Tokyo: Japan has reassured foreign diplomats about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant’s safety amid concerns about massive amounts of treated but radioactive water stored in tanks. The Fukushima plant, which suffered triple meltdowns in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, stores more than 1 million tons of treated but radioactive water in nearly 1,000 tanks. The plant’s operator said last month it will run out of storage space in 2022, prompting South Korea to raise safety questions amid tensions with Japan over trade and history. Diplomats from 22 countries, including South Korea, attended a briefing Wednesday where Japanese officials stressed the importance of combating rumors. Experts say the tanks pose flooding and radiation risks and hamper decontamination efforts. They recommend the water’s controlled release into the sea, but local residents oppose this.
INUVIK, N.W.T. – The sun is returning to the horizon in the Northwest Territories town of Inuvik, even as Atlantic Canadians dig out from a powerful winter storm and many other parts of the country shiver through extreme cold snaps.It’s been 30 days since the solar orb was last seen in Inuvik, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, but that changes on Saturday when the sun returns, rising at 1:44 p.m.The event will be marked by a festival which Inuvik’s marketing co-ordinator Chris Sharpe says continues all weekend.Participants will have just 34 minutes to enjoy the light on Saturday because the sun sets again at 2:18 p.m.By Sunday, there will be 63 minutes of daylight in Inuvik, and the days will continue to lengthen from there until round-the-clock sun returns in late May.Sharpe says the sunrise festival had humble beginnings three decades ago, but has grown dramatically as visitors arrive to witness a sure sign that winter will eventually loosen its grip on the Northern Hemisphere.“It was just a community breakfast and fireworks and it has expanded over the years to this mega event that welcomes the world.”The festival includes dancing and music, food, a snow-carving contest, ice village, snow pitch and even snow yoga. (CKRW)
WFF Adventure Film Series Whistler, B.C. (April 30, 2019) – Get ready for adventure and more! The Whistler Film Festival’s 6th annual Adventure Film Series returns May 17 to 19 as part of Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest), featuring a solid lineup of great outdoor stories. The action packed program features seven screenings comprised of nine films that range from extreme sports to activism through adventure, complemented by a photography competition and a new adventure filmmaking workshop. Rock climbing, bikepacking, cycling, travelling and exploring the mountains are highlighted in this year’s adrenaline fueled lineup.“Whistler is a renowned outdoor adventure destination that attracts thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies,” says WFF’s Executive Director Shauna Hardy Mishaw. “WFF’s Adventure Film Series offers an exciting lineup for outdoor enthusiasts to experience outdoor adventure through films, personal stories, photography and education.”WFF’s Adventure Film Series is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures through the power of story. Above all else, it is a gathering for like-minded people who join together to celebrate the wonder of wild places and outdoor adventure. Advertisement Twitter The WFF Adventure Series kicks off on Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm with the announcement of the winners of WFF’s Adventure Photo Competition presented by Mountain Life. The announcement will be followed by the Whistler edition of REEL ROCK TOUR 13, which delivers jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor in a brand new collection of the year’s best climbing films. From Olympic training centers to the frozen landscape of Antarctica, explore the cutting edge of climbing with four new films. The first feature, AGE OF ONDRA, gives viewers an inside look at Adam Ondra, the 25-year-old Czech crusher, who is exploring a new realm of human potential in climbing. Late last year, he established a benchmark for the sport; a 5.15d in Norway he dubbed “Silence” (as in, drop the mic). AGE OF ONDRA is a rare, intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at the peak of his powers. The second half of the evening features three short films. The first short, VALLEY OF THE MOON, explores the importance of climbing as a way to cross cultural barriers, build friendship and chase adventure in one of the most breathtaking regions on earth. The second film, UP TO SPEED, looks into the little-known and seldom practiced subsport of speed climbing, which will be part of the 2020 Olympics. Wrapping up the evening is QUEEN MAUD LAND which follows a dream team of six elite climbers who mount an expedition to one of the world’s last great climbing frontiers: the remote frozen towers of Antarctica. Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker tackle a new route on the 3,600-foot Ulvetanna; Savannah Cummins and Anna Pfaff summit the towering Holtanna; and Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright make a harrowing and hilarious blitz of 13 different spires spread across the ice field.On Saturday May 18 at 4:30pm, WFF brings back the award-winning documentary THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE, a look into what drives these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, and even their personal safety – for a life in the mountains. Director Grant Baldwin will be in attendance to speak about his filmmaking journey. At 6:30pm, the Whistler Premiere of SAFETY TO NOME, directed by Vancouver team Jonathan Hunwick and Kenton Gilchrist, chronicles twenty-six ultra endurance athletes who embarked on a 1,000-mile human powered race across Alaska on the Iditarod Trail, where being prepared – for anything – is the only way to guarantee your survival. At 8:30pm, the series transitions to THE BIKES OF WRATH in which five friends from Australia set out to bike from Oklahoma to California the same route the families traveled in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.On Sunday, May 19, the WFF Adventure Film Series concludes at 6:30pm with THE MEANING OF VANLIFE, a feature documentary that takes a look into the the vanlife community through the eyes of the nomads who have chosen to live a life of freedom on the road. The screening will be followed by an 8:30pm screening of THE DAWN WALL, an unbelievable story of perseverance with