The Cooperative Extension System as a Force Multiplier Toward Achieving Total Force Fitness

first_imgThe Cooperative Extension System is operated through the nation’s Land-Grant University System in partnership with the federal and state and local governments. As the federal partner, NIFA develops methods to address national priorities, funds and awards grants, and provides program leadership. The agency supports both the universities and local CES offices to bring science directly to the regional and county level.The Cooperative Extension System (CES) is a nationwide, non-credit educational network that addresses public needs by providing non-formal higher education and learning activities to farmers, ranchers, communities, youth, and families throughout the nation. With an organization that has been operating for over a century, CES is well positioned to efficiently get needed tools and knowledge into the hands of the people who need them.UNPRECEDENTED REACHAt a time when social, agricultural, food, and environmental challenges are mounting and needs are growing, CES is more relevant than ever. With its wide reach — an office in or near most of the nation’s approximately 3,000 counties — extension agents and educators help farmers grow crops, homeowners plan and maintain their homes, and youth learn skills to become tomorrow’s leaders. Military families and veterans have always been regular users of CES, however, greater emphasis on these populations is underway. The bottom line is that the Cooperative Extension System is a federal agency that has massive community reach, extensive experience in relevant subject areas, and a long history of a solid reputation. A few weeks ago we discussed the concept of force-multipliers and gave some background on the Cooperative Extension System, today we’d like to re-focus that conversation to discuss how the CES can work towards achieving Total Force Fitness. When working toward total force fitness within military communities, there are three essential questions you can begin with:How do you determine a methodology to assess the health, well-being, and resiliency needs/requirements of your community/population?How do you compare those needs/requirements to the community’s capability to meet those needs?Once you identify gaps in being able to meet your community needs, how do you develop a plan to address these gaps? Working Toward Total Force FitnessTotal Force Fitness (TFF) is a DoD framework for well-being that views “health, wellness, and resilience and as holistic concept”, requiring “a connection among mind, body, spirt, and social relationships”. Main Points:*TFF was created by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and became policy in 2011.TFF is the DoD’s 21st Century paradigm for improving Population Health, and includes eight domains of fitness.TFF is a state in which the individual, family and organization can sustain well-being and performance under all conditions.The Services are responsible for implementing TFF Programs.TFF requires the collaboration of the partners in public health.last_img read more

Pune BJP MP faces cheating case

first_imgPune: The Pune police have lodged a case of cheating against prominent real estate developer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sanjay Kakade in a matter pertaining to rehabilitation of villagers in Maval taluk.An FIR under Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code was lodged against Mr. Kakade, his brother Suryakant Kakade and others at the Warje-Malwadi police station Saturday night. Last week, Judicial Magistrate First Class P.T. Gotey had directed that a case be lodged against the Rajya Sabha MP.The Maharashtra government, in the 1960s, had acquired land from villagers of New Kopre for construction of the National Defence Academy. Families displaced by the project were promised rehabilitation on a 14-acre plot in Warje-Malwadi through a building project led by the Kakade Group.However, villagers have accused Mr. Kakade of grabbing the plots, forging 7/12 extracts, and using the land for commercial purposes.‘A conspiracy’Mr. Kakade said the allegations were “a conspiracy” against him, denying any wrongdoing in the New Kopre rehabilitation works.Kakade Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd is also one of the accused in alleged irregularities in the tender for Sion-Panvel highway. In June, officials from the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), Thane, carried out searches at Mr. Kakade’s office in Pune. He is also an accused in the Maharashtra Sadan scam involving Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal. Mr. Kakade is accused of abetting Mr. Bhujbal to launder money.Vital role in pollsThe MP was earlier in the NCP, before being elected as an independent candidate to the Upper House and later joining the BJP. He is believed to have played a vital role in ensuring the BJP’s victory in the Pune civic polls. However, he has alienated himself from BJP loyalists like Girish Bapat and Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak.last_img read more

Ravan is revered in this part of world

first_imgNagpur: When effigies of ‘Ravan’ were being burnt to celebrate Vijayadashmi on September 30, Gond tribals in Gadchiroli and some parts of Chhattisgarh were busy in offering prayers to their ‘great king’.A large number of gram sabhas came together to offer prayers to ‘Ravan’ in Surjagad, Kamalapur, and Korchi of Gadchiroli.“Ravan was a great king of Gond tribals. But the people, who practised Brahmnic culture based on hegemony, vilified the history of Ravan to show themselves as great warriors,” said Mahesh Raut, an activist from Gadchiroli.Tribal organisations and village bodies have petitioned the government to stop the practice of burning Ravan’s effigies, but it is yet to act on their demand, he said.Mr. Raut claimed that 70 village bodies in Surjagad, which has been witnessing a protest against the mining, came together under the leadership of zila parishad member Sainu Gota to offer prayers.Tribal organisations and groups, including Tribal Students’ Organisation, Gond Society of Korchi, Gondwana Gotul Sena, Parakrami Gond Raja Ravan Sangh, Buddhist Society of Korchi, and the Halbi Society organised prayers in Korchi.last_img read more

