NS inquiry into murdersuicides has national implications advocate says

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s inquiry into the shooting deaths of an Afghan war veteran and his family could have sweeping implications for ailing former soldiers, veterans’ advocates say.Lionel Desmond — diagnosed with PTSD after two harrowing tours in Afghanistan in 2007 — shot his wife, daughter and mother before turning the gun on himself on Jan. 3, 2017.The province’s long-awaited decision Thursday to launch a fatality inquiry — and Ottawa’s commitment to provide its “fullest support” to the probe — will put a spotlight on how injured soldiers are transitioned to civilian life across the country.Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan said Friday the federal government will work with the province on the inquiry to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.“Very difficult circumstances led to this investigation and it is important we work together to ensure they do not re-occur,” he said in a statement. “We are committed to co-operate with the province.”Veterans’ advocate Peter Stoffer said that while the inquiry will focus on Desmond, the findings and recommendations will influence “veterans right across the country.”“This will have national implications for the government in the way they operate and for the provinces and territories,” the former Nova Scotia MP said Friday. “Hopefully the transition process exiting the military or RCMP will be much more enhanced.”Family members say Desmond was a radically changed man when he was medically discharged, and returned home to Upper Big Tracadie, N.S., in 2015. They say his outgoing sense of humour had dimmed and, more importantly, he seemed withdrawn and in a defensive posture much of the time, as if he was still in combat mode.Within hours of the killings, relatives came forward to complain the retired corporal did not get the help he needed to cope with civilian life.Retired master warrant officer Barry Westholm called the Desmond family deaths “a national tragedy.”“If Lionel had a place to call, a human being that could say, ‘OK Lionel come on back to the base and let’s sort you out,’ maybe this tragedy could have been prevented,” he said Friday. “It takes something like this to make them do something.”Westholm served as a sergeant major for the Joint Personnel Support Unit — an eastern Ontario unit which provides support and programs for ill or injured soldiers — before resigning in protest.He said the inquiry should examine how injured soldiers are prepared for civilian life and monitored once they’re released.Though he’s cautiously optimistic the inquiry could spark changes for injured soldiers, Westholm said it’s already clear what’s needed.“That’s what’s driving me bananas. They’ve got everything they need except for leadership,” he said. “All the answers are there, the reports are written, the people are there.”“You’ve got the entire Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs, that’s tens of thousands of people and billions of dollars at your beck and call, and you can’t get a person transitioned out of the military correctly. There is no excuse except leadership.”Dr. Matthew Bowes, the province’s chief medical examiner who recommended the fatality inquiry, said the apparent lack of co-operation between government agencies will likely be a key aspect of the terms of reference.“I was very much struck by the fact that there were many government agencies that touched on Mr. Desmond’s life and I would take the view that the interconnection between all of those may well have been better,” he said Thursday. “It’s my hope that the public nature of the inquiry and its final report will drive change.”Trev Bungay, a retired soldier who served in Afghanistan with Desmond, said one of the biggest issues is a lack of follow-up with injured soldiers once they leave the military.“The mistake is once you leave those facilities there is no contact unless you make it,” he said. “What people don’t understand is if someone has an operational stress injury or PTSD, they have it for life.”Bungay, co-founder of Trauma Healing Centers — a chain of facilities offering treatment for veterans, first responders and civilians suffering from PTSD, trauma and other issues — said injured veterans need to be put on a lifelong treatment plan with regular follow-ups.“If you get off that plan then you’ll go downhill and struggle,” he said. “But if you stay on it and you stay well, then you have a chance at living a great life.”last_img read more

QuickList December inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national inflation rate was 1.9 per cent in December, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.7 per cent (2.0)— Prince Edward Island: 2.0 (2.2)— Nova Scotia: 1.7 (1.8)— New Brunswick: 2.9 (2.7)— Quebec: 1.8 (1.7)— Ontario: 1.5 (1.9)— Manitoba: 2.9 (3.2)— Saskatchewan: 3.4 (3.7)— Alberta: 2.0 (2.5)— British Columbia: 2.0 (2.6)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 2.1 (2.3)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 2.4 (1.4)— Iqaluit, Nunavut: 1.8 (1.6)last_img

