first_imgThe United Nations has launched the #WildforLife campaign against illegal trade in wildlife, warning that such trade is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen taking part in the #Wildforlife campaign“Each year, thousands of wild animals are illegally killed, often by organized criminal networks motivated by profit and greed,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a press release. “I call on all Governments and people everywhere to support the new United Nations campaign, Wild for Life, which aims to mobilize the world to end this destructive trade. Preserving wildlife is crucial for the well-being of people and planet alike,” he added.The campaign, which was launched today at the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, aims to mobilize millions of people to make commitments and take action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.The campaign is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).The initiative is being backed by celebrities from across the globe, including UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors. These include Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, who is fighting for sea turtles; four-time African Footballer of the Year Yaya Touré (Manchester City, Côte d’Ivoire), who is backing elephants; and actor Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost), who is rooting for pangolins.They are being joined by major celebrities from China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon and Viet Nam battling to conserve species such as orangutans, tigers, rhinos and helmeted hornbills, and calling for citizen support to end the demand that is driving the illegal trade, the agencies said.“It saddens me that in the 21st century, with all our knowledge and power, we are still hearing stories of wildlife facing the possibility of extinction at the hands of man,” said Ms. Bündchen.“Knowledge is power and now is the time to set our minds to ending all illegal wildlife trade before the choice is no longer in our hands. Today, I am giving my name to change the game for sea turtles,” she added.Between 2010 and 2012, 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in Africa. Three rhinos are killed every day, and the western black rhino has already become extinct. Pangolins – scaly anteaters – are the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. Great apes are already locally extinct in several African nations, the agencies stressed.The campaign asks participants to find their kindred species and use their own spheres of influence to end the illegal trade, however it touches or impacts them.Profits from the illegal wildlife trade sometimes go into the pockets of international criminal networks, threatening peace and security, and damaging the livelihoods of local communities who depend on tourism.Stopping this trade is also crucial to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as it threatens countries’ biodiversity and people’s livelihoods, and disturbs peace. (SDG 15) in particular calls for the protection of wild fauna and flora, as well as the ecosystems that they depend on – including targets on combatting and addressing the supply and demand of illegal wildlife products, the agencies said.Politicians, celebrities and business leaders will be making pledges during UNEA-2 and in the run-up to World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June and whose theme this year is “Go Wild For Life” to tie in with the campaign. Angola, the global host of this year’s Day, will be making significant pledges to tackle the illegal ivory trade at the event.John Kay, the lead singer of Steppenwolf, a Canadian-American rock group, donated the use of the group’s iconic 1968 hit song Born to Be Wild to the campaign.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Tsuu T’ina Nation says a First Nations water bill proposed by the Harper government would leave its people parched in the midst of a major water shortage crunch.Alberta has been termed as a “bellweather” region in the global crisis over water scarcity and the Tsuu T’ina Nation reserve, which borders the southwest city limits of Calgary, finds itself fighting with the industrial, agricultural sectors along with neighbouring municipalities over an increasingly dwindling resource.During a presentation before the Aboriginal affairs committee Tuesday, a Tsuu T’ina Nation band councillor said the Harper government’s proposed bill S-8, an Act respecting the safety of drinking water on First Nations land, would sever Ottawa’s treaty responsibility to the First Nation and put it at the mercy of Alberta’s water regime that doesn’t recognize its rights over water.“The issue here is what if there is a conflict between the drinking water needs of a First Nation and a water allocation for irrigation or industrial purposes,” said Coun. Regena Crowchild. “The proposed act makes it very clear that water allocations by the provinces will be paramount over the drinking water needs of First Nations.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, who appeared before Crowchild, told the committee the bill is necessary to improve the water situation for First Nations across the country by creating water-related regulations on-reserve.“Until regulations are in place, we know that achieving long-term sustainable progress will be challenging,” said Valcourt. “Modern equipment and good intentions are great, but they need regulations to support them. That is why all municipalities and communities off reserve across Canada have regulations in place.Valcourt said Ottawa is not trying to give any province jurisdiction over First Nations territory, but is simply creating a framework that would allow for regulations comparable to what exists off reserve.According to Crowchild, however, First Nations don’t need Ottawa’s help on this front and Tsuu T’ina is already developing its own water regulations.“All indications are that the proposed Act will simply adopt provincial laws and regulations regarding safe drinking water and waste water systems,” said Crowchild. “But the reality is that a large amount of water pollution on reserve lands is caused by weak provincial water standards…or by lack of enforcement of the law and regulations by the province.”The Tsuu T’ina, which signed Treaty 7 in 1877, chose the location of its 69,000 acre reserve between two rivers, the Bow and the Elbow, in hopes of securing water sources in perpetuity.