the end of the search. beIN MEDIA GROUP refutes all accusations made by OAG. The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation,” the statement concluded.The OAG also said it was investigating an unnamed businessman in the sports-rights sector and said it had suspicions about bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery among the three.Prosecutors interviewed Valcke on Thursday, while authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched properties in various locations, the OAG said.Reuters Photo French prosecutors said they had searched beIN’s offices in Paris on Thursday. In Greece, a judicial source said: “Today, prosecutors participated in searches at residences. The operation is led by Swiss authorities.”advertisement”It is suspected that Jerome Valcke accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports-rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 and from Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030,” the OAG said.The OAG had already said last year that Valcke was suspected of criminal mismanagement and other offences. He has denied any wrongdoing.Valcke is serving a 10-year ban from football after he was found guilty by FIFA’s former ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of misconduct over the sale of World Cup tickets, abuse of travel expenses, attempting to sell TV rights below their market value and destruction of evidence.After being sacked from his post in January 2016, he was initially banned for 12 years, which was reduced to 10 by FIFA’s own appeal committee last June. He has denied wrongdoing and is now appealing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Al-Khelaifi heads the Qatari ownership of Paris St Germain which in August paid the world record transfer fee of 222 million euros for Brazilian forward Neymar.FIFA awarded Qatar the hosting of the 2022 World Cup after a vote in 2010.Zurich-based FIFA has been trying to overhaul its operations in the wake of the worst crisis in its history, sparked in 2015 by the indictment in the United States of several dozen soccer officials on corruption-related charges.It said in a statement that it fully supported the investigation by the OAG and other involved authorities.”FIFA has constituted itself as a damaged party in this investigation, in line with the applicable provisions of Swiss procedural law,” it added.last_img read more

