Kashmir on edge Security beefed up restrictions imposed many leaders detained or

first_imgSrinagar: Kashmir remained on edge as the authorities stepped up security at vital installations and in sensitive areas, suspended mobile internet services and either “arrested” or “detained” several leaders in fast-paced developments on Sunday night. Officials said restrictions on movement of people would come into force in Kashmir Valley at the crack of dawn. The officials said former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti would not be allowed to move out of their respective house in view of the restrictions, while Congress leader Usman Majid and CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami claimed to have been arrested around midnight. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, no official confirmation of the arrests was immediately available. “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store,” National Conference leader Abdullah tweeted. “To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM,” he said in another tweet. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Reacting to the development, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba said, “How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India.” Responding to Abdullah’s tweet, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “You are not alone @OmarAbdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session & our voices will not be stilled.” “What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens &their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left?” he said in another tweet. Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Kashmir Valley, the officials said, adding that satellite phones were being provided to police officials and district magistrates. The government imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar district with effect from midnight. As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order. After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations. The Anantnag district administration, in view of “panic stocking”,ordered all fuel station dealers not to sell petrol or diesel without permission from the district magistrate or an authorised officer. Various educational institutions in Kashmir Valley also directed their students to vacate hostels. The authorities in Jammu and Udhampur district also ordered closure of schools and colleges as precautionary measures. The University of Jammu will remain closed on Monday and all scheduled examinations have been postponed. The authorities have imposed night curfew in Kishtwar, Rajouri districts and Banihal area of Ramban district. Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived in Kashmir in the past few days, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of the valley, the officials said. The strength of the security personnel has been increased around vital installations such as the civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and various central government establishments in the city, they said. Barricades have been erected on many arterial roads, including the entry and exit points to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state. Riot control vehicles have also been kept on standby in some areas where apprehension of law and order disturbances is more, the officials added. In Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with top security officials on Sunday and is believed to have discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The hour-long meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials. Political parties in J-K had expressed apprehensions about such action after the Centre deployed additional troops and curtailed the Amarnath Yatra. Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik had earlier dismissed speculations that the Centre might be planning to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. The parties on Sunday unanimously resolved to fight any attempt to abrogate the constitutional provisions that guarantee it special status or any move to trifurcate the state or “unconstitutional delimitation”, NC leader Farooq Abdullah said. The meeting was also attended by Mehbooba, Omar Abdullah, Taj Mohiuddin (Congress), Muzaffar Beig (PDP), Sajad Lone and Imran Ansari (Peoples Conference), Shah Faesal (J&K Peoples Movement) and M Y Tarigami (CPI-M).last_img read more

Dan Aykroyd narrating new history series The World Without Canada

first_img Twitter TORONTO — Canadian comedy star Dan Aykroyd will narrate History’s new original documentary series “The World Without Canada.” The three-part program will air May 31, June 1 and June 2 on History. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It looks at Canada’s influence and innovations by imagining a modern world without this country. “Canadians are generally humble about the game-changing contributions and extraordinary achievements to humankind’s advancements we’ve made both here and around the world,” Aykroyd, who was born in Ottawa, said in a statement. Advertisement The series focuses on Canada’s natural resources, technological and medical breakthroughs, and humanitarian efforts. Login/Register With:center_img Facebook We’re thrilled to announce that our upcoming 3-part documentary event, #WorldWithoutCanada, will be narrated by @dan_aykroyd! pic.twitter.com/3gQQ1qtsGG— HISTORY Canada (@HistoryTVCanada) May 11, 2017 Advertisement “I’m proud to be part of this entertaining and suspenseful project that unapologetically showcases these accomplishments through an eye-opening lens where Canada doesn’t exist.” CGI graphics illustrate the global ripple effect that would occur if Canada’s contributions failed to exist. Canadian experts featured in the show include data scientist and futurist Juliette Powell, sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer, and historian David O’Keefe. Advertisementlast_img read more

UN commission adopts dozens of new food standards

The Codex Alimentarius Commission – which was created in 1963 by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – recently wrapped up its annual meeting which was attended by an unprecedented 133 countries this year.Commission Secretary Kazuaki Miyagishima said additional regulations must be up to global standards. “It is important that the extra safety measures are taken using the same rigorous and internationally recognized principles, not only to protect consumers, but to ensure they are consistent with multilateral trade rules,” he said.Both WHO and FAO lauded the efforts by Codex to prevent antimicrobial resistance in bacteria in food, and stated their readiness to support the Commission in the use of nanotechnology and the risk-benefit assessment of fish consumption, among other areas.To raise funds for this new work, the two UN agencies launched the Global Initiative for Food related Scientific Advise, hoping to spur support among donors and civil society.At the meeting, Codex also developed guidelines to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter, which together cause a large proportion of food-borne diseases worldwide. If dealt with efficiently, hundreds of thousands of cases of such disease could be prevented yearly.For the first time, two emerging developing countries – Brazil and Malaysia – stated their intention to contribute to the Codex Trust fund, which helps other developing countries to participate in the Commission’s meetings.The two countries’ contribution is the first example of developing economies supplying support to others in the realm of food safety.“Hopefully this example will lead several more major emerging economies to follow suit enabling a more efficient global food safety system,” said WHO’s Jorgen Schlundt.Codex codes adopted this year include a measure reducing contamination of Ochratoxin A, which is toxic to the kidneys, in wines; a revised standard for infant formulae, including those for special medical purposes to save babies’ lives; and a revised code of hygiene for eggs and egg products to protect people from bacteria such as Salmonella Enteritidis.The next meeting will begin on 30 June, 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. 9 July 2007A United Nations commission that is the world’s highest body on food standards has adopted dozens of new and amended food standards and introduced measures to help countries establish their own regulations. read more