“All of these sources of water have been largely polluted by industrial, agricultural and residential development,” said Crowchild, during her presentation to the committee which is studying the bill. “That is why we are very concerned about water pollution and safe drinking water.”For over a century, Alberta has relied on a water allocation regime based on water licenses which relies on a “first in time, first in right” principle, which essentially gives priority to those who have held licenses the longest.The Tsuu T’ina took Alberta to court over the issue. The matter is before the Alberta Court of Appeals. As it stands, however, the nation holds no water licenses, but maintains Treaty 7 is the only license the nation needs.The Tsuu T’ina Nation currently purchases its water from Calgary, brings in trucked water and also relies partially on underground water sources that are heavy with iron content.Drained by agricultural and oil and gas demands, Alberta’s rivers have faced 20 to 80 per cent declines in water levels over the past 100 years. Tsuu T’ina Coun. Gilbert Crowchild said southern Alberta would be bone dry within 50 years.Crowchild said Ottawa has a treaty responsibility to the Tsuu T’ina to help offset the expected spike in costs for keeping the taps flowing on the reserve.Under the proposed legislation, Crowchild said Ottawa is “washing its hands” of its responsibility.“Why is it we have to buy something we have never paid for in our life?” said Gilbert read more

first_imgEvents are free except for the Paint Night to cover fees for the supplies.“This is a celebration and everybody is welcome to attend and enjoy themselves,” said Trudeau TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C.- Is home to the week-long celebration of winter, there are planned daily events that offer something for everybody to do.The Winter Carnival is an initiative by Council that was created after the 2010 Olympics, since that time this event is greatly appreciated and welcomed by the community. With Tumbler Ridge being a Northern community and surrounded by recreation, Council wanted to continue the event every year shared Roxanne Trudeau, Coordinator of Programming District of Tumbler Ridge.The week-long event starts on January 21st, 2019 and runs through until January 26th, 2019, by involving local non-profit groups and other groups from the community to help run the events. last_img read more

Bert Koenders, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), issued a statement in Abidjan in which he said “that all the conditions necessary for the holding of open, free, fair, just and transparent elections were met” in 193 of the 204 parliamentary constituencies where polls were held.The results of the other 11 constituencies were annulled by the Constitutional Council after complaints were lodged over irregularities, and by-elections will be held for those seats.Mr. Koenders, who is tasked by the Security Council with the responsibility for certification, said the elections met five key criteria: the electoral process was largely peaceful; it was inclusive for both voters and candidates; State media, after a “timid” start, were impartial and gave equal access to all candidates and political parties; authorities confirmed the electoral list of voters that was widely agreed upon; and the results were “generally free, fair and transparent.”Mr. Koenders added that important institutions such as the Independent Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Council improved their functioning as well.“I welcome the fact that, after last year’s crisis, the Ivorian people, in their majority, were able to exercise their right to vote in calm and in a peaceful environment.”Months of deadly fighting ensued when the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after losing a run-off election to Alassane Ouattara in late 2010. Mr. Gbagbo was eventually captured last year and is now facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).In his statement Mr. Koenders said that nevertheless “much remains to be done,” adding that it was vital for political parties and candidates to behave responsibly during by-elections slated for 26 February and for the media to make extra efforts to avoid “any potential sources of dispute” from being fanned.“In the next few days I shall contact the governmental authorities as well as the institutions concerned so as to draw the appropriate lessons from the just-ended exercise in order to better manage the upcoming by-elections.”Today, UNOCI said it had completed the transport of equipment such as voting booths and ballot boxes to those constituencies where the by-elections will be held later this month.Cote 17 February 2012The senior United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire announced today the partial certification of legislative elections, saying the polls “constitute an important step in the entrenchment of democracy” in the West African country. read more

Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa and the former United Nations Force Commander in Rwanda are among the seven diverse experts appointed today by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to provide support to his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and to contribute to the broader efforts of the UN to prevent such massive crimes against humanity.The Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention, composed of senior personalities with backgrounds ranging from conflict prevention to human rights, peacekeeping, diplomacy and mediation, will be chaired by David Hamburg, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and meet at least twice during this year, with its first meeting scheduled for 19-20 June.Mr. Annan named Juan Méndez the first Special Adviser on genocide prevention in July 2004, with a mandate to collect existing information on massive and serious violations of human rights that could lead to genocide and to bring potential genocidal situations to the attention of the UN Security Council.Among his activities, Mr. Méndez has made repeated visits to Darfur, resulting in varied recommendations to the Secretary-General and to the Security Council about what needs to be done in the strife-torn region.On the 12-year commemoration of the Rwanda genocide, Mr. Mendez wrote an Op-Ed published by several European and Asian newspapers in which he stressed that despite international obligations – such as the 1948 Genocide Convention – the global response against genocide continues to fall short of what is required.