Flair Airlines leaving Hamilton for Torontos Pearson International Airport

first_imgTORONTO – Flair Airlines is planning to leave Hamilton this fall for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, just months new ultra low cost rival Swoop landed at the smaller airport.The airline based in Kelowna, B.C., said Friday that its Hamilton service will end on Oct. 27.“After extensive analysis we made the determination that due to market size and competition we felt that we could have a greater impact in Toronto,” spokeswoman Julie Rempel said in an interview.Even though Pearson costs are higher, Flair’s yields and passenger load factors were higher for its flights to Edmonton and consistently outperformed flights from Hamilton, she said.Routes to Winnipeg and Edmonton will be transferred to Toronto while seasonal flights between Halifax and Toronto are slated to start next spring.Flair will next week announce its first service to the United States with flights to six destinations starting in December. It is also finalizing a change in aircraft type.The airline had the John C. Munro airport in Hamilton to itself as an ultra low cost carrier until WestJet’s Swoop subsidiary set up its eastern Canadian base of operations in June.Asked if there is room for two ultra low cost competitors in Hamilton, Rempel said Flair isn’t sticking around to find out.WestJet declined to comment on Flair’s move but spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said its success over the years demonstrates that the Hamilton community loves the combination of low fares and the guest experience.“We are now providing the community with more options with the creation of Swoop which positions us to compete against other ULCCs and serve our markets appropriately, ensuring the continued growth and expansion of WestJet into a global airline,” she said.The Hamilton airport said it was disappointed by Flair’s decision to withdraw, but says it is well-suited for low-cost carriers because its low fees allow the airlines to pass along savings to customers.“I think Canadians are looking for those options and Hamilton is geographically very well-positioned to host carriers like Swoop,” said Dina Carlucci, the airport’s director of marketing and communications.Despite Flair’s claims about the Hamilton market, Carlucci said the secondary airport is an hour’s drive from Pearson and within reach to nine million people within a two hour driving radius.In addition to Swoop, Norwegian Airlines plans to launch service next spring to Dublin.Transat and Sunwing are considering expanding their seasonal service and Air Canada is preparing to increase the frequency of its daily service to Montreal to three flight a day, she said.“It is disappointing that Flair is stepping away but there’s equally a lot of interest and I’m not even naming the other carriers we’re in talks with now that I’m not privy to disclose.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC, TSX:TRZ)last_img read more

City of Dawson Creeks Kindness Meters

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City in partnership with TransCanada run the Kindness Meter Initiative, a program that operates parking meters that collect donations for those in need.In April of 2016, the Kindness Meter Initiative was launched between the City of Dawson Creek and in partnership with TransCanada. The Kindness Meters are specially refurbished parking meters that are located in four locations around Dawson Creek.Every year, two non-profit organizations that provide assistance to those in need within the City of Dawson Creek can apply to be apart of receiving funds from the Kindness Meters through an application process. The total amount of funds collected from the special meters are then matched by TransCanada and then given to the chosen groups for their specified time frame.The selection process is as follows; Applications from eligible groups are accepted by the Administration Department of the City, from non-profit organizations on a continuing basis.Two groups are selected for each one year donation period by way of a draw, made inJanuary of each year.Funds collected from all meters are combined at the end of the donation period andevenly distributed amongst the selected groupsThere is still time before this January 10th City Council meeting, to apply for your group.To get an Application CLICK HERElast_img read more

Internet resources and accessibility spotlighted at UN forum

12 November 2007Critical Internet resources, access, openness and using the World Wide Web to assist development were among the issues tackled today at the opening in Rio de Janeiro of the second meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. “The United Nations does not have a role in managing the Internet,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message, delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang. “But we do embrace the opportunity to provide, through this Forum, a platform that helps to ensure the Internet’s global reach.”The Forum “may have no power to make decisions,” Mr. Ban said. “But it can inform and inspire those who are in a position to make them.”Adding his own remarks, Mr. Sha said the Forum was a unique opportunity for all interested parties to develop, under UN auspices, an innovative dialogue “freed from the constraints of negotiating a text. The Forum is also unique in that it brings together people who normally do not meet under the same roof.”Development had been one of the key priorities throughout the Internet governance debate, he said, adding that “the Internet is capable of delivering economic opportunities for all. But much remains to be done.” Sérgio Rezende, Brazil’s Minister of Science and Technology and the Chair of the meeting, said the Internet embodied the spirit of compromise, cooperation and participation. “Without this spirit, the Internet loses his potential,” he said.The Internet was essential for education – thus the need for universal access. The digital divide was a factor in the current increase of inequality, and digital inclusion would lead to a fairer, more balanced world. Developing countries should intensify their efforts to make people more computer-literate, he said.Speaking on behalf of the European Union, Portugal’s Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education José Mariano Ago said the organizations that managed the Internet, especially the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), had shown an unprecedented capacity of response. Such a flexible and dynamic model could be improved but should continue, he said.Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said the most important item on the meeting’s agenda was access. “Our discussions here will mean nothing to someone not able to get onto the network in the first place.” The challenge now was to bring the next billion people online.ICANN was committed to an open way of doing business that included many stakeholders, he said. “Anyone, from governments, the technical community, business and civil society, can participate freely, either in person or virtually.”The Forum is not a decision-making body, and there will be no negotiated outcome. But the meeting aims at creating an open dialogue on public policy issues relating to the Internet and creating new dynamics between participating institutions. During the four-day meeting, some 1,700 representatives from some 90 countries, as well as from the private sector, civil society and the academic and technical communities, will discuss Internet governance in plenary sessions as well as at 70 other events. read more

