ORILLIA, Ont. – Ontario Provincial Police are appealing to anyone with information about the disappearance of a young girl more than 50 years ago to come forward.Police say Diane Prevost was reported missing in Grundy Lake Provincial Park, about 90 kilometres southeast of Sudbury, Ont., on Sept. 17, 1966.They say the two-year-old was afraid of the water and had been playing in the sand while her father fished on the dock and her siblings swam in the lake.Police say when the girl asked to return to the trailer at the campsite, which was approximately 150 metres from the beach, her father asked her to wait a moment while he reeled in his line.When he turned to take her back to the campsite, the girl was no longer on the beach and extensive searches of the park and the lake that spanned more than a month found no trace of her.Investigators say she has never been seen since and have posted a video about her disappearance on social media in an effort to reach anyone with information about what happened to Diane Prevost.Police have also shared a letter from the girl’s sister, Lise, requesting it also be shared.“Dad never stopped looking for you,” the sister wrote, noting her return to the park on the anniversary of the disappearance to look for her.“He never gave up, even on his dying bed he wasn’t ready to go, he had unfinished business, you weren’t found,” she wrote.“Diane, if you read this letter, please know that your real family are still looking for you,” the sister wrote.Insp. Tina Chalk said OPP believe someone knows something about the disappearance.“Although decades have passed, her case is not closed. Even the smallest piece of information could shed light on what happened to Diane, and resolve a 50-year mystery that has haunted this family and the community,” Chalk said Friday in a news release.On the web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gUEePebKCI&feature=youtu.be— By Peter Cameron in Toronto.
“I am shocked and saddened by the killing of Hassan Abdi, one of the most prominent journalists in Somalia,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Augustine P. Mahiga, stated in a news release. Mr. Abdi, 29, a journalist and director of Radio Shabelle, was shot dead on 28 January in Mogadishu, the capital of the Horn of Africa nation. His murder has also drawn the condemnation of the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova.Mr. Mahiga, who is head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), welcomed the public condemnation of the killing by Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, and called on the Transitional Federal Government to conduct a “full, independent investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.”UNPOS is working with the Transitional Federal Government and its offices in providing constitutional guarantees necessary to safeguard freedom of expression and the protection of journalists in the country.“Fostering media independence and pluralism is an essential part of the process of establishing lasting peace and stability in Somalia,” stated Mr. Mahiga. 1 February 2012The United Nations envoy for Somalia has strongly condemned the recent murder of radio station director Hassan Osman Abdi and called on the authorities to carry out an investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.
by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2017 9:29 am MDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market suffered its biggest loss so far this year Monday as investors grew skittish over the political and economic ramifications of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent immigration policy.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 170.69 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 15,405.12, with all of its sectors finishing the day in the red. Energy, metals and industrials stocks took the biggest hit as nearly all commodities declined.The Canadian dollar gained 0.10 of a U.S. cent at 76.22 cents US.It was similarly bleak on Wall Street, as the Dow Jones industrial average lost 122.65 points at 19,971.13, while the S&P 500 dropped 13.79 points at 2,280.90. The Nasdaq composite fell 47.07 points at 5,613.71.Late Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.The order, which was enacted swiftly, is currently being challenged in court. Thousands of protesters have gathered at airports in major U.S. cities to speak out against the bans, resulting in worries over how the policies will impact American tourism.Canadian markets strategist Craig Fehr said the sell-off across North American equity markets reflects the higher level of political uncertainty the new policies have spurred.“At the broadest level, a lot of the enthusiasm that has followed Trump’s election was that his pro-growth policies would not only be positive for economic growth in the states, and indirectly perhaps around the world, but that they would be implemented in fairly effective fashion,” said Fehr, who works at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“One of the reminders we got over the weekend is that the implementation of these reforms are not going to be smooth and so the hiccups along the way are going to be treated somewhat harshly by the markets.”Stock markets have been on a tear since Trump was elected in early November, boosted by investor confidence that the new president’s mandate will result in lower taxes, less regulation and more infrastructure spending.Last week, the S&P/TSX index fell just short of a record-high close, while the Dow Jones industrial average broke through 20,000 for the first time. Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq repeatedly rallied to all-time highs.Fehr says the policies reminded investors to not forget about the potential drawbacks for business in Trump’s policies.“The immigration executive order hits one of the bigger risks in his policy platform, which is the protectionist rhetoric that he initiated on the campaign trail,” he said.The volatility in equity markets sent gold, considered a safe haven during turbulent times, higher. The April gold contract gained $4.90 at US$1,196 an ounce.In other commodities, the March crude contract fell 54 cents at US$52.63 per barrel, March natural gas contract dropped 13 cents at US$3.23 per mmBTU and March copper contracts lost three cents at US$2.66 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. TSX racks up three-digit loss as markets question Trump’s new immigration policy