“We cannot claim to have learned the lessons of the 1994 Rwandan genocide if our action in the face of genocidal violence remains half-hearted. Action is particularly needed in Darfur, where the threat of genocide continues to loom large,” he wrote.Other members of the Advisory Committee include: Monica Anderson, of the Department for International, Human Rights and Treaty Law of Sweden’s Foreign MinisteryZackari Ibrahim, former Foreign Minister of NigeriaRomeo Dallaire of Canada, former UN Force Commander in RwandaGareth Evans, President of the International Crisis Group and former Foreign Minister of AustraliaRoberto Garreton of Chile, former representative for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Latin America and Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic Republic of CongoSadako Ogata of Japan, former High Commissioner of Refugees, currently co-chair of the Commission on Human Security. read more

Two deaths, Canadian probe cause huge Toyota SUV recall DETROIT – An investigation by Canadian safety regulators into a crash that killed two people touched off a global recall of nearly 2.9 million Toyota SUVs, according to U.S. government documents posted on Thursday.Last week Toyota announced the huge recall because the rear seat belts can be cut in a severe crash. If that happens, the belts won’t restrain passengers.Canadian investigators found the problem in crash tests done after two rear-seat passengers died in a May, 2011, collision in Eastern Canada between a Toyota RAV4 and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The front-seat occupants survived.The unusual crash drew interest from Canadian regulators, who did crash tests in October and found that the belts could come in contact with a metal seat cushion frame in a severe crash. Transport Canada, the Canadian auto safety regulator, presented its findings to Toyota, which did its own investigation and confirmed the problem, according to a Transport Canada statement.“As a result of the department’s investigation into this safety issue, lives will be saved in Canada and around the world,” Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said in a statement. The Canadian government said that Toyota Canada co-operated in the probe and was not aware of the safety issue until Transport Canada’s investigation.Included in the recall are 1.25 million RAV4s in the U.S. and Canada from the 2006 through 2012 model years and the RAV4 electric vehicle from 2012 through 2014. Also included is the Vanguard sold in Japan from 2005 to 2016, the Japanese automaker said last week. Vehicles in Europe and China also are affected.Toyota says dealers will add plastic covers to the frame at no cost to customers. by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2016 8:18 am MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

by The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2016 10:10 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, women pass an Aeropostale clothing store in New York’s Times Square. Aeropostale, once the vibrant epicenter of the U.S. mall scene, announced Wednesday, May 4, 2016, it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Aeropostale to close 41 stores and exit Canada, deep discounts begin May 9 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Clothing retailer Aeropostale is shuttering all its stores in Canada, as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.The New York-based company said Wednesday that it is closing all 41 locations across Canada and 113 locations in the U.S. The closures represent 20 per cent of the retailer’s presence in North America. It will continue to operate 626 stores in the U.S.Going-out-of-business sales will begin on May 9 at the Canadian locations, while sales at the U.S. stores will kick off this weekend. The company did not provide any details on how deep the discounts will be, or when the Canadian stores will ultimately close. It would not say how many jobs will be affected by its exit.Retail consultant Maureen Atkinson said Aeropostale had faced stiff competition in Canada, vying for the same customers as other apparel retailers like H&M, Forever 21 and Old Navy.“They’ve always been at the low end of the price segment,” said Atkinson, who is with J.C. Williams Group.“They really weren’t great stores and they weren’t really compelling. They didn’t have a personality.”Aeropostale, which targeted the teen fashionista, has suffered along with their competitors, under a vastly altered consumer landscape that took root during the recession.“Fast fashion” outfits, with more inexpensive clothes, have emerged in recent years to take a growing market share from Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle Outfitters, stores that not so long ago dominated the retail sector.Several long standing retailers have announced they’re closing down or reducing their footprint in Canada in the past few years, including Le Chateau, Danier Leather, Mexx, Smart Set and Jacob.Aeropostale expects to emerge from bankruptcy protection within six months as a smaller company after renegotiating contracts and resolving an ongoing dispute with the investment firm Sycamore Partners, a major shareholder that pushed through changes in company leadership.In the filing, CEO Julian Geiger lashed out at Sycamore, which he accused of hampering the company’s turnaround plans.