CPC determined to get back Rs 11 billion from SriLankan

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) says it is determined to get back Rs 11 billion from SriLankan Airlines.Addressing a media conference today, CPC said that SriLankan Airlines was one of the reasons the state oil company suffered huge losses. CPC however said it will not increase fuel prices as a result of the losses it suffered in the past. (Colombo Gazette)

TSX posts strong advance for a second day on higher oil prices

by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2015 6:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto Stock Exchange posted a solid advance for a second consecutive session Tuesday, with almost all sectors higher as oil prices rose and prospects improved for a deal on Greek debt.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 114.43 points at 14,904.91, adding to Monday’s 137-point gain as the heavyweight mining, energy and financials sectors all trended higher.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial closed up 24.29 points at 18,144.07, while the Nasdaq gained 6.12 points to a record 5,160.09 and the S&P 500 rose 1.35 points to 2,124.20.Allan Small, senior investment adviser at Holliswealth, said the markets are trending higher as investors begin to bet that the Greek government will make a last-minute deal with creditors to stave off default and a potential exit from the euro.“The markets, for a long time, have kind of anticipated that there would be a deal, but every time we heard some negative news it was an opportunity for the market to sell off,” he said. “What you’re seeing is that the markets are happy because of what’s happening in Europe.”Greece faces the possibility of falling short on a 1.6-billion-euro loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund due by the end of the month if it doesn’t reach an agreement to extend its current bailout deal with the European Union, which expires June 30.The loonie was down 0.05 of a U.S. cent at 81.08 cents, and Small said the Canadian dollar could move even lower if the U.S. increases interest rates in the fall as is expected by many analysts.“I don’t believe an interest rate increase has been factored into the exchange rate as of yet,” he said. “I think it’s very possible that you could see our dollar fall more in the second half of this year.”In commodities, the August crude contract was up 63 cents at US$61.01 a barrel.Small said the price of oil seems to have found an equilibrium that satisfies investors and doesn’t have a significant impact on production.“There’s this point for the price of oil whereby you have a happy medium where the taps are not being opened and not being closed,” he said.August gold fell $7.50 to US$1,176.60 an ounce and July copper advanced almost five cents to US$2.61 a pound.Amaya Inc. enjoyed a nice bounce on the Toronto Stock Exchange a day after chairman and CEO David Baazov was re-elected to the company’s board at its annual general meeting despite an ongoing insider trading investigation by Quebec’s securities regulator.The stock (TSX:AYA) rose $1.29 or 3.63 per cent to $36.85 with more than one million shares changing hands, much heavier than its usual daily volume of some 650,000 shares. TSX posts strong advance for a second day on higher oil prices read more

American Strong Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon

In the final paces to become the first American to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, Meb Keflezighi slapped hands with fans lining Boylston Street, where two bombs detonated during last year’s race, killing three and injuring 260.“As an athlete, you have dreams,” he said. “Today was the day when dreams and reality met. My career is fulfilled.”Keflezighi led for most of the 26.2-mile run, and even earned the cheers of his competitors as he flew past them toward the finish line. He crossed the tape after 2 hours 8 minutes 37 seconds, a personal best.“This is probably the most meaningful victory for an American because of what happened last year,” he said. “I’m almost 39. I just ran a personal best. I just won the Boston Marathon. I feel blessed.”The list of winners of all major marathons in recent decades is dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians. Runners from those countries have won 24 of the 30 Boston Marathons since 1983, when American Greg Meyer won. While Keflezighi is a familiar name and successful marathoner, nothing about his life fits history or convention.Keflezighi is one of 10 children. He fled to Italy from Eritrea with his mother and his siblings while his father worked cleaning jobs to support the family and arranged  for them to immigrate to San Diego. Keflezighi was a high school champion who went on to thrive at UCLA, where he won multiple NCAA championships.Keflezighi and Josphat Boit, a late entrant, pulled away from the pack midway through Monday’s race. After the runners hit the Newton hills, Keflezighi pulled away from Boit, who finished 11th.“He was so far away,” Kenyan Wilson Chebet said, “I couldn’t see Meb. I only saw straight road.”Around the 20th mile, Keflezighi said he fought off a stomach ailment and  “prayed a lot” to earn the title.Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended her women’s title, pulling away in the final three miles to win Boston easily for the third time. Besides winning last year, Jeptoo, 33, also won in 2006. She set a course record of 2:18:57 on Monday, and the top four women all beat the former course record of 2:20:43. read more

