Deputy Justice Minister Appointed

first_imgKaren Hudson has been appointed deputy minister of Justice. She is currently the executive director of Nova Scotia Legal Aid. “Ms. Hudson understands the issues facing Nova Scotians in our communities, in and around our provincial justice system – she has seen them first-hand,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This experience will serve her, and Nova Scotians, well in this new role.” Ms. Hudson led a revitalization of Nova Scotia Legal Aid, expanding its service to be more inclusive of, and responsive to, those needing legal help in the province. The organization has also gained recognition for its diversity and collaborative community outreach work. She has organized and presented at various national legal conferences for lawyers, judges and police with a focus on making justice more accessible. She has also served as chair of the National Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada. “Justice is important for the safety, support, and inclusion of all Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Hudson. “I’m energized and committed to serving Nova Scotians in this new role and am looking forward to continuing to work with local community organizations and provincial justice stakeholders including Mi’kmaq First Nations, transition houses and the judiciary.” The premier thanked Tilly Pillay, executive director of Legal Services, for acting in the deputy role since May 1, 2015. Ms. Hudson’s appointment is effective August 8.last_img read more

Jennifer Garner Honored At So The World May Hear Awards Gala

first_imgThe 16th So The World May Hear Awards Gala took place at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. on Sunday, July 17The annual event reflects the international, national, and local advancements made possible by the generosity of gala guests and partners of Starkey Hearing Foundation. This year marked a historic milestone with the opening of the Starkey Hearing Institute in Zambia, a simple, sustainable, and scalable WFA community-based hearing health care model developed by William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation and global humanitarian. At the Starkey Hearing Institute, students are equipped with academic rigor, resources, and tools to advance hearing health care services.In 2016, Starkey Hearing Foundation also expanded international missions with ongoing services and self-empowerment tools. Hear Now program is on track for a 15 percent increase over 2015 to provide more hearing devices to those in need domestically. For Minnesota, gala proceeds support grants for local and regional nonprofits.Award honorees included Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress and advocate for early childhood education. As trustee for Save the Children, Garner has traveled the country to learn firsthand how these programs impact children and families in need and has advocated to policymakers and government officials at every level. Local humanitarian, Paula F. Goldberg, executive director and co-founder of PACER, was also celebrated for making PACER a lifeline for parents of children and young adults with all disabilities.In Starkey tradition, this year’s gala featured a stellar line-up of special guests and entertainers including comedian Jay Leno; Hollywood Vampires Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp; singer-songwriter John Mellencamp; former British prime minister Tony Blair, country duo Maddie & Tae; The Tenors; American Idol winner Trent Harmon; and more.“Starkey Hearing Foundation consistently grows and improves its mission to help more people reach their full potential and create a future filled with possibilities,” said William F. Austin. “We share the common belief with our honorees that we can change the world for the better.”last_img read more

UN issues landmark health report on Chernobyl excess cancer cases deaths

Some 5,000 people who were children and adolescents at the time of the world’s worst-ever civil nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Ukraine, have so far been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and there may be up to 9,000 excess cancer deaths, according to a new United Nations study, the most comprehensive scientific report so far on the health impact of the disaster. As the world prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the accident on April 26, the landmark report issued the UN World Health Organization (WHO) recommends renewed efforts to provide the public and key professionals with accurate information about the health impact as part of the efforts to revitalize the people and areas affected.“As we work to rebuild futures, we must not forget the families of those who died as a result of the accident, and those who continue to suffer the consequences of radiation exposure and the severe disruption of their lives,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said of the report, which covers contaminated regions in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, home to more than 5 million people.“The WHO report on the health effects of Chernobyl gives the most affected countries, and their people, the information they need to be able to make vital public health decisions as they continue to rebuild their communities. WHO is supporting these efforts.” The agency is continuing its efforts to improve health care for affected populations through the establishment of telemedicine and educational programmes, and supporting research.After the accident 116,000 people were evacuated from the area. An additional 230,000 people were relocated from the highly contaminated areas in subsequent years.Relocation proved a deeply traumatic experience because of disruption to social networks and the impossibility of returning home. For many people, there has been a social stigma associated with being an “exposed person,” the report notes.Those who were affected came to be labelled as “Chernobyl victims.” Despite government compensation and benefits for evacuees and residents, some people perceive themselves as victims rather than survivors, with limited control over their own futures.Many of these people have demonstrated higher anxiety levels, multiple unexplained physical symptoms and subjective poor health compared to non-exposed populations. read more