Government insists Indian never spoke of plot to kill President

Samaraweera said that as of this time, the only source for these allegations is a statement made by A.M. Namal Kumara. He said that while the Criminal investigation Department has yet to report any evidence substantiating the existence of such a plot, these allegations are so grave in their implication that CID detectives must take every precaution thoroughly investigate and seek to corroborate their every element, as a matter of national security. Thomas was produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrates Court, and an order to detain him in CID custody was sought and obtained.Samaraweera said that the reason CID officers sought to detain Thomas was to conduct further investigations on a suspicion that Thomas may have violated Section 5 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act No. 48 of 1978 by failing to report information pertaining to plans to commit an act of terror. The Government has insisted that an Indian man who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) never spoke of a plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena or the former President.Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, in a statement said that the CID is conducting investigations into serious allegations of an alleged conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, amongst others. On Monday, CID officers arrested Indian national “Marceli Thomas” in connection with this investigation. “Therefore, it is inexcusable to make such serious and inflammatory statements on a matter of public record without citing any sources or mode of corroboration.  Responsible media organisations and public figures alike should restrict their reporting on judicial matters to the written and verbal submissions made by parties before the court. Such caution is all the more paramount with regards to reporting on criminal investigations with serious implications to the security of the state,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) This suspicion was filed in writing by the CID and stated verbally in open court. Further evidence in support of this submission was shared with the Magistrate in chambers.“Several media outlets have since given wide publicity to false, unattributed claims that the CID had alleged in court that an Indian national had confirmed the existence of a plot to assassinate President Sirisena, Mr. Rajapaksa and others. These news reports are false, baseless and inflammatory. The CID has not, at any time, in either written or verbal submissions to the Magistrates Court, made any statement that could lead to the conclusion or inference that an assassination plot has been established or corroborated, whether through Mr. Thomas or by any other means,” Samaraweera said.The Minister said that journalists are free to observe any court proceedings in person or to apply for transcripts of proceedings and court filings through the Registrar of the Court. read more

Death notice – Professor emeritus Robert Capps Hoover

Robert Capps Hoover, PhD At the St. Catharines General Hospital on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Ellen Claire (Hoffman) for 67 years. Dear father of twin daughters Faith Ellen (Robert Scott) and Hope Roberta (Richard Coker). Loving grandfather of Kevin and Erick Coker and Katherine Scott. Loving brother of Janet Smithwick, Portland, Oregon, his brother in law, Ernest Hoffman and his wife Janice of Bloomington, Illinois. As a member of St. Paul St. (Silver Spire) United Church since 1971, serving as visiting elder; on Outreach Committee of Church Council; former member of Niagara Presbytery Missions Committee; Caribbean Workers Outreach Project (CWOP), co-author of Report on Casino Gambling; former member of Hamilton Conference Prophetic Witness Committee; General Council Environmental Committee. Professor Emeritus of Environmental Policy and Director of Urban and Environmental Studies (Brock University); Past President Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS); Past Board Member of Canadian Council of Churches; Niagara Peninsula Homes; Special Planning Council of St. Catharines and Thorold; Member: Royal Niagara Military Institute, Torch Club, St. Andrews Society, Probus Club, Candidate NDP Brock Provincial Riding 1977, American Institute of Certified Planners (Life) and USS Holt Association (Lt. Commander DE-706 WWII). A MemorialService will be held Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. Those who wish make make a Memorial Donation to Brock University, designated for the Robert C. Hoover Bursary Fund or to The Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS). Arrangements entrusted to Passfield Mortuary Services.Source: St. Catharines Standard read more

UK leader May slams populist politics Brexit absolutism

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May says she worries about the increasing “absolutism” of world politics, in a message many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain’s leader and President Donald Trump.May, who leaves office in a week, criticized the “politics of division” and said “some are losing the ability to disagree without demeaning the views of others.”May announced her resignation last month after Parliament rejected her Brexit divorce deal. It was defeated in part by pro-Brexit members of May’s Conservative Party who condemned its compromises with the EU.She used her last major speech Thursday to defend political compromise and condemn populists who give “easy answers” to complex problems.She backed the Paris climate accord and the international nuclear agreement with Iran, which Trump has rejected.The Associated Press read more