free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempting to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall in Yosemite.Returning this year, WFF in collaboration with Mountain Life Magazine presents the Adventure Photography Competition as part of the series. Open to all ages, the top ten photos and the People’s Choice Photo will be determined by an online, social voting system channel through WFF’s Facebook page. The winning photo will be selected by a Mountain Life jury to be featured in the summer issue of Mountain Life Coast Magazine which hits the stands June 1, and receive $200 cash and prize package. The top three photos will also be featured online on mountainlifemedia.ca. The deadline to submit is May 14 at 5pm PST. The winner will be announced on the opening night of the series on May 17, and the top shots will be presented before every screening during the series. Competition details are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com/events/adventure-film-series/.A new edition to WFF’s Adventure Film Series is the Adventure Filmmaking Workshop on Saturday May 18 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, which will offer participants key intel and insights from two of BC’s leading adventure filmmakers, Grant Baldwin and Brian Hockenstein, on what it takes to create a great mountain film from conception to execution. Vancouver based Grant Baldwin is a Leo award-winning director, cinematographer, editor and music composer and the director of the award winning documentary THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE, a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the snowy peaks of Canada. Baldwin has a varied background working with documentaries, sports films and narratives. His work can be seen and heard on Knowledge Network, F/X, TNT, CBC, National Film Board and ESPN. His first documentary THE CLEAN BIN PROJECT won 10 festival awards and has screened around the world, and his film JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY premiered at Hot Docs, garnered him the award for emerging Canadian filmmaker of the year, and went on to hit #2 on the US iTunes documentary charts. Most recently, he has been filming with BBC’s Planet Earth team. Brian Hockenstein is a Whistler-based cinematographer who specializes in natural history, photography and action sports filmmaking. Hockenstein is the Producer and the Director along with Tamo Campos of THE RADICALS, which follows a group of snowboarders and surfers who drift from their respective sports to the work of activism and premiered at WFF18. Adventure filmmakers can register for the workshop at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com and www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.All events will take place at the Maury Young Arts Centre. WFF Adventure Film Series info and tickets are available online at: www.greatoutdoorsfest.com and www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.WFF’s Adventure Film Series is supported by GO Fest, an initiative of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative. GO Fest is part of the RMOW’s Festivals, Events and Animation program, and is one component of the larger May long weekend strategy. WFF’s Adventure Photography Competition is sponsored by Mountain Life.About Whistler Film Festival Society: The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to advancing the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and industry Summits, and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian artists. The 19th Whistler Film Festival returns December 4 to 8. whistlerfilmfestival.com.About GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival – May 17-20, 2019: GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, will take place May 17 to 20, 2019 in Whistler, located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometers (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. GO Fest celebrates the convergence of winter and summer in North America’s premier four-season mountain resort. GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival is part of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Festivals, Events & Animation (FE&A) program and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative. greatoutdoorsfest.com/About Mountain Life — Coast Mountains: Founded in 2006 and published three times a year, Mountain Life Coast Mountains is dedicated to showcasing the natural beauty of British Columbia’s Coast Mountain range, with a focus on the Sea to Sky region between Vancouver and Pemberton. Through world-class photography and thought-provoking yet humorous editorial, our goal is to shed some light on the rich and varied history, culture, people and environmental issues of the Sea to Sky corridor. 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APTN National NewsIt appears an exploration project will move ahead in the Northwest Territories.ConocoPhillips is looking to drill two horizontal wells in the Sahtu region.They plan to use fracking to extract the resource.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has the email@example.com
Kolkata: Three youths were killed in a road accident when they were riding on a motorcycle. The incident took place at Tumbani village near Rampurhat in Birbhum on Tuesday morning. The incident caused traffic disruption on Dumka-Rampurhat Road for nearly an hour. The victims have been identified as Bablu Soren (34), Baidyanath Kisku (22) and Chunde Soren (23). Police said that Bablu was riding the motorcycle with the two others as pillion, on their way to Rampurhat from Hariharpur village in Birbhum. When they were crossing Kharbana area, a speeding dumper hit them. The dumper was on its way to Jharkhand when the accident occurred. The driver of the vehicle fled the spot immediately after the accident, leaving the dumper at the site. All the three victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead. The local residents staged a sit-in demonstration at the spot, protesting against overspeeding of the trucks in the area. According to the police, the victims had received injuries in various parts of their bodies. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the police. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that the dumper was moving at a high speed, as a result of which the driver could not control the vehicle. Senior police officers reached the spot after the accident and lifted the demonstration. Initially, the local residents engaged in an altercation with the police officers but later agreed to lift the agitation.