Round of 64Davidson1261% Sweet 16Kansas State968 Is Kentucky’s toughest South region game already behind it?Kentucky’s pregame chance to win by round, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Kentucky’s Elite Eight win probability is based on a weighted average of its chances of facing each opponent.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group With two rounds of the NCAA men’s tournament in the books, it’s clear that there’s no overwhelming favorite to win the national title. No. 1 overall seed Virginia was gone less than 36 hours into the tourney,1Excluding the play-in games, because, come on. and defending champ North Carolina didn’t last a whole lot longer. Although most of the Cinderellas have cleared the dance floor (save for South region No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago2Yes, Syracuse is also a No. 11 seed, but sorry — nobody is considering the six-time Final Four entrant a Cinderella.), the next few weeks could belong to any of about a dozen teams.Here’s what jumped out to us during the tournament’s first weekend-plus of action:This is the Strange 16Glance at the seed numbers of the teams left standing, and you’ll notice an odd mix. Only two No.1 seeds survived the tournament’s first weekend — the fewest since 2004 — and as many teams seeded seventh or worse (six) advanced as teams seeded in the top three of their regions. The resulting Sweet 16 isn’t necessarily stocked with scrappy opening-weekend flukes, as many of the first-round giant killers — such as UMBC, Buffalo and Marshall — didn’t make it past their second opponent. As a result, plenty of other years had more double-digit seeds reach the tourney’s second week. So this year’s Sweet 16 is just … well, strange.To measure this, I compared the distribution of this year’s Sweet 16 teams by seed to the average from 19853When the NCAA tournament’s 64-team era began. to 2017. This year’s glut of 5-, 7-, 9- and 11-seeds stands out, as does the general dearth of top seeds:In fact, if we compute the squared difference between this year’s number of Sweet 16 teams at each seed and the historical average for every year since 1985, this is the most aberrant distribution of seeds in any modern tournament, surpassing even 2000 (when 12 of the 16 surviving teams were seeded between slots 4 and 10).Underdogs are winning bigPerhaps more surprising than the barrage of upsets that highlighted opening weekend was the sheer magnitude of those unexpected wins. As No. 16 seed UMBC personified with its historic 20-point thrashing of No. 1 Virginia, these weren’t games in which the underdog squeaked by on a last-second shot; no, the favorites tended to be mercilessly crushed when they lost.Including both the rounds of 64 and 32, games won by lower-seeded teams this year have come by an average of 10.6 points, only the third time in the 64-team era that the average upset at this stage of the tournament came by a margin of 10.5 points or more. The others were in 2000 (yes, that tournament again), when underdogs won their games by an average of 10.9 points per game, and 1997, when they won by 10.6 on average. But those years’ first two rounds saw only 12 and 13 total upsets, respectively, by teams with an average seed number of 8.9. This year’s tourney has featured 15 upsets, by teams with an average seed of 10.1, which makes this collection of underdog landslides even more impressive.Kentucky can cruiseBefore the tournament, we relegated Kentucky to “dark horse” status in the South region, if simply because its path to the Final Four was shaping up to be a daunting one: First, a tough Davidson team in the round of 64; then, most likely, Arizona, Virginia and Cincinnati, all in a row. For all of Kentucky’s talent, that seemed like a tall order.Then, Arizona lost. And Virginia. And now, Cincinnati. (Not to mention Tennessee, Miami and Texas, too.) Suddenly, Kentucky finds itself as the sole team seeded better than seventh in its region, with a relatively clear road ahead. Our model currently gives UK the best Final Four odds of any team remaining in the field, at 57 percent.According to the Basketball Power Index system developed by ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, Kentucky’s toughest game along its path to the Final Four will end up being its opening-round matchup against Davidson — which is an astounding testament to the ease of the Wildcats’ path if they do wind up winning the South: Round of 32Buffalo1376 Elite EightLoyola-IL/Nevada11/766 RoundOpponentSeedWin Probability Of course, given the underwhelming performances by favorites in the tournament so far, there’s no telling if Kentucky will be able to take advantage of its big opportunity here, either. But no team can potentially benefit from the opening weekend’s shake-ups as much as the Wildcats — and it’s not even close.There’s still no tournament favoriteFor all the wackiness of the tournament’s first weekend, a look at our model’s list of most likely tournament winners reveals plenty of tried-and-true programs at the top, from 2016 champion Villanova at No.1 to 2015 winner Duke in second place, 2012 champ Kentucky in third and ‘08 winner Kansas in fourth. Although some would-be inaugural champions — such as Gonzaga, West Virginia and Texas A&M — are lurking right below, the odds are pretty strong we’ll see a familiar team cutting down the nets in San Antonio a few weeks from now.However, it’s still anybody’s guess which team that will be. Even Nova, as the nominal favorite, has but a 22 percent probability of winning the championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Only four teams have double-digit title chances right now, which is just one more than there were before the tourney began. And remember, last year’s champ, North Carolina, was only at 9 percent at this stage of the NCAAs.It’s only fitting that a season as wide-open as this one continues to be clouded with uncertainty about who the best team is — and whether it will even be the last one standing in two weeks. After a wild, weird first two rounds of the tourney, we can only hope for more of the same when play resumes Thursday.CORRECTION (March 19, 2:45 p.m.): Because of an error in data collection, 38 games from the 2015, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1990 and 1987 tournaments were not accounted for in the original article, while 38 games were counted twice. This caused several factual errors in the distribution of seeds in the Sweet 16 and margin of victories for those years. All text and charts have been updated with correct numbers.