Mary Poppins star admits he could not watch film as a child

Lin-Manuel Miranda appears at the curtain call following the opening night performance of “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New YorkCredit: Charles Sykes Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins returns Julie Andrews, who played Mary Poppins in 1964 and is now 83, was also invited to take a role in the sequel but politely declined, saying that she wanted it to be “Emily’s show”.Mr Miranda said he was approached about film soon after he left the cast of Hamilton, which is currently playing in the West End. “It was a lesson that has stayed with me ever since: a perfect melody will wreck you.”Mary Poppins Returns is based on later children’s novels by P. L. Travers and sees the tuneful nanny return to Cherry Tree Lane after the grown-up Banks children experience a tragedy.The films is due to include some touching nods to its 54-year-old predecessor, including a cameo from 92-year-old Dick Van Dyke, who played chimney sweep Bert in the original. Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins returnsCredit:Disney  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. Lin-Manuel Miranda appears at the curtain call following the opening night performance of "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York A Mary Poppins star has admitted he could not watch entire film until adulthood because ‘Feed the Birds’ made him cry.Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the smash-hit musical Hamilton, said the song’s “perfect melody” left him “wrecked” when he watched it as a child.The 38-year-old, who is currently one of the most sought-after musical actors on the planet, is now starring in a sequel to the 1964 original alongside Emily Blunt as Mary PoppinsIn an interview with Vogue, Mr Mirada, said: “Like every child who came of age after 1964, I tried and failed to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and wished I could hold a tea party while floating in mid-air.“The only problem was I could never get past ‘Feed the Birds’. Every time I heard the chorus, I would end up in tears and switch off the video. The Puerto Rican’s star has been on rise since his hip-hop musical about the American founding father Alexander Hamilton opened in New York in 2015.The show sold out its entire run before winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony awards, eventually winning 11.Talking about his new project, Mr Miranda said would have rejected any plan to remake the original Mary Poppins as it was “too perfect”.He said: “Of course, if it had been a remake I would have turned it down — the original is too perfect to tamper with – but the idea that PL Travers had continued the Poppins novels and there was a fresh story to bring to life was irresistible.“Mary’s world has always worked on many levels.” read more

Duty of Care Senior police call for the public to boycott social

Tech firms will be fined if they breach their Duty of Care The heads of tech firms could he held responsible for illegal material hosted on their platforms Molly Russell took her own life after viewing self harm content online He said he had seen nothing to give him “confidence that companies that are creating these platforms are taking their responsibilities seriously enough”.He went on: “Ultimately the financial penalties for some of the giants of this world are going to be an absolute drop in the ocean.”But if the brand starts to become tainted, and consumers start to see how certain platforms are permitting abuse, are permitting the exploitation of young people, then maybe the damage to that brand will be so significant that they will feel compelled to do something in response.”We have got to look at how we drive a conversation within our society that says ‘do you know what, we are not going to use that any more, that system or that brand or that site’ because of what they are permitting to be hosted or what they are allowing to take place.” Molly Russell took her own life after viewing self harm content onlineCredit:PA Tech firms will be fined if they breach their Duty of Care Last month, following a campaign by the Telegraph, the Government announced plans to introduce new Duty of Care laws to hold tech firms accountable for damaging material online.Platforms that host content promoting bullying, harassment, self harm, suicide, child abuse  and terrorism could face huge fines as well as senior executives being held personally responsible.But while welcoming the proposals, Mr Bailey said he feared the suggested sanctions might still not be enough to persuade the overseas firms to act. Mr Bailey said even if the proposed regulation was effective, there was still a vast problem for the authorities in dealing with the dark web, which is much harder to police.And he said as 4G and 5G networks were rolled out in more countries across the world, so further opportunities would arise for paedophiles to sexually exploit children.Mr Bailey said the extent of the problem meant that in every playground there was likely to be a child with pornography on their phone.He said there was growing generation of young men who were becoming “increasingly desensitised” to this material and were progressing to viewing illegal material.Society is “not far off the point where somebody will know somebody” who has viewed illegal images, he warned.But he ruled out working with so-called paedophile hunters, saying the vigilante groups often frustrated police investigations.He said: “I can’t deny they’ve led to convictions, but they’ve also led to people being blackmailed, people being subject of GBH (grievous bodily harm), the wrong people being accused, people committing suicide as a result of interventions, family lives being completely destroyed, in the name of what? Facebook likes.” The public should start boycotting social media companies in order to force them to act over online child abuse images, one of Britain’s most senior police officers has recommended.Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the country’s leading child protection police officer, said handing out fines to tech giants, was just a “drop in the ocean”, adding that damaging their brand might be the only way to get them to take notice.He said firms such as Google and Facebook had the technology and the funds to eradicate indecent images online, but had persistently failed to act voluntarily.Mr Bailey said it was time for consumers to consider wielding their commercial clout by boycotting the firms responsible.”Ultimately I think the only thing they will genuinely respond to is when their brand is damaged,” he explained. The heads of tech firms could he held responsible for illegal material hosted on their platforms 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. read more