People who use their smartphones for making calls, texting or listening to music while shopping at a store are more likely to make unplanned purchases and forget items they had planned to buy, according to a study. Researchers from the Fairfield University in the US investigated the impact of mobile phone use on in-store shopping behaviour. They found that those who used mobile phones in store for purposes unrelated to shopping, such as making phone calls, texting, checking emails or listening to music, were more likely to make unplanned purchases and forget items they had planned to buy. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThe study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, observed this effect even when phones were only used for part of the shopping trip, suggesting that in-store mobile phone use may consume attentional resources even after the phone is put away. “Our finding that phone use that is unrelated to shopping negatively affects shopping behaviour was in stark contrast to beliefs held by consumers,” said Michael Sciandra, corresponding author of the study. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”The vast majority of shoppers we asked thought that mobile phones did not have any negative effect,” Sciandra said. The researchers asked 231 participants to complete a simulated shopping task. While the participants either refrained from using their phone, or used it for an unrelated task either constantly (simulated phone call) or intermittently, they were shown a first person perspective video of someone grocery shopping. The participants were given a shopping list of items and were asked to compare the list to the products the person in the video placed in the cart, or picked up and put down. The participants’ mobile phone dependence was assessed via self-report. The researchers found that consumers who are highly dependent upon mobile phones, characterised by excessive use of and reliance on the device, were the most at risk of deviating from a shopping plan while engaging in shopping-unrelated mobile phone use. “Mobile phones are quickly becoming the principal distractor for many consumers and they offer a unique form of interruption,” Sciandra said. “Our findings may influence consumers’ attitudes towards mobile phone use while shopping and persuade them to reflect on how these devices impact our lives, both positively and negatively,” he said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko Posted Dec 14, 2016 7:10 am MDT Feds make changes to Temporary Foreign Worker program The Liberal government is bringing changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program.Effective immediately, the Trudeau government is doing away with the four year in, four year out rule which was put in place in 2011.Under the rule, some foreign workers could work in Canada for four years, then have to be gone for four years.The Liberals say they are capping the number of low-wage foreign workers at any worksite to 20 per cent for employers who used the program before June 2014, and 10 per cent for new users.Employers using the program must also advertise job postings to more than one, and up to four under-represented worker groups including youth, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and newcomers.For TFWs seeking permanent residency, the government says it is still working on developing further pathways for applicants. (Stock photo: FreeImages.com)
12Evan Longoria3B876220.127.116.11——— Seasonal WAR is pro-rated to a 162-game schedule for shortened seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, The Baseball Gauge —David Wright3B100042.65.92.20.70.20.0 In a narrow sense, the recent announcement that New York Mets captain David Wright needed surgery — thus ending his latest rehab stint — was just another line item in what was already an absurdly injury-wrecked, grossly disappointing Mets season.Wright’s setback, however, was more a symbolic blow for the Mets than anything else. The once-great third baseman hadn’t played a game since May 2016 and turns 35 in December, so he probably wasn’t going to add much production on the field, at least not anytime soon. But Wright is also the top position player in franchise history according to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs versions of WAR. and the Mets’ second-best player ever, period (behind Tom Seaver). He’s just the fourth captain in club history and was once on the shortlist of the most popular players in the game.As difficult as it is to remember now, a healthy Wright was among baseball’s upper echelon of players for a very long time. He was also easily on track to become a Hall of Famer — the rare member to spend his entire career with the Mets, who have a tendency to either pick up HOFers mid-career or jettison them too soon.2Only one of the 14 Hall of Famers to suit up for New York (Seaver) produced more than half of his career WAR in a Mets uniform. This is not how the future was supposed to look for both Wright and the Mets.In the decade from 2005 (Wright’s first full MLB season) to 2014 (his last full season), only four position players — Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltre — put up more WAR than Wright. Looking at primary third basemen since 1901,3The first season of MLB’s modern, two-league era. Wright also ranked ninth in total WAR through age 31 (Wright’s age in 2014). Even more so than his longtime infield partner Jose Reyes, Wright was widely viewed as the kind of ballplayer that a franchise could build around for years to come.Certainly that’s what the Mets were thinking when they extended Wright’s contract by eight years and $138 million in November 2012.4Meanwhile, the Mets let Reyes bolt for the Miami Marlins when his contract was up after the 2011 season. At the time, it was the 17th-biggest contract in baseball history, but Wright’s future appeared to warrant the investment. Here’s a list of Wright’s most similar historical players through 2012, according to The Baseball Gauge, along with how many WAR each ended up producing over the following five seasons: 7Gary SheffieldRF89618.104.22.168.54.67.1 1Scott Rolen3B93722.214.171.124.13.04.7 15Shawn GreenRF873126.96.36.199.1-0.80.2 18Del EnnisLF86730.73.8-0.7-0.3-1.1-1.0 4Chipper Jones3B90188.8.131.52.64.53.7 11Robinson Cano2B885184.108.40.206.86.63.4 