Opposition parties warn Liberals will hike taxes or cut jobs to balance

Opposition parties warn Liberals will hike taxes or cut jobs to balance budget TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberals may have won a majority June 12, but they have no plan to eliminate a $12.5 billion deficit without cutting jobs or raising taxes, the opposition parties charged Monday.In the first question period of the summer session, the Tories and NDP pounced on last week’s decision by Moody’s to lower Ontario’s credit outlook to negative while expressing concerns about the province’s ability to balance the books by 2017-18.Both opposition parties said the Liberals have limited options to stem the flow of red ink on schedule: hike taxes, cut jobs or sell assets, but instead plan billions of dollars in new spending.“This government spending spree will dig us into such a deep hole that some day we won’t be able to afford the basic things we all care about, like health care and education,” said interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson.“Premier, just be honest … what other front-line services are you going to cut or what taxes are you going to increase?”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said “economists are telling people to brace for the worst” because there are big holes in the Liberal budget that have not been explained.“Does the premier accept that anyone who has taken a look at the numbers behind the Liberal plan sees that there is a major gap,” asked Horwath.“When is the premier going to level with Ontarians about the cuts, the layoffs and the asset sales that they can expect to see from this government’s Trojan horse budget?”Premier Kathleen Wynne defended the Liberal plan to increase spending on public transit, infrastructure projects and corporate grants, and took exception to Horwath’s claim that the Liberals have a “huge credibility gap” in their budget.“She based her plan on exactly the same fiscal foundation as we did, (and) for her to stand up now and to distance herself from that is ridiculous,” said Wynne.“The fact is we know that there are challenges ahead, but we also know that we must make the investments that are necessary in order to build this province up and to help this economy grow.”Outside the legislature, Horwath told reporters the NDP campaign platform had key proposals to increase tax revenues that the Liberals did not include in their plan.“We clearly talked about closing those huge corporate tax loopholes that are coming next year, and we talked about a slight up tick in the corporate tax rate,” she said.Wynne “dodged” questions about how many jobs the Liberals would have to be cut to eliminate the deficit or what government assets would be sold, added Horwath.“I’m quite shocked that the premier didn’t clearly set out a response that gives people relief over their concerns about those issues,” she said.“Ontarians need to hear from the premier what her intentions are to be able to get to that balanced budget.”Wilson complained that Wynne’s refusal to give clear answers on how the books will be balanced was more of “the same Liberal arrogance that we’ve had for 11 years,” and called on the premier to “be straightforward” with the public.“When most of every dollar spent in government is on salaries and benefits, you can’t possibly balance the books without affecting people and their jobs,” he said.“We worried that they’re not setting priorities, and are going on a spatter-across-the-board spending spree.”The rare summer session began on a positive note, with all three party leaders congratulating each other and all members who were re-elected last month.“Premier, congratulations to you and your government,” said Wilson. “And best wishes, but not too many best wishes.”The three parties are also fighting over the make up of legislative committees, with the Liberals demanding six of the nine seats on each committee but the Tories and NDP say the government should get only five seats.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2014 9:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Surprising Twitter Chat Serena Williams Says She Desperately

The usually tight-lipped Serena Williams opened up on Friday about several personal issues, saying in a Twitter chat that she desperately would like to settle down and start a family.The 33-year-old tennis star starting the Q and A session off tweeting “Today is Friday. Is anyone feeling a quick #SerenaFriday ?? If so ask anything you want. I’m here and ready. Hurry before I get too busy. :)”  Fans were invited to tweet Williams anything they wanted with the hashtag #serenafriday to which Twitter users wasted no time, asking her a barrage of questions and vying for her attention.The questions ranged from what hair color she preferred on herself to more intimate questions about her relationship status. She admitted to “desperately” wanting to start a family and saying that her “time will come.”The 18-time Grand Slam singles title holder revealed that if she wasn’t playing tennis, she would try to delve into the world of acting, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as we saw her on the silver screen along with her sister in the 2004 film Hairshow, in addition to a starring appearance on an episode of “Law & Order.”Getting more intimate, user @rabas2004 asked Williams what her worst habit was. She responded by saying that she has a tendency to look after people and forget to think about herself first. She even went on to say that her single status was not by choice.Though she may be having some hard feelings about being on her own, Williams’ exes seem to have nothing but kind words to say about her.“Point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time,” her ex-beau rapper Common told the International Business Times earlier this past July. “I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”According to her twitter chat, the star is taking a break from more than just relationships as she told fans that she is taking some time off from tennis training right now. read more