Altona beating production guidance at its Outokumpu project

first_imgAltona Mining has announced another upgrade to production guidance for the 2012/2013 year at the Outokumpu project in southeast Finland, that was the subject of an IM article last September. The original forecast in July 2012 for the 2012/2013 financial year was between 5,000 and 6,000 t of copper and 5,000 to 6,000 oz of gold in concentrate. This was increased to a range of 6,500 to 7,000 t of copper and 6,500 to 7,000 oz of gold in concentrate on January 22, 2013. Recent performance at the Outokumpu project is ahead of previous market guidance reflecting an 18% improvement in copper reserve grade from 1.2% to 1.4% Cu in the upper Wallaby orebody, and the mining of higher grade stopes than previously scheduled. In particular, March was an exceptional month with 1,100 t of copper produced from the highest grade part of the Wallaby zone.Accordingly, production guidance for the year ended 30 June 2013 is as follows:Copper production – 7,500 to 8,000 t of contained copper in concentrate Gold production – 7,500 to 8,000 oz of contained gold in concentrateCurrent high grade production is not expected to continue and production in coming quarters will be at or below the global reserve grade of 1.7% Cu as production moves to lower grade areas of the Wallaby zone.Cost performance remains in line with previous guidance of the upper part of the range of $1.40-$1.60/lb.Altona Mining is a copper producer in Finland and has a major copper development project in Australia. The Outokumpu project commenced production in early 2012. The project comprises the 550,000 t/y Kylylahti underground decline mine and the recently refurbished Luikonlahti mill. The annual production rate averages 8,000 t of copper, 8,400 oz of gold and 1,600 t of zinc with a study to expand production up to 12,000 t of copper underway. Regional resources include 9 Mt in two closed mines and four unmined resources within 30 km of the Luikonlahti mill.Altona’s other core asset is the Roseby copper project near Mt Isa in Queensland and is one of Australia’s largest known, undeveloped copper projects with a resource containing 1.52 Mt of copper and 0.38 Moz of gold. The first development envisaged is the 7 Mt/y Little Eva open-pit copper-gold mine and concentrator. Little Eva’s proposed annual production is 38,800 t of copper and 17,000 oz of gold for a minimum of 11 years. A definitive feasibility study has been completed and the project is fully permitted. Altona is engaged in discussions with potential partners to enable the funding of this major development.last_img read more

Maja Zebic new RK Zajecar player

Spanish Itxako now sees another of their players joining RK Zajecar. The Croatian national, Maja Zebic (30), is the new acquisition of RK Zajecar, a player that plays as a winger. Previously, before Itxako, she played for the Croatian RK Podravka Vegeta. ItxakoPodravkazajecarzebic ← Previous Story Scandinavia Open: Serbia and Denmark in the Final! Next Story → Denmark wins “Scandinavia Open”

Column Young people are the forgotten mourners

first_imgUpdated 21 November 11.30am“There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.”– H. W. LongfellowDEATH IS INEVITABLE and universal and the subsequent grief that follows it is a unique experience for everyone.  Grief is a natural and normal reaction following bereavement and researchers have yet to find a society that does not display signs of grieving.  Thus, grief is a collective experience that resonates with all of us.  While we know a great deal about the clinical impact of bereavement and grief on adults; there is less literature available on the impact of loss on young people.  It has been suggested that young people are the “forgotten mourners” whose grief is often overlooked.Recent research has estimated that there are between 36,000 and 60,000 young people in Ireland who have experienced a significant bereavement.  November is the month where communities remember the dead; while we may be aware of this, we may not be as cognisant of the fact that Thursday the 21st of November is also Children’s Grief Awareness Day.Common reactions to loss and bereavementWe all live in a world where we assume that life will carry on as it always has; children assume that they will go to school, do their homework, and generally behave as most young people do.  Following a death, a young person’s “assumptive world” is transformed (see Colin Murray Parkes).  The security that they had once felt is broken and fragmented and they must try to piece it back together and learn to negotiate and accept their new world, which has been changed forever.A child’s understanding of death advances with their cognitive development which is constantly maturing through childhood and adolescence. Many factors will influence a child’s reaction to bereavement and how they adjust to the death of a loved one (eg, age, type of death, response of other family members, socio-economic background).The literature tells us that bereaved children may experience psychological, behavioural and somatic problems, as well as difficulties in school performance and peer relationships.  While each individual child’s reaction to death is unique, there are some common reactions that may manifest following such an event, these can include: anxiety; anger and aggression; inability to concentrate; psychosomatic complaints; sleep difficulties; learning and concentration difficulties; and regressive behaviour.Considering all of this, it is understandable that many people, who are aware that a child is grieving, will want to help.How to helpFor those of us who do not come from a clinical or therapeutic background, a common concern is of causing further pain by re-traumatising a grieving child.  We may feel that we lack the skills and knowledge to make a real contribution to supporting a child in a positive way.  But what we all do know is how to be human.  While I am not a trained counsellor or psychologist, the literature I have read and the people that I have met through my research have reiterated the same concept through different mediums, but all with the same message.   Supporting a child through grief requires three simple human attributes: honesty, patience, and empathy.The first step is honesty.  Being honest and answering questions truthfully without overloading with additional information is essential when supporting grieving children.  Providing clear information and clarifying misinformation builds the foundation for working through grief.  Explaining to children the facts of the event can help with the healing process by aiding the development of effective coping strategies in order to deal with life’s future losses.The next step is patience. Displaying patience by taking the time to listen can be tremendously valuable.  Much research has shown that “having someone to listen” was one of the significant factors in supporting a young person through their grief in a positive way.  As we listen, we help the child to explore and express their grief by telling their story.  Whether we are friends or acting in a more professional role with a grieving child, how we respond is important.  Active listening, through our words and body language, can help to alleviate, if only for a brief period, some of the symptomatologies associated with grief.The third and final step is empathy.  We often misuse or perhaps misunderstand the terms “sympathy” and “empathy”.   Sympathy is the acknowledgment of another person’s emotional hardship while providing comfort and assurance.  Whereas empathy is a deep understanding of what others are feeling, perhaps because you have experienced it yourself or can put yourself in their shoes.While we often show sympathy upon announcement of bereavement, it is the latter that is of more significance.  Expressing empathy can validate the feelings of a grieving child and give them the opportunity to tell their story.  Empathy involves seeing the world through the eyes of the grieving child you are supporting and recognising that their anxieties, concerns, and subsequent behaviours are a result of the loss that they are experiencing.Remember NovemberChildren’s Grief Awareness Day provides us all with an opportunity to recognise and support the grieving young people across our nation, the forgotten mourners who may be in our own communities, and those that we know and see in our daily lives who may be suffering.   November is a time to remember those who have gone before us; but perhaps too, it is also a time to look around us to see those who have been left behind.Research has shown that one in five children whose parent has died is likely to require specialist support.  However, it is important to remember that not all young people need the support of outside agencies.When there is a need for support, there are many services out there that can help, some of which have been listed below:Barnardos Bereavement Counselling for Children Irish Childhood Bereavement Network: The first ICBN Regional Meeting has been announced for December 9th in Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick on December 9th. Rainbows IrelandAoife M. O’Brien is a qualified primary school teacher currently undertaking her Ph.D. studies in the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin.  Aoife’s research studies are mapping the knowledge and understanding of bereavement in Irish schools, retrospective accounts of bereavement from educators, and the development of curricular and CPD programmes and materials for use by, and with, educators and allied professions.If you are interested in taking part in this research, contact can be made at: Obriena2@tcd.ielast_img read more