Induction programme compulsory for engineering students from 2018

first_imgFrom 2018, engineering students all across the nation will have to undergo a mandatory induction programme as part of their undergraduate programmme. The duration of the programme will be of three weeks and students will have to pick one game/sport or physical activity, such as yoga and practice it daily.Special English classes and much more As per an HT report, the programme will also be used to rectify some critical lacunas, for example holding special English classes for students who have deficiency in it. Each student will also be asked to choose one skill related to the arts whether it is visual or performing arts. Discussion will also be held on universal values that students should have.The first three weeks of the students in the institute would be earmarked for the induction programme.Universal values moduleUnder this, relationships would be built between teachers and students which last for their entire 4-year stay and possibly beyond.(Read: Good news for engineering students! Degrees awarded by professional bodies till May 2013 stand valid) Every All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) institute will have to follow it, officials said. According to a senior HRD official, no classes will be held during this period. The aim of the programme is to familiarise students to the new environment.”It is a good move as students who join the institute after a rigorous training in terms of the coaching they undergo and then rather than getting any breathing space they are plunged deep into academics. They need to unwind and forge new relations with fellow students and familiarize themselves with the new environment,” said an IIT director.advertisement”To come out of this situation, a multi-pronged approach is needed. One will have to work closely with the newly joined students in making them feel comfortable, allow them to explore their academic interests and activities, reduce competition and make them work for excellence, promote bonding within them, build relations between teachers and students, give a broader view of life, and build character,” he said.Read: Maharashtra Class 10 Boards: Reduction of extra marks for students excelling in art and culture Read: Mars City Design: MIT team wins the competition focused on building sustainable citieslast_img read more

Yanks Top Sox 6-4

first_imgTAMPA— Jacoby Ellsbury tripled in his spring training debut, Alex Rodriguez had two hits and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Saturday.Ellsbury tripled to right-center on his final at-bat after being retired earlier on an infield liner and grounder. The center fielder didn’t make his first appearance until the Yankees’ fourth game to allow for a few extra days of onfield drills.“All the time you put in, not just the last couple days but the offseason and everything, it’s nice to see results out of the gate,” Ellsbury said.Rodriguez had a pair of singles and walked. In two games, he is 3 for 4 — including a homer Thursday against Philadelphia on the second pitch he saw — with two walks.Top Yankees’ prospects Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge both homered.“I think you see the young players and how close they are getting,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “The talent level, it’s there.”Brennan Boesch and Ryan Lamarre hit home runs for the Red Sox, who didn’t bring David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on the two-hour trip from Boston’s spring training facility in Fort Myers.“We’re a more balanced team,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Our pitching staff is deeper. I think our bench is very complimentary to the projected starting lineup. So when you look at that, there’s an evenness across our roster that might not have been there the last couple years.”STARTING TIMERed Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright allowed two runs and five hits in three innings.Yankees: Tyler Cloyd gave up one run and two hits in one inning. The non-roster right-hander went 11-11 with a 5.19 ERA in 28 starts last year with Samsung of the Korean Baseball Organization.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) continues throwing on level ground but is not ready to throw off a mound. … OF Rusney Castillo didn’t make the trip so he could complete his team physical.Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (mild groin tightness) threw 22 of 31 pitches for strikes during a two-inning simulated game and is scheduled to make his first start Thursday. … Reliever Chasen Shreve, hit in the upper back by a ball during batting practice earlier this week, struck out one during a perfect second.CLOSING TIMEYankees closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled for a simulated game Sunday, which is one of the final steps before making his first game appearance.Acquired from Cincinnati, Chapman joins the backend of a bullpen that also features Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.“A powerful bullpen got deeper,” Farrell said. “You see a guy averaging nearly two strikeouts an inning, it’s almost unheard of.”Miller and Betances will pitch for the first time Monday against Houston.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz will face Baltimore RHP Mike Wright on Sunday.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after having a procedure in October to remove a bone spur on his throwing elbow, will make his first start Sunday against Philadelphia. RHP Charlie Morton will be starting for the Phillies.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kane not afraid of Madrid & Dortmund stars

