Letter requests inclusion of First Nations police in Val dOr investigation

first_imgAPTN National NewsA letter sent to Quebec’s minister of Public Safety Wednesday, and obtained by APTN National News is asking the province to honour an agreement allowing two First Nations police officers to be included in the investigation of abuse in Val d’Or, Que., that is currently underway.At the moment, investigators with the Montreal police (SPVM) are looking into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of Indigenous women by eight members of the Surete du Quebec (SQ) in Val d’Or, about 500 kilometres northwest of Montreal.According to the letter, chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) proposed that First Nations police officers join the investigation at a meeting with the acting Minister of Public Safety Pierre Moreau and Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley Nov. 23.“Our Chiefs are convinced that the professionalism and familiarity with the setting of our First Nation officers can greatly benefit, on the one hand, the conduct of the inquiry, and on the other hand, the confidence of our populations in the impartiality of this inquiry,” states the letter dated Dec. 9 and signed by AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.Download (PDF, Unknown)Chiefs of the AFNQL are also asking for an independent inquiry into the allegations against the SQ.The request was turned down at a meeting with Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard because of the federal inquiry that was promised by the federal Liberal party.Download (PDF, Unknown)APTN has requested an interview and statement from both ministers, but have not heard back at the time of the publication.But according to the letter, both seemed open to the idea of allowing two First Nations investigators to join the investigation.“At the time of the November 23rd meeting, you accepted the request of the participation of our officers in the SPVM inquiry, for which we are very thankful,” according to the letter.The two officers are Mylène Trudeau, Abenaki police officer, and Derek St-Cyr, a James Bay Cree police officers. Neither could be reached for comment.According to the letter, both are experienced police investigators working in First Nations communities.“At the very least, they can have two of our Indigenous officers working with the Montreal police, who we do not trust to properly investigate the SQ,” said Kanesatake Mohawk Territory Grand Chief Serge Simon who took part in the meeting where the decision was made to draft the letter.Eight members of Val d’Or’s SQ are facing 14 allegations of physical, and in some cases, sexual abuse against 12 Indigenous women in the Val d’Or region.Those officers are currently on leave and not patrolling the community.Investigations are currently being conducted by Montreal police under the observation of a human rights lawyer.news@aptn.ca Email Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field Message Namelast_img read more

If you think food prices in the north are high now just

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsThe federal government has started to review the Nutrition North food subsidy program.That’s the plan brought in by the previous government to lower the cost of buying some foods in Canada’s north.The problem is no one actually knew whether it was working.So during the election, the Liberals promised to review the program immediately.While that work is now underway, the drop in the Canadian dollar could mean that the cost of food in the north is … well … going north.kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img

Goodman Beta Gamma Sigma chapter earns international award

Brock’s Goodman School of Business has received another award to add to its trophy case.Goodman’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter topped more than 570 others to earn the Silver Outstanding Chapter of the Year award for its efforts in engaging students on campus.The award was presented to Interim Dean Barry Wright at the International Conference and Annual Meeting hosted by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in Houston, Texas, April 23.Goodman Interim Dean Barry Wright, centre, receives the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Silver Outstanding Chapter of the Year award from Betty Jo Licata, chair, BGS Board of Governors, left, and Christina Allrich, BGS director of chapter and alumni operations.“This award is certainly an honour for us to receive and speaks to our students’ academic excellence and professionalism,” Wright said.Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honours society for select business schools accredited by AACSB, of which Goodman has been accredited since 2002.The letters for Beta Gamma Sigma stand for honour, wisdom and earnestness, values that Wright said Goodman students embody throughout their academic career.“BGS members are often referred to as the ‘best in business’ and we are proud of our faculty, students and alumni who achieve this standard while exhibiting these values,” he said.One of a handful of Canadian universities with a chapter in the prestigious honours society, Goodman invites students who are in the top 10 per cent of their undergraduate class or top 20 per cent of their graduate class to join twice per year in a ceremony held in conjunction with Convocation. Members receive a gold pin that signifies their membership.Members of the prestigious Goodman School of Business Beta Gamma Sigma chapter are awarded with a gold pin marking their membership.Membership in the society is described as the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can achieve.The chapter award is given for a combination of campus impact, student advancement and outreach, all of which Goodman has placed greater emphasis on in recent years.Run by Accreditations and Quality Assurance Manager Michelle Leece and Accreditations Co-ordinator Alyssa Freeman, the chapter inducts an honouree at each ceremony, which in 2016 included Shannon Passero, Owner of Shannon Passero Design, and Jason Sparaga, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and Founder of Spara Capital Partners.Beginning last year, students were given the opportunity to mentor first-year students and participate in the BGS Gives Back Day of Service in support of the Arthritis Society.Goodman has also hosted an annual Goodman Scholars reception since 2014 to further recognize academic excellence for students who received either the Goodman Scholarship or Beta Gamma Sigma membership. The most recent event included a keynote speech by Victor Rocca (BBA ’93), Regional Vice-President, Ontario, at McDonald’s Canada.The Goodman School of Business sends students to the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit each year for leadership development and networking opportunities. Upon graduating, Goodman members can join the Toronto-area alumni chapter.The next chapter induction ceremony will be held between Goodman School of Business convocation ceremonies on June 8. read more