In the last year, 883 or 35% of dog attacks on postal workers happened at the front door or in the garden, the report said. Tina O’Toole, a postwoman who has been working in Warrington for three years was set upon and bitten on the leg by a dog in the front garden of a property she was delivering to. Ms O’Toole received treatment in hospital for her injury and required a skin flap. She was unable to work for five weeks following the incident. “The day before the attack, the dog had attempted to grab the mail through the box. That made me think it was quite aggressive,” Ms O’Toole said. “On the day of the attack… I turned to leave the premises when I heard the dog barking and running up behind me. As I was attempting to get through the gate I felt pain to my right calf.Ms O’Toole said she “went int shock” when she saw the blood seeping through her trousers. “It would have been much worse if I was wearing shorts. Neighbours called the ambulance and I was rushed to hospital.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dog owners should feed their pets before the postman arrives and lock them away for ten minutes after he leaves, the Royal Mail has said following a spate of attacks. Every week in the last year around 47 postmen and women were attacked by dogs in the course of their work, new figures show. There were 2,484 dog attacks on postal staff in the past year, representing an increase of 9% on the year previously. Attacks have left some mail workers with “permanent and disabling injury” the report said. In response the Royal Mail has issued a set of guidelines to dog owners to prevent further attacks in which it warns even the most lovable dog can pose a danger to delivery workers. Among the postal services’ advice is to give your dog some food to occupy them while mail is being delivered. Pet owners should shut their canines in a secure room when the postman comes knocking and “wait 10 minutes after mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway”.In several postcodes, attacks on postal workers have risen. Telford has seen the rate of dog attacks quadruple, Royal Mail said. A Royal Mail postal vanCredit:Luke MacGregor/Reuters
“CHERISH ALL THE children equally” is a defining Irish shibboleth, enshrined in the Proclamation of Independence. It is one of our highest aspirations and, like most of the things we Irish hold dearest, it is build on a solid foundation of utter hypocrisy.Cherish all the children? By all available evidence, we Irish don’t even like children.In the past week, a horror story has unfolded. Eight hundred children are buried in an unmarked mass grave in Tuam, Co Galway, in a disused septic tank on the former grounds of an institution known locally as “The Home”. The Bon Secours nuns operated “The Home” between 1926 and 1961 and over the years housed thousands of unmarried mothers and their “illegitimate” children.The tireless work of historian Catherine Corless has revealed that 796 children, the oldest nine years, the youngest two days old, are in that tank. Causes of death include “malnutrition, measles, convulsions, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis and pneumonia”. The tank is described as “filled to the brim with tiny bones and skulls”.On Liveline during the week, a clear picture emerged. Unmarried mothers incarcerated until they signed over their babies, healthy children sold to be adopted by wealthy Americans and disabled infants, who had no sale value, abandoned in “Dying Rooms”, and their bodies dumped by the brides of Christ in a septic tank.This was a nationwide industry founded on human suffering. In a country utterly corrupted by its own twisted version of Catholicism and run by a complicit elite, young women who “fell pregnant” were condemned. They had sinned and were left to the mercy of perverts and brutes. Their children were a tainted commodity to be sold or discarded at the whim of people considered “religious”.A further horror is that it seems highly unlikely Tuam was the only mother and baby home which starved infants and crammed their tiny bodies into unmarked graves. The dead children must number in the thousands.To quote Bob Dylan, “Even Jesus would never forgive what you do”.What was once “The Home” is now a housing estate. There are real homes there now, proper homes where families live and children play. I hope it’s a happy place.Expect the usual Defenders of the Faith to trot out their well-practised ”few bad apples” lines. ”The vast majority of Catholic institutions did great good for Irish children,” they’ll tell us. They’ll wring their hands and drip sincerely that times were different then and nobody knew how bad it was, but the simple truth is they’ll be wrong, perhaps wilfully wrong, to say nobody knew.We knew. We just didn’t care.In 1946, Ireland’s culture of cruelty and indifference to the most vulnerable was condemned by the most famous priest in the world and we ignored him.The internationally-acclaimed hero of “Boys Town”, Roscommon-born Father Edward Flanagan, visited the land of his birth and was horrified by what he saw here, denouncing Ireland’s treatment of children in Church and State care as “a scandal, un-Christlike, and wrong”.Flanagan, a reluctant celebrity since the 1938 film starring Spencer Tracey had immortalised him, had founded Boys Town in 1917 as a centre of education and shelter for poor and neglected boys in Omaha, Nebraska. His philosophy was simple and powerful: “There is no such thing as a bad boy”.Father Flanagan treated those in his care with compassion and respect and his kindness showed such success that he became known as “the world’s foremost expert on boys’ training and youth care.”Flanagan told a public meeting in Cork’s Savoy Cinema: “You are the people who permit your children and the children of your communities to go into these institutions of punishment. You can do something about it.” Calling Ireland’s institutions “a disgrace to the nation,” he said “I do not believe that a child can be reformed by lock and key and bars, or that fear can ever develop a child’s character.”Nobody listened.In the Dáil, the then Minister for Justice, Gerald Boland, dismissed Flanagan’s reports of children beaten with “the cat o’ nine tails, the rod, and the fist”.“I was not disposed to take any notice of what Monsignor Flanagan said while he was in this country,” Boland told said, “because his statements were so exaggerated that I did not think people would attach any importance to them.”Nobody listened.But of course we’ve changed now, 70 years later. We’ve learned from the mistakes of the past and we really do cherish all the children now, don’t we?Well, we’ve just had the European and Local Elections and turnout was good, by our standards: 57% of the electorate went to the polls to administer a kicking to the Government. Compare that to the 2012 Children’s Rights Referendum. For all our guff about cherishing children, when we were offered the chance to enshrine their rights in the Constitution, only 33.5% of us could be bothered to vote.On his return to the US, Father Flanagan addressed his Irish countrymen and women:“What you need over there is to have someone shake you loose from your smugness and satisfaction and set an example by punishing those who are guilty of cruelty, ignorance and neglect of their duties in high places… I wonder what God’s judgment will be with reference to those who hold the deposit of faith and who fail in their God-given stewardship of little children.”Donal O’Keeffe is a writer and artist who sometimes contributes to the Evening Echo. He tweets as @Donal_OKeeffeRead: ‘It’s time to do something’ – The forgotten mass grave of 800 babies in Galway
