By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPixabay[Love by marcicism on June 26, 2015, cc0]At the beginning of this year, we shared a blog about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veteran Training Online Self-Help Portal. As we mentioned, in the past blog, this portal is accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere and showcases a variety of resources including apps, videos, and other tools through the use of different courses covering a range of topics. In this particular blog, we will turn our focus to the Veteran Parenting Course.This course “provides parents with tools that strengthen parenting skills and helps them reconnect with their children”. There are 6 modules within the course that each includes an introduction, a summary, and topic-oriented sections with videos, interactive activities, and parenting tips. Below you will find the name of each of the modules along with words of wisdom shared at the beginning of each, a brief description of the topic, and the sections within the module.Back into the Family“The biggest gap between you and your child may not be the physical distance. You can be right next to your child and still feel that you are a thousand miles away. It’s the distance between two hearts that counts”.This module focuses on the transition back to family life and includes Managing Your Expectations, Anticipating your Child’s Reactions, Reestablishing your Parental Role.Promoting Positive Parent-Child Communication“Connecting with your child can be challenging regardless of how long you’ve been home. Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it”.This module highlights the importance of communication and includes Prepare for Positive Communication, Apply Communication Strategies, and Talk about Your Deployment and Military Service.Helping Your Child with Difficult Emotions and Behaviors“Your child looks up to you. You are the North Star when they are lost. When they are in the dark, you are their light”.This module encourages parents to take “another point of view” by looking at their child’s emotions and reactions through their child’s perspective rather than just their own. It includes the Impact of Your Emotions, Manage your Own Emotions, Understand your Child’s Behavior, Help your Child Cope, and Getting Help.Positive Approaches to Discipline“Discipline is a tool. Learn to use it effectively to help shape your child’s future”.This module emphasizes the importance of effective and appropriate discipline within the home. The module includes The Basis of Effective Discipline, What is a Positive Approach, and Effective Discipline Strategies.Managing Stress and Emotions as a Parent “Finding ways to navigate stormy parenting seas will help you and your family set the course for smooth sailing”.This module assists parents in managing their own feelings so that they are able to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children. It includes Managing your Emotions, Managing Parental Stress, Communicating your Feelings, and Dealing with Unhelpful Thoughts.Parenting with Emotional and Physical Challenges“To the world you are one person, but to your child you are the world- no matter how you have changed.”This module provides a guide for parents who may be facing physical and/or emotional challenges that they see as barriers to their own parenting. It includes Before Getting Started, Patrick’s Story, and Erin’s Story.This course has been built to assist all parents in dealing with both everyday parenting challenges and those unique only to military families. Additionally, no registration is required and all participation is completely anonymous- no personal information is gathered.For those participants who feel that they don’t have the time to complete all six modules or who feel that they need assistance in one area more than another, the modules are designed to where they can be accessed and utilized independently of one another. Check out this wonderful resource today!This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Program Coordination for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
This is a continuation of the Aces’ historic losing streak with their last win coming almost four months ago at the start of the Commissioner’s Cup.Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks while Joe DeVance added 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCalvin Abueva had 22 points, on 9-of-24 shooting, and 13 rebounds to lead Alaska. LATEST STORIES PH secures bronze in women’s pairs lawn bowls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra kept Alaska’s struggles going after coming away with a 94-80 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.As the Gin Kings improve to 4-1, and a fourth consecutive win, the Aces dropped to 0-6 and continued their downward spiral losing their 14th straight game overall.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments
From K J M VarmaBeijing/The Hague, Jul 12 (PTI) A UN-backed international tribunal today struck down Chinas claims of “historical rights” in the strategic South China Sea, prompting Chinese President Xi Jinping to reject its ruling and asserting that Beijing will not accept the verdict “under any circumstances”.Xis strong remarks came immediately after The Hague- based tribunal dismissed the core of Chinas claims over the 90 per cent South China Sea (SCS), ruling that “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the nine-dash line”, which is based on a Chinese map dating back to the 1940s.In his meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist party and commander-in-chief of the military, said Chinas territorial sovereignty and maritime interests in SCS will not be affected by the ruling under any circumstances.Xis comments indicates Chinas tough stand on the ruling by the five judge tribunal appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration which struck down Beijings controversial nine- dash line on the SCS claiming over 90 per cent of the area.China “neither accepts nor recognises” the ruling of the tribunal in the SCS arbitration established at the request of the Philippines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in Beijing.”The award is null and void and has no binding force,” it said in a statement minutes after the tribunal delivered its judgement striking down Beijings claims of historic rights over the area, strongly disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.advertisementChinas territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the SCS shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards. China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards, the statement quoted by state-run Xinhua new agency said.The tribunal concluded that “to the extent China had historic rights to resources in the waters of the SCS, such rights were extinguished to the extent they were incompatible with the exclusive economic zones provided for in the Convention” (UN Convention on the Law of Seas), it said.”The tribunal also noted that, although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other States, had historically made use of the islands inthe SCS, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources,” it said.For decades China, which boycotted the tribunal questioning its legality has been asserting that its emperors have discovered the islands hundreds years ago and have been exercising control over the area throughout the history.But is claims came into conflict with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan as they hardly have exclusive economic zones (EEZ) provided by UNCLOS which Beijing declined to recognise.While the Philippines filed the case in 2013, Beijings claims over the SCS are also contested by Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Indonesia as well. MORE PTI KJV ZH AKJ ZH
Raipur, Sep 16 (PTI) Chhattisgarhs tribal-dominated Bastar division will soon have an archery and a shooting academy to explore sports talent in the Naxal-affected region.The academies will be set up with the support of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, a government official said here today.The decision in this regard was taken during Chief Minister Raman Singhs meeting with Union Steel Ministry Secretary Aruna Sharma, SAIL Chaiman P K Singh and other senior officials here on September 14.”The state government is gradually trying to restore peace in Bastar and the initiative of setting up sports academies sends a clear message that it is committed to explore sports talents of backward areas,” the official said.Youths from the tribal community are generally good in archery as they pick up bow and arrow, the traditional weapons, in their childhood.An archery academy will hone their skills and enable them to compete in national and international events, the official said.”It has been observed in interior parts of Bastar that weapons entice tribal youths more towards Naxalism. Hence, setting up a shooting academy in the area will be a good option for youth to fulfil their desires, thereby excelling in the game,” he said.The main aim of these academies will be to search and nurture talents from remote parts of the state, he said.The first phase of the academies is likely to start by March 2018, he said.The chief minister has also directed NMDC officials to develop a world-class athletic track in Bastar region.advertisementIt was also decided in the meeting that SAILs Bhilai Steel Plant will set up a tennis and a basketball academy at Bhilai in Durg district.Besides, an international standard swimming pool would also be constructed in Bhilai under the CSR programme of the Bhilai Steel Plant, he added. PTI TKP GK RT SSB
The video assistant referee (VAR) was introduced to help the match officials and minimise controversies at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But the system has had a complete opposite impact as it led to the biggest controversy so far of the ongoing tournament on Monday.VAR’s decision to give Iran a penalty in the stoppage time against Portugal and to award Ronaldo just a yellow card after he appeared to have strike an Iranian player were the highlights of the controversies that erupted last night.The Iran vs Portugal game in particular turned into quite a heated contest because of VAR. The first incident took place in the 50th minute of the game when Ronaldo collided with a defender in the box. Initially the referee asked the forward to get up but later after consulting VAR, the penalty was awarded. It’s another case that Ronaldo’s penalty was saved by Alireza Beiranvand.In the 81st minute, Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Morteza Pouraliganji. TV replays showed that the Real Madrid star had hit Morteza with his elbow, a red card offence, but the referee after reviewing the decision only gave a yellow.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIran coach Carlos Queiroz was certainly not a happy man after the match as Iran were knocked out of the tournament after playing out a draw against Portugal..”An elbow is a red card. The rules do not say what if it is Ronaldo or Messi. It is a red card. The decisions must be clear,” Queiroz said.advertisementAnyone other than Ronaldo wouldve walked for violent conduct but FIFAs VAR turns a blind eye.Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) June 25, 2018So if Ronaldo didnt touch him why yellow?! Its either an elbow (red) or nothing…..not sure how the yellow plays a part. #WorldCupTaylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) June 25, 2018The most contentious decision was the penalty given to Iran in the stoppage time. Sardar Azmoun hit the hand of Cedric Soares from a close range and the defender didn’t have enough time to get his hand out of the way. However, referee awarded a penalty after he consulted VAR. Karim Ansarifard stepped up and converted his spot kick.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe shocked Portugal somehow managed to hold onto a draw as they progressed to the knockouts.The Spain vs Morocco wasn’t untouched as Spain defender Gerard Pique survived a straight red card for a two-footed tackle against Morocco on Monday.Spain top Group B, Portugal 2nd as VAR sparks fightIn the ninth minute of their 2-2 draw, Pique went in for a challenge on Morocco’s Khalid Boutaib with all studs showing but somehow managed to get minimal contact with the Moroccan.Forget red, the Barcelona defender also escaped a yellow card. The important question was why didn’t VAR intervene?Morocco who were leading 2-1 conceded in the 91st minutes as Iagao Aspas scored to help Spain finish top of the group.The striker scored with a clever flick in the injury time but it was given an offside. However, the decision was reversed after VAR consultation.Amrabat about #VAR pic.twitter.com/GFCkty7w6kSyed Muhammad Khairi (@smkhairi87) June 25, 2018Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat made it pretty clear what he thinks of VAR after the match. When the cameras focused on the player, Amrabat gestured a box sign, usually made by referees for VAR, and uttered “bull****” at the camera.