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Kane ready to get to grips with Champions League heavyweights Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 23:34 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane_training_cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Harry Kane The London club have been given a daunting task in Europe after being drawn with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Group H Harry Kane has urged Tottenham to adopt a fearless approach as they prepare to face some of Europe’s elite sides in the Champions League.Spurs endured an underwhelming campaign in the competition last season, finishing third in their group after managing just two wins from six matches.Kane 10/3 to score 2+ v Dortmund Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing This year’s draw has pitted Mauricio Pochettino’s men against reigning champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in Group H.But Kane is relishing the prospect of tackling some of the biggest clubs on the continent.”It’s 50-50 really. If you’re in the Champions League you want to be playing the best teams. We’re playing them in the group stages. You’re going to have to play them one way or another,” said England international ahead of Wednesday’s visit of Dortmund.”If we can get through the group we’re in there’s no reason we can’t go further in the competition.”We’ve got a great team and we know the style and the way we want to play. We’ve got a philosophy here and it’s about being stronger than as individuals.”80 – Fewest apps to 80 Premier League goals:@alanshearer – 102@HKane – 120@RvN1776 – 122@aguerosergiokun – 128@ThierryHenry – 132Stars pic.twitter.com/uJRwmvxyYq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 10, 2017With the aim to push for honours at home and abroad this season, Tottenham added depth to their forward line before the deadline by bringing in Fernando Llorente from Swansea City.Kane, who scored twice in Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win over Everton, is delighted to have the opportunity to work with such an experienced forward.”Fernando has been a fantastic addition,” he added. “He’s a guy I can learn a lot from. He won the World Cup, Euros, Serie A and more. It’s a learning curve for me.”last_img read more

Roberto Firmino cleared by FA over Mason Holgate racism allegations

first_imgShare on WhatsApp The FA Share on Pinterest Everton Share on LinkedIn news The Football Association has exonerated Roberto Firmino of racially abusing the Everton defender Mason Holgate following a lengthy investigation into the Liverpool striker’s conduct during the FA Cup tie between the Merseyside rivals at Anfield.Holgate accused Firmino of using what the FA described as a “discriminatory term” when the pair clashed in Liverpool’s third-round victory on 5 January. The FA opened an investigation the following day and almost seven weeks later – having interviewed 12 players, the referee Bobby Madley, the fourth official Jon Moss and consulted two Portuguese lip-reading experts – announced on Wednesday that there is insufficient evidence to charge the Brazil international with any offence.In a statement, the FA said it was satisfied that “the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation”. But it found no evidence, either through witness statements or consulting unseen footage of the row that erupted after Holgate had pushed Firmino over the advertising hoardings, to support the Everton defender’s claim that he had been racially abused.The FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. Firmino was formally interviewed by the FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted the defender in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him.“As part of the investigation, the FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese-speaking lip‑reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation.”Firmino said after the FA’s verdict that it had been difficult to remain publicly silent “given the serious and damaging nature of what it was claimed I said”, but was pleased to have been cleared of any wrongdoing. “As someone who has experienced racist abuse during my life, I know how damaging and hurtful it can be,” the Liverpool forward said.“Now the process is concluded I would like to place on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, I did not say the word, or a variation of the word, that was claimed and subsequently reported in the media. I did not use any language that referenced race. I did not – and would never – reference a person’s skin colour or culture, by means of insult, during a dispute or an argument. There is no place for discrimination on a football pitch, or anywhere else in life for that matter. I am pleased after exhaustive reviews of all the evidence, in this specific incident, the matter is resolved.”Liverpool thanked Firmino for “the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process, acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family”, adding: “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one.“Roberto has cooperated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened. We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language.”Everton said in a statement that they accepted the FA’s decision and appreciated the thoroughness of an investigation conducted “in challenging circumstances”. It added: “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part.” Share on Twittercenter_img Topics Share via Email Share on Messenger Liverpool Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Will Lozano be World Cup’s breakout star?

