Ply Gem And Alan Jackson Launch The Home For Good Project

first_imgPly Gem Industries, a manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, is giving back by uniting with Grammy award-winning country superstar Alan Jackson and low-income families to build affordable housing in partnership with Habitat For Humanity.The Home for Good Project is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 million worth of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity to use to help families build more than 300 homes throughout the year. In addition, Ply Gem will be the presenting sponsor of Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz, which brings together Habitat for Humanity affiliates and professional builders to build and renovate homes across the United States. The company will support the project with advertising and social media initiatives to encourage its associates, the building industry — including distributors, builders and remodelers — as well as consumers across the country to volunteer in their communities.The Home for Good Project is grounded in Alan Jackson’s song, “You Can Always Come Home,” from his recently released album, “Angels and Alcohol.” This song is the anthem that will be played throughout the program to remind individuals the importance of having a place to call home. Alan is the program’s ambassador and will help raise awareness through his fan base, social media following and support in a local Habitat Home Builders Blitz event in Nashville, scheduled to coincide with the 2016 CMA Music Festival.“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to use Ply Gem’s products, including performance siding, windows, stone and trim, to support families and communities across the country. Projects of this magnitude, demonstrating unity and passion toward an incredible cause, will no doubt be successful and change lives,” says Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO of Ply Gem. “We are motivated by Habitat for Humanity’s mission of bringing people together to build in partnership and are proud of our alignment with country music icon Alan Jackson. His personal motivation to communicate what home means through his music is now the foundation for the Home for Good Project.”“We are grateful to Ply Gem, Universal Music Group Nashville and Alan Jackson for their commitment to raise awareness and make Home Builders Blitz a success,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “In addition to providing home exterior products for Home Builders Blitz, Ply Gem’s communications efforts well in advance of the event will help connect more people to our mission of providing a foundation for families to build strength, stability and independence.”last_img read more

Man who filed human rights complaint still sitting in solitary confinement

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile the case of Michael Nehass plays out in the courtroom, the Tahltan man remains in solitary confinement.Nehass is waiting to be sentenced for a 2011 conviction for aggravated assault and unlawful confinement.His story made national news after he filed a human rights complaint after being dragged, shackled and naked in front of a judge.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports.smclean@aptn.calast_img

Qimmiit named Qimmiq should non Inuit be allowed to name dogs in

first_imgThis is Pearl, the author’s dog. She is what the local vet euphemistically calls an “Iqaluit Special”, a short legged, big headed, local breed. Every time she goes for a walk, she meets other qimmiit named “Qimmiq.” Photo courtesy: Noah Kanayuk-DriscollKent DriscollAPTN NewsHere is a sentence that only makes sense if you know a little Inuktitut – every time I take my qimmiq for a walk, we meet qimmiit named “Qimmiq.”Qimmiq is Inuktitut for dog – qimmiit is plural- and every time I take my dog for a walk in Iqaluit, we meet dogs named “dog.”We’ve met dogs named “Nanuq” – polar bear in Inuktitut – and a dog named Nuna which translates to land, which is why Nunavut has its name, Nunavut means our land.Most often, these dogs with Inuktitut names are owned and named by non-Inuit.The dogs we meet named by Inuit families generally have names in English (or Inuktitut names that don’t translate to “dog”).There are exceptions on both sides, and Iqaluit’s dog culture is one of the areas where all Iqaluit’s residents join in. There are many, many dogs.How many?That is a hard figure to put an exact number on. In the last 10 years, the Iqaluit Humane Society has rescued and re-homed more than 7,500 dogs, in a city of just 7,000 people.Their best guess at the current Iqaluit dog population is around 3,500.I count eight dogs – not including ours – within 200 m of my home.Traffic stopped for a stray isn’t just common in Iqaluit, it is routine. There is even an island in Frobisher Bay named “Dog Island”.(These qimmiit are sled dog racing on Frobisher Bay. Check out the ropes and harnesses, they are fanned out in the traditional Inuit style. Beginning in the 1950s, these dogs were reduced in number drastically by the RCMP, forcing many Inuit to give up life on the land. Qimmiit in Nunavut are a long standing sensitive issue. APTN File)Dogs have been more than just house pets for Inuit.The Qikiqtani Truth Commission studied the changes in the eastern Arctic between the 1950s and 1970s, and one of those changes was in the dog population.According to the report, in the 1950s, men were judged on the condition and ability of their dog team.Qimmiit were transport for Inuit via sled, qimmiit would find a seal hole humans wouldn’t have noticed, and qimmiit were an alarm bell when wolves or bears approached.And if the dog died, dog fur is ideal parka trim (that’s why Canada Goose still uses coyote fur to trim their parka hoods).Read: The Truth Commission ReportStarting in 1950, RCMP were tasked with controlling dog populations in what is now Nunavut.Many Inuit told the commission how they would visit a community, only to have the RCMP shoot their dogs.This stranded those families in the community and took away their livelihood.By the mid 1970s, almost all the qimmiit teams on Baffin Island were gone.It was a disaster for Inuit.So after meeting yet another qimmiq named Qimmiq, I had to wonder – considering what happened to Inuit dog teams and increasing scrutiny of cultural appropriation – is it OK that so many non-Inuit are using Inuktitut to name their dogs?(This is Umik, a proud resident of the Apex neighbourhood in Iqaluit and a member of the Watson family. Umik means “mustache” in Inuktitut, and you can easily see how he earned that name. Photo courtesy: Marlene Watson)When you have a question like that, time to turn to Twitter, which responded with a firm, ‘Maybe?” At the time of this writing, the poll is deadlocked 50/50, but the responses are far more interesting than the arbitrary vote.Poll Link:Non-Inuit giving dogs Inuktitut names. Yea or nay (because if I meet another dog named Qimiq, I’m gonna lose it.)— Kent Driscoll (@KentDriscoll) April 24, 2019Jimi Onalik used to work at the airport in Rankin Inlet, and remembers one “teacher escape day” – first day after classes end and all the imported teachers fly south, usually on the same flight – where it got out of hand.When I was working luggage on teacher escape day in Rankin, there were six dog kennels lined up for the Winnipeg flight. Four “Qimmiq”’s and two “Nanuq”’s. Someone said “Hey Qimmiq” and the place went nuts.— Jimi Onalik (@kivalliqboy) April 25, 2019Ryan Oliver is the man behind the Pinnguaq program that teaches computer coding to Nunavut youth. He started the program in nearby Pangnirtung, and he noticed the odd naming conventions.Pangnirtung 2014All Qallunaat owned dogs have Inuktitut names (Nanuq, Siku, Takulik)All Inuit owned dogs have English names (Rex, Dog, Spot)Definitely an exaggeration to say ‘all’… But more impactful for the purpose of this tweet!— Ryan Oliver (@NuRyanOliver) April 25, 2019Bernadette Dean is the Chair of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, and she understands the value of a good name for a dog, and good mitts.https://twitter.com/BernadetteDean2/status/1121273292038524928Maybe the definitive word goes to filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, producer of The Grizzlies and maker of the acclaimed documentary Angry Inuk.I actually don’t mind when they give them an Inuktitut name. It’s just dumb to name your dog…. “dog”.— Alethea ArnaquqBaril (@Alethea_Aggiuq) April 25, 2019The poll is available for voting and commenting until Friday evening.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img read more