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ESPY Play of the Year

first_imgIt was announced today that the Broderick Brown Shaun Lewis pick of the year will be one of the finalists (kind of) for ESPY play of the year.You can vote for the Cowboys in a sixteen-play bracket on until July 9th as they try to maneuver their way through a loaded field of top-shelf performances. The winners will be announced at the Seth Myers-hosted awards show on July 13th.I thought it might be a fun little exercise on a Friday to meander our way through the sixteen candidates and give my thoughts on how I think things should play out. You can watch them all on the ESPN link above or with the YouTube links I’ve provided below. Here we go…First Round#1 Blake on Timothy Mozgov vs. #16 Yuniesky Betancourt behind-the-backAll affiliations aside, I just can’t get behind a Blake Griffin “dunk” in which his hand didn’t even touch the rim. That’s not a dunk, it’s a layup shot out of a cannon. In fact, it wasn’t even his best dunk that game. That being said, the Betancourt2Weeks2Fielder double play isn’t all that unconventional. Griffin moves on by default.#8 Bernadina’s diving catch vs. #9 Hassli wonder goalBoth of these are better than both of the first two. Bernadina splayed all over the outfield while Todd Coffey throws his belly into a fist pump is both high comedy and high drama. Hassli’s goal gets high marks for degree of difficulty on the angle (no pun there) but I have to discount its greatness a bit because he was the benefactor of a fortuitous bounce or two to set it up. Bernadina by a hair. #5 Torstein Horgmo’s triple flip vs. #12 Tim Thomas’s overtime saveI know nothing about snowboarding other than how to get my feet into one but I have a general life rule that anytime you make three bodily revolutions when you’re more than 4 feet off the ground and paralysis and death are both decent possibilities, I have to move you on in a play of the year contest. Plus, Thomas’s save seemed like a lame attempt to throw hockey a bone in this competition. Horgmo’s icy “I do this all the time” demeanor after landing it coupled with the fact that he couldn’t sleep until doing one make this a cakewalk. #4 DeSean Jackson’s game-winner vs. #13 Sam Fuld’s catchThis was the most difficult one for me. DeSean’s return is cold-blooded but I’m a total sucker for diving catches on or near the warning track. I don’t know what I’m going to do if Fuld runs into Bernadina in the semifinals! Fuld moves on.#6 Oklahoma State interception vs. #11 Anthony Pettis super-kickThe biggest upset of the first round is that Brown to Lewis isn’t one of the top five seeds. The Pettis kick is actually pretty cool but I just can’t take MMA seriously. Plus the kick wasn’t even even the biggest hit in either of these videos. That would be Ryan Broyles getting absolutely destroyed by Nigel Nicholas seconds after the interception. Pokes by a lot.#3 Rooney Bicycle vs. #14 Tyreke half-court shotMy favorite part of the Tyreke video continues to be the guy who wanders off the bench almost to the free throw line before the shot even goes in as if he knows what will happen. And really, the shot is incredible, especially considering it was an answer to O.J. Mayo’s supposed game-winner 1.5 seconds earlier. But the Rooney video is so picturesque it honestly looks like he’s in some controlled environment shooting spots for a video game. Even the way the crowd at Old Trafford reacts is video-game like – you know, all 75,000 homogeneously-dressed animations rising as one with their fists in the air. Rooney in a landslide.#7 Bobby Ryan’s triple triple deke vs. #10 David Garrard to Mike ThomasThe best part about the Garrard throw is easily Gus Johnson’s delayed reaction so it’s hard for me to vote for a play that wasn’t as good as that play’s call. Ryan, on the other hand, does something I’ve never seen in a hockey game before. Of course, I haven’t seen a lot of things in a hockey game because I don’t watch hockey. Whatever, even Charlie Conway is impressed with Ryan’s goal. He moves on.#2 Marshawn Lynch beast mode #15 Bron to Wade alley-oopI’m fairly ambivalent to both of these as well. Was Durant putting his junk in Brendan Haywood’s face not better than Wade heaving a basketball 88 feet to his boyfriend? I guess I’ll go Lynch, but mostly because I love me some Matt Hasselbeck downfield blocking. Quarterfinals#8 Bernadina over #1 Griffin – Again, it wasn’t even a dunk.#5 Horgmo over #13 Fuld – When your sleeping patterns are disturbed by the fact that you have to physically complete something that may or may not kill you, I vote for you.#3 Rooney over #6 Oklahoma State – Why did this have to be a second round matchup?! I would have voted for OSU over any of the other fourteen plays.#2 Lynch over #7 Ryan – My favorite part of this was a tweet by Scott Van Pelt shortly thereafter (paraphrased): We tend to hyperbolize what we just saw…but that might have been the best run I’ve ever seen. Semifinals#8 Bernadina over #5 Horgmo – The snowboarder has gone far enough.#3 Rooney over #2 Lynch – I could watch the Rooney kick all day. I’m tired of the Lynch run by the 6th time I see Russell Okung getting off the ground.Finals#3 Rooney over #8 Bernadina – The beautiful game.Before I get half a dozen comments questioning my loyalty to #OKState, just know that if I could re-seed this thing I’d go: 1. Rooney 2. Oklahoma State 3. Bernadina 4. Horgmo 5. Fuld 6. DeSean 7. Hassli and 8. RyanBroderick Brown to Shaun Lewis was the biggest play in the biggest game of OSU’s myth-like season, but Rooney’s magic was a once-in-a-generation moment that was only augmented because he is the most famous player on the most famous sports team in the world. The Theater of Dreams they call it, the stadium Manchester United runs around in, and for a few fleeting, perfect seconds, that’s exactly what it was.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Jamaica Launches Project to Protect Agricultural Sector and Coastal Areas