“The ripple effects of an ongoing dispute with our second-largest supplier put substantial strain on our liquidity while also preventing us from realizing the full benefits of our turnaround plans,” he said in a company release. “As a result, we have chosen to take more decisive and aggressive action to create a leaner, more efficient business that is well-positioned to compete and succeed in today’s retail environment.”Once worth almost $2.6 billion, Aeropostale’s market capitalization has fallen to about $2 million.The company’s shares traded for more than $30 six years ago, when annual sales exceeded $2 billion. Two weeks ago, it was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange with shares having failed to break the $1 barrier since last year. Shares on Wednesday were trading over the counter for less than 3 cents.The company early this year said that it would cut expenses by $35 million to $40 million annually and trimmed its corporate staff by 13 per cent, about 100 jobs.Aeropostale has secured a commitment for $160 million in debtor-in-possession financing from Crystal Financial LLC, which will allow it to continue operations. It also filed a series of motions that would allow it to pay employees, as well as honour customer gift cards and pay suppliers, if approved by the court.— With files from The Canadian Press read more

“[These] are practical steps that would promote prudent use of antimicrobials in the region,” explained Ms. Kadiresan. To tackle these problems, WHO, FAO and OIE are leveraging their expertise and working together in a ‘One Health’ approach to promote best practices to reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes in both humans and animals. “The overuse of antimicrobials blunts their effectiveness, and we must reduce their misuse in food systems,” said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO. “Antimicrobial veterinary medicines are a crucial tool for animal health and welfare and safe food production, but they are by no means the only tool.” “Like in human health, veterinary medicine has tremendously progressed thanks to antibiotics. Preserving their efficacy and availability through their responsible use associated with good husbandry and prevention practices, is therefore essential to preserve animal health and welfare,” highlighted Dr. Monique Eloit, Director-General of OIE. Preventing antibiotic resistance As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on Monday, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.“Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we cannot ignore,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “If we don’t tackle this threat with strong, coordinated action, antimicrobial resistance will take us back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery.” Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. Infections affecting people – including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea – and animals alike are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective. “FAO advocates for the implementation of good practices in terrestrial and aquatic production and health systems,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, the UN agency’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, as she formally opened the Week’s celebrations in the region. This year’s theme is to seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. For food and agriculture, this means that one of the best ways to tackle AMR is to diminish the need of antimicrobials at farm settings through the promotion of good practices in livestock production, aquaculture farming and crop production. read more

In their plan to make “Dream Team”, who will lead European handball in next few years, after Andrea Lekić, Hungarian Gyor wants to be stronger on all of the positions. That is why they made a deal with one of the best right wings in this moment at the EHF Champions League, Jovanka Radičević (25).  Starter in Montenegrin national team has a huge experience of playing at the TOP international level. She became part of Budućnost squad in 2004 and last seven years played for the team with highest ambition.Radičević also play for Montenegro NT, which won sixth place at the EHF EURO 2010, their first competition as an independent country.Sounds interesting, Budućnost and Gyor will probably meet in the semifinal of this EHF CL edition… ← Previous Story Germans interested in Petar Djordjić? Next Story → Anna Loerper signs two years deal with Team Tvis Holstebro Jovanka Radičević read more

first_imgIT’S THAT TIME of year again.While it’s pretty much universally agreed that January can be the grimmest month (credit card bills waft in your letterbox, rain reigns, no one’s any craic, your nose is running, etcetera, etcetera), it’s also the time that people start thinking about booking their holidays.It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. A little something to look forward to during the daily grind. HOLIDAY! CELEBRATE!1. “I really shouldn’t”You haven’t even got the Christmas excesses paid off yet. It’s not time to be thinking about the summer holidays. “Cop on to yourselves,” you mutter as you pass a billboard advertising Gran Canaria. Source: Shutterstock2. “Ah, sure, I’m only looking”Ah, what harm in there in looking, though? Just a little look. No one has to know. Idle curiosity, is all it is. Just a little, tiny, squinchy look at what’s out there. Source: LastMinute.com3. “Well… Maybe I could afford that”Idle curiosity has turned to definite daydreaming. You’ve checked what weeks might work, if the hotel is available, if your partner has enough leave. You’re browsing with intent, pal. Source: Flickr/Jason Kuffer4. “I could afford that! (If I didn’t eat lunch for three months)”OK, so if I bring a packed lunch to work every day, cycle instead of the bus, and sell two of the more annoying kids, I can definitely afford this. Source: Tax Credits5. “This is too goddamn hard”If you’re booking a holiday with friends, the organisation part can be pure hell. If you’re in charge of booking it, it can feel like herding a gang full of dead-eyed cows into a field with a fence that won’t quite shut. If you’re part of that herd, then you’re probably raging with how bossy the organising friend is being. IT’S LOSE/LOSE.You’re ready to call the whole thing off and go to the Aran Islands by yourself instead.Persevere. It’s all in the name of good times.6. “Feck it, I deserve it, don’t I?”All the daydreaming has solidified in your head. The organisation and stress is over. You have to go on this holiday. Throwing caution to the wind, you book it!YOU’VE BOOKED IT! Source: Tumblr7. “I’m so excited!”Pure joy stage. The email lands in your inbox, confirming your booking. It’s the most beautiful email you’ve ever read. You’re consumed with sweet, sweet happiness. Source: ShutterstockBe careful, though. Not everyone can join in with your happiness. Beware the fact that to a lot of people, your excitement about your impending holiday might actually come off a bit like gloating. No one wants to veer into Rebecca Black levels of excitement. Rein it in, buddy.8. “ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS THIS HOLIDAY”Farewell to getting any work done. This is the stage during which you talk about nothing but your holiday. No one enjoys this stage but you. But don’t let that stop you, you’re going on HOLIDAY, who cares about the little people you leave behind. Source: Flickr/@Doug888888Are you booking your holibobs soon? Make us jealous in the comments. Read: How to completely wreck your summer holidays>Read: How to tell if you are an Irish person on holiday>last_img read more

first_imgRESEARCHERS AT NUI Galway have been working to develop a Vitamin A-rich crop to help combat malnutrition in Africa and they have found a way to do it.In conjunction with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the NUI Galway Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) has been researching the development of more nutritious and higher yielding crops for smallholder farmers in Africa since 2009.Vitamin A deficiency in the diets of the poor is currently a global health problem affecting millions of people in Africa and other regions of the world. This deficiency retards growth, increases risk of disease, and can cause reproductive disorders.Researchers have been working to develop and disseminate new varieties of staple crops like maize, sweet potato and beans, that contain higher levels of essential micro nutrients.Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency, with over half of these children dying within a year of becoming blind. In Malawi alone, 73 per cent of children currently do not have enough Vitamin A in their diets.The high prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency amongst mothers and children (particularly during the first 1000 days of life) perpetuates cycles of poverty.Developing orange high vitA maize: IITA maize lines with differing levels of provitamin A (NUI Galway).Working within IITA’s maize breeding program, Girum Azmach, a PhD student and maize breeder, has identified combinations of naturally-occurring genes in maize lines that result in major increases of the level of Vitamin A in the types of maize varieties that are grown by farmers and consumed by poorer households in Sub-Saharan Africa.This means that breeding programs in Africa can grow crops that will reduce the levels of Vitamin A deficiency amongst the poor in Sub Saharan Africa.IITA, in collaboration with national partners in Nigeria, has released the first generation of two pro-vitamin A rich hybrids and two open-pollinated varieties. An open-pollinated variety with intermediate level of pro-vitamin A was also released in Ghana in 2012. Seeds of the released pro-vitamin A rich open-pollinated maize varieties have been sent to Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone for testing, multiplication and deployment.This research was published today in international scientific journal BMC Plant Biology.Read: Irish charity tackling African hunger – with potatoes>Read: Threat of ‘deadly outbreak of disease’ in camps for children fleeing CAR violence>last_img read more

first_imgA US DOCTOR accused of killing four babies born alive at his abortion clinic has been found guilty of three counts of murder.Kermit Gosnell was also found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of a patient who died at the clinic in 2009. He was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.The 72-year-old had been accused of carrying out illegal abortion procedures at the unsanitary Phildelphia clinic on pregnant women who were far beyond the US state’s 24-week limit.Gosnell faced more than 250 counts in total, including four counts of first-degree murder against the babies allegedly born alive and then killed by Gosnell and his staff. The 72-year-old had been accused of snipping the spinal cord of babies born alive after abortions.He also faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter over the death of a patient in 2009 who was allegedly given too much of a painkiller by the untrained staff in the clinic.Gosnell also faced 227 counts of not adhering to the 24-hour waiting period before a woman is permitted to have an abortion at a clinic in the US state.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Gosnell did not testify during his trial and did not present a single witness.Earlier today the jury had said it was hung on two of the charges but it was not clear what the charges in question were.Gosnell operated the Women’s Medical Society clinic in Philadelphia from 1979 until 2010 when it was closed after a raid by federal officials who were investigating whether illegal prescription drug activities were taking place at the clinic. Instead, according to information given to a grand jury, the agents found six heavily pregnant women waiting for Gosnell to perform abortions in the filthy clinic, the remains of aborted foetuses, dirty medical instruments and bloodstained furniture.The jury is due to reconvene on 21 May to hear evidence on whether Gosnell should get the death penalty.The Women’s Medical Society, the facility run by Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)- Additional reporting by Associated PressPreviously: US doctor charged with killing seven babies > Read: Obama won’t take position on Kermit Gosnell trial while it’s ongoing >last_img read more