Shocked and horrified Politicians respond to RCMP interrogation video

first_imgJustin Brake and Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsPoliticians in Ottawa responded Wednesday to a video published on APTN News’ web site that shows a Kelowna RCMP officer interrogating a female Indigenous teenager who reported she was sexually assaulted while in the B.C. child welfare system.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the video “absolutely abhorrent,” after being asked by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer how the Liberals will respond to the matter.The video, which depicts a male police officer alone in a room with the Indigenous youth, has been viewed tens of thousands of times on APTN’s Facebook page and has prompted outrage.“The apparent attitudes and techniques that were on display in 2012 are profoundly outdated, offensive and wrong,” Goodale said in the House of Commons Wednesday.“The RCMP and all police forces must work continuously to conduct themselves appropriately. No survivor of sexual assault should ever fear that their case will not be taken seriously or that they will be revictimized in the process.”Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said he was “shocked and horrified” by the video.He called the RCMP officer’s line of questioning “appalling and insensitive to the young woman who was coming forward with her story.”He asked Goodale what is being done to prevent repeat incidents.Goodale didn’t respond during Question Period but his office emailed a statement to APTN, saying the RCMP “has made major improvements to how its employees respond to victims and investigate allegations of sexual assault,” and that the federal police force “has taken action to strengthen police training and awareness, investigative accountability, victim support, and public education and communication.”(NDP MP Nathan Cullen said the video of an RCMP officer interrogating an Indigenous youth who reported a sexual assault is evidence the relationship between Canada’s federal police force and Indigenous peoples is “still fraught”. Justin Brake/APTN)Public Safety points to an RCMP review of sexual assault cases in Canada in 2016 that found of more than 10,000 reported sexual assault cases in that year, 2,225 were classified as unfounded.Of those, 1,260 of the unfounded cases were discovered to be misclassified.As a result of the review, the RCMP identified 284 files for further review.An investigation by the Globe and Mail published in February 2017 found that one in five sexual assault allegations reported to police are dismissed as unfounded.According to Statistics Canada, around 635,000 sexual assaults occurred in 2014. Upward of 90 percent of those incidents were not reported to police.In June the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will release its final report.Throughout its information gathering process the inquiry heard from hundreds of Indigenous women about their experiences with Canada’s justice system.On Tuesday inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller responded to the video, telling APTN “it was inappropriate to ask, in my view anyway…the young woman whether she was sexually aroused even in the slightest degree by the assault.”In the video, during a two-and-a-half hour interrogation, the officer asks the youth if she was “at all turned on” during the alleged assault. “Even a little bit?’ the officer said.“You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult,” he added.Read more:‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault reportMMIWG Inquiry head says RCMP interview video is ‘typical’ of what they heard from families and survivorsBuller said the incident resembles stories she heard during MMIWG Inquiry hearings.The youth, who was often alone in the room with multiple male officers during the interrogation, told APTN said she was “terrified” during the interrogation, and that “there was no parental support for me there at all.”The reported assailant was an acquaintance of the youth, and the alleged assault happened while the girl was in foster care.Minister Goodale’s office said in its statement that “any individual who feels that their case was not investigated properly can request that their file be looked at again at the detachment level.”Public Safety also said complainants can file complaints about the RCMP’s handling of their case with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission.After seeing the video, NDP MP Nathan Cullen called for an investigation of the incident, “and this officer reprimanded at the very, very least.”Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Cullen said the incident is just one example of how the justice system fails Indigenous people.“We’ve heard and seen these instances before,” he said. “I think for me, and Canadians broadly — Indigenous people in particular — [we] want to see a fundamental change.”The RCMP responded to APTN’s request for comment on the incident.“Unfortunately, the RCMP is not in a position to provide further context or perspective as the case is subject to restrictions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, an ongoing Criminal Code matter and civil litigation proceedings,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We are also mindful of the Privacy Act, in addition to a number of other considerations.”Cullen said the incident shows that the relationship between the RCMP and Indigenous peoples is “still fraught.”Goodale’s office said the RCMP administers “new training” for officers around “myths surrounding sexual assault and consent law,” and that cultural competency training, trauma-informed investigations training and a course for sexual assault investigators are currently “under development.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Collision closes Alberta Highway 43 between Hythe and Beaverlodge