first_imgJamaica is taking steps towards enhancing the resilience of its agriculture sector and coastal areas in an effort to protect the livelihood and food security of its people. The objectives will be achieved under the Jamaica Adaptation Fund Programme, which was formally launched on Friday by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The three-year project, which got underway last month, is being implemented through grants totaling US$9.965 million from the Adaptation Fund and has as its objective, “to protect livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities by improving land and water management for the agricultural sector; strengthening coastal protection; and building institutional and local capacity for climate change adaptation”. It will target groups including fisherfolk, farmers, tourism interests, including hoteliers and tour operators, and select government entities in eight parishes ? Westmoreland, specifically Negril; St. Thomas; St. Ann; Trelawny; St. Catherine; Clarendon, particularly the Bull Head region of the Rio Minho watershed; St. Mary; and Manchester. Minister Pickersgill stated at the launch that “climate proofing key economic sectors through policy development, budgetary allocations and development planning, is no longer an option for us – it is essential”. He said the massive damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean and North America is “a wake-up call”, noting that “it is a reminder of the urgency with which we must continue to build the resilience of our countries to Climate Change, even as we carry out measures to adapt in the immediate circumstances”. He said that the loss of natural and man-made coastal resources due to sea level rise, and the potential for increased saline intrusion into the country’s already affected coastal water, are of utmost concern. “Our power plants, hospitals and shelters, major roadways, government and private offices, hotels and other infrastructure critical to our economic growth and development are located, for the most part, in coastal areas,” he noted. “Furthermore, the loss of life, personal property, and our GDP (Gross Domestic Product), due to increased frequency of extreme weather events, are among our greatest concerns,” he added. Minister Pickersgill stated that he had “high expectations” of the project, which will be executed primarily by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA); the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and relevant agencies; the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment; and the National Works Agency (NWA).  Among the activities under the project are: the establishment of water harvesting methods; training in technologies that will improve soil moisture retention as well as installing submerged breakwaters in the mid-region of Long Bay, Negril, which has experienced the greatest level of erosion in the past four decades. The implementing agency is the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), whose Director General, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, said “the interventions are expected to positively impact food for domestic consumption and export, and contribute to the lowering of the US$1 billion food import bill, while contributing to food security and stabilising the local supply chain. “The intervention will also assist in securing livelihoods in beneficiary communities and importantly, in the restoration of the critical ecosystem in Negril, which is so vital in Jamaica’s climate sensitive economy,” he stated. NEPA will be partnering with the NWA to implement Component 1 of the project, which will seek to further enhance the resilience of the vulnerable Negril coastline. The project will result in 2,000to 2,500 metres of the Negril shoreline being stabilised over time and contribute to the restoration of the sea grass bed.last_img read more

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Höegh LNG to Order Four FSRUs at Samsung Heavy

first_imgzoom Floating liquefied natural gas company Höegh LNG has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for one firm and three optional floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).Complete shipbuilding contract for the firm vessel is expected to be signed by mid-January 2017.Höegh LNG said that two units are scheduled for delivery in 2019, while the remaining two are set to join the company in 2020.The 170,000 m3 FSRUs have a regasification capacity of 750 MMScf/day and full trading capabilities.With this agreement, Höegh LNG said that it has taken advantage of “a very favorable newbuilding market to position itself for further expansion in the FSRU segment.”The deal comes on the back of the company’s agreement with Quantum Power Ghana Gas Limited to provide an FSRU for the Tema LNG import terminal located close to Accra in Ghana for a period of 20 years.“Last week we secured a new FSRU employment contract, and today we follow up with the ordering of our next series of FSRU newbuildings, in line with our declared strategy,” Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President and Chief Executive Officer, said.The contract, which has a five year extension option for the charterer, is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of around USD 36 million, the company earlier said.last_img read more

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Montreal designer creates elegant look for Jessica Mulroney at royal wedding