London Chess Classic Super Rapid Major upset as Sussex schoolboy Alex Golding

first_imgThe London Chess Classic Super Rapid in memory of Michael Uriely attracted 45 GMs in search of the first prize of £5,000 put up by an anonymous donor.The event began with applause for Michael, and his sister Noga made the ceremonial first move on board one. Michael Uriely, was an extremely talented young chess playerCredit:Lennart Ootes/London Chess Classic Answer:31.Rxf7! Rdd8 (31…Rxf7 32.Ra8+ Kh7 33.Qxf7)  32.Rxg7+! Kxg7 33.Qg4+ Kh7 34.Qg6+ Kh8 35.Qxh6+ Kg8 36.Rg6+  1–0 P Batchelor vs S GordonCredit: 45…Kf8! (45…Rf6 forces a draw immediately after 46.Re8+ Rf8 47.Re6 Rf6 48.Re8+ as 45…Rf6 46.Rg4 Kf8 is clearly good for Black) 46.b4 Rf6 47.Rg4 Rf2 48.Kb1 Ke7 49.a4 Kd6 (Black has a better rook and more active king, he is pressing. White tries to reduce the number of pawns remaining) 50.Rg5 Kc6 51.Re5 Rf6 52.Rg5 cxb4 53.Kb2 Rf3! 54.Re5 Rg3 (54…Re3 55.Rb5 d3 56.cxd3 Rxd3 57.Rxb4 Rg3) 55.Rb5 Rxg6 56.Rxb4 Rd6 57.Rb3 g5 58.Rg3 Rg6 59.Rg4 Kd5 60.Kc1 Ke5 61.Kd2  I gave twelve English junior players the opportunity to face grandmaster opposition in the first round and 13-year-old Alex Golding of Sussex drew with number one seed GM Hrant Melkumyan of Armenia rated 2736.Golding actually stood better in a rook and pawn endgame. H Melkumyan – A GoldingCredit: It was great to see him try and win rather than force a draw, which he could have done at several points.H Melkumyan – A GoldingScotch Game1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nge7 7.Qe2 0–0 8.Be3 d6 9.0–0–0 f5 10.Kb1 fxe4 11.Nxe4 Bxe3 12.Qxe3 Ne5 13.f4 Ng4 14.Qd2 Nf6 15.Ng5 h6 16.Nf3 Bg4 17.Nbd4 c5 18.h3 Bd7 19.Nb3 Ne4 20.Qe3 Bc6 21.Ne5 Nf5 22.Bc4+ Kh7 23.Qe1 Qe7 24.Nxc6 bxc6 25.g4 Nd4 26.Nxd4 cxd4 27.f5 Qe5 28.Bd3 d5 29.Rf1 Rae8 30.Qa5 c5 31.a3 Rb8 32.Ka1 Qe7 33.h4 Qb7 34.Rb1 Qb6 35.Qxb6 axb6 36.Rbe1 Rbe8 37.Rf4 Nf6 38.Rd1 Kg8 39.g5 hxg5 40.hxg5 Ne4 41.g6 Re5 42.Re1 Rfxf5 43.Rxf5 Rxf5 44.Bxe4 dxe4 45.Rxe4  H Melkumyan – A Golding A crowd watches the endgame P Batchelor vs S Gordon A crowd watches the endgameCredit:Lennart Ootes/London Chess Classic 61…Kd5 (Black could try 61…Kf5 62.Rxd4 Re6 cutting off the White king but White holds after  63.Rd5+ Kf4 64.a5 bxa5 65.Rxa5 g4 66.Ra8 g3 67.Rf8+ Kg4 68.Rg8+ Kf3 69.Rf8+ Kg2 70.c4 when his king and pawn will force Black to give up his rook. However 61…Kf5 62.Rxd4 g4 63.Ke3 g3 would have forced White to find 64.Rb4! which seems to the only way to draw as 64…g2 can be met by 65.Rb5+ and king back allows Rxb6+ and Kg4 allows Kf2) 62.Kd3 Ke5 63.Re4+ Kf5 64.Rxd4 g4 (Now White’s king can reach g1 before the g-pawn and that ensures he can draw)  65.Ke2 g3 66.Kf1 Ke5 67.Rb4 g2+ 68.Kg1 Kd5 69.Rb5+ Kc4 70.Rb3 Kc5 71.Rb5+ Kc6 72.Rb4 Rg5 73.Rf4 Kc5 74.Re4 Rg6 75.Rf4 Rg5 76.Re4 Rg6 77.Rf4 Rg5 drawPeter Batchelor vs GM Stephen GordonLondon Chess Classic Super Rapidplay. There doesn’t seem to be much danger and Black is well centralised.White delivered a powerful blow and wrapped the game up in a few moves.What did he play? H Melkumyan – A GoldingCredit: H Melkumyan – A Golding Michael Uriely, was an extremely talented young chess player Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Porn sites offer loopholes to get around web ban as BBFC admits