20Travis Fryman3B86330.00.64.7-1.0-0.70.0 All newsletters RKPLAYERPOSSIM SCORETHRU 293031323334 13Adrian Beltre3B875220.127.116.11.76.95.3 Perhaps Zimmerman’s rebirth can provide hope of a similar renaissance for Wright and the Mets. Just last Thursday, Wright told reporters that he still hopes to return to the major leagues, perhaps as soon as next season. But if Wright wants to contribute anything going forward, he’ll have to contend with history: Since 1901, only three position players — Ken Griffey Jr., Arky Vaughan and Richie Ashburn — produced at least 40 WAR through age 31, fewer than 1.0 WAR per season from ages 32 to 34, and still came back to generate at least 2.0 WAR from age 35 onward. (For his part, Wright had 50.7 WAR through age 31 and 0.3 WAR per season over the next three years.)Even if Wright does buck that trend, he’ll be a long way from the path that once seemed so certain for him and for the Mets. More likely, he’ll serve as a cautionary tale that even the most probable of future Hall of Famers can get derailed on the path to Cooperstown.Check out our latest MLB predictions. A good number of Wright’s top comparables lived up to their lofty expectations as franchise cornerstones. For instance, the longtime Phillies and Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen — Wright’s most similar player through age 29 — wound up producing excellent seasons well into his 30s, basically matching the career benchmarks for Hall of Fame third basemen (Rolen has 70.2 WAR; Hall members at the position average 71 WAR). And Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves — Wright’s fourth-most similar player through 29 — had an even more impressive run in his 30s. From age 30 to 36, Jones never produced fewer than 3.5 WAR in a season, and from age 37 onward, he never had fewer than 2.2 WAR.5For the sake of context, Baseball-Reference.com lists 2.0 WAR as the threshold for a viable starter, and 5.0 WAR as the mark of an All-Star season.And then there’s the still-active legend on Wright’s list of comparables: Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Beltre, who recently collected his 3,000th career hit, has remained extremely productive deep into his second major-league decade, helping power Texas to four playoff appearances in the last seven seasons. Speaking of active players, even 31-year-old Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has started his thirties in a way that suggests he could join Beltre, Rolen and Jones in Cooperstown someday.Wright, however, has seen his stardom put on hold ever since he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015. After that and several more injuries, Wright finds himself pushed significantly off of the HOF path:6In the chart, Wright’s future performance is projected by the “Favorite Toy,” a Bill James invention that uses a player’s age and recent level of performance to project how much more of a statistic — in this case, WAR — a player has left in his career. Most David Wright types hit their mid-30s in strideSeasonal WAR totals for David Wright’s most similar historical players through age 29, and year-by-year WAR through age 34 Wright isn’t the only recent third baseman who appeared to be on a HOF trajectory, but then fell off quickly heading into his 30s. Like Wright, Eric Chavez was supposed to anchor the Oakland Athletics’ infield for years to come — and like the Mets, the A’s chose to extend their star third baseman over their star shortstop (with Miguel Tejada playing the role of Reyes). But in the middle of his prime, Chavez started battling a seemingly endless procession of neck, shoulder and back ailments. Shockingly, he ended up generating just 3.5 WAR from age 29 on.Some star third basemen even begin to drop off like Wright and Chavez, but then manage to recover their form. Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals was an All-Star with multiple Silver Slugger Awards early in his career, but suffered from injuries and mediocre play as he neared age 30. After a miserable 2016 performance that rated below the replacement level, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if Zimmerman’s days of being a productive major leaguer were over. And yet, Zimmerman bounced back this season with a vintage performance, particularly at the plate. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe 14Harlond Clift3B87338.21.1-0.41.80.00.0 9Andrew McCutchenCF88939.12.9———— 16Dick Allen3B87043.48.73.14.0-0.11.1 8Aramis Ramirez3B89518.104.22.168-0.43.05.6 17Greg LuzinskiLF86821.94.02.72.5-0.20.0 3Eric Chavez3B90334.50.1-0.5-0.50.41.6 6Carlos BeltranCF89722.214.171.124.20.74.5 5Carl YastrzemskiLF898126.96.36.199.75.53.6 2Ryan Zimmerman3B91534.10.7-1.22.9—— WAR BY AGE 10George Brett3B886188.8.131.52.33.92.9 19Dale MurphyCF867184.108.40.206.91.51.2
Minister of Business, Dominic GaskinGuyana’s oil industry is attracting a significant amount of international interest, and according to Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, the country is seeking to partner with reputable foreign companies and wants an arrangement that benefits the country in the short, medium and long term.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Gaskin was at the time speaking at the Baker Institute’s forum on Oil and Gas Development in Guyana at Rice University in Houston, Texas held on Tuesday.He was among a panel of speakers which included: Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Head, Newell Dennison, Schlumberger’s Managing Director of the Caribbean, Sean Herrera, and Senior Director of FTI Consulting, Jamie McInerney.The event was organised by the university’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and was aimed at exploring the oil and gas prospects in Guyana.During his keynote address, Minister Gaskin emphasised that: “Guyana remains open for business, and we welcome all the interest and investments, we want your business but our people have needs, and their needs are our priority, so we want to work with you, and we want you to work with us.”He added: “while we recognise that there is a lot that our country can gain from this sudden exposure to international oil companies, we also recognise that there is a lot that we can lose if we do not manage this sector responsibly.”According to DPI, Minister Gaskin noted that Guyana is not seeking to become to the new ‘Singapore’ or ‘Norway’, but aims to become the ‘new Guyana’, a country that is relevant to the Guyanese people, one that they want to be a part of; a Guyana in which young Guyanese can see a bright future.