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal designer says seeing her custom dress on tastemaker Jessica Mulroney at the royal wedding was a wonderful experience, and it’s giving her brand an international boost.Antoinette Di Carlo, the designer and creative director at Di Carlo Couture, said she watched the ceremony from her home in Montreal Saturday morning before heading to work to fit other clients.“It was a great feeling, that’s for sure. Designing and fitting the dress is one thing, but to see it on camera is kind of a reality, so it’s a wonderful feeling,” Di Carlo said.Di Carlo said she and Mulroney connected via social media and had begun developing a relationship, after Mulroney asked her to design a high-waisted, wide-leg, silk and crepe pantsuit for her last fall.“She had loved the fit of the outfit I had originally worked on with her and she wanted to develop a beautiful, classy, elegant look for the upcoming wedding,” Di Carlo said.The result was a royal blue, custom tea-length fit and flare dress with cap sleeve button details. The gown featured an integrated waist and v-back in a striking royal blue colourway.Di Carlo said she’s happy Mulroney chose to work with a designer from her hometown of Montreal, and she has already received international attention for the dress on social media.Mulroney, who is married to TV personality Ben Mulroney, escorted 10 young pageboys and bridesmaids — including their three children — into St. George’s Chapel for the ceremony.It’s been widely reported that Jessica Mulroney became good friends with the American-born Meghan Markle when the actress moved to Toronto to shoot her seven-season run of the Bravo/USA Network series “Suits.”British royalty expert Katie Nicholl told The Canadian Press the two bonded over a shared love of fitness, travel and fashion.“Jessica has been very important to Meghan; she’s been very important behind the scenes in the run-up to the royal wedding,” Nicholl said in an interview published earlier this month.Raised in Montreal, Mulroney has also worked as a bridal consultant and fashion expert. Earlier this month, Hudson’s Bay Co. announced she is taking on a bigger role at the Canadian retailer, acting as spokeswoman for the new brand CORE Life.Mulroney first joined Hudson’s Bay Co. in 2014 to help launch the Toronto outpost of the New York-based designer boutique Kleinfeld Bridal. She’s also a contributing editor at Wedding Vacations magazine from the travel company Sunwing, and regularly outlines style trends on the daytime talk show “Cityline.”The copious amounts of media coverage lavished on royal nuptials — and wedding fashion — is not just a recent fascination.Weeks before the 1947 wedding of Queen Elizabeth II, royal wedding gown guesses went all the way to Australia, with newspaper The Age reporting she was going to wear a “simple dress” but that the design was being kept secret.last_img read more

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Recipient in rare paired living liver donation thanks angel donor

first_imgTORONTO — One of the recipients of what’s believed to be North America’s first paired living liver donation is calling the stranger who saved his life “an angel.”Fifty-four-year-old Muhammad Khan of Mississauga, Ont., is sharing his gratitude nearly one year after 38-year-old Kelly Bryan of Peterborough, Ont., gave him more than half of her liver.In turn, Khan’s wife, Hina, donated more than half of her liver to another stranger.The feat was revealed at Toronto General Hospital where patients and doctors touted the potential that the rare procedure has to save lives.Officials with the University Health Network Transplant Program say the four simultaneous surgeries took place July 9, 2018 and took 12 hours, four operating rooms and 28 staff and surgeons.About 100 staff and doctors looked after the pairs before, during and after the surgeries.A year later, all four patients are doing well, with Khan especially grateful for Bryan’s generosity.Khan was diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis in 2017, and he suspects he would not have survived if Bryan had not come forward.“Kelly was an angel to me, I think, honestly,” Khan said Tuesday as details of the surgeries were made public for the first time.“The way she came up with this organ donation, it is the biggest gift to me that I could have ever received, someone saving my life that I never knew of.”The transplant program says paired liver exchanges have been performed in Korea and Hong Kong, but there are no published reports of them being done in Europe or North America.The feat requires incredible resources, notes UHN transplant surgeon Dr. David Grant, who described the many weeks of planning as akin to “training for a marathon.”But he hopes the UHN’s success can spur future swaps and save more lives.“Very few institutions have the capacity to staff four operating rooms to do a surgery like this,” notes Grant, who served as Bryan’s surgeon during the procedure. “And of course there still aren’t that many people that step forward to be an anonymous donor.”It was all possible because of Bryan, whose blood type is the rare universal 0-negative, allowing her to donate blood to anyone. Hina was not a match for her husband, so she was paired by the medical team with another, compatible recipient. That person chose to remain private.Bryan ended up experiencing complications from her surgery — transient intestinal blockage that required her to stay in hospital longer than expected. But she returned to work as a paramedic three months after her operation and says she has no regrets.“The risks and the recovery are hardly even a sacrifice when it comes to saving someone’s life,” says Bryan.“And I think it’s important that people know that living donation is a possibility; it’s not just deceased organs that people receive and the need for it is so great. There are so many people dying on the waiting list and also people do so much better from living donation than deceased donation, the recovery is easier and there’s less complications for the recipients.”Grant notes that an anonymous living donor — someone who chooses to donate to a recipient they don’t know — can help two dying patients, by effectively creating two new compatible pairs. It also allows those remaining on the deceased donors’ list to move up two places.“That’s why it is so important to shout out to the world how life-changing and important this gift is,” says Grant, noting that 50 to 100 people a year die while waiting for a liver transplant in Ontario.Almost 300 people are on the waiting list for a liver in Ontario.Similar paired exchanges involving kidneys have been performed for 15 years, but liver exchanges are far more rare, and riskier.“Anything we can do to reduce that waiting list is extraordinarily important,” says Grant.Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Race against time in Nunavut after TB vaccine recall