New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham heaped praise on MS Dhoni, saying the India wicketkeeper-batsman is a “fantastic” player in the middle-order for Team India.Neesham also pointed out that there were questions surrounding Dhoni’s place in the ODI side in the lead up to the World Cup and insisted that Dhoni’s records speak for themselves.The 28-year-old Black Caps all-rounder, who made a comeback to the ODI team after more than a year’s absence, also insisted that the New Zealand bowlers will be keen on restricting Dhoni in the remainder of India’s tour.Having sealed a 3-1 unbeatable lead, India will be hoping to make it 4-1 when they face New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI of the series in Wellington on Sunday. MS Dhoni, who had missed the 3rd and 4th ODIs, is set to return to the playing XI as he has recovered from a hamstring injury, India batting coach Sanjay Bangar had confirmed earlier in the day.”His [Dhoni’s] records speak for itself. I mean, he is a fantastic player. Some noise was made especially from Indian media about whether he should be there in their World Cup squad or not. But as I said, his record speaks for itself,” Neesham said on Saturday.”He’s got that calm demeanour in the middle order. And when you’re bowling to him, you know you haven’t won the game till you’ve got him out. Hopefully, we can do that tomorrow and run through them.”As Neesham points out, there were concerns about Dhoni’s batting form as he had been ordinary with the bat in 2018, scoring 275 runs in 20 matches. However, the 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman seems to have hit peak form and has started the World Cup year with a bang.advertisementDhoni struck three consecutive half-centuries and helped India win their first-ever bilateral ODI series in Australia last month. With 193 runs from three matches, Dhoni walked away with the Man of the Series award.Dhoni had carried his good form to New Zealand as he smashed a 33-ball 48 not out in the second ODI, which India won by 90 runs. Despite the likes of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik breathing down his neck, Dhoni seems to have sealed the first-choice wicketkeeper’s slot for the World Cup.Meanwhile, James Neesham also insisted New Zealand will be looking to continue the good work that they did in Hamilton but insisted it’s going to be hard work for their bowlers, considering the quality of the batsmen in India’s top-order.After a rare failure from India’s top-order, the visitors were bowled out for 92 their lowest-ever total in New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Thursday. The absence of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli (rest) was felt as India collapsed from 21 for 0 to 92-all out.”Stats speak for themselves. In the last two years, their top three averages 20 odd more than any other country in the world. They have obviously got a whole lot of quality at the top there,” Neesham said.”And Virat is resting but there is a lot of wraps on the rest of their top order as well. So there is certainly not a case of getting complacent. We just have to put the ball in the right areas again… as Boult did in Hamilton… and hopefully run through them again.”Also Read | Can’t draw conclusions after one failure, says Sanjay BangarAlso Read | New Zealand opener Martin Guptill doubtful for 5th ODI vs India due to lower back injuryAlso Read | Team India sweats it out in Wellington ahead of 5th ODI against New Zealand
Mexico The U.S. fans’ guide to rooting for Mexico at the World Cup Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 03:28 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Pedro Pardo Mexico World Cup United States Opinion It’s a bridge some U.S. supporters won’t be able to cross, but Goal’s Mexico correspondent has a few reasons Americans can support El Tri in Russia ZACATECAS, Mexico — The time has come to discuss what we as Americans are going to do about the World Cup. I know this might be anathema to many of you, but U.S. fans have plenty of reasons throw their support behind Mexico at the World Cup.Look, countrymen and countrywomen, I’m sad too. For all the years insisting I’m neutral about the U.S. national team so my coverage doesn’t appear slanted, I’m still American. I’m from Texas, for God’s sake. Tuesday night hurt.If you’re reading this, though, you’re going to watch the World Cup. You know you will, and I know you will. Even without our Stars and Stripes making their best effort to get out of the group stage, the summer showcase is unmissable. What else are you going to watch all summer? Regular-season baseball? Please. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Sports are better with a rooting interest, something many of you know from your ritual of waking up at ungodly hours to watch Premier League teams. Maybe you’re already planning to root for underdog Iceland or you have a family connection to Nigeria or Germany. But if you’re a free agent, consider throwing your support behind El Tri. Fox Sports certainly hopes you will, and I do too. My job is covering Mexican soccer in English, and while I strive to maintain a balance in my coverage, I have to admit I’ve acquired a fondness for this country’s team as well as my own.Here’s why, even if you have to hold your nose, you might choose to root for Mexico at the World Cup:Love your neighbor as yourselfThere’s something to be said for rooting on your CONCACAF brothers. You hate them during qualification, but it would look pretty bad if everyone from the region crashed out of the group stage and all those people always talking about how much better Europe is just point to it and say, “See?!”Shout-out as well to Costa Rica and Panama. It would be great to see all our CONCACAF pals do as well as the Ticos did last time around, even if it would give them a little more ammunition during Twitter flame wars.Mexico and the U.S. are, obviously, neighbors and have plenty of close relationships thanks to geographic, economic and political reasons. The players definitely don’t like each other for 90 minutes, but you only need to remember the unified photo in Columbus, Ohio, with both teams coming together for the pregame gesture just days after the U.S. elected Donald Trump as president.Politics aside, Mexico also will boast a handful of MLS players at the World Cup, with the Dos Santos brothers representing the LA Galaxy and Carlos Vela set to join Los Angeles FC in January. Puzzlingly, some people think the rise of the American domestic league is to blame for the struggles of the national team. No other league in the world is thinking that way, and it’s a positive to have those players raising the level of the competition.Juan Carlos OsorioRooting for this guy is sort of like rooting against Mexico