first_imgX-ray report left in Penneys, patient’s mental health data faxed to a bank – 113 HSE data breach calamities revealed The HSE says that it takes its responsibility under data protection legislation “very seriously”. By Darragh McDonagh Monday 20 Feb 2017, 7:18 AM Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieAN X-RAY REPORT found in Penneys, a cancer patient’s chart left on the roof of a car before driving away, and a child’s mental-health records accidentally faxed to Bank of Ireland.These were among 113 calamitous data-protection breaches involving sensitive personal information held by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in 2015, according to internal documents.In April, a patient’s x-ray report with a sticker from another patient was discovered by staff in Penneys, Mullingar. The clothing store posted the report to one of the patients, who contacted the Citizens Information Centre for advice.They subsequently sent the records back to Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, and an investigation was instigated to establish how the x-ray report came to be found in the fashion-chain outlet.Following the investigation, the relevant staff were ‘reminded of their responsibilities under data protection legislation’, a HSE spokesperson said.Later that month, an incident report containing an allegation of abuse concerning an adult with an intellectual disability was “inadvertently posted” to a financial services company in Dublin, according to the HSE documents.A spokesperson said that the incident was reported to the Data Protection Commissioner and a meeting was held with the affected client. Staff were again reminded of their responsibilities.Chart on car roofIn June, a healthcare assistant from St Luke’s Hospital was accompanying a patient on a transfer to another hospital when he left their chart on the roof of the car before setting off.He realised the mistake only when he arrived at their destination. The chart was later retrieved from a member of the public who had picked it up.The HSE responded by notifying the patient of the incident and reported the matter to the Data Commissioner. The staff member was reminded of their responsibilities under data-protection legislation.In August, a HSE employee attempted to send a fax to Temple Street Hospital containing sensitive information relating to a minor in the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at Dara Linn Cherry Orchard Hospital.They entered the wrong number, however, and the details were instead faxed to Bank of Ireland.In a similar case in October, a staff member at Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore tried to call a palliative care nurse and left a voicemail that included sensitive clinical information about a patient.They subsequently received a call back from a third party, asking why they had been left this information – it had been the wrong number.Data protection within the health service has become the subject of focus following the recent revelation that an ‘administrative error’ had resulted in false allegations of child abuse being kept on file in respect of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.In March 2015, a diary containing sensitive information about clients was misplaced by a community services worker in Sligo but was later found on the roof of her car. However, a sealed envelope containing an assessment report that had been placed in the diary was not recovered.In April, a nursing report book from Dublin North Mental Health Services was found by a gardener on the grounds of a hospital. Similarly, last November, nine doctor’s letters were found scattered on the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.Healthcare records relating to 102 children were lost from the Public Health Nursing section of Cherry Orchard Hospital last year, which required all affected individuals to be re-screened.A spokesperson for the HSE said that it takes its responsibility under data protection legislation very seriously. She added that the outcomes in certain individual breaches reported were not found to constitute a data-protection breach following investigation.Read: Ming Flanagan: ‘Our Minister for Health is like the God of the Old Testament – mean’Read: Gardaí launch ‘Operation Enable’ to catch drivers using fake disabled parking permits 27 Comments Feb 20th 2017, 7:18 AM Share539 Tweet Email2 29,043 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img File photo Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe 1.25pm and 3.35pm trains from Heuston Station in Dublin to Galway are operating with delays of up to 120 minutes.Earlier, Irish Rail said it was experiencing a 30-minute delay on the line but the timeline has since been extended. 15 Comments 13,535 Views Mar 9th 2017, 4:52 PM Short URL Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 4:52 PM IARNRÓD ÉIREANN HAS said there are “significant delays” on the Galway train line due to a signal fault. By Órla Ryan Share2 Tweet Email Significant delays to Galway line services due to a signal fault. Staff are on site & working in rectify this asap. Update to follow— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 9, 2017 Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter Two-hour delay on Dublin to Galway train line Irish Rail said staff are on site and working to rectify the issue as soon as possible. The company said staff are on site and working to rectify the issue as soon as possible.Read: ‘The rescue effort was enormous’: Irishman rescued after yacht capsized off Australian coast Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgAll 5 children reported missing from Linda Vista special-needs home located Updated: 11:18 AM Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settingscenter_img Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom February 6, 2018 Posted: February 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 9:00 p.m. — All five children reported missing from the Linda Vista group home were located, according to the San Diego Police Department.4:50 p.m. — Two of the five children reported missing Tuesday afternoon were found several miles away from the group home.The youngsters — two boys and three girls, ages 10 to 12 — were reported missing from the San Diego Center for Children in the 3000 block of Armstrong Street shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.Officers searched neighborhoods and open areas around the facility — which serves children with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges — by ground, aided by service dogs, and aboard a patrol helicopter.About 3:45 p.m., police located a pair of the youngsters in Old Town, several miles to the south of the