“As an oil producer, Guyana has arrived on the scene quite late… We are also fortunate to be starting at a time when there is a wealth of information available on every aspect on the oil and gas sector and its impact on various economies at different stages of their development.”The proper management of this sector, the Business Minister said, is important.The Government of Guyana is in the process of finalising its local content policy for the sector, which focuses on three key areas; employment and workforce development; supplier opportunities and business development and the transfer of knowledge and technology. “We believe that there is mutual interest in these three areas between international oil companies and our government”, Gaskin said.The Baker Institute’s forum on Oil and Gas Development in Guyana at Rice University in Houston, Texas was co-sponsored by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Guyanese law firm, Hughes, Fields & Stoby and TOTALTEC Oilfield Services. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil revenues could help Guyana realise its tourism potential, says GaskinNovember 2, 2018In “latest news”Minister Gaskin defends oil contract signed with ExxonMobilMarch 6, 2018In “Business”Minister Gaskin defends Exxon’s oil contractMarch 6, 2018In “latest news”
A NATIONAL FUND for sick children could save over €24,000 in the cost of care per child each year, a TD has said.Currently, the Health Service Executive (HSE) spends in excess of €47,000 per year to provide home respite for children with life-limiting conditions.An estimated 1,400 children are living with life-limiting conditions in Ireland, and about 350 die from such a condition each year.A new study jointly funded by LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, and the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), Respite Services for Children with Life-limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland shows that service deficits exist and families face challenges in accessing respite care.Deputy Denis Naughten said that the report shows that both in-patient and community respite services can be provided for approximately €24,000 per child per annum. He has now called for a national fund to be set up.The report found that access to respite is often dependent on the geographic location of the child and their diagnosis. It also estimated that up to €7.6m was needed to provide respite care for about 812 children, and €8.62m would be required to cater for 925 children by 2021 – this works out as an average of less than €10,000 per child being invested in respite services.ActionsIt suggests a number of key actions:The National Development Committee for Children’s Palliative Care should oversee the development of national standards for the provision of respite care, promote understanding of terminology and examine the feasibility of developing an assessment tool for respite servicesEach HSE region should set up a regional group to map existing local respite services, identify family needs and plan for future provisionHealth services should work with regional respite service providers when out-of-the-home respite is neededThe education and ongoing support needs of organisations providing respite should be consideredA national needs assessment should be repeated in 2017.The report was welcomed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD.Dr Ciaran Browne, National Lead for Acute Hospital Services and Palliative Care, HSE, said that the National Development Committee for Children’s Palliative Care will oversee the implementation of the recommendations of this report.National FundDeputy Naughten said that what is needed is to ring-fence the HSE money that is spent on children with a life-limiting condition and centralise this into a single national fund.He said such a fund would ensure consistency of care for children throughout the country, and would also reduce the administrative burden and cost placed on individual PCCC offices in dealing with urgent and crisis situations as they arise.In a letter to Health Minister James Reilly, he called on him to establish a national home care budget for children with life-limiting conditions.Read: Government to launch needs assessment of respite services for children>
Not content with a few wallpapers to impart a Windows 8 feel on your Windows 7 desktop? In less than three weeks, you’ll be able to download the full Windows 8 Consumer Preview.Microsoft has sent out invitations to members of the tech press asking them to attend an event in Barcelona on February 29th. Once things have wrapped up, Microsoft servers will once again be put to the test as millions of eager testers begin feverishly downloading the latest Windows 8 .iso files.There will be a few noteworthy omissions from the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Those of you who planned on firing up the test build on a home theater computer may be less than thrilled to learn that it won’t come with Windows Media Center. Microsoft had previously stated that WMC would be reserved for “premium Windows 8 SKUs,” so you’ll have to rely on third-party software during the preview period.It also looks like the Start Button may have sailed off into the sunset, as leaked screenshots from the Preview show that the bottom left corner is completely orbless. Whether that’s specific to tablet installs, the ARM build, or the result of a user toggle remains to be seen — we’ll have to wait for our Preview installs to finish before we know for sure. Unless, of course, Microsoft blogs about it sooner.While a few key bits will be missing, there will be some free apps on board. In addition to staples like Paint and Calculator, you may see calendar and mail apps, as well as a full SkyDrive app. You’ll also have access to the Windows Store, where anything available for installation will be free. Microsoft had previously announced that would be the case during the Windows 8 Consumer Preview — paid apps won’t come along until the OS is ready to ship.A nice assortment of games will be available in the Windows Store, too. Angry Birds tops the list, as will other popular titles like Hydro Thunder and Toy Soldiers.More at ZDNet
