Chris Lynn is ‘hardest hitter in world’: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir has heaped praise on his teammate and Australian batsman Chris Lynn by describing him as the ‘hardest hitter’ of the ball in international cricket at the moment.Lynn made an impressive return from a shoulder injury that sidelined the Queenslander for a month, smashing a quick-fire 22-ball fifty to guide the Knight Riders to a six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their IPL clash last evening.He also blasted five boundaries and four sixes in his half-century besides also sharing an incredible 105-run opening stand with Sunil Narine.”I reckon (Lynn) is the hardest hitter of the ball at the moment in international cricket. The way he backs himself is unbelievable, for someone who was out with an injury for a month to play the way he did today shows the quality he has and how much be backs his game and how mentally tough he is,” cricket.com.au quoted Gambhir as saying.However, Narine’s own record-breaking knock somewhat overshadowed Lynn’s effort. The West Indies all-rounder smashed the joint-fastest IPL fifty off just 15 balls. He hit a 17-ball 54 – including six fours and four sixes – as Kolkata reached the 159-run target in 15.1 overs to emerge out victorious.Gambhir revealed that the idea behind demoting himself in favour of keeping Narine at the top of the order alongside Lynn was to take the pressure off the returning Australian player.”That was the best partnership I’ve seen in my entire career.You don’t expect people to get 105 in six overs. It was team management, we thought there’s no point making him bat at eight or nine because he was hardly getting any balls to face,” Gambhir said.advertisement”We thought if someone could go hard from the other end it could just give Lynny some time because he was coming back after a month. But the way Lynny batted today was unbelievable, from both ends it was the best hitting I’ve seen,” he concluded.KKR are currently standing at the second spot in the IPL table, having notched up eight wins from 12 games they have played so far.The Gambhir-led team will next lock horns with Kings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.last_img read more

Acting Premier Extends Condolences to Friends and Family of George Mitchell

first_imgActing Premier Frank Corbett today, Aug. 10, expressed condolences to the friends and family of former MLA, cabinet minister and Speaker of the House George Mitchell who passed away Thursday, Aug. 5, in Halifax. “I want to offer my condolences to Mr. Mitchell’s family during this difficult time,” said Mr. Corbett. “George Mitchell served his constituents and the people of Nova Scotia well for many years and will be remembered by his colleagues as a man of great integrity.” Mr. Mitchell was an MLA from 1970-1979 serving the people of Halifax-Cornwallis. After he left politics he returned to law until his retirement in 2001. “Mr. Mitchell was always committed to his community and to his province even after he left politics,” said Mr. Corbett. “He was well-respected by all who had the opportunity to work with him.”last_img read more

Bloomfield Project Decision Announced

first_imgGovernment will no longer be the developer on the Bloomfield property in Halifax. “After hearing from, and seriously considering, feedback from stakeholders and the people involved, we have decided that Housing Nova Scotia will no longer proceed as developer for this project,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services. “This project will become an iconic part of north end Halifax and we want to see it developed. Given the housing market and the city’s eagerness to move forward quickly, we are confident that a private developer will be able to bring Bloomfield to life.” The province will share information from the design and planning stages and feedback received during the public consultation, and work with the Halifax Regional Municipality and any future developer to ensure affordable housing options are available at Bloomfield. “Supporting affordable home ownership was one of the key goals of the Bloomfield development and we remain committed to that goal for Halifax and across the province,” said Dan Troke, CEO of Housing Nova Scotia. Housing Nova Scotia will focus on its core mandate of expanding affordable housing options for renters and repairing existing affordable housing. It is working on a plan to create more home ownership opportunities for lower income Nova Scotians and for first-time home buyers of low to modest income levels. Housing Nova Scotia will continue to work with the city, the federal government, businesses and non-profit groups to address homelessness and affordable housing issues in Halifax.last_img read more