group home, Officer John Buttle said. They were believed to be unharmed.It was unclear how the two children had gotten to the spot where they were found, Buttle said.The search for the other three youngsters was ongoing as of late afternoon.3:37 p.m. — Five children receiving treatment at a Linda Vista group home for special-needs youths disappeared from the facility Tuesday morning, prompting an intensive search by law enforcement personnel that was still underway as of mid-afternoon.The youngsters, boys and girls ages 10 to 12, were reported missing from the San Diego Center for Children in the 3000 block of Armstrong Street shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.Officers were searching neighborhoods and open areas around the facility — which serves children with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges — by ground, aided by service dogs, and aboard a patrol helicopter, Officer Joshua Hodge said. last_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) I am a trans man who had children after transitioning and after coming out as bi+,There was no singular moment when I came out to my kids as bi+. It is an ongoing discussion about identity. It is never too early or late in the scheme of things.My kids have grown up learning about the LGBTQ community.Being open with my children has allowed conversations to be had and pop up questions to be answered truthfully and privately if needed.They have family who are trans, bi+, flaming queens and gender benders! They have grown up learning about and embedded in the LGBTQ community.All kids react differently to these conversations.My older daughter went to a school named after a gay icon and enjoys learning through ongoing conversations.My young son goes to an affirming school but hasn’t had the same drive to ask questions.Just this morning he asked me about my ‘Mighty Trans’ t-shirt. I had to discuss what trans meant again in ways that a seven-year-old would understand.It was a quick conversation where we talked about why I was wearing the t-shirt and when over he went back to eating breakfast.‘Lead with love’For those who have never broached the subject before or have older children, you might have a lot to say to them. Jotting all your ideas on paper before starting the conversations might work to gather your thoughts.Lead with love and children will respond similarly.It might takes some digesting for older kids. They are figuring out where they fit into all of this.Especially when transitions come with coming out.Divorce and break-ups can happen, and coming out can signal considerable changes in your children’s lives.Stereotypes of trans or bi+ folks might be in the forefront of their thoughts. They may have questions that make you uncomfortable, but break down the stereotypes! Let them know you are the same person who will love them forever.Give them options of supportive adults they can talk things out with.My children had their aunts Emily and Lindasusan, who are also bi+.They are a great sounding board for our daughter who is terminally embarrassed by my trans and bi+ work in the community, and her mother’s queer activism.This is an important space where she can complain about us and feel heard.‘Queerspawn’It is really important to listen to your children’s concerns!When they don’t want to come out to others in their school and friend groups, they may have to work up their own courage to come out for you in those spaces.Remember, they are going through this with you and will have to come out as your child.As we all know, queer parents do not equal queer kids.When we come out to our children, they may not come out to us later on. But, if we can model a respectful exchange, it will help them no matter what their identity later in life. Identities shift over time, your children may experience that shift as they grow. Be open to the questions and honest with the answers.Keep it short, sweet and simple. Our family is ready to accept our children no matter what their gender or sexuality is in the future. We need that acceptance from them when we dialogue, and we need to give it to them when they need it most.Another is to start making friends with people similar situations!The biggest part of this new equation is to have them spend time with other queerspawn (an affectionate term for the kids of LGBTQ folks).‘Show them they aren’t alone’Some of our kids greatest friends are in their same situation.They may have dads, or moms or a family like ours with a mixed gender bi+ or queer couple, or one or more trans parents.When you give them the option of having friends in similar situations, it shows them that they aren’t alone.One way to do that is to go to groups like COLAGE, or Our Family Coalition like we have in the Bay Area.Trans, bi+, lesbian or gay parents with kids are everywhere. I am sure that you can probably find one or two families to have dinner with and let your kids hang out.We also belong to a faith community that is predominantly LGBTQ and has a specifically queer history from its founding and forward.Children are mentored through their B’nei Mitzvah process by older adults, many of whom are queer in some way.It brings meaning to all of our lives to have this connection to the history of our synagogue, and our children get to see people being people.Living their lives embedded in a religious community and being true to themselves. There isn’t a book out there with all the explanations yet, especially for bi+ parents.But, hopefully, we can use these tips to come out to our children in meaningful ways that bring us closer as families. Martin Rawlings-Fein is a bi+ Jewish trans man, parent, and educator running for the San Francisco School Board in November 2018.Read the Bi+ ManifestoThe Bi+ Manifesto GAYSTARNEWS- Teacher suspended for educating students about LGBT peopleDon’t mess with this mom who’s leading the way on trans rightsTrans parents: ‘Don’t allow being transgender to scare you from creating a family’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The only thing that matters when coming out to your kids is that the you’re comfortable. Children pick up on that.My children have two parents, both bi+ and one trans.