This could be happening: Donald Trump is ahead in the latest poll The latest ABC News / Washington Post poll has Trump ahead by the slimmest of margins as Hillary Clinton’s latest email scandal bites home. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Evan VucciAN EXPLOSIVE NEW poll shows Donald Trump leading the race for the White House amid an avalanche of revelations and allegations a week before Election Day.An ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll showed the Republican leading his rival Hillary Clinton 46% to 45%, with news of a renewed FBI probe apparently devouring the Democrat’s long-held lead.Experts caution not to put too much stock in any one poll, especially one well within the statistical margin of error.Clinton is still the overwhelming favorite, thanks to the quirks of the US electoral system, which tallies the winner based on weighted state-by-state races.The New York Times’ statistical model gives Clinton an 88% chance of winning, while respected website FiveThirtyEight says 74%.But the shock ABC poll caps a series of surveys that point to a race which is narrowing in the final sprint.The idea that the 70-year-old Trump is still in with a chance will surprise many and prompt jitters among Democrats and the financial markets.The bombastic reality TV star has been pummelled by allegations that he groped several women and has shady ties to Moscow.A week ago pundits were rushing to declare the election over.Wall StreetNow, voices on Wall Street are warning that markets have not taken the prospect of a Trump presidency seriously enough.“A Trump win could lead to a 11-13% sell-off,” on the S&P 500 share index, analysts at Barclays warned clients today.That would be a bigger crash than the day Lehman Brothers went bust in September 2008, the nadir of the financial crisis.Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, warned such a shock “would cause the stock market to crash and plunge the world into recession”. Hillary Clinton, campaigning in Florida today Source: Chris O’MearaThe tumultuous two-year race – featuring suggestions of sexual assault, Russian espionage and financial wheeler-dealing – may have a few twists and turns left in store.Yesterday Trump was hit by fresh allegations, revealed in The New York Times, that he not only dodged paying income tax, but did so in a legally dubious way.On the hustingsClinton and Trump spent today barnstorming battleground states.Trump – somewhat out of character – went to the oddly named town of King of Prussia in Pennsylvania to deliver a policy speech on healthcare.“Our tax plan will provide a 35% tax cut to middle class families with two kids,” he told supporters. “Our middle class has not been properly respected. That I can tell you.”Critics question how Trump would pay for his proposed cuts.Meanwhile the Democratic nominee tried to steer attention away from her handling of US secrets and on to Trump’s treatment of women.The 69-year-old Clinton’s level of support among women, who make up the majority bloc of voters, is as likely as anything else to decide who wins the election.Her campaign spent days berating FBI director James Comey for revealing that the bureau is looking anew at her use of a private email server while secretary of state.Clinton and her supporters were furious that Comey made his announcement without providing any new evidence of wrongdoing but, after three days of rage, Clinton took a more emollient tone today.“I made a mistake. I’m not making any excuses,” she said, inviting the FBI to pursue its probe and suggesting that the agency would find, as it did in July, that she has no case to answer.“It wasn’t even a close call,” she said. “I think most people have moved on. They’re looking and focused on ‘OK, who is going to be the next president and the commander-in-chief?’.”With no sign that anything concrete will come of the FBI probe before polling day, Clinton believes she can face down the challenge and return to the issue of Trump’s fitness to lead.‘Trying to hold on’Both candidates were keeping up a manic campaign schedule targeting key swing states.Trump was scheduled to speak in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on today, while Clinton was hopscotching across must-win Florida.He has been warning supporters that a Clinton victory would mire America in a “constitutional crisis”.He predicted “a criminal trial for a sitting president”, and chastised Clinton for seeking to blame others for a scandal that has lasted for 20 months: “She has brought all of this on herself.”University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato said the FBI development has changed the race’s dynamics.“She would have been running a victory lap this week, running up the score,” he told AFP. “Instead, she’s trying to hold on.”But Sabato added that Trump’s strategy of touring Democratic-leaning states reflects a stark truth: he needs to flip at least one of them in order to win, and even that may not be enough.© – AFP, 2016Read: The big Brexit question: ‘Should we side with the UK or the EU?’Read: Ex-policeman accused of cannibalism website killing is back in court 126 Comments Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 8:57 PM Nov 1st 2016, 8:57 PM http://jrnl.ie/3057882 Share450 Tweet Email 41,636 Views Short URL By AFP
By AFP HUNDREDS OR EVEN thousands of Nazi war crimes suspects could still be at large, one of the world’s leading experts on the matter has said.Efraim Zuroff said he expected a spike in convictions in the coming years despite most suspects being in their 90s, but admitted most were unlikely to face justice as many countries are unwilling to pursue cases.“There are still hundreds, if not thousands of these Nazis, but the problem is who among them can be brought to justice?” the so-called Nazi hunter told an event, which was held to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday.Since 2001, 104 Nazis have been convicted over their roles in the Holocaust, in which around six million Jews were systematically exterminated, figures from Zuroff’s Simon Wiesenthal Centre show.The annual number has been declining, however, and between April 2015 and March 2016 there was only one conviction, with two new cases filed. Defendants hear the verdict at a Nuremberg trial of Nazis in 1946. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn June a 94-year-old former guard at the Auschwitz death camp was convicted in Germany.Zuroff said he expected the number to increase in coming years.“There will be a spike because of the whole change in German prosecution policy,” Zuroff said.What’s changedIn 2011 German legal policy changed to allow prosecutions of those who worked for the Nazis in the death camps, rather than specifically having carried out a killing, allowing for new trials of men and women in their 90s.While he hailed Germany’s commitment to prosecuting as many suspects as possible, Zuroff pointed out many other countries have not pursued trials.Collaborators in many countries had been largely immune from prosecution as their governments were unwilling to push the matter, he said.