first_imgSTARS Air Ambulance also confirmed that one of its medevac helicopters had been dispatched to the crash site. STAR-5 (Grande Prairie) has been dispatched for a scene call emergency in the Beaverlodge, AB area.— STARS Ambulance (@STARSambulance) August 31, 2018Motorists can detour around the closure by travelling east on Highway 672 and south on  Highway 723.At this point, there’s no information from the RCMP about how many vehicles or persons were involved in the collision.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. UPDATE: According to 511Alberta, Highway 43 has reopened between Hythe and Beaverlodge.BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – Alberta Highway 43 is currently closed in both directions between Hythe and Beaverlodge because of a collision.Information from 511Alberta shows that the closure occurred this morning just after 7:00. Highway 43 is closed in both directions near the junction with Highway 671.last_img read more

Rabat to Host 2nd SpanishMoroccan Security and Counterterrorism Forum

Rabat – Moroccan and Spanish officials will come together to discuss counterterrorism measures and the growing threat of extremism in the two countries on May 19 at the second Forum on Security and Counterterrorism in Rabat.Held under the theme “Fighting terror in the Sahel: the contribution of Morocco, Spain and the African Union”, the forum aims to address possible measures to fight terrorist activities and extremism, which represent the greatest challenges for both countries and globally, according to the organizers.Mohamed Aujar, Minister of Justice and Abdelhak El Khiyame, Head of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), will be both in attendance at the forum. Several Spanish experts and professors from Complutense University will also take part in this event. ”The organization of the second session of the Spanish-Moroccan forum on security and counterterrorism in Rabat showcases the close ties existing between the two countries in various fields, especially that of security,‘, explained Said Ida Hassan, president of the Arab Culture Foundation, in a press release.The forum will be organized by the Arab Culture Foundation. The previous edition of the event was held in Madrid, Spain. read more

DR Congo Government forces commit worst of widespread abuses – UN report

17 September 2007Government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remain responsible for the country’s worst human rights abuses, carrying out arbitrary executions and raping, robbing or extorting civilians, according to the latest report by the United Nations peacekeeping mission. The human rights assessment for July, released today, shows that Congolese police, soldiers and members of rebel groups fighting the Government have also perpetrated serious abuses, especially in the violence-wracked Kivu provinces in the far east of the vast country.The UN mission, known as MONUC, reported that a widespread climate of impunity allows many of these abuses to go unpunished, even months after they were committed.It cited a separate report by the UN Human Rights Office in the DRC indicating that Congolese soldiers and police officers used indiscriminate and excessive force – and in some instances carried out summary executions – in quelling protests in Bas-Congo province by an opposition movement in late January and early February. Six months after those events, the people responsible for the human rights violations have not been arrested.Today’s report details numerous instances of human rights abuses by the Congolese armed forces (FARDC), including at least 10 documented cases of arbitrary executions and one particularly gruesome case on 29 July in which a soldier in North Kivu province allegedly raped and then chopped to death a Hutu woman and her three-month-old baby.It further outlines rights violations by the Congolese national police (PNC) and by armed rebel groups, including the murder and rape of villagers and the extortion and robbing of civilians.The assessment also finds continued weaknesses and systemic failures in the administration of justice across the DRC and that prison inmates and family members who visit them in jail have been beaten by authorities.Yakin Ertürk, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, conducted a 12-day visit in July to the DRC, where she met with Government officials, UN agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and victims of violence.Ms. Ertürk denounced the shortcomings of the criminal justice system in dealing with cases of sexual violence, including the high number of alleged perpetrators who have been granted bail after being charged with serious crimes.She described the patterns and level of sexual violence in South Kivu province as the worst she has ever seen in four years as a Special Rapporteur. read more