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe company that makes a vaccine for tuberculosis has announced a recall.It’s a big deal in the North. In Nunavut, every child receives a shot.People are not usually vaccinated in the rest of Canada.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img

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Cheaper gas sends US consumer prices down 01 pct

first_imgWASHINGTON — Consumer prices slipped 0.1 per cent last month, pulled down by sharply lower gas prices and cheaper air fares, used cars, and mobile phone plans.The Labor Department said the consumer price index rose just 1.9 per cent in December from a year earlier, the first time it has fallen below 2 per cent since August 2017.Excluding the volatile energy and food categories, core prices rose 0.2 per cent for the third month in a row. They rose 2.2 per cent from a year ago for the second straight month.The figures suggest that the healthy economy is not yet creating widespread inflation pressures. That gives the Federal Reserve more leeway in deciding whether to raise interest rates. Fed Chair Jerome Powell has said the Fed can be “patient” regarding rate hikes this year.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Man thrown from vehicle and killed in rollover crash north of Wonowon

first_imgWONOWON, B.C. – One man is dead after a single-vehicle crash occurred off the Alaska Highway north of Wonowon on Sunday evneing.Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that officers and BC Ambulance Service crews were called out to a single vehicle rollover on the Mile 109 Road, three kilometres from the turnoff to the Alaska Highway, at around 8:00 p.m.The crash involved a single red 2007 Volkswagen Golf with two occupants; a 41-year-old female driver and a 32-year-old male passenger. Cst. Neustaeter said that officers believe the man was ejected from the vehicle during the collision and was declared dead at the scene. The family of the deceased have been notified, his identity has not been released.The woman was taken by ambulance to the Fort St John Regional Hospital for an assessment and was released shortly thereafter.The Fort St John RCMP is imploring all drivers and passengers to properly wear their seatbelts, which are proven to save lives.Police say that alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor, but the collision remains under investigation.If anyone witnessed the collision, has any dash cam video, or observed the vehicle’s driving behaviour prior to the crash, they are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at read more

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Urbanization brings both growth and poverty to AsiaPacific region – UN

19 March 2008The pace of urbanization in Asia and the Pacific – unparalleled by any other area in the world – has resulted in growth but has also driven up poverty within cities, the United Nations commission covering the region said today. The urban population of the Asia-Pacific region has been growing at the fastest rate in the world over the past 15 years, according to the “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific” released today by the UN Economic and Social Commission for the area, known as ESCAP.“This growth is having a knock-on effect,” said Pietro Gennari, chief of ESCAP’s Statistics Division. “We’re seeing more and more people living in slums and also a negative effect on people’s ability to access clean water and sanitation in urban areas.”Two out of every five people in urban areas reside in slums, and countries such as China, Indonesia and the Philippines have all noted a drop in the proportion of the urban population with access to clean water.The region’s rapid economic growth is putting a considerable burden on the environment, partly as a result of the increase in energy consumption. Asia-Pacific’s carbon dioxide emissions surged from 1.9 tons per capita in 1990 to3.2 tons per capita in 2004.Mr. Gennari observed that if emissions are calculated per unit of gross domestic product, then the Asia-Pacific region has one of the highest carbon dioxide intensities in the world.The dramatic increase in the number of cars used in the area, while contributing to economic growth, has the downside of boosting pollution levels. The Yearbook also notes that although the region boasts some of the highest rates of railway density in the developing world, less than half of the Asia-Pacific countries have a sizeable rail system. read more