Province Seeks Input into Accessibility Standards

first_imgGovernment is seeking input from Nova Scotians to inform accessibility standards for education and the built environment. Starting today, May 22, Nova Scotians will be able to complete an online survey that will explore experiences of those who face barriers to accessibility and gather insights from those with an interest in helping to advance accessibility in the province. The Standard Development Committees will use the information gathered to develop recommendations for the Accessibility Advisory Board on how to make education, buildings and outdoor spaces accessible. Nova Scotians will have further opportunity to provide feedback when both the recommendations and the proposed standards are drafted. Standards for education will address accessibility in public and private early childhood education, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education, including the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning. Standards for the built environment will apply to buildings, rights-of-way and outdoor spaces. The standards are expected to be implemented beginning in 2022. The survey is available in English, French, and American Sign Language (ASL) at https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/standards-consultation and will remain open until June 12.last_img read more

Small Saskatchewan town welcomes stranded train passengers on Christmas morning

first_imgSPY HILL, Sask. – A small Saskatchewan town opened its doors on Christmas morning to a Via Rail train with almost 100 passengers that suffered mechanical problems due to extremely cold weather.Company spokeswoman Mariam Diaby said in an email that the train travelling between Vancouver and Toronto had to stop at Spy Hill, and the passengers were sheltered in the local community centre where they received food, drinks and warmth.Calvin Petracek, Spy Hill’s deputy fire chief, said he was doing chores on his farm when texts went out to local firefighters asking volunteers to help.Petracek said there’s no railway station in Spy Hill, which has a population of about 300 people, so the train was stopped at a siding in the community.He said it’s only about 100 metres from the train to the hall and most passengers walked, but the temperature was -43 C with wind chill.Petracek said the stranded passengers were served pancakes cooked by people in the town, with help from the cooks on the train.“The population of Spy Hill increased 25 per cent through Christmas due to this,” Petracek said.Diaby said the passengers — 98 in total — were to be taken to Winnipeg by bus later in the day. She said Via was looking at alternative transportation for the passengers from Winnipeg onward.“The safety and well-being of our passengers is our priority and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Diaby said in the email.Ryan Siemens — who boarded the train in Saskatoon on Christmas Eve with his wife and three children, aged six, three and one — said the train began to lose power after they had passed Melville, Sask., at about 4 a.m. The emergency lights came on, toilets stopped working and some of the cars got cold, he said.“It just didn’t have the oomph it needed, so it was losing power,” said Siemens, who was reached by phone late Monday afternoon on a bus that was taking his family to Winnipeg.“The car that was behind us still had warmth and so the crew organized us and everyone moved over.”Fire Chief Jim Larocque said RCMP phoned him on Christmas morning asking for help. He said the community hall was already decorated for Christmas for a local family’s holiday celebration later that day. A musical duo that had been performing on the train led everyone in Christmas carols, after local townspeople helped to hook up the sound system.Extra supplies were rustled up from some local businesses, he said.“It was a really joyous Christmas,” Larocque said.Siemens noted the train crew and local volunteers later made hamburgers, salads, and someone in the town brought toys for the kids to play with.“It was, in the end, a very festive, good way to spend Christmas,” Siemens said.Diaby said she couldn’t confirm details about what happened to the train, other than that the malfunction had occurred due to the cold.Diaby noted Via has an “Artists On Board” program, which offers complimentary or reduced-fare travel for approved professional musicians in return for performing on Board Montreal-Halifax and Toronto-Vancouver trains. However, she didn’t know if there were any such artists on the train that stopped in Spy Hill.Spy Hill is located in eastern Saskatchewan, not far from the Manitoba boundary.Travis Moore, a local firefighter whose family was the one originally planning to use the hall on Christmas, said they were happy to turn over the space for the train passengers and quickly moved their party to the curling rink.“It’s just 50 of us this year, that’s all,” Moore said about his family’s celebration.“It’s Christmas in Saskatchewan. Anything can happen.”—by Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