Spring Convocation wraps up

Friday, June 11, 10 a.m. – Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Mathematics and ScienceAt Friday morning’s ceremony, more than 560 students were presented with their degrees from the university.An honorary degree was presented to Val Fleming, one of Niagara’s most distinguished and well-known citizens. In her introductory remarks for Fleming, Dean Rosemary Hale noted that she makes “Niagara a healthier and happier place to live.”James Stewart, textbook author, musician and professor emeritus of mathematics was also presented with an honorary degree at Friday’s morning ceremony.Stewart also delivered the Convocation address. In his speech he asked students — “Do you know what you’re going to do with you life? I didn’t when I was your age. I certainly would not have predicted that I would end up writing mathematics textbooks for a living.“When I was a student in high school and university I looked at the glossy brochures of the standard categorized careers — doctor, lawyer, scientist, engineer, architect, stock broker, and the like. But, of course, there was no brochure for textbook author.“My advice is to be on the lookout for careers that fall between the cracks, to be alert to careers for which there are no brochures.”Patrick Boyle from St. Catharines, a PhD student in Biotechnology, was also presented with the Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded to the student who achieves the highest academic standing at the graduate level. Boyle is currently conducting post-doctorate work at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.At the ceremony Professor Tamara El-Hoss, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, was presented with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Faculty of Humanities, and Professor Michael Winter, Department of Computer Science, was presented with the same award for the Faculty of Mathematics and Science.Faculty of Humanities Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medals were presented to undergraduate student Katherine Gottli (St. Catharines, Ont.) and graduate student Katherine Schleifer (Oakville, Ont.). Humanities Dean’s Medals were presented to Kathleen Elizabeth Buchan and Caroline Elise Bourque (St. Catharines, Ont.).Faculty of Mathematics Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medals were presented to undergraduate student Jordan MacNeil (St. Catharines, Ont.) and graduate student Lisa Neville (Trenton, Ont.). Mathematics and Science Dean’s Medals were presented to Ann Dion and Jonathan Ross (Niagara Falls, Ont.).Friday, June 11, 2 p.m. – Faculty of Applied Health SciencesAt Friday’s afternoon ceremony, about 450 applied health sciences students packed the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium to receive their degrees from Brock.At the ceremony, an honorary degree was bestowed upon Brigadier-General Hilary Jaeger. Brock recognized Brigadier-General Jaeger for a lifetime of medical and health security achievements.During her Convocation address, Brigadier-General Jaeger congratulated the graduating students on achieving this remarkable milestone in their academic and personal lives.“I would like you to reflect on this day of achievement, which is not necessarily a measure of how much you have learned because knowledge is not permanent,” she said. “And it is not what you know which is important about today.“It is far more important that you have learned how to learn, you have learned how to question and that you have learned how to assess what other people impart as information.”At the afternoon ceremony Professor Brent Faught, Department of Community Health Sciences, was presented with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.Applied Health Sciences Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medals were also presented to undergraduate student Julie Serroul (St. Catharines, Ont.) and graduate student Jennifer Ptasinski (Grimsby, Ont.). And Applied Health Sciences Dean’s Medals were presented to Bailey Gresham (Arnprior, Ont.) and Matthew Gary Gordon (St. Catharines, Ont.).Saturday, June 12 – Faculty of BusinessAt Saturday morning’s last Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Business, more than 520 students stepped across the stage in the Ian D. Beddis gymnasium to receive their degrees.Special guest James MacLellan, the Faculty of Business’ 2009 Distinguished Graduate, and partner in the Construction, Engineering, Surety and Fidelity Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, delivered the morning’s Convocation address.In his speech, MacLellan explained, that as graduates looking forward to tomorrow their tomorrow’s should include:“Staying in touch with Brock and the Faculty of Business. Becoming involved as an alumni can be a very rewarding experience. The strength of our degrees is in part due to the efforts of the graduates like you and I now, to keep the Brock brand and the network of business alumni connected.“Accepting responsibility for the work you do whatever the outcome. The business world rewards individuals who get things done — taking ownership and accepting responsibility for how things are done.“Knowing that you are now equipped with the tools to begin a long and successful career. Value all of your Brock experiences, and I mean all of your Brock experiences as I have, and put them to good use.”Professor Donald Cyr, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, was presented with the Faculty of Business’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.Business Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medals were presented to undergraduate student Vanessa Julie Ralph (Scarborough, Ont.) and graduate student Theodor Soepboer (Camlachie, Ont.). And the Business Dean’s Medal was presented to Norman Johnston (St. Catharines, Ont.). read more