English classes in Port Melbourne

first_imgThe Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House (PMNH) have weekly English classes for all age groups and all levels of English. The ESL classes are for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels, and there is also a literacy, reading and writing class. The classes are reasonably priced with further discounts for concession card holders as they are funded by the Adult Community and Further Education. Whether one has lived in Australia for 40 years or five weeks, these classes can cater to all requirements and standards. The philosophy behind the classes is not only to improve the English skills of our students, but to create a friendly, inclusive atmosphere which enhances their confidence and their ability to communicate effectively. This will help the student to improve their skills in preparing for work or life in Australia All courses focus on improving reading, writing, listening and speaking providing a foundation for a successful transition to Australian work and life. They cover employment culture and skills, grammar, Australian History, current affairs, cultural events and lots more. Students are welcome to join us now or express interest for next year. If you have any questions or require any more information, contact PMNH on 9645 1476. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Carrick believes Mourinho nurtures young players

first_imgThe Manchester United long-standing tradition of bringing through young players has continued with the Portuguese managerEnglish Premier League giants Manchester United have always been seen as one of the best clubs for a young player to develop.And former Red Devils midfielder Michael Carrick believes one of the positive sides of Mourinho’s tenure at United is his development of young talent.“He does get the history,” said Carrick to Sky Sports.“For the manager to put him [Rashford] in and play him… and Scott [McTominay] last year… and give them games, big games as well.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The manager has to take a lot of credit for that. That’s the constant challenge though, isn’t it? That’s what everyone wants to see, that next one,” he added.“They say it’s getting harder. But that’s a challenge for us as a club and for English football – you might not get tens and twenties, you might get five or six players – but it’s got to keep happening.”“At the end of the day, the academies are there to produce players and to give kids a chance of getting in first teams. Especially at United; you can’t ignore the history and traditions,” he continued.“When people ask me: ‘What’s my role now [at the club]?’ That’s a big part of the club. You can’t just neglect the history of the club and what it stands for. And bringing players through is a huge part of that. It’s always been that one, two, three, four – more players in some eras.”last_img read more