Garth Brooks Unveils Child Life Zone At Texas Childrens Hospital

first_imgGarth Brooks was on-site to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Child Life Zone at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas on June 26, 2015.Garth Brooks Opens Child Life Zone at Texas Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s HospitalFunded through the Teammates for Kids foundation (which Brooks co-founded in 1999), the Zone provides a fun, safe and procedure-free environment for Texas Children’s in-patient population and their families.Video: Garth Brooks unveils Childlife Zone at Texas Children’s Hospital“The vision for Teammates for Kids is the same as it was when we started. The kids in this hospital, and hospitals around the world, have a harder climb than a kid who is not. Our job is to remind them and remind all of us that they are kids, let them be kids,” said Brooks. “I love being part of Child Life because they understand the greatest healing principle we can bring children is to let them be children.”Texas Children’s Child Life Zone originally opened in 2001 and now features a completely renovated and expanded play space. The Zone offers a variety of video gaming choices thanks to the new Microsoft Media Wall and Surface Pro tablets. Patients can challenge their friends to a game of pool, air hockey or race car driving on the Zone’s arcade games. An expanded kitchen offers unique programming for patients and families to learn more about healthy lifestyles while cooking with the hospital’s chef. When the kitchen is “closed” the 24-foot kitchen counter doubles as an arts and craft bar. The Zone also includes an expanded production studio which offers patients the opportunity to explore and create music as a part of the hospital’s music therapy program. Kids can go “on air” each week as Radio Lollipop broadcasts their radio program throughout the hospital. With the new closed-circuit television system, patients on isolation will now be able to see what’s happening in the Zone and participate in live shows being broadcast from the studio.The Zone, located in the hospital’s West Tower and adjacent to other support services, is available to patients ages 6 and up and their families. The focus of the Zone is as much on the family (in particular siblings of patients who can often feel overlooked) as it is on the patients themselves who greatly benefit from the therapeutic play the Zone provides.“Providing patients and families with the opportunity to play normalizes the hospital environment,” said Mary E. Tietjens, child life manager at Texas Children’s. “Play is a wonderful therapeutic tool that supports a healing environment and promotes positive coping. We can’t thank Teammates for Kids and Microsoft enough for all they have done to make the vision a reality.”More than 100 patients and their families attended the grand opening event and were given the chance to meet Brooks. Representatives from Teammates for Kids and Microsoft were on hand to show families the activities and resources available at the Zone. Brooks chatted with patients and families, signed autographs and posed for pictures leaving many happy smiles at the end of the day.“Kids are what it is all about for me. They are the greatest gift God has ever invented and they should be happy,” said Brooks. “If there is one thing I can say, it is when you walk into a room and tell others that 100 percent of the money goes to the kids, everyone is in. I am very, very proud to be a part of this.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Influenza activity increasing in Northern BC vaccine still widely available

first_img“We know that viruses spread more easily during peak season for these illnesses and that some people such as seniors and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for complications. It’s not too late for people to get the flu shot, which this year has been shown to be a good match with the strains of the virus in circulation.”Northern Health says the best way to reduce your risk of or avoid getting the flu is ongoing prevention.Here are some tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones:Get the flu shot – Protective effects from the flu shot occur approximately two weeks after receiving it. The BC Centre for Disease Control has noted the main kind of flu found this year is included in this year’s vaccine, meaning people will be better protected if they are vaccinated.Flu shots are available from local health units, many pharmacies, or through your primary care provider; check Immunize BC’s website for details FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is reminding residents that even with the flu season well underway, they can still receive the flu vaccination.According to Northern Health, influenza and other viruses that are common at this time of year are circulating, and surveillance from health care visits and lab confirmations show influenza activity is on the rise in Northern B.C.Dr. Rakel Kling, Medical Health Officer, Northern Health says those that are elderly or those living with underlying health conditions are at high risk of complications from the flu. Dr. Kling also adds that it’s not too late to receive a shot. People at high risk of complications who experience influenza-like illness should seek medical care without delay. Their doctor may want to prescribe a drug that must be given early to be effective.Get plenty of rest and fluids if you’re sick with an influenza-like illness. Most people will recover on their own at home. Seek medical care if there is trouble breathing, pain in the chest or a high fever that does not get better after 3-4 days.Staying home if you’re sick – You don’t want to spread the flu to your classmates, colleagues, or friends. Make sure to rest and get better before returning to work or school.Practicing frequent and proper hand hygiene – Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly and make sure to wash your hands appropriately (wet your hands, scrub with soap for 20 seconds, rinse off your hands, dry your hands thoroughly, and use the paper towel to open and close the door).Observing coughing and sneezing etiquette – Cough or sneeze into your shoulder, not onto your hand or in the air. Make sure to wash your hands after!More information about influenza can be found at HealthLink B.C.’s website.last_img read more