BBFC has said age restrictions cannot act as a ‘silver bullet’ Credit:alamy BBFC has said age restrictions cannot act as a 'silver bullet'  Porn websites are highlighting loopholes in the ban on under-18s accessing them, as the watchdog admitted it will be powerless to stop tech-savvy teenagers circumventing it.The regulator acknowledged virtual private networks (VPNs) will allow users to evade age verification checks from July 15 by allowing under-aged users to create ghost accounts abroad that can access the porn sites.Although most VPNs require payment, MindGeek, the firm behind some of the world’s largest porn sites, has already released its own free VPN service, VPNHub, which allows users to disguise their location.Last year it advertised the service with the claim that it would let the user “access all websites and apps securely and privately at home, school, work or from anywhere in the world.”That description has now been changed, but on Apple’s App Store, VPN Hub boasts it will “mask your true location by routing your data through our full stack of global encrypted servers”.The app is currently available on Google and Apple app stores although MindGeek claimed it would not be available in UK app stores without age verification once the ban came into effect.Asked about the prospect of children using VPNs, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the regulator,  admitted age-verification is “not a silver bullet.” “These are semi-criminal operations that flout the law because they don’t give a hoot. They are breaking the law by sharing content anyway so they are not going to care about age verification,” he said.Myles Jackman, a lawyer expert on pornography legislation, said: “The community that is supposed to be most protected are the most tech literate and will be able to circumvent these rules.”The BBFC said it would report in a year on the effectiveness of the regime “including highlighting any changes in technology and will recommend additional or alternative means of achieving the child protection goals of the legislation.”A Pornhub statement said: “While Pornhub does not support the Act in that we firmly believe that parents are best placed to police their children’s online activity using the plethora of tools already available in modern operating systems, our platform will be fully compliant once the law comes into effect in July.”Our parent company owns and operates a number of different products, which all function independently from each other. The VPN client owned by our parent company was not designed to circumvent age verification, nor is it advertised as a tool to do so.”Furthermore, the VPN is only offered for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app stores rely on PEGI to give them ratings. Currently VPNs are not classified as 18+, if PEGI were to change that rating then our VPN would be restricted to 18+ only.” A spokesman added: “Determined teenagers will find ways to access pornography. However, it will mean young children can no longer stumble across porn on commercial pornographic websites.” Experts also warned that anyone using VPNs risked exploitation of their personal data as controls on privacy and commercial use tended to be more lax.The Government estimates 1.4 million children a month access porn sites. From July 15, anyone who visits a porn site from a British IP address will be asked for “proof” they are 18, which they can obtain from third-party age verification firms or cards that can be bought in shops for £4.99.Experts anticipate the cards or codes that adults obtain from age verification firms are likely to end up being traded among prospective under-aged users.The BBFC is to closely monitor messaging and social media sites such as Reddit, Tumblr and Flickr which are not covered by the legislation but provide a potential route for young users to access porn. It will report in a year on whether further legislative action might be needed.With five million porn sites worldwide, the BBFC admits it will have to concentrate enforcement on the most popular porn sites that refuse to comply with the law, which is likely to leave smaller operations open to savvy younger users.Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said he was particularly worried about torrent file-sharing sites where people can already download pirate copies of films and porn. 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