What If Men And Women Skied Against Each Other In The Olympics

Last fall, Lindsey Vonn, a gold-medal Olympian and the second winningest World Cup skier of all time,1She has 81 wins, only five behind male Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark, who retired in 1989. repeated a request she’d made before: to race against men. U.S. Ski & Snowboard made a formal petition on her behalf to the International Ski Federation (FIS), which currently does not allow mixed-gender competitions.2There are team events in Alpine skiing that have mixed-gender teams, one of which will be featured in the Pyeongchang Olympics for the first time. But in those events, women are still racing in heats against women and men against men. The FIS won’t rule on the petition until spring at the earliest, so as Vonn competes in Pyeongchang this weekend, she won’t know if she will ever get a chance to race against her male peers.3Even if the FIS were to approve the petition, it probably would not permanently change the rules regarding mixed-gender racing. Rather, it is likely to make a one-time exception for Vonn to race in the men’s World Cup race in November 2018.Vonn’s quest made us wonder: What would the Olympics look like if men and women skied against each other? We got results for four Alpine events in the Winter Olympics4Excluding combined and team events. going back to 1948 and looked at the median speed5We used median speed rather than an average of the field because competitors who did much worse than the field each year had too big an impact on the average. for competitors in the men’s and women’s events in each year.6 Because Alpine courses are not specific lengths (they follow general guidelines), we needed to know how long each course was so that we could compare speeds from different races, rather than just race times. The results came from Sports-Reference.com, and the course information is from Wikipedia. Neither dataset was complete, so races in which we are missing either times or course lengths are excluded. As women have gotten faster, they have also been racing longer distances. It seems that distance is not a limiting factor for female skiers. And yet, while the range of women’s speeds is comparable to that of men’s — and even in some events, such as super-G, women have the fastest average speeds in our dataset — in no event have women raced on the longest courses (though in many cases they raced the same distance or greater than men did in other Olympic years).Apart from any questions of inequality, this feature of Alpine skiing makes comparing men’s and women’s performances very difficult. Distance may, in fact, affect average speeds, and requiring separate courses also means that other factors, like gate placement and steepness, will be different for men’s and women’s races.The separation of genders in Alpine skiing, combined with the fact that women are usually asked to do less than men, implies that if men and women were in head-to-head competition, women would never have a shot at gold.8Atle Skaardal, race director of the women’s World Cup, has maintained that keeping genders separate has nothing to do with relative performance, saying, “For me it’s a meaningless comparison. It doesn’t matter if she’s one second behind or a half-second ahead. We compete female against female and men against men. To me it doesn’t matter if one gender is faster or slower. It doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, just because it’s of interest to one racer.” But we simply don’t know for sure if that is true — with all the differences between men’s and women’s races, the data can’t really tell us. Vonn herself has expressed doubts about how she would perform directly against men, telling the Denver Post, “I know I’m not going to win.”“But,” she said, “I would like to at least have the opportunity to try.” In slalom, giant slalom and the super-G, women’s and men’s performances seem to vary in comparison to each other. However, in downhill, the event that most emphasizes speed rather than making turns, the men consistently run ahead of the women — though female downhill skiers today are faster in general than the men who competed in the late 1970s and earlier.But these comparisons hide a key difference between the men’s and women’s competitions: namely, the courses themselves. Men and women rarely race on the same courses, which are set according to different guidelines, with men’s courses requiring a greater change in elevation. Courses also vary in their steepness, but there has not been a marked difference in the average gradient of men’s and women’s courses. This means that men’s courses, which tend to have the same gradient as women’s but a greater vertical change, are usually longer than women’s. In other Winter Olympic sports where events are defined by their lengths, such as cross-country skiing and biathlon, the women’s races are also almost always significantly shorter.7Curiously, the same is not true for most analogous Summer Olympic events, such as track and field races.So here’s another question: Is there any reason for women’s Alpine courses to be shorter? For example, do women go faster on shorter courses, either relative to themselves or to men? (Though that in itself would not be a reason that women’s courses had to be shorter but might give some explanation as to why they are.) To investigate, we plotted average speed versus course length for the winning female competitor in each event for every year. read more