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard The future is looking bright for Travelscene American Express member agents but more work with preferred partners is needed moving forward, according to TSAX management at the launch of the annual Owners-Managers conference in Buenos Aires today. General Manager Jacqui Timmins, sent a clear, direct message to member agents to use preferred partner suppliers or business will stall and halter impending growth for the whole group. “For us to remain competitive and to grow our collective businesses, we need to increase our brand presence in the public domain and we also need to increase our support of our preferred suppliers,” she said. “As a collective group there are further opportunities to grow the amount of preferred product we sell in our network. This is critical for us to grow our footprint in the market and to further strengthen work with our suppliers” “We chose the theme It Takes Two, engaging with our partners and taking full advantage of our business network. It can’t be done alone, it takes two.”Reviewing marketing efforts made by head office in the past year, Ms Timmins said the implementation of individual member Call to Actions in advertising and launching the (Local Area Marketing kit (LAMkit) has been two initiatives proven highly successful with agents. A new Member Benefits Kit will be presented to agents in coming weeks, which include Preferred Partner Relationships for airlines, wholesalers, GDS and Car Rental agreements, with a key goal to increase support of their chosen suppliers.“It is vital that you as Owners and Managers understand and support your preferred suppliers. Every booking, every dollar you give a non preferred supplier has a direct impact on you … the ability for you to grow your product knowledge through training and educationals and to attend conferences such as this one” “The ability for suppliers to provide marketing dollars as well as competitive and exclusive deals such as the recent exclusive early bird advertising. This can all be impacted if you support others that are not part of our range of preferred suppliers,” she said. Ms Timmins said the past 12 months has also been showered with various challenges ranging from Volcanic ash to riots in Bangkok, but the most significant message was the need for travel agents to assist customers during difficult times. “There is a significant difference in the treatment clients received when they booked through a travel agent compared to those who booked online. Online customers didn’t have the great support and advice of an experienced travel consultant,” she said. Following these issues, Travelscene are set to launch a new Client Advocacy campaign focussing on trust and value beating the competition. “Whether this be sourcing the right travel deal, providing Travel Essentials products, maximising spend via programs such as Membership Rewards, or providing assistance and advice if things don’t go according to plan. The knowledge and expertise in our network means that we can provide clients with value and choice.“The campaign will highlight the trust that clients have in their Travelscene American Express agency to be on their side and deliver tailor made travel experiences created for them.”last_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2014-01-06 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing January 6, 2014 392 Views Sharecenter_img New,Genworth Names New Chief Risk Officer In Virginia, “”Genworth Financial, Inc.””:, announced the hiring of Lori M. Evangel as EVP and chief risk officer.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Evangel joins Genworth from Aflac, where she served as managing director and chief risk officer for Global Developments, positions that saw her working to develop the company’s investment division risk management function. Prior to that, she was SVP and enterprise risk officer for MetLife.””Managing risk is one of our core capabilities as an insurer, to enable us to meet our policyholder obligations while building value for our shareholders,”” said Genworth president and CEO Tom McInerney. “”Lori’s extensive experience with creating, implementing, and leading global risk management systems will be integral to our broader, more comprehensive view of risk management across the enterprise to support the continued progress of Genworth.””Michel Perreault, the company’s former chief risk officer, will remain on as chief risk officer of the US Life Insurance Division, Genworth announced.last_img read more

first_imgThe Greek Turkish Forum (GTF) began its work in 1998, two years after the incident in the Aegean that brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of a war. With regular contacts even during the most challenging times and with concrete ideas and proposals, the GTF has contributed to a gradual rapprochement between the two countries. In recognition of the importance of the Cyprus issue two Cyprus chapters were set up and remained active.The Cyprus chapter of the Greek Turkish Forum, welcomes the 30th of April 2018 announcement of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci who declared his willingness to accept the ‘Guterres framework’ as a comprehensive strategic package for the resumption and conclusion of comprehensive settlement negotiations.  We strongly encourage Mr. Anastasiades to confirm that the Guterres package is a viable basis for negotiations.We must not lose sight of the fact that a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus remains the single path to social and economic prosperity of the communities on the island, as well as wider regional peace.  The alternatives are unfathomable and fraught with uncertainties.To this end, the Greek Turkish Forum also welcomes the decision of both leaders to implement the opening of new checkpoint in Derynia and Apliki/Aplik in the coming weeks and months The successful completion of comprehensive negotiations and a sustainable peace require mutual trust, mutual respect, and the spirit of cooperation.You May LikeWealthIntroBoy Adopts 1000 Shelter Dogs, Story Goes ViralWealthIntroUndoVerizonWireless.comVerizon Wireless, Smartphone Deals & Plans | First to 5GVerizonWireless.comUndoHousediver15+ Awesome Foods That Naturally Clear ArteriesHousediverUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more