while rooting for Mexico. Juan Carlos Osorio has been Mexico coach for two years and lost only six times, yet most Mexico fans haaaaaate him. Osorio is definitely an odd duck. He believes in his unconventional methods and sticks to them rigidly, even when he probably should have a bit more flexibility.That said, he’s a good coach with interesting ideas. He demands a lot of his team, but has expressed a deep love not only for his players but also the fans, even those who welcomed him back from the airport by telling the Colombian to go back where he came from. Osorio’s philosophy is that soccer is a sport where everyone is entitled to have an opinion. He’s convinced his opinions are right, and so far the results have borne that out — the odd blowout in a summer tournament not withstanding.He’s also a bit of a character. He won’t have the same wild celebrations his predecessor Miguel Herrera become known for at the 2014 World Cup, but he’s still fun to watch. During the Confederations Cup, Osorio dropping profanity in English a little too close to a hot microphone went viral, but the truth is the U.S.-educated coach can express much more profound ideas in English. Surely, he’ll be doing so on American television now that the broadcasters have more time to fill and more work to be done to advance the narrative. That should make it easier for U.S. fans to get to know Osorio.Mexico is the sh*t This slogan, worn by several Mexico players like Raul Jimenez, Diego Reyes and other movers and shakers in the country, has puzzled some of the country’s less English-savvy writers. But it’s true. Mexico is a great country. Even if you’ve never been to experience it, you’ve probably come into contact with some of the positive aspects of Mexico: the food that’s some of the best you can find in the U.S., the predisposition for a good party no matter the circumstances, the attitude about keeping family close, and the music — simply for the fact that Mexicans did not inflict “Despacito” upon us. Why I will ride hard for Mexico1. The US did not qualify2. Mexico as a nation is constantly turnt3. https://t.co/vPYiFZNKEi— BUM CHILLIPS (@edsbs) October 11, 2017 The players who represent the country also are generally pretty cool. Chicharito is a big NFL fan who geeked out when he met J.J. Watt last year and, let’s be honest, is just a cute little guy who seems fun to hang out with. He and Miguel Layun stepped up and raised money for earthquake relief efforts. Hirving Lozano is on pace to become one of CONCACAF’s biggest stars and, at just 22, is already a family man who seems to have no interests outside of soccer and his wife and children. Boring? Maybe, but he and Jesus “Tecatito” Corona are fun to watch on the wings as they blow by opponents to set up Chicharito.And, like the U.S., this team has really bad fullbacks. Layun is solid on the left side but sometimes gets moved to the right when converted winger Jesus Gallardo attempts to defend as well as possible while getting forward to help the attack.See? A random winger getting stuck into a fullback slot to cover for a weakness? Some things aren’t so different after all. It’s like you’ve been rooting for Mexico this whole time. Hop aboard the bandwagon. Your neighbors will welcome you, and you’ll enjoy the World Cup all the more for it.
HTC Desire 19+ may launch in India soon as company looks to make a comebackHTC revived its official India-based Twitter account to tease the launch of a brand new HTC smartphone.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 08:48 IST HIGHLIGHTSHTC will launch a brand new phone in India soon.HTC Desire 19+ may launch in India with a waterdrop display.Desire 19+ was launched in Taiwan with a price starting TWD 9,900 (approx Rs 22,400).HTC has been out of the smartphone game for a while now, but it looks ready to make a comeback. The company revived its official India-based Twitter account to tease the launch of a brand new HTC smartphone. This will be the first major HTC smartphone launch since the Desire 12 series last year. The upcoming smartphone is expected to be the Desire 19+ with a waterdrop display.The teaser posted by HTC India’s Twitter handle starts by looking back at the company’s contribution in the smartphone world. It launched the HTC Touch in 2007, which was the world’s first touch-centric phone. In 2008, HTC launched the world’s first Google Android smartphone and in 2016 it brought the first phone with OIS for the back and front cameras. The teaser ended by revealing an outline of a phone with a waterdrop notch, which suggests it could be the HTC Desire 19+.Hello India! Our journey of innovation continues.Can you guess what’s coming next?#htcIndia pic.twitter.com/bTavBjvcUwHTC India (@HTC_IN) August 12, 2019The Desire 19+ was launched back in June in Taiwan with a price starting TWD 9,900 (approx Rs 22,400) for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The company also launched a 6GB + 128GB costs TWD 10,990 (approx Rs 24,900).The Desire 19+ sports a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a teardrop notch. It is powered by a Helio P35 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Desire 19+ features a triple camera setup that includes a 13MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth sensor. Up front, the smartphone gets a 16MP selfie camera. The smartphone packs a 3,850mAh battery.advertisementALSO READ | Realme 5 Pro launching in India on August 20: What do we know about its quad camerasGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HTC Next
zoom Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has temporarily suspended the harbour craft licences of five bunker tankers due to irregularities with the vessels’ piping fixtures, an MPA spokesperson said.Investigations are currently being carried out, however, during the suspension these bunker tankers will not be allowed to conduct any bunker deliveries, ship-to-ship operations or leave the port of Singapore, the spokesperson told World Maritime News in a statement.All five bunker tankers aboard which the irregularities were discovered are operated by Singapore-based bunkering services provider Panoil Petroleum Pte Ltd.The company currently operates 11 vessels, according to data provided on its website.At the beginning of 2017, MPA Singapore issued 51 companies with bunker survey licence to operate in the Port of Singapore which are valid from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.Since the licensing scheme was first announced in October 2014, MPA has been engaging the bunker surveying industry on the details of the scheme. The licensing scheme will raise the standards of bunker surveying companies and allow MPA to have greater regulatory oversight of bunker surveying companies and bunker surveyors, the authority earlier said.