EPA Announces Intentions Timeline for Setting RFS Volume Requirements

first_imgThe United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week it will propose the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by June 1, 2015 and finalize them by Nov. 30, 2015. By law, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supposed to finalize biomass-based diesel volumes 14 months in advance of the applicable year. The agency is overdue in setting the volumes for 2014, 2015 and 2016.The announcement last week was, in part, spurred by agreement that was reached on a consent decree stemming from a lawsuit filed by petroleum groups against EPA on the overdue volume requirements. The terms of the consent decree require EPA to issue the proposed Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for 2014 and 2015 by June 1st and the final rule by Nov. 30.In addition to the 2014 and 2015 volume requirements, EPA announced the same timeline for establishing the biomass-based diesel volumes for 2016 and 2017.The announcement can be broken down into three parts. Part one, the consent decree, does the following:Requires EPA to propose the 2014 and 2015 volumes for the entire RFS by June 1, 2015.• Requires EPA to finalize the 2014 and 2015 volumes for the entire RFS by Nov. 30, 2015.• Requires EPA to address a pending Waiver Request from the petroleum industry by Nov. 30, 2015Part two, which is not required as part of the consent decree, does the following:States that EPA will propose the 2016 volumes for the entire RFS by June 1, 2015.• States that EPA will finalize the 2016 volumes for the entire RFS by Nov. 30, 2015.Part three, also not part of the consent decree, does the following:States that EPA will propose the 2017 Biomass-based Diesel volumes by June 1, 2015.• States that EPA will finalize the 2017 Biomass-based Diesel volumes by Nov. 30, 2015.The announcement provides encouragement that EPA will get the RFS implementation back on track and provide greater certainty and stability to the U.S. biodiesel industry. ASA has been urging EPA and the White House to address the overdue RFS volume requirements and move forward immediately on finalizing increased volumes for biomass-based diesel. ASA leaders met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in late March and pressed this issue.There are still questions that remain regarding the volume levels that EPA will propose for 2014-2017 and ASA will be working closely with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) to advocate the appropriate volumes for the program. EPA has indicated that it will propose volume requirements for 2014 that “reflect the volumes of renewable fuel that were actually used in 2014.” The total amount of biomass based diesel utilized in 2014 was approximately 1.75 billion gallons. From there, ASA and NBB will continue making a case to EPA and the Administration to provide modest and achievable annual increases in the biomass-based diesel volumes.last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:NoneSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Statement on Passing of President George H.W. BushPresident Signs Sens. Cruz, Markey’s Bipartisan National Timing Resilience and Security Act Into LawSenator Markey Statement on EPA Rule Roll-back For New Coal PlantsSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Senators Warren & Cotton Introduce National POW/MIA Flag ActSenators Seek Expanded Investigation of Waste and Abuse in FEMA Contracts for Puerto Rico Hurricane RecoverySens. Warren, Markey & Rep. Lynch Introduce Concurrent Resolution To Commemorate The 75th Anniversary of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball LeagueLike 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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

Snapchats new Bitmoji Tennis game lets you play like a pro from

first_img 0 Game. Set. Match.  Snapchat To celebrate Wimbledon 2019, Snapchat made a Bitmoji Tennis game that lets you hit the court with your friends.Snapchat started rolling out its own set of games called Snap Games in April. Similar to Facebook games, you can invite your friends to play with you. You can find Bitmoji Tennis, as well as other Snap Games, by opening a chat and then tapping on the rocket ship icon. In a Bitmoji Tennis, you tap the screen to serve the ball and run left and right. When you get close to the ball, your racket swings automatically, and you aim by tilting your phone. The gameplay looks similar to the old Wii tennis game. You can also play a more fearsome game by upgrading your racket (just watch an ad in between games). Last year, the app served up a Snapchat Lens that allowed users to play tennis with Serena Williams’ Bitmoji.Bitmoji Tennis is rolling out today. The game might not be available to everyone yet since it’s new, but users should check back periodically and make sure their app is up to date.Originally published July 1 at 9:11 a.m. PT.Update, at 10:25 a.m. PT: Adds details about game and last year’s Serena Williams Snapchat Lens. Share your voice Tags Mobile Mobile Apps Gaming Phones Snapchatcenter_img 2:42 Baseball, tennis and golf simulators show you how to… Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Study Climate Change Hurting Salmon Habitat

first_imgNature Conservancy scientist Colin Shanley talks about research on climate change impacts to Southeast salmon habitat. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Scientists know climate change is altering rain and snowfall patterns in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. A new study details how that could affect salmon and suggests what can be done.Download Audio“Global climate change may become one of the most pressing challenges to Pacific Salmon conservation and management for Southeast Alaska in the 21st Century.”That’s the opening statement in a report released earlier this year by The Nature Conservancy scientists Colin Shanley and David Albert.Standing next to a fast-running Juneau creek, Shanley says the research began by examining about a half-century of Southeast stream-gauge measurements.“By doing that we can figure out how historical patterns of temperature and precipitation affected our current stream discharges and things important to salmon,” he says.The researchers looked at how warming temperatures and changing rain and snow patterns have, and will, affect the sources of streams.A new report says salmon, including sockeye, shown here, could have habitat disrupted by new rainfall and snow patterns caused by climate change. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)“Those watersheds that are generally fed by deep snowpack in the mountains might see fluctuations in their snowpack. And that in turn affects how much water is in the river throughout the rest of the next summer,” Shanley says.One threat is flooding during the spawning and incubation period. The study projects that will happen more often during key times.“When the salmon run up the river in the fall, they’re laying their eggs in the gravel and leaving them there, hoping that they’ll hatch. And some of these high-water events, where you get rain on snow, are going to cause more flooding events, or that’s what we predict. So certain streams are more susceptible to scour and loss of salmon eggs,” Shanley says.In other places, streams may have less water and flow slower.That’s already happened in parts of central and southern Southeast, killing fish.“For the salmon streams that are really reliant on a more consistent rain to maintain adequate flows, you’re seeing water temperatures exceed what salmon can really tolerate,” he says.Shanley says some of those scenarios can be addressed.The study recommends restoring or improving damaged streams and rivers. That includes more of the restoration work already being done, including adding trees and stumps.“The wood in the water slows down the water, so that can help with higher water. … That’ll get cooler and then they (salmon) can hide from predators and direct sunlight,” he says.Shanley says fixing culverts and reconnecting diverted streams to wetlands would also help. That’s also been done, but he says more is needed.He adds other change will come without human assistance.“What we imagine happening is kind of a shifting in productivity of streams in Southeast Alaska. Because there is a great variety of streams in terms of mountainous headwaters and glaciated headwaters and low-elevation floodplains that were really set up to be pretty resilient,” he says.Changes in watersheds could affect other plants and animals, as well as community drinking water supplies. That’s been predicted for a while.But Shanley says it’s not all bad.“This is not a doom-and-gloom outlook. This is really just us just getting smarter about how climate change may play out and how it might affect resources that are valuable to us,” he says.The two-year study was published in the Public Library of Science-One, an international, peer-reviewed, online publication. It cost about $90,000, with grants from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.The Nature Conservancy is an international conservation organization. Other regional projects include Tongass National Forest restoration projects and small business development.last_img read more