53 Comments Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 10:00 PM 36,799 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL That was obviously an awful situation, but I learned as I worked longer in the homeless service that it was not an isolated case of family members finding a vulnerable adult wherever they had found refuge and continuing the abuse. https://jrnl.ie/3329884 Share319 Tweet Email4 Apr 9th 2017, 10:00 PM She said to me, “Your Dad was singing all night.” I could not believe that the health service decided to over medicate my father to shut him up because he was singing at night to get him through the pain, the fact that he was not in his own home or his own bed, or the fact that he might have been hallucinating at that moment. What I taught him to do every time he went into hallucination was to sing and they sedated him for that. By Christina Finn Source: Shutterstock/wavebreakmediaOver-medication concerns Ruane said that her father is not the only person to be treated in such a way, stating that being medicated unnecessarily is a complete attack on a person’s agency, autonomy and human rights.Over the years, Ireland has witnessed a litany of failures in the protection of vulnerable people – Aras Attracta, Magdalene Laundries, mother and baby homes, and the abuse case of Grace, to name but a few.However, Ruane pointed out that abuses take place on a regular basis.I remember one woman who was living in a homeless service who had managed to get away from her family. Her sons and her husband had been constantly sexually abusing and raping her. When she found refuge in a city centre hostel that family continued, every week, to find her at her post office, to further beat her up and to take her weekly money so that she would be left begging on the streets. It is simply abuse. It is an appalling and shocking thing to happen anyone and nobody should have to suffer abuse but, more importantly, people need to be empowered to respond and seek out help and support when they are the subject of abuse. That is important.Read: This is what Fianna Fáil’s motion about the Garda Commissioner will say>Read: ‘More cock-up than conspiracy’: Shatter defends gardaí, but hits out at Kenny> Your Dad was singing all night.” I could not believe that the health service decided to over-medicate my father to shut him up because he was singing at night to get him through the pain.SENATOR LYNN RUANE recounted a personal story about her father this week as the Seanad discussed a Bill aimed at protecting the most vulnerable adults in Irish society.Ruane said she had not planned to speak during the debate on Wednesday, but after listening to some of the stories, she felt she had to.“As I was listening to everyone’s contributions I could not help going through so many of the faces and the cases of adult abuse I have witnessed over the years. Although we have uncovered some of the most extreme cases, there are many cases that are so subtle and so carefully manipulated that we will never be able to pinpoint that they are happening,” she said.The far-reaching Bill, which is not being opposed by government, aims to make better provision for the care and protection of adults who are at risk and to establish the National Adult Safeguarding Authority.Mandatory reporting The proposed and complicated legislation (which senators hope will come to fruition in about 12 months) aims to make reporting by certain professionals and others where an adult has suffered abuse or harm or is suffering abuse, mandatory. Source: Sam BoalWhen the discussion turned to the care of the elderly, she recounted her own personal experience with her father, who died four years ago this week.‘My father found refuge in song’“There was one thing that stood out to me throughout my father’s illness. He had dementia. I remember going to the hospital… I remember going up one day and my father sang. He found refuge in song. Every time he felt uncomfortable, or scared of a situation because of hallucinations caused by his Lewy body disease, he would sing.“The one thing he could remember, and which took him back to that moment of safety, was the words of a song he could remember. We sang every day until the day he died and I taught him songs, even right up to Paolo Nutini. He was still learning until the day he died,” she told her Seanad colleagues.“I remember going up to the hospital one day. I experienced a lot of things that no older person should have to endure. I witnessed him being left in his own urine, being left without his catheter and having to fight for things… One of the things that hurt me most when I went up there was around medication,” she said.I went up one day and my Dad was completely out of it. I asked the nurse, “Why is my Dad so out of it? Why is he sedated?” My Dad never went into distress, was never violent, was never a problem. He became immobile so that he was never a flight risk. He was not trying to run out of the hospital. When the nurse looked at me and gave her answer as if it was normal, I could not believe the culture that had been created in the health service around medication. Source: Shutterstock/O’SHIShe also recalled the story of another woman, who lived in Dublin, whose son would come every week, take her money, and leave. The woman was left begging outside the shops within her own community, because she did not have access to her own social welfare.How do we protect people?“The issue of financial abuse of older people is huge. How do we unearth that it is happening within families? How do we even get there? It is quite scary to think that we might never be able to fully protect vulnerable people,” said Ruane.Senator Keith Swanick said the Bill’s goal is to ensure that cases like those never happen again.While abuse is very complex issue, it is is important that there are structures in place to protect people, said Senator Victor Boyhan.It’s emotional, physical, financial, mental and sexual. There is a range of abuses, they are all abuses and there is no greater or lesser category of abuse. ‘I couldn’t believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing’ During a debate on proposed new laws to protect the vulnerable, Senator Lynn Ruane opened up about her own experience.