Nova Scotians living in Pugwash and surrounding communities will soon receive better care and increased access to emergency services with the announcement today, Oct. 14, of a collaborative emergency centre at the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital. The Pugwash centre will be the third in the province, providing same-day, or next-day medical appointments and 24/7 emergency care. “The peace of mind that comes with stable, accessible health care cannot be measured,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “It was clear that Nova Scotians were concerned about the care available to them in their communities. Hospitals struggled with chronic emergency room closures and long waits. “We made a commitment to ensure better health care for Nova Scotians and their families, and with today’s announcement of another collaborative emergency centre, we are fulfilling that commitment.” Collaborative emergency centres help address issues of emergency department overcrowding and long waits to see family doctors. These centres will keep emergency departments open, reduce patient wait times and provide a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. The services at the CEC in will include access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, for 12 hours per day, seven days per week while providing emergency care 24/7. “More than anything else, Nova Scotians want stability with regard to our health care,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “In rural communities, these centres bring peace of mind because they ensure faster and consistent health care.” In Pugwash, decisions are still being made about the exact structure of the collaborative centre. The Cumberland Health Authority is working with the community and officials at the Department of Health and Wellness to develop the best centre for the area. “It is important that Collaborative Emergency Centres be designed to meet the unique health care needs of each community,” said Bruce Quigley, CEO of the Cumberland Health Authority. “As we move forward, we will be working with health care professionals as well as residents in the Pugwash area to ensure the model provides improved access to primary health care and timely emergency care.” Nova Scotia’s first Collaborative Emergency Centre opened in Parrsboro in July. The province plans to announce a fourth collaborative emergency centre by March 31, and another four the following year. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner .
Login/Register With: Advertisement Carlos Delgado brings back art pieces to his studio space after cleaning and assessing them for damage. (STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR) Forty-five artists are picking up the pieces after a massive fire ruined their studio spaces and some of their work, potentially derailing one of their most lucrative times of the year.Toronto’s art spaces are already feeling the squeeze from rampant condo development, rising rents and a lack of suitable, affordable spaces, especially downtown. That’s why the loss of Walnut Studios hurts.But the artists are heartened by the community response to their loss. On May 19, the artists of Walnut Studios, west of downtown at 83 Walnut Ave. between King and Wellington Sts. W., woke to urgent emails that the building was ablaze. The majority of the damage was on the north side of the building, one of the city’s few open concept arts studios. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
Casablanca- According to the latest statistics made available in 2011 by the High Commission for Planning, 26,000 children are subjected to rape per year, which represents an alarming ratio of 71 cases of rape per day.Rape has become one of the most condemned crimes in Moroccan society. In all its forms, rape has very detrimental effects on the victims not only at the psychological and physical levels, but also on their social life.Hespress news outlet recently published a video in which three female activists discuss the disastrous effect of rape on victims and their families. The intensity of the traumatic effects of this hideous crime might push the victim to subsequently commit suicide, as was the case with Amina Filali in March 2012.According to a female activist in the video, there are two elements that help rapists get away with their crimes in Morocco: (1) the social condition of the victims, which makes them vulnerable and unprotected at all levels, and (2) the judicial gaps in Moroccan law, which are exploited by rapists to guarantee not being punished for their crime.According to the same activists, 26,000 children, were victims of rape, a figure previously revealed by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).However, this figure only encompasses the number of victims who reported their cases. Other victims, whose number is unknown, are loath to be part of any statistics, and prefer to maintain their anonymity.The social traditionalism that certain Moroccan families cling to pushes them to renounce the rights of victims from fear of being socially rejected. This, coupled with a penal code that is not strictly enforced, only encourages rapists in Morocco to commit more crimes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistribute
BlackBerry will reveal some of the most important sales figures yet for its new smartphones on Friday as the company issues its latest quarterly results and provides a glimpse of whether the phones are catching on with customers.Analysts have offered optimistic, yet cautious, expectations for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s first-quarter performance.It will be the first time BlackBerry has provided shipment numbers to the crucial U.S. market for its touchscreen phone, and also the first sign of whether anticipation for the keyboard model translated into sales in several major markets like the U.K. and Canada.“Expectations have been rising,” said Richard Tse, a technology analyst with Cormark Securities Inc. “I think that broadly, people believe that the initial rollout of these BB10 devices into the carrier channels potentially gives them a bit of momentum in terms of stocking the inventories.”Investors will be looking for any signs that BlackBerry has turned itself around on sales of its new BlackBerry 10 devices and whether the trend is expected to continue.BlackBerry launched its Z10 touchscreen phones, equipped with its new BlackBerry 10 operating system in January. The keyboard Q10 versions were launched months later in Canada, the U.K. and other markets.The complex rollout of the devices has made it difficult for the technology community to conclude whether the phones are a widespread success.The U.S. market has lagged behind much of the world, and didn’t begin stocking the latest keyboard phone until early June, which means it will take another quarterly report before shipment figures are made public.Edward Jones analyst Bill Kreher said BlackBerry’s biggest draw in the upcoming months is the launch of its lower-priced BlackBerry Q5 phone, which will appeal to customers in emerging markets outside of the U.S.