Softball Ohio State sweeps doubleheader against Penn State

Ohio State junior Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternPenn State was unable to answer to Ohio State’s offense on Wednesday, dropping both games of a double-header by a combined score of 16-5. The Buckeyes improved to 26-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten after dispatching the Nittany Lions, one of the worst teams in the conference.Game OneThe Buckeyes came alive in the sixth inning, scoring five runs runs in the bottom of the frame en route to a 9-1 win in the first game of the double-header.With just four hits and three walks, Penn State had no response to the Buckeyes’ offensive prowess..“I think our pitching was clutch when they had runners on and I think we were offensively clutch when we had runners on,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “The combination of those two things limited their runs and helped us get the runs we needed.”Junior right fielder Bri Betschel got the scoring started in the sixth inning with a two-run triple to five the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead. Freshman third baseman Niki Carver followed up the triple with a single that brought Betschel home.Senior center fielder Taylor White joined the hit parade with a triple to center field that scored Carver. White later scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-1.Although the sixth was the most eventful inning, the Buckeyes also scored two runs in the bottom of the first and one each in the third and fourth innings.Junior second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, driving in her 100th-career run.Senior left fielder Bailee Sturgeon scored on Clark’s home run and also crossed home plate in the third inning. Sturgeon hit the first triple of her career, then scored on a wild pitch.Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs struck out 10 batters in the winning effort and contributed to the scoring with a home run in the bottom of the fourth.Game Two:Though Ohio State managed 11 hits in the second game of the double-header compared to just nine in the first game, it was unable to cash in as frequently, leading to just a 7-4 victory..Despite the 11-hit performance, Clark, who went 0-for-4, said the Penn State senior pitcher Jessica Cummings kept the Buckeyes guessing during her complete game.“The first pitcher that we faced in the first game, we were kind of all over her and we were able to pick up her pitches pretty well,” said Clark. “The second pitcher was more spin-y and had us second guessing in and out.”Cummings allowed seven runs on 11 hits with two wild pitches, four hit batsmen and four walks.The second game went back and forth with each team answering the other’s runs. But Ohio State put up three runs in the fourth inning and two in the sixth, which proved to be the difference-maker in the win.Penn State scored a pair of runs in the third inning when sophomore pinch hitter Delaney Elling singled up the middle.Two of Ohio State’s runs came from senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin’s home run in the fourth, which was also her 100th career hit. Two additional runs came in the sixth, when Betschel tripled for an RBI allowing sophomore pinch runner Andi Farrah to score. White followed that up with a single to bring Betschel home. Eight of Ohio State’s 11 hits came off the bats of White, Sturgeon and McCombs, who combined to go 8-for-11.Next UpThe Buckeyes head to Evanston, Illinois, next to take on Northwestern in a three-game series beginning on at 4:30 p.m. Friday. read more