Fencing Fresh off title MarcAntoine Blais Belanger turns focus to Olympics

Ohio State senior epeeist Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger is hoisted up by his teammates after winning the 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships on March 25 in State College, Pennsylvania. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsTwo years ago, the biggest opportunity of Ohio State fencer Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger’s career was met with disappointment. After reaching the men’s epee finals in the 2016 NCAA Fencing Championships, Blais Belanger fell just short of the title, losing to Jake Hoyle, the top seed from Columbia.On March 25 in State College, Pennsylvania, Blais Belanger once again found himself one victory away from becoming the NCAA men’s epee champion. In the waning moments of overtime, with the hard-fought title bout against Sean White of St. John’s nearing its conclusion, Blais Belanger trailed 14-13. It looked like history was doomed to repeat itself.Then, in the final bout of his career, Blais Belanger turned the tide.With the clock winding down, Blais Belanger scored a touch on White to tie the score. Moments later, Belanger scored the touch with three seconds remaining that clinched his 15-14 victory.Disappointment turned to triumph.“Two years ago I came so close,” Blais Belanger said. ”If I wouldn’t have won [this time] it would have been really hard to swallow.”Blais Belanger’s four-year Ohio State career reached a redemptive conclusion, but he does not plan on letting his fencing career come to an end. With a successful and memorable college tenure now behind him, Blais Belanger has turned his attention to the sport’s greatest competition: the Olympics.Although Blais Belanger’s NCAA eligibility has expired, he plans to remain at Ohio State for one more year to complete his degree in mechanical engineering. He will still spend countless hours honing his skills in the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility to prepare for the final push to qualify and represent Canada in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.“[To qualify] you have to do almost every international competition and try to bank up on international points,” Blais Belanger said. “You have to be amongst the [best] in the Americas.”But Blais Belanger believes his collegiate career, during which he has competed at the NCAA championships all four years, has prepared him for the challenge of qualifying for and competing in the Olympics.“There’s so much pressure [in NCAA competition] because everyone’s [trying to] go out and be the best for their school,” Blais Belanger said. “There’s always so much intensity in every tournament … I think that’s going to help me a lot to handle pressure.”Blais Belanger also has competed for Team Canada at international competitions. Though he said the talent level is higher in international tournaments, they can’t match the intensity of NCAA competitions where team comradery and school pride inspire passion. “During international competition you focus on yourself,” Blais Belanger said. “Obviously if your teammate from your country does well you’re happy, but it’s not the same thing because you don’t depend on each other to win.”There are plenty of great college fencers who fail to reach the Olympics. While experience and preparation are important, a certain degree of natural talent is necessary to compete among the world’s greatest fencers. Ohio State fencing head coach Vladimir Nazlymov has an eye for Olympic talent. His lengthy resume includes three Olympic medals of his own when he competed for the Soviet Union in 1968, 1976 and 1980. He has been a member of the coaching staff of both the United States and Soviet national teams, and was the Soviet national team’s head coach in the 1988 Olympics. Nazlymov said he believes Blais Belanger has what it takes to be an Olympian.“[Blais Belanger has an] unbelievably strong neural system,” Nazlymov said. “He can be patient until last millisecond. It’s not timing. It’s [instincts]. In this case he’s unbelievable talent.”Maybe it was four years of learning to handle intense competition that allowed Blais Belanger to land the winning touch with three seconds remaining in his final college bout. Maybe the final strike was the type of instinctual response that his coach believes makes him a special talent.One thing is certain: as Blais Belanger comes closer to reaching the ultimate goal of his athletic career, he will need to thrive in big moments. If how he fared in the biggest moment of his collegiate career is any indication, he’ll do just fine. read more

Sparing prison for clever student sends wrong signal to victims

first_img 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. The court was told Christ Church College will allow Woodward to return in October because she “is that bright”.However, her defence counsel Jim Sturman QC said Woodward –  who has already had articles published in medical journals – is unlikely to be able to fulfill her ambition of becoming a heart surgeon her criminal conviction would have to be disclosed.Woodward had come top of her year in the pre-clinical tests that all Oxford medical students take at the end of their third year.She be sentenced on September 25 and was given a restraining order, and told to stay drug-free and not to re-offend.The Sentencing Council, which advises judges in order to “promote greater consistency in sentencing”, said it could not comment on the specific circumstances of an ongoing case.But it said that in sentencing an offence of unlawful wounding, such as that committed by Woodward, a judge would have to take into account the seriousness of the assault, whether there was any premeditation and the offender’s previous criminal history before deciding whether to impose a custodial sentence of up to four years or a non-custodial community order.Mr Fairclough has been described as an extremely talented law student. Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studies at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a bread knife when he threatened to call her mother during a rowCredit:Facebook Norman Brennan, a former police officer of 31 years’ experience who campaigns for victims of crime , said: “This is a crime that should always attract a prison sentence. At a time when knife crime is out of control the courts should be setting an example.” Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studies at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a bread knife when he threatened to call her mother during a rowcenter_img Woodward attended Sir James Henderson British School of Milan, a £16,000-a-year international school in the Italian city before going to Oxford.After the case Mr Sturman said that Woodward had been making “every effort” to get her life back on track and added: “She has been seeing a counsellor. This is not a soft option – this is a judge giving her a fair chance to prove herself.” Victims’ groups have warned that a decision not to jail an Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend because of her “extraordinary” talent for medicine could set back attempts to encourage others who suffer domestic violence to come forward.Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studied at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed her boyfriend Thomas Fairclough in the leg on December 30 last year after drinking alcohol and taking drugs.The pair, who had met on the dating site Tinder, had a row and when Mr Fairclough, a Cambridge PHD student, threatened to call Woodward’s mother she punched him before picking up a bread knife and stabbing him in the leg.She admitted a charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court and on Tuesday Judge Ian Pringle said the offence would normally mean a custodial sentence.But he deferred sentencing for a period of four months and hinted that she would not be jailed – because of her ”extraordinary” talent.He said: “It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinarily able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to, would be a sentence which would be too severe. “What you did will never, I know, leave you but it was pretty awful, and normally it would attract a custodial sentence, whether it is immediate or suspended.”But victims’ groups have said the judge’s comments send entirely the wrong signal to others who have suffered from similar assaults, particularly male victims of domestic violence who are already reluctant to come forward.Claire Waxman, the director of Voice4Victims, told The Telegraph: “I think the Judge needs to be mindful of the way he sentences this case and his comments.  Male victims of domestic violence struggle to come forward due to the way society views them. If the Judge passes a lenient sentence, this will discourage victims from coming forward and reporting.”She added: “This case raises some serious questions on how we view female perpetrators of domestic violence and how the effects of the crime on the victim is being overshadowed by the impact the sentence could have on the perpetrator’s life.”last_img read more