first_imgMexico Mexico’s Hirving Lozano could break out at World Cup, but is known quantity to many in the Americas Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Moscow Last updated 8 months ago 03:08 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Hirving Lozano Mexico Hector Vivas Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup The 22-year-old has won titles in his career, but still is being tipped to be a rising star this summer. Can he cope with the expectations? By now you recognize Hirving Lozano’s name.The 22-year-old PSV winger has been tipped by many to be the breakout star of the World Cup. Whether it’s possible for a player who in the past two years won the CONCACAF Champions League, Liga MX and the Eredivisie to breakout is up for debate. What’s not is the quality Lozano has brought to El Tri in the past year and a half.With his runs down the wing and finishing ability, it’s easy to forget that Lozano wasn’t a regular for Mexico two years ago. At the time his inclusion in lineups was controversial, not expected as it is now. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I think today it’s very easy to say that Hirving has to play in the starting XI of the Mexican national soccer team. It wasn’t like that two years ago,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said before El Tri’s March friendly against Croatia. “I’ve always thought it’s my responsibility and I take it on as that to make choices and take on the criticism based on the results. I remember when we brought Hirving to the national team, for a lot of people he was a simple player with a lot of speed.”Those people hadn’t been paying much attention. It was a disappointing summer from Lozano, who started Mexico’s infamous 7-0 defeat to Chile in the quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario but was subbed off at halftime. He then went to the Olympics, where he was expected to be El Tri’s star.Instead, he played in only three matches and was sent off at the death of the 1-0 loss to Korea that ended Mexico’s hopes of repeating as gold medalists.It’s worth pointing out now, as it was then, that Lozano was coming off a full season plus playoffs, then four matches in the Copa America Centenario. When he returned to Pachuca, he was right back into the lineup rather than getting a rest, scoring a double against Leon, before going to Brazil for the Olympics – all of this at the age of 20.This summer, it’s a different Mexico and a different Hirving Lozano. Already a mature player, having children seems to have mellowed Lozano out even more. He looks uninterested, though not unaware, of how his rise in the Netherlands has been viewed in Mexico and abroad.Did you check this out? Lozano had a strong tournament at last year’s Confederations Cup, so this isn’t his major tournament debut. It is, however, easily the largest stage Lozano will ever walk on – and the time he’s had the most expectations heaped onto him. Lozano was important to Pachuca, and got used to being the key man at a young age. It’s one thing to have the state of Hidalgo putting its hopes in you, and something tougher to have 32 Mexican states demanding you succeed.Osorio said he wasn’t worried about the pressure being too much for Lozano or any of the players stepping onto the field for the first time in a World Cup.”I think the emotional tone for facing the debut of the most important tournament in the world of football and doing so against the current world champions, from what I can believe or suggest, I think everyone is going to evaluate, interpret it and take it on according to their own experience,” Osorio said. “That’s why coaches always mention the same thing. If we take the game on as a game, like it’s 11 vs 11, I think we’re going to have a great chance, a great probability. I’d like to guess how our players are going to feel, but I prefer to support myself with real facts.”Guillermo (Ochoa) is going to take it on well as are all those who have lived this before. Those who haven’t, obviously it’s going to be a big challenge, even more so for them, but I firmly believe in the Mexican players and above all that we’re going to have a great game.”Lozano has been on big stages, but facing Germany will be the first step he takes on the biggest. He has the skills and the mentality to succeed. Now it’s about putting it into action like he has so many times before for Pachuca, for PSV and for Mexico.Breakout star or not, Mexico would love to have Lozano doing the same things he did during a 17-goal debut season with PSV. Osorio is set to lean on Lozano, with “Chucky” likely to be the starting left winger against Germany on Sunday. The player looks determined to make sure everyone remembers his name.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possible

first_imgEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possibleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Jose Mourinho could return to the club as manager.While Calderon admits that Mourinho has some issues attached to him, he also believes that he could be the man to bring back success to the Santiago Bernabeu club.Real have struggled this season after the departures of star Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane.Calderon told Love Sport Radio: “Everyone knows here it’s on the president’s [Florentino Perez] whim. I think he [Mourinho]is the only coach that he respects.”The current president doesn’t really trust much in coaches, but in Mourinho’s case he really, really backed him many times in difficult moments.”When [Julen] Lopetegui left, I said I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I don’t rule out him being with Real in the near future.”Calderon continued to say: “I think [Mourinho] has been the main problem when he’s been in other clubs.”When he was here, he was blaming everyone for the defeats. I think that is a grave mistake. It is a problem always.”Also it makes a confrontation with the players and it’s been happening with Man United with [Paul] Pogba, with [Eric] Bailly.”It was the same here, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], with Iker Casillas, with Sergio Ramos and I think that’s a problem, he’s always blowing his own trumpet and that for a coach, I think is a big mistake.”And, we have the example of [Zinedine] Zidane. He did completely the opposite.”Backstage, he has been more with the team and that’s the way in my point of view to train a great team of great players. You cannot be the protagonist.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Watch Las Vegas Go Crazy When VCU Hits Meaningless Layup vs. Ohio State To Cover Point Spread