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Jaffna fishermen demand compensation package

Fishermen from Jaffna have demanded that the Sri Lankan government frame a comprehensive scheme to safeguard their interests when they experience huge losses caused by poachers.The need for such a scheme has been felt in the light of a recent incident near Neduntheevu or Deft Island in the Jaffna district wherein 27 out of 30 nets belonging to a Karainagar-based fisherman were said to have been damaged by trawlers run by unknown persons, The Hindu newspaper reported. Replying in the negative to a query whether the government has got any scheme to compensate fishermen who are affected by acts of poachers, M.C. L. Fernando, Director General of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, says fishermen can join insurance schemes.But, Mr. Rajachandran, secretary of Jaffna District Fisheries Cooperative Federation, says fishing nets are left out of the ambit of insurance schemes, which cover boats while Mr. Kannah points out says there are genuine difficulties in providing the cover to nets. “This is why the government should come out with a scheme that takes care of all our losses,” he added. The fisherman concerned, Loganathan, claims that even his three other nets are of no use as they too have suffered irreparable damages. In monetary terms, his loss comes to about SLR 2.5 lakh. “I do not know how I will be able to mobilise this much money and get back to regular fishing,” says Mr. Loganathan. On the same day, the Sri Lankan authorities had apprehended four fishermen, hailing from India, along with a trawler, for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters. read more

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Presidents former Chief of Staff and former STC head further remanded

President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff K Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka were today ordered to be further remanded.They were today ordered by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court to be further remanded till August 21 over a bribery case. Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal.Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for predatory pricing

BRUSSELS — The European Union has fined U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of “predatory pricing.”EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Thursday the U.S. company was abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets and said it sold below cost to force out a competitor.Vestager said the market was too important to tolerate such abuse. She said “baseband chipsets are key components so mobile devices can connect to the internet. Qualcomm sold these products at a price below cost to key customers with the intention of eliminating a competitor.”She said the competitor was Icera.Qualcomm could not immediately be reached for comment.The Associated Press read more

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Middle East in threefold crisis security humanitarian regional Annan

“We face continuing intensification of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians; we face [a] mounting humanitarian and human rights crisis in the West Bank and Gaza with enormous suffering for the innocent civilian population caught up in the hostilities; and we face rising tensions throughout the region, particularly along Israel’s northern border,” Mr. Annan told reporters at a press briefing with the three other members of the diplomatic “Quartet” – the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States.Referring to the volatile situation along the line of Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, the Secretary-General called on the Lebanese Government “and all relevant parties” to condemn and prevent violation of the so-called Blue Line. “Attacks at any point across the Blue Line, including into the Shabaa farms area in the occupied Golan Heights, are violations of Security Council resolutions,” he said. “Respect for decisions of the Security Council is the most basic requirement of international legitimacy.”Responding to questions from reporters, the Secretary-General noted that it would be difficult to assess the full gravity of the humanitarian situation without access to “all the territories that are now a theatre of battle,” but predicted that “we will be shocked by what we see.”On suicide attacks against Israelis, Mr. Annan called the practice “morally repugnant” and indefensible. “Attacks against innocent and unarmed civilians is terrorism that we cannot tolerate,” he said.The Secretary-General also drew attention to the “really deplorable economic and social situation in the occupied territories” and called for stepped-up assistance to help civilians there and to support the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Annan later departed Madrid for Rome to chair the twice-yearly meeting of the heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes, known as the Chief Executives Board. read more

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Africa can move faster on achieving development goals says UN report