Football Ohio State survives a scare from the Wildcats picks up 2420

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber runs through Northwestern tacklers for one of his two touchdowns on Oct. 29, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWith question marks surrounding the playoff hopes of the No. 6 Ohio State football team following a loss to Penn State, the Buckeyes were able to earn a 24-20 victory against Northwestern. However, Buckeyes fans might still be feeling uneasy with the performance put out on Saturday.With a relatively easy opponent at home on the schedule following a two-game stretch on the road, OSU was looking to capitalize and bounce back in convincing fashion. But it took the Buckeyes most of the game to put away the Wildcats.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett enjoyed a much more stout pocket than in weeks past, but still struggled to connect with his wide receivers. Overall, Barrett finished the day 21 for 32 with 223 yards, but connected with wide receivers on less than half of those completions.Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber played an integral part in the win for the Buckeyes, picking up a pair of touchdowns after failing to score against Penn State and Wisconsin. He finished the day with 14 carries for 87 yards.On defense, a potent offensive attack for the Wildcats kept pace with OSU, matching the Buckeyes step for step throughout the contest. Anytime Urban Meyer and company found a way to break open a lead, Northwestern came firing right back.“It’s great to be home and get a W, a hard-fought W against a good team that had a lot of momentum,” Meyer said. “A lot of respect for Coach Fitzgerald.”The biggest proverbial thorn in the side of OSU was the ability of the Wildcats to pick up third downs, namely in long yardage scenarios. Northwestern finished the game eight for 16 on third-down conversions. The Buckeyes scored a touchdown on their first offensive drive of the game for the first time this season. The offense got the ball on its own 6-yard line, and moved the ball with ease down the field, spreading it out to four different players.After that, things reverted back to the way they were against Penn State, as OSU failed to string together plays. Although the pocket held for Barrett throughout the contest, there was little in terms of down-the-field passes and long, gashing runs.After receiving just 10 touches compared to last week, the involvement of junior H-back Curtis Samuel was a hot topic. Meyer said following the team’s loss last Saturday the Buckeyes did not get the ball to their No. 1 playmaker enough, and needed to fix that. Samuel’s workload increased to 14 touches, and he delivered in a big way. He picked up 99 total yards, and even found the end zone on a dive up the middle.“I love the way he runs the ball,” Meyer said.Wildcats’ redshirt sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson averaged more than 240 yards per game passing coming into the contest. Against an OSU secondary that surrendered multiple chunk plays in the past few weeks, the Illinois native had a field day, hooking up with senior wide receiver Austin Carr eight times for 158 yards.“We had a gameplan going into the game of doing and we didn’t necessarily get it communicated properly on the field,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said.The Big Ten’s leading rushing, Northwestern junior running back Justin Jackson, had a relatively slow game. Rushing the ball 17 times for 76 yards, Jackson did not make any game-changing plays that propelled the Wildcats.OSU’s defense enjoyed an effective pass rush, putting pressure on Thorson for most of the game. Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis picked up a sack, while the rest of the unit flushed the Northwestern quarterback from the pocket on multiple occasions. In a do-or-die kind of scenario, OSU found its back against the wall early in the fourth quarter with the game knotted at 17. The Silver Bullets stood tall, forcing a three-and-out from Northwestern, resulting in punt that gave the Buckeyes good field position.“I feel like this is one of the better teams in the Big Ten,” redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to come out here and just walk a walk. We knew it was going to be a dogfight this whole week.”OSU finally took advantage, moving the ball down the field with ease and scoring on a Samuel touchdown run from in close. The play was set-up by a 34-yard reception for redshirt freshman K.J. Hill.The second-year receiver said even with the scrutiny his unit has received, things remain the same in the wide receivers room while the team stays hard at work.“It (hasn’t) been nothing new,” Hill said. “We’ve just been trying to work hard and get everyone off our back really. That’s all we can do is try and get better each and every day in practice.”Hill’s involvement came after redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell was injured while blocking on a run play. Campbell got rolled up, and appeared to hurt his ankle on the play. He did not return. Northwestern’s final offensive drive pushed the Buckeyes all the way to the south end zone student section. A key holding call against the Wildcats and stout coverage limited the damage, as OSU only surrendered a field goal. From there, OSU chewed the clock before a 35-yard rush and a powerful Weber run effectively sealed the game for the Buckeyes.OSU returns home next Saturday to face No. 7 Nebraska in Ohio Stadium at 8 p.m. read more

Residents evacuated as explosive device made safe in Kildare

first_imgRESIDENTS HAD TO be evacuated from their homes in Kildare late last night as Army Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion on a viable improvised explosive device (IED).The IED was found in a built-up area in Rathangan late last night with a Defence Forces bomb disposal team requested to attend the scene.Local residents were evacuated to a safe location and the area was cordoned off by Gardaí prior to the Defence Forces team arriving on the scene at 11.30pm.Following examination of the device it was found to be viable and it was made safe by way of a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 1.45am.The remains of the device were handed over to Gardaí and an investigation is under way.last_img