first_imgFans in Las Vegas go nuts with VCU backdoor cover vs. Ohio State.VCU lost its Second Round NCAA Tournament game against Ohio State Thursday afternoon, 75-72, in overtime.Those who bet on the Rams were victorious, though, as the Buckeyes were 3.5-point favorites. That betting victory came at the buzzer, as VCU’s Jonathan Williams made a meaningless layup as time expired that meant everything to the point spread. Check out the reaction at the Las Vegas SportsBook and Planet Hollywood when Williams made the layup. There were a lot of happy people in that room. VCU covers the spread & the crowd at @LVSuperBook Westgate Theater goes wild. #OhioState #VCUrams pic.twitter.com/zCcUVpWvnE— Tommy Lorenzo (@sportsbooktom) March 19, 2015Sometimes in #Vegas it’s not about who wins, it’s about by how much. Reaction to a last second layup, to lose by 3. pic.twitter.com/lDKgSlEbJZ— Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) March 19, 2015Perhaps VCU can take some solace in the fact that they covered the point spread. Ohio State is set to face Arizona on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on CBS. (The Wildcats are favored by eight.)last_img read more

Defence for man accused of killing toddler and two adults wont call

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The defence for an Alberta man charged with killing a 69-year-old woman, a young father and his two-year-old daughter has declared it will not call any evidence.Derek Saretzky has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Hanne Meketch, Terry Blanchette and little Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette in September 2015.It is expected the Crown will begin its closing arguments on Monday morning.Final instructions for the jury to begin deliberations could begin on Tuesday.The jury has already heard that Saretzky confessed to slitting Blanchette’s throat and later strangling, dismembering and cannibalizing Hailey before burning her remains.Meketch had been killed about five days before the father and daughter.(Lethbridge Herald)last_img

Range of reactions to possible holiday to mark legacy of residential schools

first_imgThe federal government’s intention to enact a statutory holiday aimed at remembering the legacy of Canada’s residential school system has drawn mixed reactions from Indigenous Canadians, with responses to the plan ranging from cautious optimism to open disdain.Many have expressed concern that such an occasion — dedicated to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples — could simply devolve into another day off for most Canadians, and note that a lot of work will need to be done if the day is to achieve its goal.“Reconciliation right now is a great buzz word, but that’s kind of where it seems to end,” said Frances Moore, an Anishinaabe woman from Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec who now lives in London, Ont. “If this truly is about reconciliation, then great. Do this day, but let’s also see action in other ways.”The steps needed to make a prospective day of remembrance effective would have to involve the government making educational resources available across the country to ensure the effects of residential schools remain front and centre, Moore said.Input from Indigenous Canadians from all walks of life will be essential to designing a meaningful tribute day, but they should not be left alone to shoulder the burden of educating the broader public, Moore said.Governments and allies, she said, should “step up” and relieve survivors and those who love them of the “emotional labour” of telling traumatizing stories that have not yet come to an end.The government-funded, church-run residential schools operated for more than a century. Indigenous children were ripped away from their families, usually starting in late September, and sent to schools where they endured widespread sexual, emotional and physical abuse.Evelyn Korkmaz, who spent several years at the St. Anne’s Residential School in northern Ontario, said the projected day of tribute would do little more than re-open those wounds for her and her fellow survivors.“Who wants to be reminded every year your country and Church betrayed and destroyed your innocence? No thanks,” Korkmaz wrote in an email, adding that she is not aware of widespread efforts to consult survivors before the government floated the possibility of a stat holiday.One organization involved in sustaining Remembrance Day, a potentially comparable federal holiday, echoed Moore’s call for a focus on education.Anthony Wilson-Smith, chief executive officer for Historica Canada, said Remembrance Day has lodged itself in the collective psyche in part because of its widespread adoption across the country and the substantial educational resources that have gone into preserving its purpose.“With Remembrance Day you can go to any one of the cenotaphs across this country that every small town … and big city has,” he said. “If you’re going to have this day of remembrance for survivors and the loss from residential schools, what kind of tools are you going to provide to communities to do that?”If Parliament did approve a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday, it would only apply to federally regulated workplaces — the civil service, marine ports, airports, airlines and telecommunications companies. Provinces and territories would have to amend their existing labour codes to establish any additional day off.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the details of a prospective day off are still in the works and has pledged that no plans will be made without extensive Indigenous community consultation.For one non-Indigenous man, honouring that pledge will be critical.Matthew Martin-Ellis of Toronto said he wants to use a prospective day as an educational opportunity, but would like to hear from survivors and their families as to how to pay tribute respectfully.He noted, however, that he didn’t want to see a holiday turn into an occasion that suggests the inequities Indigenous Canadians face are in the past.“If it ends up being a day that seeks to congratulate us on a victory and a reconciliation that we haven’t achieved yet, I think we should not pursue this,” Martin-Ellis said.Carolyn Hepburn, a Cree woman from Fort Albany First Nation, said she sees the government plan as a valuable sign of good will.She does feel, however, that Ottawa should reconsider attaching the commemorative day to either Indigenous People’s Day on June 21 or Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30 as the government has indicated it’s considering.“We don’t want to lose the messaging on either of those days,” she said, adding that events like Orange Shirt day — when people don the brightly hewed tops to pay tribute to a survivor who had a treasured possession taken from her when she entered the residential school system — serve their own purpose in advancing what should be an ongoing conversation about reconciliation.For others, like Native Council of Nova Scotia Chief Lorraine Augustine, the entire idea of the holiday smacks of insincerity.She said that while she could not speak for others in her community, she is personally struggling to see any merit in the proposal despite the fact that it comes as a result of a recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“How can you honour (residential school survivors) after what you’ve done to them?” she said. “No amount of apology, no amount of money is going to take away the hurt and what they went through.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the wrong last name for Matthew Martin-Ellis.last_img read more