Duchess of Cambridge visits Luxembourg on solo trip as Brexit Ambassador

first_imgCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children as she tours a cycling themed festivalCredit:Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Europe Significantly, the Duchess was accompanied by the Queen’s own private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, in a move aides said underlined the significance of the trip and the Queen’s personal support. Francine Closener, Luxembourg’s economy, international security and defence secretary, said the country would continue to respect the common values of “pragmatism, an ability to adapt… a capacity to listen to others, understand their needs and find a solution” even as “our relationship evolves.”Later this year, the Duchess and Duke will visit Germany and Poland on the request of the Foreign Office, in another bid to show their appreciation for the UK’s European neighbours.  Frank Schleck, also a professional cyclist and brother of Andy, said: “We talked about how they [children] really appreciate riding a bike. For kids, it’s great because they can exercise and – as long as it’s safe – go to school without their parents.”She said their kids [Prince George and Princess Charlotte] have bikes and that they’re always excited about trying to ride.”It formed part of the Duchess’ one-day trip to Luxembourg, following what has been dubbed the Royal family’s “Brexit tour” charm offensive in Europe this year. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children as she tours a cycling themed festival Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge tours a cycling themed festival “She said not to worry, it’s totally normal at that age.”The Duchess was attending a festival in Luxembourg’s Place Clairefontaine, which gathered cyclists, a choir, and schoolchildren in celebration of the upcoming Tour de France.The Duchess was introduced to cyclist Kim Kirchen, his wife Caroline and six-year-old twin sons Liam and Mika, who presented her with a personalised jersey.Mrs Kirchen said: “She said she has no excuse now not to get on a bike.” The Duchess of Cambridge accepts flowers from a child as she visited the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg CityCredit:James Whatling The Duchess of Cambridge in Luxembourgcenter_img The Duchess wore a blue coat by Emilia WicksteadCredit:Stephen Lock/i-Images Politicians in Luxembourg did not shy away from the topic of Brexit during the day, with speeches referencing cooperation and pragmatism.Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said: “The European Union is the backbone of Luxembourg’s independence and prosperity. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge tours a cycling themed festivalCredit:Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Europe  The Duchess of Cambridge visits MUDAM As the mother of two small children, the Duchess of Cambridge has likely learned the art of adapting to their moods.Her skills were put to the test yesterday, as a three-year-old boy was overcome with the pressure of handing her a posy of flowers.Teo Schleck, the young son of Tour de France-winning Andy Schleck, was struck with a bout of shyness in front of the cameras, collapsing into his mother’s arms for reassurance while the Duchess crouched down to console him. Jil Schleck, his mother, later said: “Kate asked if he was shy. She was very nice – you can see she’s a mum. “We are happy to be part of this European family, which is based on the rule of law, justice and peace.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Students could save almost €4k if they stay at home with mum

first_img I don’t know yet (106) No, I’m going to rent (161) Yes, I am going to commute (436) Commute is too far, I have to move out (336) THE NEW COST of living guide by Dublin Institute of Technology finds that students could save up to €3,893 if they lived at home while attending college.The most significant issue identified this year for students is the increase in rents, particularly in Dublin, which is primarily due to a shortage of suitable student accommodation.Save money A student in rented accommodation should budget €10,976, while a student living at home will need just €7,083 – a saving of €3,893, finds the report.Brian Gormley, the Manager of Campus Life in DIT said, “We are urging students to book their accommodation for the coming year as soon as possible. Due to the shortage in accommodation, many students are commuting longer distances, and the increase in transport costs has not helped”.The guide also finds that for the first time since 2008 living costs associated with attending college have breached €8,000.DIT have compiled a comparison of costs between students who live at home and those that are renting: Source: DIT Student Cost of Living Guide Source: DIT Student Cost of Living Guide * (The rent figure is the mean of National City regions single rent a room cost.  The above guide is a national guide, and the average rental figure for students in Dublin is higher at around €372. Rent in Dublin can vary widely from less than €302 per month for a shared room, up to €1,013 or more for a one bedroom unit in Dublin 2. (€372 Figure mean of Dublin region single rent a room cost)** Class materials and equipment cost can vary greatlyCan’s see images? Click here and here. Are you a student? Are you planning on staying at home while attending college this year?  Poll Results: Yes, I am going to commuteNo, I’m going to rentCommute is too far, I have to move outI don’t know yetVotePoll: How old is too old to still live with your parents?>Read: 9 people who know the pain of having no middle name>last_img read more