Before Today FM Radio Ireland launched and failed as a talk radio

first_imgBefore Today FM – Radio Ireland launched and failed as a talk radio station Eamon Dunphy’s show, The Last Word, was the only programme to be kept after the rebrand. TODAY MARKS 20 years since Radio Ireland first went live across the country. The station rebranded to Today FM after just nine months following a dismal start.Forged as a talk radio station, the original plan didn’t quite work out with the first JNLR figures for the station revealing it had captured just 1% listenership.It became known locally as ‘Radio Direland’ and scathing reviews meant advertisers didn’t want anything to do with it.For a time, Eamon Dunphy’s The Last Word was the only show bringing in cash with 80% of the station’s advertising coming from it. It was also to be the only slot that survived the rebrand.The station launched with 150 staff on 17 March 1997 but the headcount was whittled down to just 50 three months later.Fast forward to 1 January 1998 and Radio Ireland became Today FM.The second iteration was, obviously, markedly more successful.Twenty years on, we talk to Eamon Dunphy and Radio Ireland’s then-sales manager, Eamon FitzPatrick, about those first nine months on air.‘Lots of razmataz’“There was a big glitzy opening in Jervis Street shopping centre – there was a lot of razmataz,” says Dunphy of the hype and expectation around the new station.After his stint as sales manager at Radio Ireland, Fitzpatrick went on to become sales director and, later, commercial director.“It wasn’t a very-well thought out schedule,” he admits now when reminiscing about Radio Ireland. Short URL Mar 17th 2017, 6:45 AM 22 Comments Friday 17 Mar 2017, 6:45 AM We were giving a lot of first timers their chance. Even [though] people who went on to be really successful (like Philip Boucher Hayes), there wasn’t the programming knowledge or the background to make it work.He cites Gavin Duffy and Emily O’Reilly’s covering the morning schedule as an example.“You would have thought on paper ‘fantastic’ but it didn’t work, the chemistry just wasn’t there.“Our target was to wedge ourselves in between the older 2FM listener and the younger Radio 1 listener but they felt the way to do that was mimic RTÉ Radio 1 but it wasn’t. What was needed was what became Today FM – intelligent, well produced, informative and a bit ballsy.”It was “very apparent” after just one month that Radio Ireland wasn’t working, according to Fitzpatrick.It was a commercial station so it was live or die by revenue and the revenue for the first couple of weeks was actually brilliant and then it went really poor because the critics slammed it.“They put it up against Radio 1 and it didn’t bode well. The music quality wasn’t tight. Commercial radio is much tougher… you might have four producers for Marian Finucane – you’d have one for three hours on this. It was a tougher gig and because of that, the output wasn’t as good as it should have been.“We actually hit our targets at the time for the first month. March was actually a good month but public perception and the media actually killed any chance of what it had.Everybody wanted to be on it at the start but when they saw the reaction to it, everybody bailed. The advertisers bailed very quickly.“We needed to rebrand because there was such negative sentiment towards it. It was easier and cheaper to rebrand it than to relaunch it.”‘Radio Direland’ “What happened with Radio Ireland is that very quickly the press called it ‘Radio Direland’ and you couldn’t shake it.“Nobody was listening to it but everybody had heard about it. You couldn’t shift perception.I remember selling 25 ads for £1,000 and the person that we sold it to said, ‘That really worked’ and I said, ‘Oh so do you want to do some more’ and she said ‘No, I don’t really want to be associated with the brand … The people inside are giving me stick for being on it.’ That is how hard it was.“I collected the first JNLR book for Radio Ireland and the general manager called me and said, ‘What’s the story?’ and I said, ‘It’s 1%.’“That was every headline and that just killed revenue.Things settled down but people actually started listening because there wasn’t so many ads on it. Looking back it’s funny, but jesus at the time.“When we closed the doors of Radio Ireland, we knew we had about 9% listenership. It was gathering traction so when we launched Today FM we knew there was an audience there, but we needed a JNLR book.”You’re fired“It was brutal, brutal. It was brutal for everybody.”That’s how Dunphy describes the atmosphere in Radio Ireland as shows began to fold.You were going in and bodies were going out everyday and it wasn’t just presenters, it was producers, researchers and everybody connected with a programme. “So programmes were disappearing which meant producers and researchers and presenters were gone. So it was extremely volatile.It was carnage and it was horrible.Fitzgerald added, “It was horrendous, you could meet somebody in the morning and say we’ll pick that up after lunch and have a meeting scheduled with them in the afternoon and after lunch they’d be gone.