How A Dad Filmed His Early Days Of Fatherhood And Became A

first_img Share When La Guardia Cross first heard his wife was having a child, “it completely caught me off guard. I didn’t feel ready.”By the time his daughter Amalah was born in 2014 — although still freaking out — he got out his camera and started recording. The hospital room — him holding his little baby in his arms. Amalah sleeping. Amalah crying. Lots of stuff about diapers and poop.He uploaded the short videos to YouTube. He called it New Father Chronicles. A job at a university communications office had given him video chops, so those first videos even had a theme song and title cards.“I thought it would be funny because I knew I had no idea what I was doing,” he says.And they are funny. In one of his first videos, Cross is sitting in his bedroom in Florida, confessional style, and he attempts to translate for baby Amalah:She cries, “waah.” “That means she has gas.”“Waah,” again. “OK. She needs to be changed.”Once more. “She doesn’t like to be changed.”The list goes on. Eventually Cross dissolves into tears for the camera.At first, the videos were just a way for his friends and family to see his little girl grow — to show off how much sleep he and his wife, Leah, weren’t getting. To poke fun at the ups and downs of new fatherhood.But soon, other new parents — people Cross didn’t know — started commenting on the videos: I relate. I get you. That’s funny. Same thing with me. That happens to you? Why don’t you do this?As Amalah grew, so did his audience. In one video, he interviewed 14-month-old Amalah and it went viral. It’s now at 3.7 million views and still climbing.These days, Cross publishes new videos every Wednesday. A year or so in, he left his job and now, the ads, partnerships and sponsors support his family.A year ago, Cross had a second daughter, Nayely, who has joined the cast, too.For new parents, and all those nonparent viewers alike, his tips and commentary are funny and helpful. Like his endorsement earlier this year of the multipurpose, all-powerful baby wipe: “If there’s pee, use a wipe. If there’s poop, wipe it up. Boogers, wipe. Dirt, yep! Stains, do it!”Cross insists he’s an extreme nonexpert when it comes to fatherhood, but his experience resonates.He’s recently partnered with Zero to Three, a child-development organization, to incorporate early childhood research into his videos. In March, he headlined a fatherhood conference in Massachusetts.“I realized, wow,” he says. There aren’t “a lot of dads chronicling the life of their kids online.” The other dads he has found on YouTube are now his friends, he adds. The group is small enough he can keep track of them all in in his cellphone contacts.Cross points out that the group of online dads gets even smaller when you look for just people of color.“People had to tell me how important it was to see representation of a black father in any form of media, like YouTube or whatever,” he says. “Like by accident, I’m showcasing the anti-stereotype.”I ask Cross if he has ever had reservations about putting his kids online — oversharing — or overexposing them. He shakes his head.“It’s too positive not to share,” he explains. “I want families to see other little girls, other dads, other moms with their kids in ways that they don’t see.”But, the girls are growing up. Amalah is walking, talking and dancing. She’ll turn 4 this year. Nayely is now a year old. They’re no longer newborns. So, is there a finale in sight?“I mean there’s people out there [that say], ‘Please, let this go until she graduates from high school. So we can see every stage.” The first prom, teenage rebellion, driving a car.“There’s so many stories to tell and I want to continue to tell it.”For now, he’s focused on the current season. He just wrapped an episode about how peaceful car rides are. NOT! Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Researchers suggest coal ash and tailings dam disasters could be prevented

first_img © 2019 Science X Network More information: J. Carlos Santamarina et al. Why coal ash and tailings dam disasters occur, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1927 Iron mining produces a waste product known as tailings. Tailings are typically dumped into man-made ponds, which are more often than not dammed up to prevent them from oozing downhill when it rains. Similar ponds are constructed to contain coal ash waste produced by coal power plants. Besides representing a pollution problem, the ponds are also mudslide hazards. The researchers point out that thousands of people around the world have been killed by such mudslides over the past century. They suggest it is time that governments engage more fully with those building and maintaining such ponds.The researchers note that mudslides from tailings or coal ash occur when the dam holding the material gives way. Many people believe that the reason such dams give way is because of the pond contents and what happens to them. Evidence of liquefaction of pond materials is almost always in evidence along mudslide routes. But prior study has shown that liquefaction almost always happens after the dam gives way, not before. Instead, the researchers suggest that the major reason for most of the disasters is failure to follow best engineering practices in building and maintaining the dams.One of the biggest problems, the researchers point out, is that proper action is not taken during heavy rain causing overflow, which puts excess stress on the dam. Another problem is layering on the bottom of such ponds that result in deposits with different hydromechanical properties—this usually leads to weaknesses in the system. Also, cementation can loosen sediment structures, which can also weaken the system. And problems can also develop when material is compressed near the dam. They note also that preexisting weaknesses in the foundation of the dam can lead to failure later, and so can piping erosion or mineral buildup.The researchers conclude by suggesting more attention to such ponds, because the mudslides that can result when they fail appear to be far more preventable than many in the field have suggested. How bacteria can prevent coal ash spills Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img A trio of researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the University of the Witwatersrand and Geosyntec has published a Perspectives piece in the journal Science. Carlos Santamarina, Luis Torres-Cruz and Robert Bachus note in the article that many lives are lost each year when coal ash or tailings dams fail, causing mudslides. Many such failures are preventable. Citation: Researchers suggest coal ash and tailings dam disasters could be prevented (2019, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-coal-ash-tailings-disasters.html Journal information: Science 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.last_img read more