https://jrnl.ie/4801070 No Comments Updated Sep 9th 2019, 8:45 AM EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BORIS: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to arrive in Dublin this morning for a “high stakes” meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. 2. #COMPO CULTURE: Insurers’ spending on liability and motor claims has barely changed in a decade despite suggestions that Ireland’s rampant ‘compensation culture’ has been behind the country’s recent insurance crisis.3. #WATERFORD: A man in his 40s has died after falling in a popular walking and climbing area in the Comeragh Mountains in Co Waterford.4. #VACCINES: Health Minister Simon Harris has sent letters to social media companies and sporting organisations asking them to help raise awareness for vaccinations.5. #STRIKE: School secretaries who members of trade union Fórsa are to take industrial action later this month in a dispute over pay and working conditions.6. #SEIZED: A horse’s tail, a dried bat, a moose horn and 37 crocodile teeth were among the strange items that people tried to smuggle into the state by post during the past two years.7. #RIP: Irish athlete Craig Lynch has died in a car accident, his club has announced. 8. #TALLGHT: The second man arrested in relation to the murder of Vincent Parsons in Tallaght, Dublin has been released without charge. 9. #FLIGHTS: British Airways has said it has been forced to cancel almost all its flights from UK airports on the first day of a strike by pilots.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Image: Shutterstock/StudioByTheSea Image: Shutterstock/StudioByTheSea Sep 9th 2019, 7:45 AM The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s what you need to know as you start your day. Share1 Tweet Email By Hayley Halpin Short URL 10,490 Views Get the 9 at 9 News audio Monday 9 Sep 2019, 8:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
South Australian Labor MP Tom Koutsantonis has laughed off media speculation that has made reference to him being the future leader of the Labor party in South Australia. “We have a leader, his name is Jay Weatherill and I support him completely and unconditionally,” Mr Koutsantonis tells Neos Kosmos. An article published this week in The Australian, made reference to Mr Koutsantonis to be the likely Labor leader, along with Jack Snelling, should Labor lose the upcoming election. However, Mr Koutsantonis denied any claims that he is vying for the top job, but added that it’s “flattering” that journalists would suggest he would be the future leader but was adamant that “it’s not the case”. When asked if he had any aspirations of being the Labor leader in South Australia he says the only aspirations he has is “to serve community” and none of becoming the leader of the party. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s national elections will be held on 7 July.Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told Alpha Radio that the elections would be held under the current government and not an interim one. He said that there would be changes in the leadership of the Interior Ministry.Mr Tzanakopoulos also said that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on 10 June to ask for the dissolution of parliament.The announcement of a July date dispels speculation that elections would have taken place in June. The reason for the delay was in order to avoid disrupting the end-of-year exam process at schools.READ MORE: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to call for snap electionsCommenting on the government’s losses at the European elections on Sunday, Tzanakopoulos said the positive effects of the new economic policy did not become apparent in the little time since Greece exited the bailouts in August 2018.In this context, he said, “it is logical to observe a sense of attrition and dissatisfaction among voters, but there is a 24 per cent who decided to support SYRIZA and this will be the basis for our next effort,” he said.
Bangladesh observes World Health Day. Photo: UNBBangladesh is observing the World Health Day today (Saturday). The theme of the day this year is, ‘Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere’.This is a global health awareness day observed every year on 7 April under the sponsorship of World Health Organisation (WHO) marking its founding anniversary.In 1948, the WHO held the first world health assembly. The assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, being effective from 1950, as the World Health Day.The health and family welfare ministry, directorate general of health services and different non-government organisations are also observing the day.The day’s programme has been inaugurated at Osmani Memorial Auditorium at 10:30am.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye © arrives for a hearing to decide whether she should be arrested over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down, at a court in Seoul. Photo: AFPSouth Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrived at court Thursday for a hearing to decide whether she should be arrested over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down.Looking grim-faced and pale, Park ignored a barrage of flashbulbs and did not speak when she arrived at the Seoul Central District Court.Her formal detention and transfer to custody would be a key step in the disgrace of South Korea’s first woman president, who secured the largest vote share of any candidate in the democratic era when she was elected in 2012.Park had her removal from office confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month, ending her executive immunity, and her prosecution has been a key demand of the millions of people who took to the streets to protest against her.The former president is accused of multiple offences including bribery, leaking government information, and abuse of power in the scandal. Park has denied all charges.Choi Soon-Sil, Park’s secret confidante at the heart of the scandal, is already on trial for forcing top local firms including tech giant Samsung to “donate” nearly $70 million to non-profit foundations which she allegedly used for personal gain.Prosecutors have submitted around 120,000 pages of documents to the Seoul Central District Court in relation to the charges against Park, and said it would be “counter to the principle of fairness” if she was not arrested.The 65-year-old was driven away from her home in southern Seoul past hundreds of flag-waving, screaming supporters lining the narrow street.Some tried to break through police barricades in an effort to block her four-car convoy, and its journey was broadcast live on television.Thursday’s hearing was expected to last for several hours, with Park sitting in the centre facing judge Kang Bu-young, 43, with lawyers and prosecutors to either side.Afterwards Park was to be removed to a detention centre to await Kang’s decision, which was not expected until late into the night—although he has to make it within 24 hours.Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-Yong, who was arrested last month in connection to the scandal, was in court for over seven hours for his hearing, and his detention was approved early the following day.If Park’s arrest warrant is granted, she will become the third former leader to be arrested over corruption in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, where politics and big business have long been closely tied.‘Sleepness nights’Park was impeached by parliament in December, as the scandal combined with mounting economic and social frustrations to trigger huge candlelit demonstrations. The Constitutional Court later upheld the decision.Last week she underwent a marathon 21-hour interrogation session at the prosecutors’ office, having refused repeated requests to be interviewed while in power.Then, prosecutors addressed her as “Madam President” but Kang will call her the “suspect”.She had been “lost for words” when authorities asked for her arrest, the Chosun Ilbo daily quoted an unidentified pro-Park lawmaker as saying.Another said she had been having “sleepless nights and skipping meals” since moving out of the presidential palace.Park allegedly offered governmental favours to top businessmen who enriched Choi, including Samsung’s Lee.She is also accused of letting her friend, a high school graduate with no title or security clearance, handle a wide range of state affairs including nomination of top officials.Park, daughter of late dictator Park Chung-Hee, is also said to have ordered aides to leak secret state files to Choi, and to have cracked down on thousands of artists who had voiced criticisms of her or her father’s iron-fisted rule from 1961 to 1979.Park has repeatedly apologised for the upset caused by the scandal but not admitted any wrongdoing, blaming Choi for abusing their friendship.An election to choose her successor will be held on May 9. Moon Jae-In, her rival in 2012 and a former leader of the main liberal opposition Democratic Party, leads opinion polls by large margins.