UN partners gear up to help quakestricken Haiti hold elections

11 May 2010The United Nations and its international partners have pledged full “technical, logistical and material” support to help Haiti hold timely elections, viewed as a crucial step in renewing the State after the huge human and material losses suffered in January’s devastating earthquake. Presidential elections are due next February, and legislative polls before that. A task force, comprising representatives of the UN, Haiti, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), Brazil, Canada and the United States, held its first meeting yesterday in Port-au-Prince, the capital, as part of an effort to provide coordinated international support for the forthcoming polls.“The Task Force took stock of the considerable challenges posed by the effects of the 12 January earthquake on electoral preparations, including in particular on the registration of voters and the update of electoral lists, which it was agreed would begin as soon as possible,” the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a news release.The meeting was co-chaired by Haitian President René Préval and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Edmond Mulet.“Under the leadership of the Government of Haiti, Task Force members offered to provide all necessary technical, logistical and material assistance to the electoral process, with a view to supporting the Government’s efforts to ensure participatory, legitimate and timely elections,” the release said.In March, dozens of nations and organizations pledged some $9.9 billion in immediate and long-term aid to help Haiti recover and rebuild after the quake, which killed more than 200,000 people, left 1.3 million more homeless and destroyed countless buildings, including Government facilities, hospitals and schools. In his most recent report to the Security Council in April, Mr. Ban said the elections in early 2011 were central to the Government’s vision for a renewed State, a vision he appealed to the international community to support. read more

Yukon mine is mothballed as soft copper markets derail planned sale

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver-based mining company says soft copper and equity markets have combined to undermine the sale of its property in central Yukon, so it plans to shut the Minto Mine until a better opportunity is found.Capstone Mining Corp. says in a release that Pembridge Resources has been unable to arrange financing to purchase the copper mine, and the two companies have terminated the agreement announced in February.About 200 employees and contractors will be affected as mining operations are expected to stop almost immediately and milling operations will wrap up as soon as the current ore stockpile is processed.Capstone says only a core team of workers will stay to oversee the site and meet environmental monitoring and legal obligations while the mine is put into temporary care and maintenance.Capstone initially agreed to sell Minto to Pembridge for US$37.5 million, plus working capital adjustments and common shares representing 9.9 per cent of the issued and outstanding shares.Capstone had planned to use the net proceeds primarily to reduce its own outstanding borrowings but president Darren Pylot says keeping Minto in a holding pattern is an option until markets pick up.“The decision to put Minto on care and maintenance while we seek alternatives is to preserve and maximize its value,” Pylot says in the statement Thursday.“The team will ensure Minto can be restarted efficiently and safely once the copper and equity markets improve.”Costs to place the mine on care and maintenance are estimated to be approximately US$5 million in each of 2018 and 2019, with ongoing costs expected to be under US$4 million annually in 2020 and later, the Capstone statement says.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CS) read more