Caterpillars new factory installed Ansul fire suppression systems

first_imgCaterpillar now offers factory installed fire suppression systems on certain models of Cat® surface mining equipment. The integrated designs by Caterpillar engineers help ensure high reliability and extended durability of the systems. The factory installation option also speeds machine delivery by cutting time required for field installation.   Current Cat machines offered with factory installed fire suppression systems include the D10T2 dozer and the 777G off-highway truck. Plans call for offering the factory installed systems on additional Cat mining machines, such as the D11T dozer. For these machines, the Ansul® Checkfire 210 Detection and Actuation system is installed with the Ansul LVS liquid agent fire suppression system. The LVS fire suppression system agent provides both fire suppression and superior cooling of superheated surfaces while blanketing the fuel and cutting off oxygen to help prevent reflash. Caterpillar and Ansul personnel worked closely to optimize system configurations and validate spray coverage. Caterpillar design integration ensures that adequate and structurally validated space is allotted per Caterpillar engineering standards for routing and securely mounting fire suppression system components—detection wire, suppressant lines and nozzles. And factory installation eliminates days of disassembly and reassembly work for installation of hardware. For example, factory installed fire suppression can put a D10T2 to work about three days faster. On-site certification by an authorized Ansul distributor is required after machine commissioning.last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added daring cupcakes

first_img(LiveLeak2014/YouTube) Northern Lights from Fahan Hill in Buncrana, Inishowen, Co. Donegal yesterday evening (Adam Rory Porter).HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#CROKE PARK 2: Nurses, gardaí and firefighters are set to step up their campaign to oppose Croke Park 2 over the coming weeks with town hall meetings planned for the next fortnight. Meanwhile, trade union UNITE has told the government to “be quiet and stay the hell away” from the voting process on the pay deal.#UNITED NATIONS: Former Irish President Mary Robinson has been appointed UN Special Envoy to the troubled Great Lakes region of Africa. The announcement today was welcomed by NGOs working in the region as well as politicians back home.#ALCOHOL: Alcohol Forum launched Ireland’s first ever National Alcohol Awareness Week as the organisation said the country’s legacy of harmful drinking and its impact on children is a ‘national scandal’. The organisation has a number of events planned over the next week to raise awareness of the issue and to encourage a responsible attitude to drinking.#STEUBENVILLE: Two teenagers in the US have been found guilty of raping a fellow high school student in a case that became notorious after a video of boys laughing about the assault on the “dead” drunk girl went viral. The two football players broke down when they heard the verdict yesterday which found them “delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt” on all counts.#GRAND SLAM: Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning ladies returned to Dublin today, greeted to a well deserved hero’s welcome. Smiles, hugs and a baby in a trophy – all here.THINGS WE LOVEDThese exclusive, behind the scene snaps from the classic film Willow. Look at Warwick Davis’ lovely head of hair.We are big fans of cupcakes so we love the ambition of some of these unusual recipes…even if we wouldn’t try them all ourselves.If you liked that picture up top, you’ll love this collection of images of last night’s Northern Lights compiled by The Metro Times. We know you’ve probably had enough of things turning green for St Patrick’s Day but this was all natural.THINGS WE SHAREDThis is what posh Irish toilets looked like 700 years ago. State-of-the-art.These totally impractical shoes. Nonetheless, we have to have them.This video of a policewoman being really sound, pardon the pun. They had arrived to tell the guy to turn the volume down and instead he treated her to a ‘hair job’. We love how completely unimpressed her colleague is at the end. “Right, you ready…?”last_img read more

Fouryearold George Dotas saved from burning house

first_imgGeorge Dotas, one of Vicki and Konstantinos Dotas’ seven children, was pulled from a burning house by a passer-by after he jumped through a smashed window to save the four-year old. Their house on Police Road, Mulgrave that the family of nine rented was set on fire on Monday 17 September, around 2:30 pm. At the time of the fire, Vicki Dotas was in the house with her four-year-old twin boys. After she saw the smoke coming out of some of the bedrooms, she escaped the house with one of the twins, realising that another one, George, was still in the house. The boys’ father Konstantinos Dotas, 42, told Neos Kosmos the terrified child hid under the bed. The house was alight when Garry Brewster walked past, and saw Vicki Dotas shouting about her son still in the burning home. He went through a smashed window, and pulled George out from under the bed. After he passed the toddler through the window, he went to check if there was anyone else still inside. Firefighters arrived at 2:44 pm to find the house in flames. Father Konstantinos Dotas praised the man who saved their son. “I’m grateful that my son got out alive; the tragedy could have been bigger,” said Mr Dotas. He told Neos Kosmos the fire had destroyed everything they owned, apart from the couples’ stefanothiki (wedding crown case) and a photo of their wedding day that he found unburned in their bedroom. The family didn’t have any insurance, and both Vicki and Konstantinos are unemployed people, on a low income. With a wife and seven children, Mr Dotas said he had no idea how they would survive. At the moment, the nine family members are situated in three different places staying with relatives all over Melbourne. “Who is going to help us now? Who can welcome a family of nine in their house? It’s very hard for us. We’re on the street – we lost everything we had,” he told Neos Kosmos. The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) investigators are still checking the cause of the fire. Mr Dotas has urged the Greek community and politicians to help his family of nine find a place to live again and for his children to find peace and harmony through their home. He added that Gerry Brewster, the man who saved 4-year-old George’s life, has already initiated the action to help family Dotas. “My wife has contacted Centrelink and Human Services, but they just told us to bring a bunch of documents and paperwork, so they can put our case on a waiting list. I don’t need a place to live when my children are grown up, I need help now,” Mr Dotas said desperately. Mr Dotas expressed his hopes that Greek community and welfare service will find a way to help his family in this hard situation. Mr and Mrs Dotas’ seven children are aged from 4 to 19. The family migrated to Australia in 1992, and were tenants in the Mulgrave house for only four months before the fire. The owner of the house is also of Greek origin. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pochettino Trophies only build ego