“In a country like Ukraine, for example, there are a lot of Ukrainians who were involved,” he said.They have never initiated a single investigation.Zuroff said in both Norway and Sweden statute limitations mean that Nazi war criminals could not be prosecuted.“In Norway there were people who volunteered for the SS, were sent to the east and were involved in crimes against humanity in Ukraine,” he added.Zuroff said it was a race against time to convict people before they die.“It is drawing to an end for obvious reasons,” he said, calling it the “biological solution”.Asked how the world would look back on their attempts to bring Nazis to justice across the world, Zuroff said “there is no question it failed”.The huge number of people involved made it impossible to bring all the perpetrators to justice, so the question is how many will be brought. I look at it that every person brought to justice is a victory.Read: Former Nazi POW leaves entire estate to ‘kind’ Scottish town where he was held Read: A virtual reality reconstruction of Auschwitz is helping to try Nazi criminals Image: AP/Press Association Images Jan 28th 2017, 7:40 AM 50 Comments 18,578 Views German troops, led by a band, enter Oslo in April 1040. Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Nazi hunter says hundreds of Nazis could still be at large Since 2001, 104 Nazis have been convicted over their roles in the Holocaust. Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 7:40 AM German troops, led by a band, enter Oslo in April 1040. Image: AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3208544 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#blooddonationsneeded, #giveblood, #lindabarnespaho, #pahointci, #tcibloodbank Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – Blood Donations need to be dramatically increased as the country sees more and more medical procedures done on island; the Bank is often making urgent pleas to the public and a recent workshop exposed that this situation needs to change.“I think that generally, Turks and Caicos has done a very good job, but in considering how the health infrastructure has grown and more procedures are being conducted locally, the blood supply need to grow accordingly. And when I looked at the data about the number of blood units collected year over year, it has shown dramatic increase, but even today I was informed that there is urgency in getting blood to the hospital because it’s affecting patient care if they do not get blood donors in the door.”Linda Barnes is from the Pan American Health Organization, and not only was she here for a two day workshop aimed at strengthening our blood bank system; but she was here to help us to draft a national policy; something PAHO is requiring all countries to do. “So we talked a lot about strategies, we actually completed a draft policy on universal access to safe blood, so we will be positioning Turks and Caicos to respond to PAHO’s request that we put a blood policy in place, and we also talked about real down to earth strategies, good ideas, what I’ve seen in the different countries that I’ve worked in ranging from central Asia to sub-Saharan Africa and now the Caribbean.”A regular pattern of blood donation is key and Barnes said the mix of public and private practitioners were exceptional and motivated to see the policy established in law and to find ways to engage more community groups so that the Blood Bank is never broke of having safe and universal access to blood.
Tyler Flowers, a recent graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School who loved performing in theater productions, died at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital on Wednesday, two days after an afternoon crash on a major route to the Oregon Coast.Flowers, 18, was a Vancouver resident. He had been listed in critical condition before his death Wednesday afternoon, according to a bulletin from the Oregon State Police.His brother, Kyle Flowers, 19, said he “loved life and had a lot of friends. He always could make everyone happy and laugh.”Tyler Flowers was involved in theater at Hudson’s Bay High School, where he graduated last school year, and continued acting at Clark College, his brother said.“He just loved acting because he was so outgoing,” his brother said.Kyle Flowers said his brother had fought some health problems, adding, “He was the strongest guy I know, mentally and physically.”A passing motorist reported the crash around 2 p.m. Monday on Highway 26 about eight miles east of Elsie, the OSP bulletin said.The driver saw a two-door car travel 10 feet down an embankment and strike a tree.Tyler Flowers was trapped inside.He drove a 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse, his brother said.An off-duty paramedic arrived five minutes later and began life support, troopers said.Members of the Elsie Fire Department pulled Flowers from the car. Ambulance paramedics took him to a nearby landing zone; a Life Flight helicopter crew rushed him to Emanuel.Highway traffic was affected for about two hours, troopers said.OSP troopers are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(WSVN) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for inclined sleepers due to safety concerns.The recall was issued on Wednesday for the Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet and Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet.Safety concerns were raised after infants using similar inclined sleep products have died after rolling onto their stomach or side while unrestrained.The Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet has a model number of BT055CSY while the Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet has a model number of BT071DHS.The products were sold nationwide from Nov. 2014 to Feb. 2017 at popular retail stores including Kmart, Target, Ross and Marshall’s.Customers who have the sleepers are advised to stop using them and contact Dorel for a $60 refund voucher by either calling the company toll-free at 877-657-9546 or textting them at 812-373-6673 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The world’s largest solar power plant was commissioned by Adani Group on Wednesday. Located in Tamil Nadu, it would produce 648 MW of electricity.Adani Green Energy said that the plant was built in a span of eight months at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district. According to a report in Mint, the solar power plant is connected to a 400 kilovolt substation of Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation and is valued at Rs 4,550 crore.The 8,500 workforce built the plant using equipment and machinery from across the world. They installed an average capacity of 11 MW a day.Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Conglomerate, told the publication that the plant restores India’s aim of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the world.The solar power plant project is reportedly in line with the Tamil Nadu government’s solar energy policy to generate 3,000 MW.What does the solar plant comprise of?The plant comprises 380,000 foundations, 2,500,000 solar modules and 27,000 metric tonnes of structure. It also includes 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000 kilometre of cables, the Hindu reported. In addition, by connecting to the Kamuthi 400 KV substation, the solar plant becomes the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location.