I was furious and scared Sinéad Burke on how being harassed on

first_imgHow do we construct a moral compass that teaches people the impact of their actions? How do we encourage people to adopt a currency of kindness? The answer is simple, but not easy: education. Education Burke said that following this she contacted her friend, a programme officer for NEIC – a social and economic regeneration project for Dublin’s North East Inner City.I had a big idea, I wanted to speak to every primary school child in the area. I wanted to encourage curiosity, challenge ignorance, empower them with a better vocabulary, and ask them to use their voices to make a difference.She said that speaking in schools in the last number of weeks had been “an enormous privilege” and that children had asked her all sorts of questions. Burke wrote that speaking with children had reminded her of “how uncomfortable adults are talking about things that we do not know or understand”.She said this needed to be challenged in order to make the world a more equal place for everyone, regardless of difference.“How often do you ask ‘whose voices and perspectives are not being considered?’,” she wrote. “Within your organisation, how many disabled people exist? If your friends or colleagues use words that are offensive, do you challenge them and provide new terminology?“Can you use social media to amplify and support people who are fighting for their rights?“There is so much that we each can do. Advocates are making themselves vulnerable every day explaining the most intimate details of their lives to educate society and to make our world safer and kinder.We cannot do it alone. We need you all to shift the lens and to stand for something. We need you to stand with us.  Share227 Tweet Email 57,171 Views File photo of Sinead Burke. Apr 11th 2019, 9:55 PM Image: Aurore Marechal/ABACAPRESS.COM File photo of Sinead Burke. Image: Aurore Marechal/ABACAPRESS.COM 25 Comments Short URL Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 9:55 PM ‘I was furious and scared’: Sinéad Burke on how being harassed on O’Connell Street inspired her new education campaign Burke is a campaigner, advocate and academic, and last year became a contributing editor at fashion magazine Vogue UK. IRISH WRITER AND activist Sinéad Burke has spoken out about being harassed on O’Connell Street by two teenage boys, and how the incident left her shaking and upset, but also inspired to educate people on the importance of treating everyone equally. Burke is a campaigner, advocate and academic, and last year became a contributing editor at fashion magazine Vogue UK. Writing in Vogue, Burke – who was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, and is 3ft 5in in height – spoke about her harassment a month ago on O’Connell Street. Burke said she was walking down O’Connell Street on afternoon last month on her way to meet a friend at a Japanese restaurant. On her way, she saw two boys – no older than 16 – walk past her. She said one nudged the other and laughed. In Burke’s words:“As a little person, this behaviour is sadly part of my everyday experience. Very upset Burke wrote that she was crying, “the kind of crying where you can’t catch your breath and speaking is difficult even though there is so much you need to say”.She said that people saw her distress but continued walking past, so she called her mother, who told her to contact the gardaí and report it as a crime, which she did. Gardaí began an investigation immediately, she wrote. She wrote that in her work as an advocate and campaigner, Burke has a lot of time for the gardaí. Over the past three years, she said the organisation she works with – Little People of Ireland, (Ireland’s national organisation for little people and their families) – have developed a good relationship with the gardaí.However, Burke said she felt that making a complaint to the gardaí wasn’t enough, and wondered how to educate people not to engage in that kind of aggressive, cruel behaviour.In the weeks since, my experience has left me shaken and feeling like I still have so many questions: How do we transform a society that is apathetic to harming and ‘othering’ people to fulfil a culture of ‘likes’? As a teacher, I have a deep yearning to make these moments educational and want to help people learn that it is unkind and unjust to make derogatory remarks about people with dwarfism, but I’ve become accustomed to sensing when it is safe and unsafe to do so.“I took a deep breath and kept walking.”However, following this the boys took things further. “It seemed to happen in slow motion. A whoosh, followed by a thud. One of the boys landed in front of me. He had jumped over me, leap-frogged over my head from behind.“I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t make sense of it. He walked to the end of the road, turned around and walked past me again with a frightening grin. I was furious and scared.“With tears threatening, I asked him if he knew that his behaviour was illegal.“He laughed and jogged back to his friend who had recorded the entire incident on his phone.They seemed proud of themselves, proud of their actions. They knew that their content, my harassment, could go viral or be an instant pass to popularity among their peer group. I was devastated.  By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google Italia publie le doodle gagnant de son concours LItalie dans 150