“There were 120 people there in March and I’d say by June there was 50.You literally just kept your head down and you did what you could. You’d try to sell everything you could literally to pay light bills and keep the place going.“We could sell Eamon. Eamon was our saving grace. We could always sell ads for Eamon Dunphy.”‘Nowhere else to go’Describing how The Last Word became a success, Dunphy said it was down to the work of his producer Stuart Carolan, who went on to write Love/Hate, and his researcher Eimear Bradley, who is now Pat Kenny’s producer in Newstalk. Source: Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland!“The producer is usually the boss but I said I’m going to be the boss because I had the most experience – I was 51. With no newsroom to resource us and no correspondents out in the field, we survived by desperation. We all wanted to work and had nowhere else to go.We were hungry, we were hungry fighters. We were permanently scarred, we lived on the edge for about 18 months but we were the only show to survive.“We did in-depth items and Stuart did comedy – and the comedy element in among the serious stuff was brilliant and I think people loved it.“Harry Browne from the Irish Times gave the show a little bit of praise which convinced the bosses our show was worth sticking with.We built up an audience extremely slowly … and then we kind of hit critical mass and the show was very successful. Everyone wanted to advertise on The Last Word and all that money was routed through the other programmes.“So one programme saved that radio station.“I think some people thought we were standoffish because we were in the office all day with the door closed. We were actually working. There’s nobody less standoffish than me but when you’re working, you’re working.”Dempsey to the rescue Source: Photocall IrelandFitzpatrick said the people left in the station knew they could turn it around.“We knew quite early we were going to relaunch it because it had to happen. We didn’t know what Today FM was going to be but we knew it had to happen.“So we were working behind the scenes on a rebrand, so there was no stage where you lost hope.“That’s what would have kept people going. We knew we had to negotiate with the BAI, we knew we had to do all those things. We knew it was coming and that’s what kept people motivated and going.“It was great fun even though it was stressful and tough.” Tony Fenton and Eamon Fitzpatrick Source: Photocall IrelandWhile Dunphy salvaged what he could for Radio Ireland, Fitzpatrick puts Today FM’s success down to another man – Ian Dempsey.The reason Today FM became such a success was because Ian Dempsey joined. There’s no doubt, the revenue trebled in a month.“Up to the time Ian joined, Eamon was 80% of the revenue. When we got Ian – it allowed us treble the rates on Eamon and treble the rates we were getting for breakfast.“We went into operational profit within a month of getting Ian.You got Ian, you got Ray (D’Arcy), you got Tom Dunne, you got Tony Fenton. He led the whole thing not by going out and getting them but because people thought ‘If he’s there – I can go there.’ Eamon Dunphy with Ann Marie Hourihane (right) and Emily O Reilly at the launch of Radio Ireland’s line up. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Eamon Dunphy with Ann Marie Hourihane (right) and Emily O Reilly at the launch of Radio Ireland’s line up. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/3288936 22,383 Views Share Tweet Email1 Source: Joe Dunne/Photocall Ireland!‘Happiest years’Dunphy said there was a lot of pressure for Today FM to work as a commercial station.“It was the second commercial licence given and the first one, Century Radio, had gone ‘whoops’. It was essential this work because it was the only competition to RTÉ. Oliver Barry with Chris De Burgh and Terry Wogan at the launch of Century Radio. Source: RollingNews.ieCentury crashed and burned after weeks and a couple of million was lost. So the imperative for Today FM to succeed was massive.“It was a breakthrough for the commercial sector and our programme was the first credible news and current affairs programme produced in the commercial sector. We had no resources we just got good guests and that was down to Stuart and Eimear. We really had to work very hard to cultivate people, to do a new kind of broadcasting.The significance of Today FM and The Last Word in particular was that it proved you could produce credible news and current affairs on resources much more limited than RTÉ had and that somebody other than a state monopoly could do it.Dunphy added that while radio was very demanding work wise, it was very rewarding. ”I love radio, I miss it hugely but it was really hard work.I think it was the happiest years I ever spent. Radio is a fantastic medium because it’s about the ideas and the substance of things. It’s not about how you look, there’s no tricks, you can detect from someone’s voice when they’re being genuine so I loved it, really loved it and regretted when we had to stop.Fitzpatrick said, ”We just loved it, even though it was tough … it was a year of madness but I look back at it with great fondness.”Read: ‘Battle Royale’ between Today FM and 2FM as latest listener figures are released>last_img read more