Certainly not a patriot

first_imgMahatma Gandhi’s India suddenly started hearing the clamour about Godse for reasons that must be dissected to comprehend the polity pushed to the brink of crumbling in this just-concluded election season. Nathuram Godse was a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism belonging to RSS whose fundamentalism drove him to plot Mahatma Gandhi’s murder (along with seven others) and shoot him down at point-blank range in New Delhi January 30, 1948. He believed that Gandhi favoured the political demands of India’s Muslims during the Partition. This ideology is a crucial takeaway: intolerance for demands of Indian Muslims and allowing them a kind of privileged status. The ghost of this ideology, irrespective of who endorses it, haunts the culture of Indian politics even today. Muslim appeasement is a potent tool in electoral politics. When an entire community is reduced to a count of votes, they are already violated and parenthesised for their religion. Development and upliftment do not figure in this scheme of affairs. On the flipside, intolerance for this approach can be rationalised for diversion of resources. Either way, at the receiving end is the vote-bank community that continually has games played upon it. From the very inception, Muslim appeasement was an incorrect approach to perpetuate. Had there been genuine assimilation, the unsettling issue of appeasement through preferential treatment and (supposedly) positive discrimination of a significant part of society would not have been a tough struggle today. Also Read – A strong standpointGodse walked into the picture with Kamal Hassan, while campaigning in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi, when he said that “India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, referring to Nathuram Godse. Subsequently, 76 complaints are reported to have been received against him. At least two police complaints were filed against the actor-turned-politician and he was accused of “promoting enmity between different groups”. As expected, Hassan’s remark prompted sharp reactions from political parties. BJP and the ruling AIADMK said he was trying to “incite communal hatred in a Muslim-dominant area”. Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajenthra Bhalaji, in reaction to this comment, said that Kamal Haasan’s “tongue should be cut off”. “Extremism has no religion, neither Hindu nor Muslim nor Christian,” he had said. It was also demanded that Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan should be sacked for such a comment. The Election Commission also denied permission to Kamal Haasan for campaigning in Sulur after Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, the state BJP chief, complained to the election body. On his part, Kamal Haasan denied the allegations and claimed that his speech was “misquoted with malafide intent”. He told the High Court that his comments on Nathuram Godse are a “historic fact”. He also said that in his seven-minute long speech, he had only attempted to explain that “extremists are in all religions” and that he was focusing on the need of “religious co-existence”. In agreement with Kamala Hassan, the comment on Nathuram Godse is indeed a historic fact and that extremism can exist anywhere irrespective of religion. Affirming this is the BJP’s controversial candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur, who praised Godse and hailed him a patriot. As is politically correct, she has been cornered by her fellow party members who are embarrassed by her senseless remark. Notwithstanding the level of discussions that has hit historical lows this time, peaceful co-existence and respect for difference and diversity are the needs of the hour.last_img read more

Father of US Commando Killed in Yemen Demands Presidential Investigation

Toronto – Seal Team 6 member, William “Ryan” Owens, 36, was killed in a US intelligence operation gone bad in Yemen, just six days after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Now Owen’s father is demanding a presidential investigation into the circumstances surrounding his son’s death.For Bill Owens, life was irrevocably altered the day he was given the news that his son, William, known as Ryan, was killed during an intelligence mission in Yemen. According to a report by the BBC, the mission ended up being anything but routine. When it was over, several civilians were killed, including children, and Bill Owens son was lost to him forever. He wants to know why.“The government owes my son an investigation,” Owens says. “Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why?” Why indeed. The mission took place January 28, just six days after Donald Trump was sworn into office. A New York Times article alleges that the mission had been compromised early on, and that the commandos knew it. A former Seal Team 6 official was quoted as saying “They kind of knew they were screwed from the beginning.”The military, however, has disputed this. White House Spokeswoman Sarah Kuckabee Sanders stated “The mission has a lot of different critics, but it did yield a substantial amount of very important intelligence and resources that helped save American lives and other lives.”That is not a sufficient enough explanation to close the matter for Bill Owens. “For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen-everything was missiles and drones because there was not a target that was worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?”The body of William “Ryan” Owens was repatriated on February 1. Told that President Trump was on-site and wanted to pay his respects, Owens Sr. refused, telling the chaplain, “I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him.”He later told the Miami Herald that he had listened with consternation to Trump’s comments during his election campaign, denigrating the family of a dead US Muslim soldier. Nothing about this was sitting well with him.  He was not interested in meeting this commander-in-chief and feels the White House should not “hide behind” his son’s death to avoid criticism of the raid, reiterating his call for a presidential investigation to the military manoeuver that claimed his son’s life. read more