The report, entitled “The Millennium Development Goals in Africa – Progress and Challenges,” published by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), has been issued to coincide with the World Summit at UN headquarters in New York from 14-16 September, at which achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs – the ambitious set of targets for reducing world poverty and other ills by 2015 – will be a major topic of discussion.The report says countries such as Ghana, Botswana, Uganda and Burkina Faso are likely to achieve the first goal of halving poverty by the deadline. Many more countries remain far behind, but the report argues that their governments can be successful at reducing extreme poverty if they use the MDGs as a tool in shaping their development policies. “What this report shows is that it’s important to look closely at what’s happening in each country,” says K.Y. Amoako, ECA’s Executive Secretary. “Africa does need to make much faster progress and we’re showing a way forward; but the impression is sometimes given that there is no progress to report. That is wrong.”Africa’s slow pace of development has been well-documented. While other regions, particularly Asia, have registered significant progress, some African countries have even suffered reverses in crucial areas. Adult life expectancy, for example, has declined from 50 to 46 years. It is clear that sub-Saharan Africa as a whole will not achieve most of the MDGs by the target date of 2015.Yet, the report shows, MDGs have served as a catalyst to spur sluggish programmes that can bring the continent closer to its development aims. And where the right policies are not in place, the Goals can provide new impetus to reverse the deterioration in human development.For example, the MDGs are incorporated into the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), the blueprint endorsed by the African Union for economic progress on the continent.As a result, successes have been achieved on the ground, the report says. Egypt and Gambia have sharply reduced maternal mortality (Goal 5) by investing in the training of birth attendants and midwives, while Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Gabon are likely to meet Goal 2 in achieving universal primary education. read more

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UN police officer recognized for protecting vulnerable Somali women from abuse

Superintendent Osei has played an important role in enhancing the protection of women and girls, sparking initiatives to promote women’s rights in the Jubaland state police force, and successfully initiating adult literacy training for 49 female police officers: Ms. Osei also formed a Female Peacekeeper Network to support female peacekeepers working with the UNSOM and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).UN Police Adviser, Commissioner Luis Carrilho, praised Superintendent Osei for her exemplary conduct. “Ms. Osei was deployed to Somalia earlier this year in February 2018”, he said.“By April, she had already identified and trained two [staff to tackle gender issues] in AMISOM who went on to mentor and advise police officers in the host state police. Soon after, Ms. Osei established four gender desks in the host state police, facilitated a training on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and initiated a proposal that called for the establishment of a police post near the community thus ensuring access for SGBV survivors”.Nominations for the Award are requested annually from all peacekeeping and special political missions where UN police are deployed. Based on criteria for high performance, a selection committee, comprising policing and peacekeeping experts, evaluate the conduct and achievements of the nominees with an emphasis on impact of policing service delivery.The Award aims to establish a role model for women police peacekeepers and to promote the UN Secretary General’s Gender Parity Strategy and DPKO’s Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy, through encouraging Member States to deploy more female police officers to peacekeeping and special political missions. Since joining UNSOM in February, Ms. Osei – who holds the rank of Superintendent with the Ghanaian police force – has swiftly made a direct and positive impact on the community and host state police in Jubaland. read more

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October UK vehicle production

Source: -4.8% SMMT Ltd -42.1% -71.5% Oct-09 1,464 74,222 Total vehicles  17.7% 213,444 24.2% 17.6% Total 87,667 75.8% 875,391 114,335 Oct-09 -38.1% -39.5% 6,471 193,780 -40.9% 18,733 24.4% 801,169 ·    Pace of decline in car output slowing, October’s shortfall was smallest of the year.·         Commercial vehicle output continues to decline sharply.·         SMMT has encouraged government to boost business confidence through its pre-budget report. -34.6% 94,138 -8.0% -18.7% 18.4% Commercial vehicles  82.3% -6.7% YTD 2009 -60.0% 82.4% % of total Home -18.6% YTD 2009 75.6% Export YTD 2009 -40.5% 7,935 106,400 20,197 73.5% -51.7% 26.5% -7.1% -72.9% Cars “The rate of decline in UK car production continued to fall in October, against a weak 2008. The scrappage scheme and early signs of recovery in global markets offer some encouragement to UK vehicle producers, but 2010 is expected to be another difficult year for the industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “SMMT has asked the chancellor to use the pre-budget report to help sustain and strengthen recovery. Building business and consumer confidence will be key factors during the first half of 2010.” % of total -10.1% 19,664 661,947 81.6% 607,389 -39.2% Oct-09 54,558 For more, please see the attached document. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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