Scholarships to be given to people in Direct Provision as UL becomes

first_img Short URL Scholarships to be given to people in Direct Provision as UL becomes a University of Sanctuary Seventeen academic scholarships will be made available to applicants aged over 22 and living in direct provision. Image: Alena 11/Shutterstock Jun 19th 2017, 5:32 PM UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK has been designated as a “University of Sanctuary” in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community.The university is awarding 17 academic scholarships to people aged over 22 who live in Direct Provision.Dr Mairead Moriarty, Chair of the University of Limerick’s Sanctuary steering committee said: Image: Alena 11/Shutterstock 22,568 Views Share1818 Tweet Email3 center_img Monday 19 Jun 2017, 5:32 PM The current refugee crisis tests the inner strength of our educational culture. At the University of Limerick we firmly believe that a University education should be a possibility for all.“We have been committed to providing access to our University for people from all backgrounds and we are delighted to extend this to people currently living in Direct Provision through our announcement of 17 sanctuary scholarships.”President of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald made the announcement at today’s Department of Justice and Equality citizen ceremony, hosted by the university.He said: “In being designated as a University of Sanctuary, UL has committed to a three-year action plan to promote access and to integrate those from a refugee and asylum background into third level education.”“We will use this award to be a regional leader in promoting a culture of welcome, and to provide a space for the celebration of the richness and diversity a multilingual and multicultural group brings to our community, both culturally and economically,” he said.The University of Sanctuary award will be officially presented to UL on UN World Refugee Day tomorrow.Most of the 17 will begin the Mature Student Access Certificate (MSAC) in September, for the academic year 2017/18.MSAC is a one year full-time pre-degree course for mature students who want to develop their learning skills, and study foundation level academic studies, before applying directly for a degree programme.Last December, Dublin City University was the first in Ireland to have been designated as a University of Sanctuary.Fifteen academic scholarships were made available to applicants who are currently in Ireland either as asylum seekers or refugees.The designation is awarded by the City of Sanctuary – an organisation that supports efforts in the UK and Ireland to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary.Read: Irish beaches left covered in rubbish after thousands soaked up the sunMore: Hoax statement made by Dublin Lord Mayor to raise disability awareness http://jrnl.ie/3452595 96 Comments By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ivermectine un traitement contre la gale qui éradique aussi les poux

first_imgIvermectine : un traitement contre la gale qui éradique aussi les pouxUne étude publiée jeudi dans le New England Journal of Medicine montre que l’Ivermectine, un médicament qui traite les cas de gale, permet également de lutter contre les poux. Mieux encore : ce traitement oral serait plus efficace que les lotions conçues pour lutter contre ces parasites.L’étude, réalisée par les chercheurs de l’Inserm et des médecins hospitaliers français, consistait à comparer l’efficacité de l’Ivermectine à celle d’une lotion anti-poux classique chez 812 personnes contaminées. 95% des 398 personnes utilisant le comprimé ont pu être débarrassées des poux après 15 jours de traitement, contre 85% seulement des 414 patients utilisant la lotion à base de malathion.”L’ivermectine est plus efficace que la meilleure lotion anti-poux, mais il faut la réserver aux cas difficiles à traiter qui résistent aux lotions”, affirmait le Dr Olivier Chosidow à l’AFP. Selon lui, cette utilisation occasionnelle permettrait de ne pas favoriser la résistance des poux à ce nouveau médicament.Les poux ont muté au fil du temps et résistent en effet de plus en plus aux traitements classiques que l’on trouve généralement sous forme de lotion à base d’insecticides comme le malathion ou la pyréthrine.L’ivermectine paralyse les poux en bloquant leur système nerveux central. Les parasites sont donc condamnés à mourir rapidement. Le médicament était jusqu’alors utilisé contre la gale ainsi que pour combattre l’onchocercose en Afrique, une maladie parasitaire cutanée.Chaque année, plus de 100 millions de personnes, notamment dans la tranche d’âge des 3-11 ans, sont infestées par des poux. Le 11 mars 2010 à 11:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WTF Wednesday Bizarre Rainbow Teeth Trend Goes Viral on Instagram

first_img One beauty trend is nixing the concept of pearly whites and channeling major #cosplaymakeup goals: rainbow teeth.According to The New York Post, rainbow teeth is the latest, most bizarre beauty trend on Instagram. The publication spoke with David Silverstein, the New York-based brand creator of Chrom temporary tooth polish, who explained the product’s specifications and why it might become popular at cosplay conventions, music festivals, and other events. Rainbow teeth joins other weird dental trends, including silver and gold choppers. In cosplay, silver teeth remain popular for many fictional characters, including The Joker and pirates. As rainbow teeth keep trending, you might find colorful dentures at your next Comic Con convention in the future. More on Geek.com:Most Extreme Anime Makeup Tutorials on YouTubeMuslim Cosplayer Totally Slays Anime Characters Using Her HijabThis Makeup Artist Transformed Herself Into Every Sailor Scout PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site center_img Stay on target Chrom oddly resembles real nail polish, only it’s for your teeth. For $18 a bottle, you can buy this formula, which doesn’t have a taste and stays smudge-free on your choppers for up to 24 hours. Choose from a variety of colors, including baby blue, green, and gold to change up your look. To remove it, you’ll only need a tooth brush and toothpaste.Silverstein told The New York Post that Chrom’s color pigments comply with the Food Drug, and Cosmetics Act. Even though Silverstein couldn’t share Chrom’s entire ingredient markup for proprietary reasons, he said Chrome was developed by dentists and is safe for people to use.last_img read more

