first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A motor vehicle accident has closed at least one northbound lane of the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John this afternoon.The crash happened shortly before 1:30 P.M. in the middle of the intersection and appears to have involved two vehicles: a newer model Ford pickup truck, and an older model Ford minivan. Police and fire crews are currently on the scene along with several tow trucks, and have at least one lane of the Alaska Highway closed, along with 108th St. northbound north of the intersection. No word of any injuries, or when the roads will reopen. Photo credit: Chris Newton Photo credit: Chris Newton Photo credit: Chris Newton Photo credit: Chris Newton – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgTHEY’VE become the lifeblood of many GAA clubs and the weekly lotto draw throws up a jackpot winner every now and then.This week’s celebrations are at St Eunan’s.Jack McLaughlin is pictured receiving his cheque after scooping the St. Eunan’s GAA Club Lotto. Jack matched all 4 numbers and won €3,650. He is pictured receiving his cheque from the seller of the winning ticket, Adrian Shiels. Also included are Paul Carr (Chairman), Charlie McAteer (Secretary) and Elaina Gallagher (Treasurer). GAA NEWS: JACK CELEBRATES LOTTO WIN was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lotto winnerSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more


first_imgRecently the FD Early Intervention team was able to sit down with Carol M. Trivette, PhD., an associate professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.   In this short video she shares her thoughts on how early interventionists can best support military families facing deployment.Carol says, “Deployment can be a time of stress for families and when there is a child with a disability, it can be even more stressful. However you can reduce some of this stress by helping a parent identify successful strategies that were used in the past and new strategies the parent might want to try during the upcoming deployment. Taking the time to really listen to what a parent wants to share about previous deployment experiences including who helped, how daily routines and activities were accomplished as well as what challenges they encountered is an key first step in supporting families through this experience.”Carol M. Trivette, PhD earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations. She provided direct supports to children with disabilities and their families in home-base programs and in classrooms and was the director of an early intervention program. During most of her career, she has also been involved in applied research. Her research interests focus on identifying evidence-based practices for working with children and families in the areas of responsive parental interactions with their children with disabilities, children’s early language and literacy development, family-centered practices and family support, and the development of tools and scales to support the implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity. She is currently an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, where she works mainly with doctoral students focused on enhancing their research skills.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: A group of activists under the banner of recently formed Indians for Actualization of Democracy (IAD) on Wednesday released a fact-finding report on the March 25 communal violence at Vadavali in Patan district of north Gujarat, following a visit to the area.Vinod Chand, the president of IAD, called the incident as a “dacoity” rather than “riots,” and said the incident sparked off after a tiff between two schoolboys, one Hindu and the other Muslim, when the latter reprimanded the former for throwing stones at a beehive.last_img read more


first_imgAn Army jawan was reported missing from central Kashmir’s Budgam district Friday evening with police suspecting he could have been abducted by a terror group, officials said. The family of Mohammad Yaseen, posted with Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, informed police that some people came to their house at Qazipora Chadura and took him away. Yaseen had come home on a vacation. Efforts are on to locate his whereabouts.last_img


first_img The survey was designed to collect statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of child labour. National Project Coordinator, Regional Initiative, International Labour Organization (ILO), Resel Melville, has commended the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on completing the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016, which aims to bring an end to child labour in Jamaica.The survey was designed to collect statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of child labour.Conducted by STATIN with support from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the ILO, the survey was launched at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on April 25.Speaking at the launch, Ms. Melville said the survey sets a standard and is an example for other nations in the Caribbean and other regions to follow.“This report and these statistics are not only important at the local or national level, but they actually have a very significant impact at the regional level and at the hemispheric level in terms of our efforts and interventions to eliminate and prevent child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Ms. Melville said.She argued that the report has been launched at the right time, as there are upcoming initiatives where the data will be needed.“The timing of the release of this report dovetails perfectly with several other key initiatives that the ILO has been collaborating with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Jamaica and others partners in Jamaica on,” Ms. Melville said.“Jamaica is one of the countries accepted for the pilot application of the Child Labour Risk Identification Model, which has been developed by the Regional Initiative. This particular model will seek to use the country’s existing data to create maps to show the specific areas in the country and the levels of probability or levels of vulnerability to the risk factors for child labour,” she added.She said that with the survey, various organisations will be better able to target specific areas where children are in need, and define multisectoral actions that will be most effective in addressing, preventing and interrupting the trajectory of child labour.“At the regional level, Jamaica continues to be a leader in the Caribbean, an exemplar to the other eight countries which have signed on with us for this regional initiative,” Ms. Melville said.“The other CARICOM members who are currently considering joining the regional initiative are looking at the examples and the leadership of Jamaica, in terms of its activities and interventions,” she added.Ms. Melville said that in the next two weeks, there will be the third face-to-face meeting of the focal-point network for a regional initiative, which brings together the country representatives from all of the participating countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. At this meeting, the data from the survey will also be analysed.“This particular meeting is important, because it is not only going to provide us with a status report on the progress that the Regional Initiative has made in the past year or four years but it also maps an event for strategic planning for what we consider to be the second phase of the regional initiative,” she said.The Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016 is the first stand-alone survey of children’s activities conducted nationally.Objectives of the survey were to collect comprehensive information on children’s engagement in economic activities; improve information on working children, child labour and hazardous work at the national and regional levels; strengthen the capacity of the Government of Jamaica to conduct future data collection, research and analysis of child labour and to use information collected to monitor Sustainable Development Goal 8, Target 8.7.The survey found that approximately 53,274 children participated in economic activities and were working between five and 17 years of age (33,436 boys and 19,838 girls). The survey also found that 37,965 of the children engaged in child labour, which refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and interferes with their schooling. Speaking at the launch, Ms. Melville said the survey sets a standard and is an example for other nations in the Caribbean and other regions to follow. Story Highlights National Project Coordinator, Regional Initiative, International Labour Organization (ILO), Resel Melville, has commended the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on completing the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016, which aims to bring an end to child labour in Jamaica. last_img read more