first_imgMauricio Pochettino does not believe winning trophies will automatically take Tottenham to the next level.Spurs woes were compounded with a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round after losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final inside four days.However, the Argentine boss is not losing focus on Spurs as he is adamant trophies will not weave the magic overnight.“Again we’re going to have the debate on whether a trophy will take the club to the next level. I don’t agree with it. It only builds your ego. The most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.”He added via Sky: “It’s true, this season has been tough. I told you it would be a massive challenge for us, but we believe it’ll be a tough season but no tougher than it’s been.🗣️ The post-match thoughts of Mauricio at Selhurst Park: pic.twitter.com/CLgE35keXT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 27, 2019“Of course, disappointed because, after Thursday and today again, out of two competitions. You feel disappointed. You can’t feel anything different.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“But now we have to be positive. We are still in two competitions, in a good position in the Premier League and the Champions League is a massive motivation for the whole club. We have to be strong.“People wish we could win some trophies. But being realistic, we are doing so well. To win a title here in England like the FA Cup or Carabao Cup is about being lucky, not only about quality in your squad.“To arrive here in different condition, so you can fight or be stronger… Of course, it’s tougher to compete and win when things happened as they did.“Sometimes when you assess football, you only look at which team won and which team lost, but you have to consider all the circumstances.“Now the realistic targets are trying to be in the top four, try and be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and reduce the gap.“To be a contender is always difficult for us. [Top four] is realistic. Another is to try and beat [Borussia] Dortmund and be in the next round. That is tough.”FULL-TIME: We’re unable to find a way back into the game and our @EmiratesFACup run comes to an end at Selhurst Park. pic.twitter.com/Ha8MxAUvFu— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 27, 2019last_img read more

Elevated wildfire risks in San Diego loom ahead

first_imgElevated wildfire risks in San Diego loom ahead 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gusty and very dry conditions in local mountain passes and desert slopes will create elevated wildfire risks in the San Diego area Tuesday, forecasters said.Through Tuesday evening, humidity levels will likely drop to the single digits in the East County, where afternoon and evening wind gusts could reach 40 miles per hour or higher, the National Weather Service said. The conditions will result in heightened fire dangers in the affected areas, the agency reported.The conditions were expected to persist through Wednesday night, when the winds will begin to decrease and humidity will gradually increase into Thursday, meteorologists said. Dave Scott Posted: September 18, 2018 Dave Scott, September 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Murray calls on local leaders to support I5 bridge with light rail

first_imgU.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Wednesday called on local business and political leaders to come together in support of a new Interstate 5 bridge with light rail.Murray, a Democrat elected to her fourth term in November, said she will fight for federal funding but said it will have to be matched by a local funding component. Project planners have identified a bridge toll as that local share.“This community is going to have to coalesce around a fair and responsible tolling system,” Murray said.Murray challenged tolling critics to identify an alternative.“You can’t just say ‘no’ to tolling without saying what you think the regional funding component ought to be,” Murray said during the noon hour visit to the Vancouver Convention Center.The lunch was sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Identity Clark County.Alluding to the shooting in Arizona earlier this month, Murray encouraged local leaders to be willing to stand up to critics.“It isn’t easy to be an elected official these days,” Murray said. “We need local leaders to stand up and take a position.”Murray, who chairs a key Senate transportation committee, has laid the groundwork for the Federal Transit Administration to underwrite $850 million in transit funding to build an extension of Portland’s light-rail transit system in downtown Vancouver. C-Tran will ask voters in November to boost the sales tax to generate an estimated $2 million to $3 million annually needed to operate it.last_img read more

Harris County Reduces Convictions For Marijuana Misdemeanor Possession By 80 Percent