On Africa Day Annan praises developments calls for solutions to problems

Video of meeting of the African Group [1hrs 30mins] In a statement to the African Group, meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate the Day, the Secretary-General praised the African Union and other home-grown initiatives among a range of positive trends underway, including the inauguration of the Pan African Parliament and today’s launch in Addis Ababa of the AU Peace and Security Council.”Step by step, Africa is constructing an architecture of institutions to promote peace and security on the continent,” he said, also welcoming the Security Councils’ decision last week to establish a “long-awaited” UN peacekeeping operation in Burundi (ONUB).But he stressed: “We cannot close our eyes to the massive scale of human rights violations and consequent human suffering in Darfur, the continuing tensions in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the current crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, and the other areas of tension on the continent.” He called for an intensification of individual and collective efforts to find a definitive solution to these problems.And “last but very far from least, we must make greater progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, which is taking away Africa’s present and its future,” Mr. Annan said. “We have made some progress, there is much, much more to be done – and done urgently – to educate, to prevent, and to care for those already infected. At the same time, you rightly look to the international community to do more to support Africa’s efforts.”In a separate message issued to commemorate the Day, Mr. Annan underscored the progress being made in the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), especially in priority areas of agriculture, infrastructure, environment and health – “all key areas in reducing poverty, promoting social stability and improving the quality of life.” read more

Average US rate on 30year mortgages rises to 395 per cent 15year

Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.95 per cent; 15-year loan up to 3.19 per cent by The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 8:23 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week following three straight weeks of declines, amid expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise its key short-term interest rate next week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.95 per cent from 3.93 per cent a week earlier. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.19 per cent from 3.16 per cent.The key 30-year rate was slightly above its level of a year ago, 3.93 per cent. The rate has increased significantly overall since the end of October, when it stood at 3.76 per cent.An interest rate hike by the Fed, expected to come at its policymaking meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday, would be the central bank’s first in nearly a decade. The rate has been held at a record low near zero for the past seven years.The expectations of a Fed increase were bolstered by the release Friday of government data showing that the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs in November, more than investors had expected.The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond, which mortgage rates have been tracking, rose to 2.21 per cent Wednesday from 2.18 per cent a week earlier. Yields on the U.S. government bonds move in the opposite direction of the bonds’ prices. The yield ticked up to 2.22 per cent Thursday morning.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.6 point. The fee for a 15-year loan remained at 0.5 point.The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 3.03 per cent from 2.99 per cent; the fee was unchanged at 0.5 point. The average rate on one-year ARMs increased to 2.64 per cent from 2.61 per cent; the fee declined to 0.2 point from 0.3 point. read more