Four new hot Jupiters discovered

first_img 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. More information: C. Hellier, et al. WASP-South hot Jupiters: WASP-178b, WASP-184b, WASP-185b & WASP-192b arXiv:1907.11667v1 [astro-ph.EP]: arxiv.org/abs/1907.11667 Image credit: WASP-178b discovery data: (Top) The WASP data folded on the transit period. (Second panel) The EulerCAM transit lightcurve together with the fitted MCMC model. (Third panel) The CORALIE RV data and fitted model. (Bottom) The bisector spans of the CORALIE data (which provide a check against transit mimics). Credit: Hellier et al., 2019. Eight new ‘hot Jupiters’ discovered by astronomers Citation: Four new ‘hot Jupiters’ discovered (2019, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-hot-jupiters.html Astronomers report the detection of four new “hot Jupiter” exoplanets as part of the WASP-south survey. The newfound alien worlds received designations: WASP-178b, WASP-184b, WASP-185b and WASP-192b. The discovery is detailed in a paper published July 26 on arXiv.org. © 2019 Science X Network Explore further The detection was made by a team of researchers led by Coel Hellier of the Keele University, U.K. They used the WASP-South telescope at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in South Africa. WASP (Wide Angle Search for Planets) is an international consortium conducting an ultra-wide angle search for exoplanets using the transit photometry method.The astronomers identified transit signals in the light curves of four stars during an observational campaign taking place between 2006 and 2014. The planetary nature of these signals was later confirmed by follow-up observations at the Euler-Swiss telescope and the TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST), both located in Chile.”We report on four new transiting hot Jupiters discovered by the WASP-South survey. (…) The WASP-South photometry was accumulated into multi-year lightcurves for every cataloged star, which were then searched for transits using automated routines followed by human vetting of the search outputs. Planet candidates were then listed for follow-up observations by the TRAPPIST-South 0.6-m robotic photometer and the Euler/CORALIE spectrograph,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.All four newly identified alien worlds were classified as “hot Jupiters,” as they are similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. Such exoplanets have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their parent stars very closely.Located about 1,360 light years away from the Earth, WASP-178b was even classified as an “ultra-hot Jupiter,” given that its day-side temperature exceeds 2,200 K. In the case of this planet, this parameter was calculated to be around 2,470 K, what makes it one of the hottest exoplanets of this type known to date. Observations show that WASP-178b has a radius approximately 81 percent larger than that of Jupiter, while its mass is around 1.66 Jupiter masses. It takes the planet about 3.34 days to fully orbit its host, WASP-178b (a star of spectral type A1V, around twice as massive as the sun, with an effective temperature of 9,350 K), at a distance of some 0.056 AU from it. The parent star turns out to be the second-hottest transit host so far identified.WASP-184b is the least massive planet out of the newly discovered quartet—with a mass of only 0.57 Jupiter masses, however, around 33 larger than Jupiter. The alien world was found to be transiting a G0 host, every 5.18 days, separated by approximately 0.063 from the star. The planet’s temperature was calculated to be around 1,480 K. The host is about 65 percent larger and 23 percent more massive than the sun, located nearly 2,100 light years away.WASP-185b has a radius of about 1.25 Jupiter radii and is approximately as massive as Jupiter. However, although its mass and radius are typical for “hot Jupiters,” it’s orbital parameters are rare among such planets. The observations indicate that this extrasolar world has an eccentric orbit (with an eccentricity of about 0.24) and a relatively long orbital period of about 9.4 days. The planet’s mean distance to the host is around 0.09 AU and its temperature was calculated to be 1,160 K. With an effective temperature of 5,900 K, the parent star is of spectral type G0 and has a mass of approximately 1.12 solar masses. The system is located about 900 light years away.WASP-192b is the most massive exoplanet reported in the paper. With a radius of about 1.23 Jupiter radii, it is around 2.3 times more massive than Jupiter. The planet orbits WASP-192 (a moderately evolved G0 star with a mass of approximately 1.09 solar masses and an effective temperature of 5,900 K) every 2.88 days, at a distance of some 0.04 AU from it. The planet’s temperature was measured to be about 1,620 K. The planetary system is approximately 1,600 light years away from the Earth.last_img read more