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Popular on Variety Amazon has grabbed international rights to CBS All Access’ “Star Trek”-branded series revolving around Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard character.Amazon has picked up the show from CBS Television Studios in more than 200 territories outside the U.S. and Canada. There’s no word yet on a premiere date for the show. Amazon will have episodes of the show within 24 hours of the U.S. debut, under a multi-year commitment.The decision to sell the show to Amazon indicates that CBS will not hold back its premium content outside the U.S. even as it looks to build out the CBS All Access subscriber base on a global basis. CBS has wholly owned streaming platforms operating in the U.S., Canada and Australia. But with a limited international footprint at present, CBS likely couldn’t afford to down what was undoubtedly a rich offer from Amazon. Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 CBS’ first began mining the “Star Trek” vault for CBS All Access in 2017 with the launch of “Star Trek: Discovery.” International rights on that show went to Netflix in a deal that covered the virtually the cost of the first season, CBS noted at the time.“For 50 years, the ‘Star Trek’ series have been a global sensation, spanning generations and audiences of all ages,” said Armando Nuñez, president-CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “We look forward to working with the team at Amazon Prime Video to bring this next chapter of the incredible ‘Star Trek’ franchise to its passionate international fan base.”Stewart became an international star in his role as the new-model Starfleet captain in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which had a seven-season run in first-run syndication starting in 1987. The new series, part of CBS’ plan to super-charge the “Star Trek” universe, will follow the Picard character in his “next chapter,” CBS TV Studios said.“There’s only one word that can begin to describe Sir Patrick Stewart as Starship Commander Jean-Luc Picard, and that’s ‘legendary,’” said series executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “We are thrilled beyond measure to have him back in command, bringing the optimistic messages of ‘Star Trek’ to audiences around the world.”Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth are executive producers of the series. “We’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the newest edition of the storied ‘Star Trek’ franchise to our international Amazon Prime Video customers,” said Brad Beale, VP of worldwide content licensing for Amazon Prime Video. “With the incredible Sir Patrick Stewart returning as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard, we’re excited we can give ‘Trek’ fans both old and new the opportunity to see him back in action.” Related Kristen Stewart on ‘Seberg’: ‘It’s Not Hard for Me to Wear My Politics’
An army made up of more than 500 glowing drones are lighting up the night sky in a futuristic light show over a Chinese city.Every night until May 31, 526 unmanned aerial vehicles simultaneously take off to form spectacular 3-D images in midair, creating designs of love hearts, butterflies, a running man, a globe, and other figures across the sky in a choreographed show.The show is part of the China International Big Data Industry Expo 2019.The drones are controlled by a single computer after engineers programmed the designated movements into each one of them beforehand, according to the show’s director Ye Baifan.Ye told Sina.com that a total of 80 people planned and prepared for 112 days to pull off the shows.More on Geek.com:Drone Footage Captures Tornado Damage in OhioWatch: Amazing Drone Footage Captures School of Stingrays in AustraliaDrones Detect New Radiation Hot Spots Near Chernobyl Site Stay on target Watch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado PeakGeek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone
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With the key support of the founders of the party and PAC legislators critical of the current legislation, Carlos Alvarado was able to move up in the polls with speeches that were socially and geographically inclusive, and promoted the rights of the sexual minorities.Some analysts worry that the campaign ahead of the second round will show even more polarization around religious matters and leave out pressing “earthly” topics, such as the government’s fiscal crisis and numerous pending decisions related to the country’s economical and social sustainability.The PAC, in leaving behind its label as an alternative party, faces the challenge of being accountable about the current administration, which, as Carlos Alvarado insists, “with its errors and successes, but better than the past ones and future vision.”Facing this speech, his adversary clings to the motto of“clean hands” and “let’s do it together.” He seems to be listening to political and economical sectors that, in the absence of consolidated frames of governance, see opportunities in National Restoration.Just like a soccer team that has classified for the World Cup with thousands of committed followers, but not enough players, Fabricio Alvarado’s party has offerings everywhere.The game of alliances for a second round has started with gestures and rumors, but it’s two months away, an eternity for the current political dynamics.“Two months are craziness,” said expert Daniel Zovatto this Monday, director of IDEA International, convinced that Sunday’s election revealed huge changes in one country. Or two.This article was originally published at the Semanario Universidad on Feb. 7 by journalist Álvaro Murillo. Read more from Alvaro in his Tico Times column, “No Sugar Please.” New poll in Costa Rica shows huge surge for evangelical pastor Costa Rica has earthly problems, but this election season ended over the rainbow Faces of Sunday’s vote in and around La Carpio Costa Rica will return to the polls on April 1 with only a few certainties: a new political map, heightened religious fervor and the geographical divisions in the country.Fabricio Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado are now competing to win Costa Rica’s presidency in the second round of voting. This past Sunday’s election showed a profound change in Costa Rica’s political map and the popular response to the country’s marginalized areas. Juan Diego Castro on a motorcycle after voting at the Escuela República de Chile. Via Sara Quesada / Semanario UniversidadThe election also confirmed the huge impact of religion-driven voters, who represented half a million votes (24,9%) in representation of the growing and dynamic evangelic sector combined with the