first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says good customer service has to be a top priority, for the justice system to operate at the highest level of efficiency. Speaking at the recent launch of the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) for the Rural Circuit and Coroner’s Courts at the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort in St. Ann, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry has been investing a lot of resources into improving its customer service delivery, as “this is the most important part of the justice sector.” “Many of them are coming for the first time and it is important that our court staff treat them as if they are helping a pupil. We have to remember that many of them are ignorant of court processes, so we have to make it welcoming…we have to make it a pleasant experience,” he added. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says good customer service has to be a top priority, for the justice system to operate at the highest level of efficiency.Speaking at the recent launch of the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) for the Rural Circuit and Coroner’s Courts at the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort in St. Ann, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry has been investing a lot of resources into improving its customer service delivery, as “this is the most important part of the justice sector.”“When our citizens come to the courts to access justice…to get information…this is where customer service is very important,” the Minister emphasised.“Many of them are coming for the first time and it is important that our court staff treat them as if they are helping a pupil. We have to remember that many of them are ignorant of court processes, so we have to make it welcoming…we have to make it a pleasant experience,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck implored court workers to ensure that all files are documented so as to make for a speedier trial process.“This way we will know for sure as to how many files are there and which require immediate attention or closure. Not only will every case now has a number, but we will see how that case is progressing through the system,” he said.“I am looking forward to the day…maybe in a matter of months…certainly no more than two to three years…when our citizens go to court to access justice, and within a certain timeframe they can get a result…the file can be closed,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck said that while judges and court workers sometimes get a bad rap and are unfairly accused of tardiness, “the truth of the matter is that when you see the statistics, the judges and the courts are overburdened with work.”“The statistics will be able to demonstrate that more personnel, more equipment, more technology and more resources must be allocated to the justice sector,” he pointed out.Mr. Chuck said it is important that the resources that are going into making the justice system better be used wisely and “where we can see that it is money well spent.”last_img read more


first_imgTaipei: Two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, Taiwan’s defense ministry said Monday, in a move that Beijing said threatened to hinder US-China relations. The ministry said the ships made the passage on Sunday, sailing from south to north through the waterway that divides the self-governing island from mainland China. Beijing frequently objects to the movement of foreign military vessels in the strait based on its claim to Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTaiwan’s defense ministry said US ships were free to sail through the Taiwan Strait as part of their “strategic Indo-Pacific tasks.” Despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, the US is a key ally of Taiwan and provider of defensive weapons. China has been increasingly willing to protest actions by foreign militaries in areas it considers its home waters or sphere of influence. That especially applies to the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, which China claims almost in its entirety. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday that China has expressed concern to the US about the warships. The US should handle Taiwan-related issues “prudently” in order to avoid negatively impacting its relationship with China, Geng said, adding that “the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations.”last_img read more


first_imgTemperatures may have risen into the 80s last week, but that doesn’t mean the water is warm now.Brian Schlottmann, an environmental public health program manager with Clark County Public Health, said safety is his main current concern with the county’s bodies of water. Earlier this month, a 30-year-old Portland man fell out of his inner tube on the Washougal River, and hasn’t been found. He is presumed to have drowned.A 28-year-old woman he was with also was pulled out of her inner tube, but she was rescued and survived.Schlottmann said the combination of strong currents and water cold enough to shock swimmers has him concerned.“With what happened recently on the Washougal River, people need to be aware that water temperatures are still in the 50s,” Schlottmann said. “The Columbia River is right around 50 to 55 degrees. People need to be aware of how cold the temperature is. Even though the temperature is warm outside, the water is flowing fast. It’s still high. And oftentimes it’s still too cold to be in.”Rivers are still high from rain and snowmelt, and may be carrying debris. Public Health advises to not swim alone.Schlottmann said there are around 3,500 unintentional drownings in the U.S. each year. He said alcohol use and marijuana play a large role in that number. So does a lack awareness about the strength of Mother Nature. “It’s the same old thing. It’s not knowing the water you’re swimming in. It’s overestimating your swimming ability,” he said.Stay hydratedClark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said that as climate change occurs, “we’re going to see more frequent hot days, record temperatures and prolonged heat spells.” Temperatures are expected to cool off this week, but the Northwest continues to break records with its temperatures.Melnick said it’s important to hydrate to beat heat, and it’s important to check on elderly neighbors. Public Health will let people know of public cooling stations on days when those are needed. He said a shopping mall can function as a cooling area if someone is in need.last_img read more