first_imgGoogle Italia publie le doodle gagnant de son concours “L’Italie dans 150 ans”A l’occasion du 150e anniversaire de l’unification de l’Italie, Google Italia publie aujourd’hui sur sa page d’accueil un doodle singulier, réalisé par des élèves d’une école primaire à l’occasion de son grand concours “L’Italie dans 150 ans”.Interpréter artistiquement le logo de Google pour fêter les 150 ans de l’unification de l’Italie tout en regardant vers le futur, tel est l’objectif du concours “Doodle pour Google: l’Italie dans 150 ans”. La compétition créative, destinée aux élèves des écoles primaires, collèges et lycées de toute la péninsule a été lancée le 21 avril 2011. Au total, plus de 5.000 œuvres ont été présentées au jury de la compétition, composé de grandes figures de la culture italienne. Mais au final, seuls 30 logos ont été sélectionnés et soumis à l’appréciation des internautes par l’intermédiaire d’un vote en ligne ouvert du 27 juin au 15 septembre.Le prix de grand vainqueur de la compétition a ainsi été décerné au doodle réalisé par les élèves de l’école primaire de Porto San Giorgio, situé à l’est de l’Italie. Leur dessin, intitulé “En avant avec énergie!”, s’est vu récompensé par son exposition sur la page d’accueil de Google Italia pour 24 heures, le 30 septembre 2011. Un logo fort de sens qui transmet les espérances des jeunes italiens de voir un jour leur pays devenir en mesure d’exploiter pleinement les énergies propres et renouvelables. Plus de 1.000 doodles créés À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Avec ce doodle, les élèves de Porto San Giorgi font désormais partie de l'”Olympe créatif” du moteur de recherche le plus populaire du monde. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, plus de 1.000 doodles ont été créés par les programmateurs de Google. Cette initiative est destinée à mettre en avant de manière ludique des événements particuliers ou des personnes célèbres qui reflètent la personnalité de l’entreprise et son attrait pour l’innovation. Découvrez une présentation du concours “L’Italie dans 150 ans”, en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 30 septembre 2011 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Illness Linked To Child Trauma

first_imgA recent study linked obesity in children to domestic violence. Now, evidence indicates that childhood trauma can spur physical disease later on, when an abused child reaches adulthood.  In Alaska, the state is working to reduce adverse childhood experiences to lessen the latent impacts of trauma, and to help reduce the burden on social services programs.Download Audio:In late Februray of this year, the  conference room at a downtown Anchorage convention hall buzzed with chatter, in anticipation of keynote speaker, Linda Chamberlain. And Chamberlain has a strong message.“Our early emotional experiences do become part of the architecture, the foundation of our brains. Our brains are incredibly plastic, during childhood, but don’t forget as I talk about this.. until the day you die, your brain is plastic,”  she told the audience.The event was  a symposium hosted by the state Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Dr. Chamberlain told the audience that adverse childhood experiences, such as witnessing drug use and domestic violence, can stunt a child’s neurological development.“The younger the child, the more vulnerable the brain is. The thing is, that you will go into a shelter, a domestic violence shelter, and I will see babies with PTSD. I know it right away. They’re avoiding eye contact, they are frozen, inhibited.”The good news, she says, is that, with effort, negative brain wiring can be changed. Chamberlain bases her comments on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, or ACEs, which was conducted through the Centers For Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente during the late 1990s. Researchers found strong links between childhood traumas and long – term health and economic outcomes.   Patrick Scidmore is a planner with the Alaska Mental Health Board.“This is true of people who have ever been diagnosed with depression, people who have asthma, obesity. The negative outcomes are just more likely in the group with high ACES scores.”Scidmore, is and a member of the state Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  His expertise is reading the data, and translating that to more tangible information.“For example, for current smoking, we estimate from our Alaska data, 32 percent of the people who are current smokers would not be smokers if we could eliminate all adverse childhood experiences. And that translates into about $185 million dollars of savings to the state. Not necessarily state government, but across the public and private sector.”]Scidmore says data gathered by the Alaska Division of Public Health during 2013 shows how childhood trauma contributes to chronic disease: for example, thirty percent of asthma sufferers in the state have links to ACES, and almost half  of  COPD patients have high ACES scores.Since it is more cost effective in human terms to prevent childhood trauma, than to pay for the damage later on, social service providers are seeking ways in which to do that. Communities in several locations in Alaska are working on becoming “Trauma Informed”.  Elizabeth Ripley is CEO of the Matanuska Susitna Health Foundation.“Since the ACEs study was released, the brain science has caught up to the science behind the ACEs study, to show that literally, trauma changes the very physiology of the brain. But the good news that Linda Chamberlain shares is that we can heal the brain, but we have to be intentional about it.”Ripley says Mat Su has eight personnel trained in how to inform the public – in schools, law enforcement, and in businesses — on efforts to reframe how we deal with childhood trauma. Especially in school, where children who act out are often misunderstood.“We’ve tended to ask ‘what ‘s wrong with you?’ And this changes the framework to ‘what happened to you?”Ripley says a cohort of Alaskans have worked with the original authors of the ACEs study to train 25 people from around the state to help by providing information about the prevalence and impacts of child trauma“The information about the fact that people can heal, and that we can build resilience and help people heal from the trauma and have brighter futures, is really incredibly revelatory to most people.”She says creating resilience is the key, and that just informing the public and private sectors that touch children is a huge part of the effort. Mat Su joins Homer, and a half dozen Alaska communities now working to become “trauma informed.”last_img read more