indispensable support of conservative forces within traditional Catholicism, the majority in Costa Rica.The former journalist, Pentecostal preacher and legislator Fabricio Alvarado now symbolizes something much bigger than just his small party, National Restoration, which was founded by the pastor Carlos Avendaño after political disagreements with former legislator Justo Orozco. He also represents the evangelical churches that work tirelessly through prayers and social work to promote a “pro-life and pro-family” political agenda, which the Catholic Church has boosted less and less with each election.The evangelical candidate, 43, who never before expressed political ambition, has demonstrated the consequences of the drop in popular support for traditional parties.The election also rearranged the map for parties that do not draw on ideologies of discrimination: the Broad Front went from nine legislators to one, and Otto Guevara’s Libertarian Movement is out after 20 years of parliamentary presence. As for the historically dominant National Liberation Party (PLN), they saw their dominance of rural territories snatched away. The center of the country turned toward the Citizen Action Party (PAC), which is no longer an alternative force and seeks to stay in power. Who says election season isn’t fun anymore? PAC supporters in Costa Rica on the eve of the Feb. 4 election. Andrés Madrigal / The Tico TimesOn Sunday, central regions voted once more for PAC and Carlos Alvarado (21.6 percent). On the national map, you can see his triumph in the provinces of San José, Heredia and Cartago, but National Restoration won the four coastal or border provinces: Alajuela, Guanacaste, Limón and Puntarenas. In these last two, the votes for Fabricio Alvarado even surpassed the 40 percent minimum required for winning the presidency in a first round.This contrast can also be seen on smaller scales. In many cantons, PAC obtained better results in the central districts and National Restoration did better in outlying areas with, in general terms, lower quality of life. An example of this can be seen in the vote for presidential ballots in the central canton of Alajuela, where the PAC triumphed only in one district, the central, with 25 percent. The other eight districts of the canton were left in hands of Fabricio Alvarado’s party, and none favored Liberation.San José showed the same pattern. PAC won the most central and prosperous districts (Carmen, Merced, Catedral, Zapote, San Francisco de Dos Ríos) and National Restoration won in Hospital, La Uruca, Pavas, Hatillo and San Sebastián. Another video of Fabricio Alvarado was relevant: the last one before the veda, or advertising-free electoral truce preceding the vote. In the face of questions about his lack of a governing team, the candidate made public the names of various persons that have helped him in the campaign.These included the lawyer Alexandra Loría Beeche, an anti-abortion activist and the candidate’s replacement in the Legislative Assembly while he campaigns in the second round, and Alejandro Leal, an expert on bioethics who opposed in vitro fertilization (IVF). Both are well-known Catholics. Those who once treated each other as “separate brothers” are now reunited in one family where political and ideological origins matter much less.“Defending the family and life” is the chorus of Fabricio Alvarado’s speeches, as we heard on Election Night. It’s the message that he has repeated since his debut as a political figure from his seat in the Legislative Assembly, which he attained by chance in 2014 when the Restoration Party candidate resigned and saw in Alvarado the makings of a good communicator.The PAC’s challengeWhile this theory is not backed up with numbers, it seems possible that religious shock also accounted for some of the votes that allowed Carlos Alvarado to pass to the second round.The final result placed Alvarado nearly 62,000 votes over Álvarez Desanti, despite the TSE’s first report on Election Night which placed the liberacionista ahead of the PAC and made PAC sympathizers nervous. Their number had multiplied in the last two weeks of the campaign.By coming in second, Carlos Alvarado, a former Minister of Human Development and Labor, was able to surpass, at least for the moment, the questionings of President Luis Guillermo Solís’s administration and the criticism of the PAC for corruption related to the cementazo, the case of traffic of influences that dominated the beginning of the campaign in October. Related posts:New poll: Statistical dead heat in Costa Rica’s presidential elections 5 keys to understanding Costa Rica as it faces new elections Election Eve in San Pedro, Costa Rica PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s political dogs on Election Day Facebook Comments In some districts, such as Katira in Guatuso or Bijagua in Upala, National Restoration got more than 50% of the votes.Voter turnout, despite some fears, stayed at what have become normal levels for this century. Only 34 percent of voters stayed home, confirming ongoing popular trust in the elections as a form of political action.Nevertheless, as in previous elections, in general it’s the more marginalized regions of the country that vote less, as in the case of Talamanca. In this coastal, border and indigenous canton, only half of the population turned out to vote.In the Colorado district of the canton of Guácimo, which borders Nicaragua in the Calero Island region, abstention was bigger: 58 percent. Golfito’s Central District, despite being considered an urban center (municipality, university, hospital and so forth), also showed high abstention at 44.9 percent. Voters crowd the halls of one of San Pedro’s voting centers, the Universidad Americana, east of San José on Feb. 4, 2018. Turnout in many rural areas was much lower. Andrés Madrigal / @andresmadrigalcr / The Tico TimesGod’s big moment?This was the first time that the traditional Liberation Party came in third (18.6 percent) . This shows not only the party’s profound internal crisis, but also, with new clarity, the collapse of the political sympathies that marked the dispute for power in Costa Rica during the past 70 years.“We finally see a historical moment. The political identities and traditions are out,” explained researcher Ronald Alfaro, director of the University of Costa Rica’s (UCR) Political Center for Studies and Investigation (CIEP).“The outlying areas were Liberation’s lifesavers, but now we see they aren’t anymore,” adds Alfaro, coordinator of the CIEP polls that helped take the pulse of this campaign and now understand the results. With weakened party borders and the rise of ideological politics, the population is more susceptible to mass manifestations for or against the concrete topics that cause polarization, as occurred in 2006 with the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA), or, in this case, with religion. Almost 60 percent of people surveyed by researchers from the University of Costa Rica in 2017 oppose same-sex marriage. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on Jan. 9 is now confirmed as the decisive element of these elections. No one ever imagined that the ruling in favor of same-sex marriage would take place at the height of the campaign. “I never saw it coming,” admitted Liberation candidate Antonio Álvarez Desanti in his concession speech.The impact of the religious surge clouded the possibilities of Juan Diego Castro (who ended up with 9.5 percent of the votes) and his anti-establishment, anti-corruption approach. His messages of mano dura didn’t permeate enough or lacked an organized base, especially given that he represented a weakened National Integration Party (PIN), which will return in May to the Legislative Assembly after 16 years.Nothing was as strong as the religious shock. In the last two weeks, election sympathies, which had already been volatile, were completely reordered by the debate between those who feel that Christian values are threatened, and those who believe Costa Rica must advance in ensuring the rights of sexual minorities. Discussion of abortion and sex ed elevated emotions still further, contradicting the Supreme Elections Tribunal’s (TSE) plea for a rational vote. At the polls, Fabricio Alvarado managed to hold onto his abrupt rise from the middle of January. As untold as it looks, it isn’t a surprise, at least for those who have studied the evolution of religion in Costa Rica during the last 30 years. These three decades coincide with the increase of social inequality in the country, as demonstrated by numerous international studies.For Laura Fuentes, expert in the sociology of religion and researcher at the National University (UNA), it was not a surprise seeing Fabricio Alvarado celebrating this Sunday.“The Costa Rican elites have excluded a part of the population, and we now see that evangelical churches have been fruitful, working for more than 30 years with abandoned communities that have educational and labor instability or violent situations. There, the population has found support in the churches, which have complied with a role not only with affairs from the más allá [heavenly or spiritual concerns], but also with things from the más acá [here and now], responding to the needs of care, housing, preparation of leaders or scattering.” The strategy has worked.It’s calculated that Costa Rica’s practicing evangelical population is around 20 percent. Even though it’s impossible to affirm that all of this group voted for Fabricio Alvarado, it does represent an indispensable muscle that complements other conservative groups. This communion between Catholic and evangelical authorities has been growing in recent years, and was reflected in a massive march on Dec. 3 in San José.“That day was important. We could see in a very clear manner the size of the alliance and the potential mobilizer of masses that has this cause of defense of the traditional family, of life from the conception, or rejection towards the ‘gender ideology,’ as they call it,” said analyst Gustavo Araya.However, the strong base and those who headed to the San José Palacio Hotel on Sunday night to celebrate Fabricio Alvarado’s triumph come from evangelical groups. A supporter of the National Renovation Party celebrates his candidate’s early lead in San José. AFP Photo / Jorge Rendon“Our bubble impedes us from understanding the strong growth in areas that traditional political actors visit only sporadically. The churches don’t. The churches are there [all the time], present with the people there, and they do constant work, house to house, often connected to an international network that has economic resources,” adds Laura Fuentes. The churches don’t go there; they live there.To this, we add the impulse of “prosperity theology,” which exalts the success that comes with being a good Christian, whether economic or the professional. An increasing number of soccer players have become popular faces of that success. This approach was also seen in a campaign video in which Fabricio Alvarado’s wife, Laura Moscoa, spoke about the hardships of her childhood in contrast with her current well-being.For that reason, it would be an error to limit the phenomenon to the rural and marginalized areas, warns Randall Blanco, director of the UCR’s Postgraduate in Sociology.“There are a lot of middle class and powerful sectors that also work for what they consider to be defending the founding principle of collective life: the family,” Blanco says. Here, the evangelical movement connects with the traditional values of Costa Rica that have always been dictated by Catholic priests and bishops. President Solís: ‘I’ve always told you the truth’
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Veterans United Home Loans, has made the Top 5 on Great Place to Work and Fortune’s list of the Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance for the second year in a row. The list ranks the Top 30 largest companies and the Top 30 small and medium companies, with Veterans United ranking No. 3 on the large companies list. The ranking considered feedback representing more than 726,000 employees working at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in the financial services and insurance industry.“Our employees are committed to living out our values and providing the Veterans and service members we serve with the best possible customer service experience,” said Dr. Amanda Andrade, Chief People Officer at Veterans United. “Our biggest asset in our company is our employees. The dedication and drive they bring each and every day is unparalleled in our industry.”Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included “employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning.”“In an industry that’s becoming increasingly reliant on technology to provide new and better services, these top employers in financial services demonstrate that they value their people by tapping into their creativity, enabling them to innovate and help the organization thrive,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Organizations like Veterans United stand out from the crowd, intentionally growing their businesses by creating great places to work for all, making employees feel valued and respected for their talents and contributions.” Veterans United Ranked as Great Place to Work April 4, 2019 421 Views Share Veterans United 2019-04-04 Seth Welborn in News
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