“The company has lost relevance in the U.S. but still holds some significant share in emerging economies in areas like Indonesia,” Kreher said from St. Louis, Mo. “So it would be critical for them to get those consumers from (the older models) and maintain their subscriber base.”He said sustaining growth will be key to the company’s comeback and return to profitability.“I think the product cycle continues to shorten, particularly given the number of partners in the Android eco-system. It will be difficult for BlackBerry to stay top-of-mind unless it can continue to develop hit products,” said Kreher.In the last quarter, BlackBerry reported that it shipped about one million smartphones on its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Kreher estimates that number might be upwards of 3.5 million phones in the first quarter.The company, which formerly called itself Research In Motion, reported a surprise profit of US$98 million or 19 cents per share for quarter ended March 2, compared with $125 million or 24 cents per share loss a year ago. Revenue increased to $2.68 billion.In a note Monday, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue forecasted BlackBerry’s revenues at $3.5 billion, slightly above the $3.4 billion consensus estimate provided by Thomson Reuters. They put earnings per share at nine cents, compared with a consensus of six cents.Despite the forecast, the note warned that BlackBerry will face challenges in attracting and growing its customer base.“Competitive device launches in the second half (of the year) may mean increased spending for BlackBerry to sustain its product refresh,” wrote Sue. “Samsung and Apple, who have significantly more resources, are having a tough time growing their units, so it may be even more difficult for BlackBerry, which is much smaller and still playing catch up.”The note said investors should also anticipate lower profit margins in the next few quarters, with the anticipated launch of the BlackBerry Q5.Investment firm Raymond James questioned whether the BlackBerry Q5 device would be enough to satiate customers in emerging markets, which was BlackBerry’s largest growing subscriber base last year and where it has long benefited from name recognition.Earlier this week, BlackBerry launched its business service platform for corporate and government workers for rival Google Android and Apple smartphones.The operating system, called Secure Work Space, allows Apple and Android users to separate their data and work apps, such as email and calendars, from their personal apps bringing a greater level of security. This feature is already available on BlackBerry 10 phones.It also announced that it be the official mobile computing partner of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, as part of a sponsorship agreement with the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Marlies.BlackBerry said the partnership will mean the development of new, interactive apps for sports fans who use the Blackberry 10 devices.Founded in 1984, BlackBerry devices are now sold through 650 wireless carriers in 175 countries. It has about 76 million subscribers worldwide.Shares of BlackBerry were ahead six cents to $15.69 Thursday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Former PM Mulroney back on Parliament Hill in role as NAFTA broker by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2017 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 11:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Brian Mulroney was back on Parliament Hill today — and he’s not mincing words about the challenges Canada faces in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.The former prime minister, a personal friend of Donald Trump and for many the grandfather of free trade in North America, has been helping Justin Trudeau’s government navigate the new U.S. administration.He was meeting with members of the Liberal cabinet to brief them on the efforts so far and how NAFTA negotiations between Canada and the U.S. are likely to proceed.“I think they’re going to be very challenging,” Mulroney said of the upcoming talks, citing the unpredictable nature of the U.S. administration and its comments on the trade file.Following Trump’s fiery anti-NAFTA rhetoric, a meeting with Trudeau at the White House appeared to cool the U.S. president, who at the time seemed “to have adopted a pretty reasonable posture,” Mulroney said.“Then the letter from the (U.S. Trade Representative) comes out with a different version of things, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”He says so-called country-of-origin rules, long a sore spot in NAFTA, are likely to be an area of discussion in the eventual negotiations, and he’s urging the government to put a strong negotiator on the file.Mulroney was asked how it felt to be a conservative prime minister in a Liberal cabinet room. “As if I never left,” he quipped.Also present at the meeting was U.S. ambassador David MacNaughton and one of his predecessors in that job, Derek Burney, Mulroney’s former chief of staff.Mulroney keeps a home in Florida and has long been friends with Trump and his incoming point man on NAFTA, Wilbur Ross.Sources say Mulroney has since had several phone chats with Trudeau, offering to establish connections, provide advice and convey one country’s perspective to the other.Mulroney wasn’t the only bridge-builder: Chrystia Freeland set up the initial meetings in New York between the Trudeau and Trump teams.He credits everyone for making the most of these new connections.“I can tell you I’ve heard from two leaders of the American administration… telling me the Canadians… were the best and the nicest people the Americans were able to deal with anyone around the world,” Mulroney said in a recent interview.“How do I know that President Trump feels that he had a very good meeting with the prime minister and he liked him a lot?… Because he told me. At dinner… They just hit it off… He liked the cut of his jib. He liked the way he spoke. He liked a lot of things.”Mulroney was equally laudatory of the opposition’s behaviour, saying Rona Ambrose and the Conservatives lowered the partisan temperature on a critical issue of national interest, and sent a letter offering help wherever possible.“This is a national challenge,” he said.“If we were ever to lose NAFTA you’d see grave challenges in Canadian society. So in something like this there’s not a Conservative, or a Liberal way to look at this. There’s only a Canadian way.” Former prime minister Brian Mulroney pauses while speaking following the announcement of the $60 million Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and Mulroney Hall at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Mulroney says the federal government may face a “rough negotiation” when it comes to NAFTA, but he believes Canada will nonetheless emerge with strong ties to the U.S. and Mexico.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