Uber fined 73m by California regulator over disclosure

first_imgClose A court in California has slapped a $7.3m (£4.6m, €6.6m) fine on taxi-app firm Uber for not disclosing enough information about its operations to regulators, besides recommending suspension of its operations across the state.The ruling, by an administrative law judge of the California Public Utilities Commission, came as a result of the company withholding data on the number of requests for rides from people with disabilities, causes of accidents and places where drivers tend to turn down ride requests, the Associated Press news agency reported.The judge held that failure to disclose the information violated state laws passed in 2013 that allowed firms such as Uber to operate.The news is the latest blow to San Francisco-based Uber, which is fighting numerous legal battles with governments around the world over its business practices.A spokeswoman for the ride-sharing giant called the ruling deeply disappointing and said the company would appeal the decision.We will appeal the decision as Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints, spokeswoman Eva Behrend was quoted as saying.Juan Matute, associate director of the Lewis Centre and the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California in Los Angeles, said the fine was not that significant to the firm, which is valued at an estimated $50bn.The $7.3m fine and the data they are asking to provide is not that significant in the grand scheme of things, he told the Los Angeles Times.This would seem like a small consolation to improve their chance of success with other regulatory issues that could have a bigger impact on them.Ubers app allows consumers with smartphones to submit ride requests which are serviced by drivers in the area who use their own cars.The company, which is backed by the likes of Google and Goldman Sachs, has faced protests from taxi companies the world over for its use of crowd-sourced drivers, some allegedly unlicensed.last_img read more

IS beheads Croatian hostage in Egypt

first_imgAn affiliate of the dreaded Islamic state miltant group in Egypt on Wednesday claimed to have beheaded a 30-year-old Croatian hostage and posted a picture of his body at the end of a 48-hour deadline.The Croat, Tomislav Salopek, was abducted last month west of the capital Cairo. Sinai Province, an Islamic State affiliate based in Egypt, released a photo on its Twitter account that shows the Croatian hostage beheaded and included a caption charging Croatia with participating in the war on IS. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortThe caption said that Tomislav Salopek, a married man and a father of two, was killed for his country’s participation in the war against the Islamic State. The incident comes a week after the IS demanded the Egyptian government to free female Muslim prisoners in exchange for the Croatian hostage.On August 5, Sinai Province, which was previously known as Ansar Beit el-Maqdes militant group, had released a video of Tomislav in which he indicated that he worked for the Cairo branch of a French company, and was kidnapped on July 22, 2015.last_img read more

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first_img September 15, 2008 – Medical Interventions Inc. has entered into two definitive agreements with Intuitive Surgical Inc. The first is a license and development agreement for the two companies to jointly develop a surgical stapling device, which will attach to Intuitive’s da Vinci Surgical Systems and will utilize Power Medical’s patented technology. Once developed, this attachment will enable Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci SurgicalSystems to cut and staple tissue in a broad array of surgical applications. Power Medical will receive an upfront license payment and additional payments based upon the achievement of agreed upon milestones.The second agreement is an exclusive reload supply agreement whereby Power Medical will be the manufacturer and exclusive supplier of staple reload cartridges for the newly developed device. Details of the supply agreement were not disclosed. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | September 14, 2008 Power Medical Interventions, Intuitive Surgical Team Up on Two Licensing Agreements last_img read more

Club Meds twoday Toronto popup includes VR and giveaways

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Club Med’s two-day Toronto pop-up includes VR and giveaways Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Tags: Club Medcenter_img TORONTO — Club Med’s two-day pop-up in downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square continues today, as part of a two-day event Feb. 14 – 15. Guests can step into a heated glass-walled truck designed to look like one of the 65+ Club Med resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.Inside the truck, complete with sand, palm trees and tropical fruits, guests can also use Virtual Reality goggles to transport themselves to the setting of a resort. Usually reserved for the booking process, Club Med’s VR and 360-videos are giving Torontonians a glimpse of the ‘Amazing You’ with experiences like flying trapeze and sailing.To keep warm in the winter weather, Club Med is also handing out hot cocoa and branded hand warmers to passersby.Visitors have the opportunity to post pictures from their visit to the pop-up on social media using #ClubMedAmazingTO for the chance to win a trip for two to one of Club Med’s destinations. Online entries will also be possible by registering at ClubMedAmazingYou.comMore news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe Club Med pop-up resort will be at Yonge-Dundas Square on Feb. 15 until 7 p.m. The contest runs until Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. For more information visit Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Aviation industry veteran signs on as Interjets new CEO