Listen During the storm, Houstonians came together to help one another and discovered the real meaning of community. When Erica Kang, a teacher at Houston’s Yes Prep Southeast campus, discovered that one of her students was still living in a home that had been flooded but not yet repaired, she invited the student’s entire family to move in with her and her fiancé.Part 7 of 10-part series, “Stories from the Storm”. More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey. This article is part of the Stories from the Storm podcast Share X 00:00 /21:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Related posts:CELAC should become an extreme poverty-free zone, says Ecuador’s foreign minister Delays expected next week in Belén during meeting of Latin American presidents Absences, again, shine at Ibero-American summit Costa Rica’s President Solís to meet with leaders of Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti and Ecuador The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) – whose third heads of state summit kicks off today in Costa Rica – should be seen by the region’s social movements as an ally for integration, according to one Guatemalan indigenous leader.CELAC seems like a step forward in the transformation process taking place in Latin America, José Luis Siguil, a member of Tzuk Kim-Pop – which translates to “Highland Peoples Interwoven” – told The Tico Times.“In the future, we have to see CELAC as an instance where we have an ally in the sense that these governments … may, in effect, include the opinion of social movements in the citizen-participation model for integration processes,” he said.“We have right here before us the general transformation of Latin America,” Siguil said. “We see CELAC as a most important step forward, because it isn’t – as is often thought – the OAS’ [Organization of American States’] competitor.”Siguil said the United States’ and Canada’s exclusion from CELAC “gives us a perspective of hope” because the organization would be expected to make key decisions in three fundamental areas, including: “reclaiming people’s sovereignty” over resources and territory; a “new vision of the use of these resources for the common good of Latin America”; and the economy “from a different perspective, because it isn’t about putting the economy at the center of the process, but the economy in terms of society.”Regarding CELAC’s third summit this week, he noted that there is “an abundance of expectation” in terms of fighting poverty – particularly extreme poverty – which is the meeting’s central topic.“A powerful answer is expected, one with a different vision, something that is difficult,” he said. The challenge, he added, is “how to come up with an economic model based on a new paradigm” in the framework of a “global crisis.”See also: CELAC should become an extreme poverty-free zone, says Ecuador’s foreign minister A drum band performs in the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, on Aug. 21, 2014 as part of a parade to mark the 150th anniversary of a local school. Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson“It’s a major challenge, because [it implies] maintaining a social policy that requires large public investment,” he said.Heads of state and government from 33 member nations will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in what is described by Costa Rican officials as the largest international summit in this country’s history.During the closing session Ecuador will receive from Costa Rica the bloc’s yearly rotating presidency.A leaders’ debate follows a two-day technical meeting to finalize documents to be presented to heads of state, and a one-day meeting of foreign affairs ministers.CELAC was created in 2011 in México as a “regional space uniting all [Latin American and Caribbean] states.” Facebook Comments
Women are more attached to their pets than people, according to a new study, which found female travellers are more likely to miss their canine companions more than their partners, friends or family while on holidays.Skyscanner research found that while 37 percent of men said they would miss their partners most if they were on holidays without them, only 21 percent of woman said they’d miss their partner compared to 37 percent of females who said they miss their favourite pooch first.The canine craze doesn’t end there, with 40 percent of dog owners claiming to have called or texted their dog-sitter to check that their pet is okay, while 14 percent have confessed to actually ‘chatting’ to their dog by phone so it can hear their voice.Although most would think a phone conversation with an animal is strange enough, another five percent of travellers have confessed to having a holiday Skype ‘chat’ with their dog and six percent said they’ve even sent their canine a postcard.According to the study, three percent of travellers have missed their pet so much while they were away that they cut their hard earned holiday short and returned home early.A Skyscanner spokesperson said most pets are seen and treated as part of the family and so it is understandable that they are missed when they aren’t with their owners.“The survey does show that there’s paws for thought as to whether a dog really is man’s best friend, particularly if they know that their partners are missing their dogs more than them when away,’ the spokesperson explained.Source = ETB News: N.J. Females miss their canines morethan their partners while on holidays.