Thesis defences — July 15 to 19

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19.All are open for the University community to attend.PhD thesis defencesMatthew Mallette, a PhD candidate in Applied Health Sciences, will defend his thesis, titled “Effects of local muscle temperature manipulations on neuromuscular function,” on Monday, July 15 at 1 p.m. in South Block 361.The examination committee includes Stephen Cheung, Supervisor; David Gabriel, Michael Holmes and Joffre Mercier, Advisory Committee; Christopher McNeil, External Examiner (Faculty of Health and Exercise Development, University of British Columbia); Stephen Emrich, Internal Examiner; and Heather Gordon, Chair. —Kevin McGuiness, a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities, will defend his thesis, titled “The Boogeyman in the Cultural Imaginary: From the Fairytale to the Slasher Film,” on Tuesday, July 16 at 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 147.The examination committee members are Cristina Santos, Supervisor; Barry K. Grant and Leah Bradshaw, Advisory Committee; William Indick, External Examiner (Associate Professor of Psychology, William Paterson University); Christie Milliken, Internal Examiner; Heather Gordon, Chair.Master of Science thesis defenceHeather Marie VanVolkenburg, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present her thesis defence on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. in MCH 313. Her thesis is titled “Exploring Diversified Vineyard Ecological Soil Management Strategies: Impacts of cover cropping, Spanish River Carbonatite, and smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus) interactions on an agroecosystem.”The examination committee includes: Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Kevin Stevens, External Examiner (Wilfrid Laurier University); Liette Vasseur, Supervisor; and Fiona Hunter and Frederique Guinel, Committee Members.Master of Arts thesis defenceXiaoyang (Nick) Xia, a Master of Arts candidate in the Department of Psychology, will defend his thesis, titled “An Alternative Measure for Attitudes towards Bisexual People,” on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes: Dawn Zinga, Chair; Michael Ashton, Supervisor; Christine Tardif-Williams, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Child and Youth Studies, Brock University); Michael Busseri, Graduate Program Director; and Andrew Dane and Gordon Hodson, Committee Members. read more

This Green Tea CatShaped Bread is The Stuff of CarbLovers Daydreams

first_imgLook, green tea flavored anything is delicious. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. It’s especially delicious when shaped like cats, as you can probably surmise from the picture atop this article. Doesn’t it look scrumptious? No? Okay, hear me out there. It’s absolutely adorable, is it not?Source: RocketNews24It’s a creation from Japan’s Blue Jin bakery called Ironeko Bread, a creation that was spawned after the bakery realized how cool every kind of bread could be in the future if only it were also shaped like cats, just like this particular loaf. It’s part of the Japanese attitude toward food that delicacies like this should be appealing not only to the taste buds and stomach, but to the eyes as well. With the Ironeko Bread popular as it is, there’s a whole lot of new flavors coming down the line!The matcha green tea flavor is one, which also includes sweet red beans and chestnuts. If you snag some of the bread, Blue Jin recommends toasting it and even adding some butter for a delicious, carb-tastic treat. If you’re looking for something even weirder and harder to get down because of its color, then you might want to see if you’re brave enough to try Ironeko Bread Black, which is made with bamboo charcoal. It also has a special white chocolate nose, eyes, whiskers, and little kitty grin peeping up at you.Source: RocketNews24The cat breads are going on sale at the bakery on December 1, and no doubt will be insanely popular. If you live in Japan anywhere near Blue Jin, you’ll just have to get in line and wait however long it takes to get you some of this cutie cat-shaped bread. It no doubt tastes better with the cat ears. Bet you anything. Now can we just get someone who sells it here in the west?last_img read more