Gerrard far from impressed with Rangers attack

first_imgSteven Gerrard admitted Rangers were below par in their 1-0 loss at Livingston.A goal from Dolly Menga was all that Livingston needed to seal a win against the Steven Gerrard tutored Rangers to move third in the Premiership.The result leaves them eight points behind leaders Hearts, who they host at Ibrox next weekend.Gerrard told Sky Sports: “We never had enough quality in terms of crosses, in terms of trying to disrupt their back three.“When we got into good areas, we either over-hit the cross, under-hit the cross or they defended it quite well.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“In the final third today, we were nowhere near good enough. We could still be playing for a couple of days, I don’t think we’d have scored.“We’ve had praise and we’ve had a lot of credit. Now we have to take the criticism and when we’re not good enough, I need to tell the players when they’re not good enough.“They’ve done ever so well so far so I can’t go over the top in terms of criticism but we’ll definitely analyse it and if individuals need to be told or they need to be told as a team, that’s my job to do it.“The squad’s getting healthy now, there’s a lot of competition. The one thing you don’t want to do now as a player is play your way out of the team.”last_img read more

Work of Jamaica Womens Political Caucus Lauded

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has lauded the work of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus for advancing the cause of women in the political landscape.“I commend the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus for giving Jamaica 25 years of unrivalled service to the cause of encouraging and facilitating the participation of women in representational politics at the highest level,” she said.Ms. Grange was speaking at the 25th anniversary awards luncheon of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on December 5.“Your non-partisan organisation has become a regional trendsetter and a brand in providing high-quality leadership training for aspiring female politicians.   The work of the Caucus over the years has contributed immensely to building awareness on the significance of having women strategically placed as pivotal to the decision-making process,” she said.The Minister noted, as well, that the Caucus also plays an important role in promoting a culture of participation.“Your work has served to challenge stereotypical norms of behaviour, structural barriers and standards of performance.   Through advocacy and intensive training, the Caucus has challenged and redefined the prerequisites for women’s entry into the field of representational politics,” Miss Grange added.The Minister noted that this has led to more women becoming involved in political leadership.   Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said while the country has “female political heavyweights” in local politics, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study in 2016 entitled ‘Where are the Women’ shows that only 20 per cent of the island’s Cabinet Ministers and Senators are female.“This is still below the 30 per cent target set in the National Policy for Gender Equality of 2011.   As a Minister and as Member of Parliament, I believe that it is important to reach this target to ensure that women are sitting at the top of political leadership, and so I want to encourage everyone here who has the energy to get involved and strive to get to the top,” she said.The Minister said this is important, as women bring a balanced perspective to developmental issues such as equal pay, domestic violence, other forms of gender-based violence, sexual harassment at the workplace, corruption, campaign financing, maternity laws, inheritance laws and matters impacting women.In the meantime, seven outstanding women were honoured for their role in advancing the cause of women, through their work in the Caucus.   They are Minister Grange; former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Jeanette Grant Woodham, Evelyn Smart, Hermione McKenzie, Marie Thompson and Merline Daley.Responding, Ms. Grange said she is very happy to have met the criteria to be selected for a special award.“I accept this award with humility as a servant of the people, and I wish the Caucus continued success,” she said. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Samuel Umtiti boost for Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti could return in time from injury to face Atletico Madrid at the end of next monthThe French international has been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad following his €25m arrival from Lyon in 2016.However, Umtiti has been unavailable for Barcelona since September due to a recurring knee injury.Summer recruit Clement Lenglet has filled in for Umtiti at the heart of the Barcelona defence alongside Gerard Pique.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…But Marca reports that Umtiti is recovering well and could be in contention to be named in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for the trip to Madrid on November 24.It will be the club’s first game back from the next international break and could prove to be a decisive one with both Barcelona and Atletico currently separated by two points in La Liga.Umtiti has made a total of 90 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions.The Catalan giants will first face Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey tonight with Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez all expected to be rested.last_img read more

Van Dijk Liverpool will bounce back

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes they will regroup and recover from their first Premier League defeat of the season at Manchester CityJurgen Klopp’s side unbeaten start came to an end on the 21st game with title rivals City claiming a 2-1 win to cut the gap down between them to four points.Roberto Firmino’s equaliser had given Liverpool hope of holding on for a draw following Sergio Aguero’s opener.But a 72nd-minute goal from Leroy Sane was enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to claim victory.However, Van Dijk is certain Liverpool will bounce back from this setback.“Disappointed that we lost, that is really obvious. [But] we’re four points clear, that is the main thing,” said Van Dijk on the club website.“Obviously the media has been making this game as big as ever but for us it was just another very important Premier League game. We knew it was going to be a very tough season and there will be ups and downs.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Here there was obviously a down but we have to keep going, keep bouncing back and that is something we are definitely going to do.“We just have to keep going. We will focus on recovering and make sure we are ready for the next game.”The Reds will next take on Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday night.21/38#PL pic.twitter.com/mtkiGWXYwG— Premier League (@premierleague) January 4, 2019last_img read more

Okazaki is unsure of his future with Leicester

first_imgThe Japanese forward has reportedly been targeted by multiple English Premier League clubs, but he rejected Huddersfield bid.Shinji Okazaki joined Leicester City in 2015, but he has been targeted recently by different English Premier League clubs.And he has come out to say he’s unsure if he wants to continue with the Foxes or leave.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s up to Leicester. Right now, I don’t know whether they need me or not,” he told Kyodo News.“Of course, (playing for) a team that wants me would be ideal,” Okazaki said, after being left out of the squad for Leicester’s 2-1 loss to visiting Southampton on Saturday.”“I can’t feel satisfied as a player. After three-and-a-half years, maybe it’s time to move on. I have no intention of quarreling with the team, but I will make my feelings known,” he added.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its Annual Scholarship Night on Friday, May 31, 2019 in the WHS Gym.  According to Principal Linda Peters, more than $188,000 in scholarships were awarded to 97 graduating seniors.Watch the event, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——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… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”VIDEO: Watch The Hospital Bed Race From Fun On The FourthIn “Videos”WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate SponsorsIn “Community”last_img read more