VPS eyes different site for downtown elementary school

first_imgclick to enlarge Vancouver Public Schools announced Thursday that the proposed location of its downtown elementary school has moved — outside of the downtown core.The school district announced in a news release that it was now eyeing 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., the former site of the main Fort Vancouver Regional Library, for the kindergarten through fifth-grade campus. The district announced that it would also use the adjacent property, 1301 E. Mill Plain Blvd., which is owned by the city of Vancouver and has fields for recreational soccer, baseball and track. The campus, if built, would be across the street from Hudson’s Bay High School.“This new preferred location for the downtown elementary school offers many benefits for our students and staff members,” VPS Superintendent Steve Webb said in the news release.The district was initially planning to construct the campus at Library Square, the property at C Street and East Eighth Street immediately south of the Vancouver Community Library. Killian Pacific, which owns the property, had offered the district half the fair market value of the property to the district as a donation. Lance Killian, president of Killian Pacific, said the company has not rescinded that offer. Todd Horenstein, assistant superintendent of capital facilities planning for the district, echoed that the district’s relationship with the development company remains strong.Ultimately, he said, it came down to parking. The new location offers access to surface parking, a quality the Library Square property did not have.last_img read more

Real Madrid prepared to listen to €150m offers for Bale

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly prepared to consider any offers in the region of €150m for winger Gareth Bale in this summer’s transfer window, claims OK DiarioAfter his heroic brace for Real in last month’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev, a frustrated Bale confessed his disappointment at being left on the bench by the now departed Zinedine Zidane once more in what was undoubtedly the club’s biggest game of the season.After being named the man-of-the-match for his display, Bale revealed that he will be considering his future at Real with his representatives this summer.“I need to be playing week after week and that has not happened this season for one reason or another, I have to sit down and discuss my future with my agent,” he said.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Obviously I am disappointed that I did not start, so the best I could do has been to take a step forward and make an impact, and that’s what I did.”Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Bale’s and has now made it a priority of his to bring Bale back to the Premier League this summer with Manchester United with Real having told the English club that they will entertain offers in the region of €150m.The Portuguese coach has reportedly told Bale that he will help him win the Ballon d’Or award if he is to join him at Old Trafford.Although any conclusion on Bale’s future will likely only be resolved once he has held talks with the newly-appointed Real boss Julen Lopetegui.last_img read more

Everyone at risk for Cybercrime

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 13, 2017 – Kingston – Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, is urging increased vigilance against cyber-crime, as everyone is at risk.   He noted that last year, the country lost US$100 million due to cyber criminal activity, and a report for this year has indicated that more than 230,000 threats were detected in the space of a month.“You cannot get rid of the threats that we are facing, but you can only put measures in place to mitigate,” he said.“So persons need to understand that this is not something that just Government must do.   Everybody has a responsibility to protect themselves and their businesses from these kinds of attacks, as everyone is affected by this,” he added.Mr. Forrest said persons who use automated teller machines (ATMs), pay bills or shop online, use WhatsApp or Twitter on their phone are at risk and must be sensitised about good cyber practices.   He noted that the Government is doing its part to make persons aware of the procedures to undertake in order to protect themselves.He informed that in keeping with the National Cyber Security Strategy, the Ministry will be looking at some technical measures to better secure and monitor national assets, including energy, telecommunications and the financial system.“If you consider a day without electricity, think about the inconvenience, but also think about the cost,” he said, noting that “you can literally cripple economies when you shut down their financial systems”.FLOW’s Director of Networking and Security, Delroy McLean, who also addressed the session, said that monitoring of the company’s markets since 2015 has shown that Jamaica is the most impacted country in the Caribbean in terms of cybercrime.“In most cases (Jamaica is) exposed to 10 times more threats than any other Caribbean country,” he noted.   He pointed out that many people, in using cyberspace, do not think about security, only about the convenience.Mr. McLean said the company continues to put protective measures in place, including recruiting and training young talent to assist in mitigating threats.   He noted, however, that while “our core security protects the majority of our consumer networks at the first layer, the ultimate protection is up to the individual”.In the meantime, Head of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT), Moniphia Hewling, stressed the need for persons to be cyber-safe by thinking before they click.“Constantly think of protecting yourself online by being aware and being careful what you share, post and click on,” she advised.October is being observed as Cyber Security Awareness Month internationally.   The CIRT, through the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry, along with its partners, will be hosting and participating in a variety of activities during the month.Press Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (June 10, 2019 to June 17, 2019)Tewksbury Father Killed In Route 38 CrashTewksbury Police Seek Help Solving Car Break-InsTewksbury Police Department Officer Receives Recognition From MAWLEKona Ice Truck To Visit Tewksbury Community MarketAt Your Library: Summer Reading Program Begins; Teen Party; Kids Party Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.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… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