Suarez likely to start after impressing Emery

first_imgDenis Suarez is bracing up for his first full debut in an Arsenal shirt this weekend after impressing Unai Emery.Suarez agreed on a loan move to Arsenal from Barcelona after falling down the pecking order under Ernesto Valverde.The 25-year-old made his Arsenal debut from the bench against former club Manchester City in the 3-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium.Today I returned to Manchester to make my debut in the @premierleague and I was eager and happy to start this great challenge.. The score wasn’t good but this has just started. Let’s go for it, C’mon Gunners! #ArsenalFC pic.twitter.com/B5OF0i20JK— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) February 3, 2019Emery has tipped Suarez to become an integral part of the squad going forward, according to FourFourTwo.“The first day last week was an adaptation to us and also with 25 minutes against Manchester City,” he told a media conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town.“But already from the first day with us, he was already [giving a] good performance.“This week he worked Monday with our coaches and also yesterday. Today he is working with different adaptation and better than last week.“I hope he will continue, he is improving every day with us. Then I hope he can show in the next matches how he can help us better than in the first match against Manchester City.”The Gunners travel to West Yorkshire with a poor away run having failed to win any of their last six away games.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…And Emery understands they need to turn that form around as they look to stay in contention for Champions League qualification place at the end of the season.“Yes [we have to win],” he added. “We have the possibility and opportunity to take the top four but we know it’s not easy.“One month ago we were in the same situation. We are strong at home, but I think we need to do better away. We started very well away, changing our mentality to get more points away.▪️ Who could feature in #HUDARS?▪️ Latest on @HenrikhMkh▪️ @DenisSuarez6’s availability@UnaiEmery_’s thoughts on all that and much, much more 👇— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 7, 2019“But now we need to recover this confidence, this performance. The next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.“We know that defensively we need to do better. We’ve tried playing with three and two centre-backs. We’ve won with three and we’ve won with two.“We have to continue in our way with passion and also stay calm, but above all, we must work hard and take a good feeling in training and then show it in the match.“This week, for example, we’ve had good days of training because the feeling of the players and their wish to work every day is good. I want to do the same on Saturday against Huddersfield.“After that, we know we can win but if we cannot win it’s different. We need to be confident and take more confidence and continue working.”last_img read more

The Jamaica Tourist Board was doing big things in Times Square New

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWith a giant stress ball to capture attention, the Jamaica Tourist Board was doing big things in Times Square New York to draw the attention of who are likely some of the most stressed out people on the planet…big and yellow and rolling out was that stress ball and it did the job to launch the new advertising campaign of the Caribbean destination. No longer playing on Bob Marley’s One Love phrase… the JTB has moved on to giving advice… that advice, still from Bob’s song… get all right. New TV commercials are already being seen on big name networks like CNN. Related Items:last_img

Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom February 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Narcotics officers from the San Diego Police Department seized more than 35 pounds of marijuana, nearly $3,000 and three firearms during a pair of operations this month targeting illegal marijuana businesses, police said Friday.The larger of the two raids focused on a North Park dispensary and the owner’s El Cajon residence, where officers served a pair of warrants Thursday morning, SDPD narcotics unit Lt. Matt Novak said.Between the two locations — Patient First Choice dispensary in the 2500 block of University Avenue and Hisham Hanna’s home near Greenfield Drive –officers seized 28 pounds of high-grade marijuana and more than 600 marijuana edibles and concentrates, Novak said. They also seized $1,600 in cash and two firearms.Hanna, 55, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit, Novak said.Jail records today no longer showed Hanna as an inmate.On Feb. 1, narcotics unit officers raided the Sacred Source Sanctuary dispensary at 3434 Midway Drive, seizing seven pounds of high-grade marijuana,$1,200 in cash and a .45-caliber handgun, Novak said. That operation resulted in five employees being arrested and cited for possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit.Despite recreational marijuana becoming legal on Jan. 1, similar raids like the ones this month will continue at illegal dispensaries, delivery services and other marijuana businesses, Novak said.“All owners and employees found operating these illegal businesses will be arrested and prosecuted,” the lieutenant warned. Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 9, 2018last_img read more

Skagit River bridge reopens Wednesday

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — A temporary bridge over the Skagit River will reopen today, restoring Interstate 5 traffic less than a month after the old bridge collapsed.After the bridge collapsed on May 23, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee set a goal of restoring it by mid-June. He went to Mount Vernon on Tuesday to inspect the span and praised workers for completing in days what normally would have taken months. The temporary span will carry 99 percent of I-5 traffic, said Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. Oversized and overweight loads will still be detoured.At 24-feet wide, the 160-foot temporary section is narrower than the old bridge and traffic will have to slow to 40 mph. Still, staying on I-5 should be a relief to drivers who have lined up to detour through Mount Vernon and Burlington on the main highway for trade and tourism between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. That section of freeway is used by 71,000 vehicles a day.The temporary bridge pieces were supplied by Acrow Bridge through an emergency contract the Washington State Department of Transportation signed with Atkinson Construction. The temporary span and a permanent replacement due this fall will cost nearly $18 million. The federal Transportation Department is paying for all but about $1 million of the work.The Max Kuney construction company of Spokane was selected Tuesday for the permanent replacement, Peterson said.The 58-year-old bridge is being restored, not replaced. It will still be rated as “functionally obsolete” because it was not designed to handle today’s traffic volume and big trucks. It’s also “fracture critical,” meaning that if a single, vital component is compromised, the bridge can crumple again.last_img read more