“The beauty of St. Lucia and the uniqueness of the voice and way of life of each of the Caribbean islands is threatened”, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday at the Conference of Heads of CARICOM Governments gathered to focus on obstacles to sustainable development. Busy first day at #CARICOM opening day. pic.twitter.com/PhuL2NGSKV— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) July 4, 2019 • High-Level Political Forum review of the 2030 Agenda.• Finance Summit to take stock of implementing the Addis Ababa Action Plan on financing for sustainable development.• Mid-term review of the so-called SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action Pathway.• High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage.• Climate Action Summit.,He urged the leaders to “seize this historic opportunity to ensure that every Caribbean country, and all SIDS, receive optimal support to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.The UN chief drew attention to five UN Summits in September where the “collective voices” of the Caribbean Sates can “be heard by the global community”.Moving forwardIn closing, he thanked CARICOM for its “strong cooperation” with the UN, welcomed the Counter-Terrorism Strategy for the region, developed with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, and recognized its leadership on key UN priorities, “not least climate change and financing for development”.Mr. Guterres commended Caribbean nations’ commitment to foster regional cooperation on fighting illegal drug trafficking and saluted their response efforts to the refugee and migration crisis in the wider region “as a result of the situation in Venezuela”.“Let us cooperate ever more closely in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of the Caribbean”, concluded the Secretary-General. Mr. Guterres recounted his visit to the South Pacific in May where he saw how “Pacific island nations are addressing the climate crisis” by focusing “a climate lens” on development investments. He also recalled his visit two years after Hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in 2017, when “in only a couple of days”, years of “hard-won development gains” were destroyed in Barbuda and Dominica.“Hurricanes Ivan and Thomas – and the many others that came before Irma and Maria – are still etched in the memories of Caribbean people” he noted. As climate-related natural disasters grow in frequency and severity, the UN chief pointed out that “the risks to families and to development overall will only intensify”. What the Caribbean has endured makes “abundantly clear” the urgent need to “reduce global emissions and work collectively to ensure that global temperature rise does not go beyond 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels”, he continued, inviting government and private sector leaders to come with concrete plans to the UN Climate Action Summit in September, at UN Headquarters, which could result in a 45 per cent cut in greenhouse emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. “We must massively increase our ambition to advance low-emission and resilient development, including addressing loss and damage from climate impacts”, he stressed, saying “we need all hands-on deck”.We must massively increase our ambition to advance low-emission and resilient development — UN chief‘Act daily’ to counter plastic threatMr. Guterres signalled the need to “act on a daily basis” to counter the “grave threat” that eight million tons of ocean-polluting plastics are posing to marine ecosystems and tourism sectors. “From plastic pollution to coastline erosion, more frequent extreme weather events, sea level rise and biodiversity loss, Caribbean States face immense pressure”, maintained the UN chief.He commended the “bold vision” of CARICOM leaders, to make the Caribbean the world’s first Climate Resilient Zone and drew attention to the creation of a Caribbean Resilience to Recovery Facility. When completed, it aims to provide a regional indigenous mechanism to source talent, experience and financial solutions for the region, to build resilient communities and nations. Economic constraints In addition to managing the recurrent and increasing costs of climate-related events, small island developing States (SIDS) overall, face a range of economic constrictions, from small domestic markets to heavy dependence on imports and high national debt constraints, according to the UN chief. “These challenges are further complicated by the difficulties SIDS face in mobilizing development finance on affordable and appropriate terms”, he said.,The Secretary-General said he backed steps to improve access to development financing; eligibility for Official Development Assistance, including vulnerability criteria in addition to Gross National Income per capita; and speed and predictability of climate financing, especially SIDS. Mr. Guterres threw his “strong support” behind the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) proposal to convert debt to investment in resilience, noting that “to achieve this and other global challenges, we must reaffirm commitment to multilateralism”. “We must face the headwinds together”, the Secretary-General underscored, “There is no alternative to cooperation and collaboration”.,UN Summits in September
As the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes is a proven master of turning eccentricities of the English aristocracy and foibles of the downstairs servants into gripping television drama. In his first interview since NBC announced that he would be writing The Gilded Age, the Conservative peer revealed that one of Downton’s best-loved characters will make a guest appearance. Set 30 years before Downton, the American show will feature a young Violet Crawley – the… And as he prepares to start work on a US drama about two super-rich families vying for power in 1880s New York, he has explained the differences between the American and British upper classes enjoying the trappings of high society.