Air Force Confirms Delay Of HAARP Demolition

first_imgThe U.S. Air Force is expected to slow down the demolition slated for Gakona’s HAARP facility. Wednesday, Air Force Research Lab public affairs representative Charles Gulick, emailed APRN saying, “Air Force Leadership is currently considering the option of deferring the dismantling for up to 10 months to allow time for a potential transfer to another entity.”UAF has conducted research programs at the HAARP for years.Download Audiolast_img

Weak monsoon raises fears over crops economy

first_imgMumbai: Monsoon rains were below average for the fourth straight week, with rainfall scanty over central and western parts of the country in the week, raising concerns about major crop production and the impact on the economy. Monsoon rains are crucial for the country’s farm output and economic growth. About 55 per cent of the country’s arable land is rain-fed, and agriculture makes up about 15 per cent of a $2.5 trillion economy, which grew at its slowest in more than four years over the January-March quarter. The economy may take a big hit from the poor monsoon this year. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us If the rains don’t improve over the next two to three weeks, the country could be facing a crisis that hammers crop harvests and rural demand. Companies that sell everything from tractors to fertiliser to consumer goods to farmers would be vulnerable. “Sowing has already been delayed by three weeks. If the monsoon doesn’t revive in two, three weeks, then the entire season could be wiped out,” said Harish Galipelli, head of commodities and currencies at Inditrade Derivatives & Commodities in Mumbai. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us India received 24% less rainfall than the 50-year average in the week ended on June 26, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows. In some areas, such as the eastern part of Madhya Pradesh, known for growing soybean, the deficit was as high as 69 per cent, the data shows. The monsoon has so far delivered 36 per cent less rainfall than normal since the start of the season on June 1 due to a delay in the onset of the seasonal rains. The sowing of summer crops such as rice, soybeans and corn has been lagging as a result. Farmers had planted summer-sown crops on 9.1 million hectares as of June 21, down 12.5 per cent compared with the same time last year, according to provisional data from ministry of agriculture. Advertise With Us The country needs a good monsoon this year as in 2018 a drought ravaged crops, killed livestock, emptied reservoirs and drained water supplies to city dwellers and some industries. Hardest hit were the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, along with Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the south, and Madhya Pradesh in central India. Some municipalities like Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad were forced to cut water supplies to ensure their reserves lasted until monsoon rains replenished reservoirs. The IMD has forecast average rainfall in 2019, while the country’s only private forecaster, Skymet, has predicted below-normal rainfall. A normal, or average, monsoon means rainfall between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 cm (35 inches) during the four-month monsoon season from June to September, according to the IMD’s classification. Meanwhile, the Kotak Report said that till June 26 the cumulative rainfall was 36.8 per cent below normal with the weekly rainfall 23.9 per cent below standard. “This is the weakest start to the monsoon since 2014 when cumulative rainfall was 38.2 per cent below normal for the same period,” the report said. The other major point raised was that the basin-wise reservoir levels slipped into deficit compared to long-term average levels. Of the larger river basins only Godavari and Indus were in surplus while Ganga, Kaveri, Krishna, Mahanadi were in deficit, the report said. Adding that overall basins and reservoirs were around 14.5 per cent below long-term average for the week ending June 27.last_img read more

Junior Officers Maritime Studies Seminar organised at ENC

first_imgVisakhapatnam: In a step to inspire young naval officers for taking up research in vast Maritime domain, a Junior Officers’ Maritime Studies Seminar (JOMSS) was organised at Samudrika Naval Auditorium here on Thursday. The unique initiative was inaugurated by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Coordinated by Naval Dockyard, the seminar was aimed to provide a platform to young officers to present their ideas, channelise their thought process and bring out innovative ideas/solutions for more efficient operations in the maritime domain. The programme comprised the presentation of three papers on selected topics by young officers of various Naval Units of ENC followed by a brainstorming session. Three topics that were presented during the seminar were Falklands War, Maritime Operations in Eastern Seaboard Indo-Pak War 1971 and Employment of Disruptive Technologies towards transforming Indian Navy’s Process in Maintenance and Logistics.last_img read more

Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun

first_img New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning A battery with a half-glued flexible solar cell, and batteries wrapped with the blue solar cells. Image credit: Knut Karlsen. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Knut Karlsen, a blogger from Norway, hit upon this idea of a solar battery (a rechargeable battery with integrated solar cells) in hopes of making battery charging more convenient. He was able to work with some flexible solar cells given to him by the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway. He then glued the 1.8V solar cells around some 1.5V NiMH rechargeable batteries. Using a conductive silver pen and some flat wires from a broken canon lens, he connected the solar cells and batteries.Karlsen calls his DIY prototype “SunCat” batteries. As he explains, “The batteries should just bask in the sun like a cat and left for a while, in a sunny window, they would slowly recharge.” However, according to his blog post, the weather wasn’t sunny enough to test the batteries yet. He explains that the current set-up is not ideal, but a second version might include capacitors to charge the batteries more efficiently and electronics to show when the batteries are fully charged.Via: blog.bareknut.no Citation: Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun (2009, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-battery-solar-cells-recharges-sun.html (PhysOrg.com) — Although you can buy solar charging devices for rechargeable batteries, it would be even more convenient if batteries had built-in solar cells. Sitting in sunlight, the battery could then recharge itself. Explore furtherlast_img read more

How The Stigma Against Obesity Harms Peoples Health

first_imgStigma can harm health in many ways. It can discourage people from taking part in healthy behaviors like exercise, which improves health regardless of whether it leads to weight loss, and it can erode mental health. One large study found that perceived weight discrimination is associated with a host of psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety, and another found that weight discrimination is associated with a shorter life, even after researchers controlled for body mass index in both cases. Even perceiving yourself as overweight when you aren’t is linked to poorer health down the line. If you’re one of the nearly 40 percent of Americans who are obese, you don’t need anyone to explain the associated stigma; you’ve probably experienced it in some form or another — jokes about your weight, teasing, bullying, employment discrimination (which is legal in 49 states), prejudice and unfair treatment. This kind of stigmatization doesn’t just create hurt feelings, it can harm your health. The research suggests that reducing stigma against obesity could give overweight people a health boost — even if they never shed a single pound. And stigma creates a vicious cycle. People who report experiencing weight stigma are more likely to gain weight in the future and attain a BMI categorized as “obese.” Behavior likely contributes to this trend: When people get stressed out, they tend to soothe themselves with comfort food and are more likely to fail at attempts to self-regulate — meaning that, among other things, they are less likely to stick to a healthful diet. But there is also some evidence that physiological factors contribute to weight gain among people who experience stigma. A. Janet Tomiyama, a psychology professor at UCLA, is studying the relationship between weight stigma and cortisol, a hormone that responds strongly to stress. Cortisol signals the body to store more fat, especially in the abdominal area, and it increases appetite and makes the brain’s reward centers more sensitive in response to treats like sugar and fatty foods. And that’s what makes weight stigma doubly pernicious, she said. In addition to the pain and stress it causes, “experiencing it makes the original condition more exacerbated.” Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEightlast_img read more

Decomposed body of woman recovered from Salt Lake house son detained

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar North police station has recovered a decomposed body of an old lady from inside a house in Salt Lake late on Sunday night. Police detained the deceased’s son for interrogation.According to the sources, one Krishna Bhattacharya (77) used to live at BE 220 with her son Maitro Bhattacharya. Her husband Dr Gorachand Bhattacharya had died a few years ago. Since then Maitro and Krishna had been living an isolated life. Locals informed that Maitro, a few years ago, had pasted his and his mother’s voter card, ration card and other documents on the boundary wall of the house. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Sunday night, Maitro went to one Tarun Kumar Porel’s house and informed that his mother died a few days ago and needs help to bury the body. Porel, known to Gorachand, was stunned to hear the near. He asked Maitro to wait. Sources informed that Porel called up the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Bhavani Bhavan and reported the matter. Later, Bidhannagar North police station was informed. Upon receiving the information, police went to Beadon Street and detained Maitro. He was immediately brought to Salt Lake. As soon as Maitro opened the door of his house foul smell spread all over the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sleuths entered the house and saw a decomposed body lying on the back of a wooden almirah placed on the floor. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. Later, Maitro was questioned. During the interrogation, he claimed his mother had died approximately 18 days ago but police suspect Krishna might have died 10 days ago. The sleuths suspect Maitro is not mentally sound as he said he was not having any problem with his mother’s decomposed body. On Monday, Maitro claimed his mother instructed him to bury her body after her death as they are Christian. “I was planning to bury her body inside the house. Later, I changed my mind and planned to bury it in the garden. But nothing has happened till now,” he said. The incident, coupled with Maitro’s statements, have made the sleuths recall the infamous Robinson Street case of 2015. Police started an Unnatural Death (UD) case. If any foul play found in the autopsy report, a fresh case may be initiated according to the provisions of law.last_img read more

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