first_img Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Posted by Tags: CEO, Interjet, Interjet Airlines, New Hires Aviation industry veteran signs on as Interjet’s new CEO Travelweek Group center_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MEXICO CITY — A new year, a new CEO for Interjet Airlines, which just announced that William Shaw will succeed José Luis Garza, effective immediately.Garza, who’s set to join Interjet’s Board of Directors, has over 26 years of experience in the aviation industry, from his early days at a check-in desk in Mexico City Airport, to his most recent venture of a low-cost start-up in the Dominican Republic. Other notable accomplishments including the founding of VivaColombia, launching Viva Air, the first value airline in Peru, and starting the Flycana Project, the first LCC in the Caribbean, in May 2018.Miguel Alemán Magnani, Chairman and President of ABC Aerolíneas, S.A. de C.V., the parent company of Interjet Airlines, said that Shaw’s appointment reflects the carrier’s continued investment in its team members, fleet and product.“Adding someone with William’s experience, entrepreneurship and understanding of the aviation industry to our team will be of great benefit to the continued growth of the airline, particularly our international business, and all of us at Interjet are excited to have him onboard,” he said. “At the same time, I want to personally thank José Luis Garza, who has successfully guided Interjet from our humble beginning flying just three aircraft to four destinations in Mexico to today, where Interjet has become of the world’s fastest growing airlines in North America.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamIn October 2017, Interjet successfully launched year-round, nonstop service between Vancouver International Airport and the dual destinations of Mexico City and Cancun. The launch was widely seen as a competitive move against WestJet, which launched weekly flights) from Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico City five months later.On joining the Interjet team, Shaw said: “These are very challenging and competitive times in the airline industry, and I have been very impressed with Interjet’s success to date. Our ‘Value Proposition’ of offering the flying public much more for less, along with the customer experience we provide business and leisure travellers, have been one of the keys to differentiating Interjet from other carriers in our class, and we will continue to do so.”last_img read more

Megaoperativo catches duo who robbed tourists at Playa Hermosa

first_imgTwo individuals suspected of robbing tourists at Playa Hermosa de Uvita, Puntarenas, were arrested Saturday as part of a “megaoperativo” conducted by Costa Rican police.According to a press release issued by the Public Security Ministry (MSP), two tourists — a Canadian and a Costa Rican — reported that they had been approached and threatened with a machete while walking on a secluded area of the beach.The tourists were robbed of a cell phone and other items.But thanks to the “megaoperativo” — a relatively new strategy during which all Costa Rican police are mobilized to high-profile, high-crime areas — the two suspects were soon apprehended.MSP has credited the “megaoperativo” for helping to reduce Costa Rica’s homicide rate in 2018. Costa Rican police apprehended men suspected of robbing a pair of tourists. Photo courtesy MSP.President Carlos Alvarado tweeted Sunday evening about the successful “megaoperativo,” writing that “intense work has generated positive results as we work toward a safer Costa Rica.”.@seguridadcrc desarrolló un megaoperativo este fin de semana en terminales de autobuses, aeropuertos, hoteles y carreteras. Tras un intenso trabajo se generaron resultados positivos, estamos trabajando por una Costa Rica más segura.— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) January 13, 2019​​Support the Tico Times  Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’ Michigan fugitive John Saatio to be extradited Saturday Coast Guard seizes 2.5 tons of sailfish On eve of historic sex tourism trial, Cuba Dave is optimistic he’ll be acquittedlast_img read more

Mailorder cannabis duo arrested

first_imgTwo individuals were remanded for five days in connection with cannabis found during routine checks on incoming mail parcels at Larnaca airport, the customs department said in a statement Saturday.According to a statement, a customs official on Friday identified a parcel, addressed to a woman, containing 180 grams of cannabis.In cooperation with the drug squad, the parcel was delivered on the same day under surveillance, and the woman, a Larnaca resident, as well as a man, were arrested.The two gave explanations which are being investigated by police.This case, the statement said, is “yet another example of the flawless cooperation between the customs department and police, which led to a successful resolution of the case, currently under police investigation”.The two, 27 and 23, were remanded for five days by the Larnaca district court.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Not For The Reason You Think)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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