Epiroc has acquired 34% of ASI Mining, which is based in Mendon, Utah, United States, and is a subsidiary of Autonomous Solutions Inc. Its products include on-board hardware and software that convert vehicles to autonomous operation, as well as system level software platforms for command and control of autonomous fleets across various mining applications. The solutions integrate with various mobile mining equipment, regardless of make or model, and are used by mining customers globally. The business is estimated to have revenues in 2018 of more than $6 million.“The investment in ASI Mining is part of our strategy to expand in automation and interoperability in the mining segment,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure. “This is the future in mining, and the great team at ASI Mining has developed state-of-the-art solutions that will enhance Epiroc’s delivery of productivity and safety improvements to customers worldwide.” The company said that the purchase price is not material relative to Epiroc’s market capitalisation and is not disclosed. ASI Mining will operate as a separate company partly owned by US-based Epiroc Drilling Solutions LLC. Revenues and operating profit will not be consolidated.
The Google Doodle today may be nothing more than a simple picture, but the lady seated at the table has a name everyone will hopefully recognize.Marie Curie was born on November 7th in 1867, and the 66 years she was alive saw her awarded two Nobel Prizes as well as laying the groundwork for the use of radiation to help fight cancer.Curie was awarded her first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 along with her husband for their research into radiation. Then in 1911 she received a second award, this time the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the elements polonium and radium. She remains one of only two people to ever receive Nobel Prizes in different fields and is the first person to ever receive two such awards.Not content with just discovering the benefits of radiation, she also supported its use during World War I. In total, 18 mobile X-ray units, known as “Little Curies,” were used to help treat soldiers. They were powered by tubes of radium Curie purified.The research that Curie carried out was groundbreaking on two fronts. As well as paving the way for radiation to be used to fight cancer, it also forced a rethink on some of the foundations of physics and is thought to have allowed for later research into the structure of the atom. The other obstacle Curie overcame during her lifetime was the fact she was a woman, which in the early 1900s made her achievements all the more difficult and impressive.Unfortunately, discovering the benefits of radiation and working with it for so many years eventually led to Curie’s death. In 1934 at the age of 66 she lost her life to aplastic anemia, which sees a person’s bone marrow unable to replenish red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. The cause of her illness and death is thought to be the radiation she was exposed to through her work.More at Wikipedia
As far as the weather is concerned, it’s hard to look back at last month with much enthusiasm.Typically, Vancouver sees 4.03 inches of rain in February, but at month’s end this year, the city had seen 10.38 inches fall on it, according to the National Weather Service.Those with dampened spirits may have sought a silver lining last week when the city was on the verge of setting a record. It almost seemed like a certainty. After all, Portland set a record on Feb. 20 when it surpassed the 10.03-inch mark set in 1996.However, it didn’t happen in Vancouver. The final week of the month was cloudy, but just too dry to be anything more than the third-wettest February on record.The 10.38 inches of rain that fell on Vancouver was short the 0.21 inch needed to set a new record, according to the weather service.That record was set in February 1996 when 10.58 inches of rain dumped on Vancouver. Next in line is February 1940, with 10.52 inches.But that’s not to say the rain didn’t bring excitement to Southwest Washington. The precipitation was enough to trigger a sizeable landslide near Woodland that covered the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 and blocked traffic for five hours on Feb. 17.Will March follow suit?“I wouldn’t expect the wetness we had in February to continue for another month,” said Gerald Macke, a meteorological technician with the weather service.
Land-use planning, the dilapidated jail, social service funding and improvements to trails and sidewalks.These were all either challenges or accomplishments that members of the Clark County Council outlined at the 2018 State of the County event. More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in a hall at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds to munch on popcorn and hear speeches from councilors that highlighted the county’s economic growth, maintaining the area’s quality of life and county services often taken for granted.“The state of the county would not be complete without a few words about growth management,” said Council Chair Marc Boldt, referring to the county’s comprehensive planning requirements under state law.Boldt said that with the exception of La Center and Ridgefield, there is very little land available for growth. The county is currently in court trying to establish a rural industrial land bank in the county. He said that if the county loses its case, lot prices will continue to rise. Addressing the problem, he said, will require cooperation between the county and small cities.He also called attention to the county’s rising cost of providing constitutionally required defense to people too poor to afford a lawyer. He said that last year, the county spent $6 million on the service, with little help from the state, and costs are expected to rise.Councilor Jeanne Stewart, who noted that she represents large swaths of Vancouver, highlighted how relations between the county and city had improved on issues regarding homelessness, housing and mental health. Stewart also noted that the county is in a strong position for economic growth.