first_img Share Harris County District Attorney’s OfficeAn instructor teaches the decision-making class that is part of the Marijuana Misdemeanor Diversion Program in Harris County.Convictions for marijuana possession-related misdemeanors in Harris County have gone down 80 percent since District Attorney Kim Ogg implemented a pre-charge diversion program that allows people to go through special courses instead of being arrested.In Texas, possession of four ounces or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor.The program is voluntary and requires participants to take a four-hour course that teaches decision-making skills. The course’s curriculum includes a cost-benefit analysis of getting in trouble with the law, as well as lessons on setting goals and developing skills “to avoid risky situations and behaviors.” The course fee is $150 but it can be waived. Participants have 90 days to complete it.Ogg held a news conference on Friday to discuss the results of the program. As of March 29, 2019, 9,184 individuals have been accepted into the program. The average age of the participants is 26 years-old. “These are numbers to be proud of,” said Ogg.From 2006 to 2016, Harris County prosecuted more than 100,000 individuals for misdemeanor possession of marijuana at a cost of more than $100 million dollars, according to Ogg’s office.In 2016, there were 4,591 misdemeanor marijuana convictions. The diversion program started in March of 2017 and by the end of 2018 that number went down to 906, an 80 percent reduction according to statistics provided by the district attorney’s office. The reduction is 85 percent if examining a five-year time frame, from 2014 to 2018.SavingsThe DA’s office estimates Harris County has saved more than $30 million through the diversion program, when combining the cost of jail stays, lab processing of seized marijuana, prosecutors and defense lawyer wages, court appearances and other costs.Ogg says the program also frees up more time for prosecutors to work on cases that involve victims. “Our prosecutors are stretched thin and we want them working on the crimes against victims, marijuana is not that,” she said. Representatives from the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have also touted the benefits of the program, saying patrol officers waste less time arresting and booking low-level offenders. “We are concentrating on the more serious crimes,” said HPD Assistant Chief James Jones. IneligibilityOffenders who possess marijuana in drug-free zones near schools and correctional facilities aren’t eligible for the program and are still charged and prosecuted.The penalty for misdemeanor marijuana possession can be up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.You can read details about the program here.You can watch Ogg’s news conference by clicking here.last_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics culminates in Mumbai

first_imgAfter a glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India, the 8th Theatre Olympics, which happened in India for the first time, drew to a colourful close. The festival had its grand closing ceremony in Mumbai and also staged two final productions in Delhi on March 8 i.e., the culmination day. While Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis was present as the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma, eminent film personality Nana Patekar came as the Guests of Honour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe closing ceremony was honoured by the presence of Artistic Director, 8th Theatre Olympics, Ratan Thiyam and presided over by Acting Chairman, National School of Drama Society, Dr Arjun Deo Charan. Theodoros Terzopoulos – Chairman of the International Committee of Theatre Olympics, M L Srivastava – Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, and popular theatre and film personality Nawazuddin Siddiqui were special guests at the event. Director of National School of Drama (NSD), Prof. Waman Kendre, was also present on the occasion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We get many chances to show our strength and potentials, but 8th Theatre Olympics has given us unprecedented opportunity to show the power of our culture,” said Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD.”8th Theatre Olympics could not have been possible without the inspirational support of Dr Mahesh Sharma, our beloved and visionary Culture Minister, Government of India. NSD is proud to have organised an event that has shown the cultural might of India, a vision shown by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he further added. While the closing ceremony was being held in Mumbai, the Capital held its last ‘Meet The Director’ session where eminent theatre critics, Diwan Singh Bajeli and Renu Arora joined the panel with directors of the plays staged on Saturday. One of the closing plays in the city was ‘Derailed’. This Hindi play, directed by Devendra Ahirwar pivots around Savitri, a middle-aged woman, who is dissatisfied with her circumstances. She has an unemployed son, a promiscuous teen daughter and a husband, who has failed to provide her emotional and financial security. ‘The Brink! Or A Ritual Of Bad Sounds’ was the concluding play. This English play, directed by Thom Pasculli is based on the popular story of Shakuntala and brings about a subtle analysis of socio-political aspects of the period along with a poetic depiction of the love tale of Dushyanta and Shakuntala. “I wish the Indian theatre, with the support of Indian government should dominate the world. The 9th Theatre Olympics will be jointly organised by Russia and Japan,” informed Chairman of the International Committee of Theatre Olympics, Theodoros Terzopoulos.This edition of Theatre Olympics brought together approximately 25,000 artists under the theme “Flag of Friendship”. The event witnessed 450 shows from more than 30 countries performed across 17 cities such as Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, and Varanasi during the festival.”I am really happy that Prof. Waman Kendre has taken theatre on another level. I appreciate your work and thank you, for you have kept theatre alive. Thanks for being associated with theatre for so long in all possible manner,” said Nana Patekar.”Our rich heritage and culture is the reason that India stands united today despite the diversity. Life is like theatre. Like life, it goes on; it is only time, settings and people that change. It is true for this city Mumbai, which goes on in all situations. The entire nation should be woven into the cultural fabric to create a united India. Through Theatre Olympics, we have commenced our journey to reach that goal,” said Minister of Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, in his speech, said, “I thank Dr Mahesh Sharma and NSD to have selected Mumbai to organise the final phase of Theatre Olympics. Maharashtra is known as the birthplace of cinema, but actually, Maharashtra has been the centre for theatrical activities. Our theatre will flourish from generation to generation. Without even the technical aspects of movies, theatre is able to create the effect through acting, and hence, our theatre will never die.” “Theatre is a place where we can reflect all emotions and sentiments of society. Politics also has a bit of theatre in this. If we do our role well, people give us support and when we fail to play our role, they reject us. This I see a parallel between the theatre and politics,” he further added.’Rang Shikhar’, a vibrant collage of tribal, folk and theatre performances, followed the closing ceremony. Renowned actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Joshi, Himani Shivpuri, Sachin Khedekar, along with well-known ventriloquist and puppeteer Ramdas Padhye, famous Bharatnatyam dancer Sandhya Purecha and famed Lavani dancer Vaishali Jadhav, performed at the presentation.The 51-day long 8th Theatre Olympics staged more than 400 plays and hosted 78 allied events including 34 living legend series, 29 master classes, 7 interfaces, 6 national and international seminars and 2 workshops across 17 cities. Besides, about 600 ambience performances and 250 youth forum shows took place during the nationwide event.last_img read more