Applied Materials Announces Srinivas Satya as Companys President in India

first_imgApplied Materials, Inc. has announced the appointment of Srinivas Satya as Country President for Applied Materials India. Satya succeeds Aninda Moitra, who will join the leadership team of the company’s Transistor and Interconnect Group.Srinivas Satya brings nearly two decades of experience to his new role, having successfully led several businesses and strategic functions within Applied. Most recently he was head of business development and portfolio management for the company’s semiconductor business.As India Country President, Satya will be responsible for the company’s overall India strategy and execution. He will focus on driving revenue opportunities in the region and increasing the technology and product development capabilities in India to drive innovation and growth for Applied.Accelerating engineering innovation in the region will be a key focus area for Satya, in line with the company’s strategy to leverage regional competencies in engineering and IT, and to enable faster development of industry-leading technologies and products.Applied Materials India is the largest organization for Applied Materials outside of the United States, and makes a significant contribution to the company’s capabilities across a number of product groups and functions.”As former head of business development for Applied’s semiconductor business, Srinivas will help identify key revenue opportunities and ensure sustained growth in India for Applied Materials,” said Dr. Randhir Thakur, executive vice president and general manager of the Silicon Systems Group.Satya holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.last_img read more

Samsung leader quizzed for over 22 hours in SKorea corruption scandal

first_imgSamsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee left the South Korean special prosecutor’s office early on Friday, more than 22 hours after arriving for questioning on bribery suspicions in an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye.Lee left the special prosecution office without answering reporters’ questions and headed to a waiting car.Prosecutors have been investigating whether Samsung provided 30 billion won ($25.46 million) to a business and foundations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for the national pension fund’s support for a 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates.A spokesman said the special prosecutor’s office would decide “soon” whether to seek a warrant to arrest the 48-year-old Lee, the third-generation leader of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, or chaebol. There were no plans to bring him in for further questioning.Lee denied some of the suspicions against him but had admitted to others, said Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special prosecutors’ office who declined to elaborate.A Samsung spokeswoman declined to comment.The corruption scandal has engulfed the highest reaches of South Korea’s elite, with Park impeached by parliament in December, a decision that must be upheld or overturned by the Constitutional Court. Park, who has been stripped of her powers in the meantime, has denied wrongdoing.Jay Y. Lee was named as a suspect on Wednesday and summoned on Thursday morning for questioning.Prosecutors were looking into whether he gave false testimony during a parliamentary hearing in early December, where the heads of nine of South Korea’s biggest chaebol were subjected to an unprecedented 13-hour televised grilling by a panel investigating the presidential scandal.Jay Y. Lee denied bribery accusations during that hearing, rejecting assertions from lawmakers that Samsung lobbied to get the fund to back the merger.Shares in group flagship Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker, were down about 2.5 percent on Friday.EQUESTRIAN CONNECTIONThe special prosecution also questioned Park Sang-jin, a president at Samsung Electronics, for about 13 hours until early on Friday.Park Sang-jin had signed a contract for Samsung Electronics in 2015 to sponsor an equestrian team, the main beneficiary of which was the daughter of President Park’s friend Choi, a key figure in the scandal who is in detention and undergoing a criminal trial. Choi has denied wrongdoing.Her daughter, 20-year-old Chung Yoo-ra, was arrested by Danish police early this month after she was sought by South Korean authorities. Chung, who won a gold medal in group dressage at the 2014 Asian Games, has denied wrongdoing.Park Sang-jin, who had refused to appear at parliamentary hearings on the matter citing health issues, did not comment to reporters as he left the prosecutors’ office at about 3 a.m. (1900 GMT Thursday) wearing a white face mask.Two other Samsung Group executives were questioned by special prosecutors on Monday and released.Samsung has acknowledged making payments to two foundations at the centre of the scandal, as well as to a consulting firm controlled by Choi, but has repeatedly denied accusations of lobbying to push through the controversial 2015 merger of affiliates Samsung C&T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc.Dozens of South Korean corporate groups made contributions totalling 77.4 billion won ($65.75 million) to two foundations that were set up to back President Park’s initiatives, but Samsung’s donations were the largest.Late last month, the head of South Korea’s National Pension Service, the world’s third-largest pension fund, was arrested after he acknowledged that he had pressured the fund to approve the $8 billion merger between the two Samsung Group affiliates while he was head of the health ministry, reversing an earlier public denial.last_img read more