George Michaels boyfriend tried to wake the singer up for an hour

first_imgSouth Central Ambulance Service has been informed about the release of the tape of a 999 call… and have launched an immediate investigationSpokesman for the ambulance service September 2011 till December 2016 best years of my life. I will always forever miss you. Xxx— Fadi Fawaz (@fadifawaz) January 15, 2017 George Michael’s boyfriend tried to wake the singer up for an hour and described him as “beyond help” in an emotional 999 call after he found his body.Fadi Fawaz, who found Michael dead at his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day, described the singer as “cold” and “blue” in the call to the emergency services. In the four-minute recording, Mr Fawaz is heard telling the female call handler that he found the singer “in bed, dead”  In the four-minute recording, Mr Fawaz is heard telling the female call handler that he found the singer “in bed, dead” Credit:Stillwell/PA Wire PRESS ASSOCIATION A spokesman added: “South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has been informed about the release of the tape of a 999 call. We take matters of confidentiality very seriously and have launched an immediate investigation.“As Thames Valley Police are preparing a file for the coroner we are also liaising with Thames Valley Police and are therefore not able to comment further at this time.” Thames Valley Police said it was a matter for the ambulance service. In the four-minute recording, released on Friday night by The Sun, Mr Fawaz is heard telling the female call handler that he found the singer “in bed, dead” and that he was “very stiff”.When asked whether the singer is “beyond help”, Mr Fawaz replies and says he is “dead”. He then says: “I’ve been trying to wake him up for the last hour but it’s not possible. He’s gone. He’s blue. He’s cold.”He is heard confirming Michael’s age – 53 – and address. The call-handler tells him to wait at the property and not speak to anyone while the authorities are called.South Central Ambulance Service confirmed it had launched an immediate investigation following the release of a tape. Flowers left outside the home of George Michael in Highgate, north London, after news of his death broke Mr Fawaz did not respond to a request for comment.  A solicitor representing Michael’s family said: “George’s family and friends are extremely upset and truly appalled that such a personal, painful and clearly confidential recording has been leaked to the media.”On their behalf we will be ensuring that a full investigation takes place to establish how this material was made available and we will expect the culprit(s) to be dealt with appropriately.” Flowers left outside the home of George Michael in Highgate, north London, after news of his death brokeCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire “Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I.”Now everything is ruined. I want people to remember him the way he was – he was a beautiful person.”Police have since spoken to Mr Fawaz – along with a number of other witnesses – in order to ascertain the star’s last movements to compile a report for the coroner. She added that the family believed that anyone contacting the emergency authorities should do so in the confidence it remains private. News of Michael’s death broke late on Christmas Day, with hundreds of fans flooding to his riverside property in Goring, Oxfordshire, to pay tribute to the star.Mr Fawaz later tweeted it was a Christmas he would “never forget” and said he had found Michael “dead peacefully in bed first thing this morning”.Speaking about the devastating news on Boxing Day, he told The Telegraph: “We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. We don’t know what happened yet. 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.last_img read more

Zappones adoption laws will see thousands able to access their birth certs

first_imgZappone’s adoption laws will see thousands able to access their birth certs A national database of adoptees and their birth parents will be administered by Tusla. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Share68 Tweet Email1 Short URL 73 Comments NEW GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION will see adoptees given the right to seek out their birth certificates.The Adoption (Information) and Tracing Bill 2016 will allow for adopted people to seek out details that were previously impossible to obtain under privacy laws.Under the terms of the bill, the adopted person will be given information that relates solely to them as soon as possible.However, before a birth cert is handed over, the adopted person will be required to make a statutory declaration to respect the privacy of their birth parent and not attempt to contact them unless it is through the official channels of the information and tracing services, which will be administered by Tusla.Similarly, a birth parent will be able to seek information about the adopted person and be able to make contact, if the adopted person agrees to do so.Previously, information that could be supplied to adoptees and birth parents was limited and operated on the basis of both parties mutually agreeing to share the information.Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, is eager to publish the bill quickly, and addressed the Dáil this week on its scope.She said:The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) will provide adopted persons and their relatives with medical information held on an adoption record and will facilitate tracing of and contact with, a birth parent to seek further medical information where requested by the adopted person.Tusla called the bill a “positive and important step for adoptees seeking their personal information and identity”.Under the terms of the bill, adoptees and parents of adopted children will be encouraged to register with Tusla and indicate their preference for if they want to be contacted.CriticismZappone’s bill was not welcomed in all quarters, however.First Mothers – a group that supports mothers whose children ended up in adoptive care – was very critical of the minister’s proposals, in particular the proposed involvement of Tusla.McMahon is worried, in particular, about the provision whereby legal action may be possible in cases where birth parents are contacted by adoptees despite expressing a wish not be contacted.On the current bill, she said: “We view with horror Minister Katherine Zappone’s proposed Adoption Bill – which intends to invite natural mothers to legally threaten their lost child against even attempting to contact them.”TheJournal.ie has contacted the Department of Children for clarification on whether legal action will be taken in cases where birth parents are contacted against their wishes.McMahon said that mothers may be coerced into defensively registering a preference of “no contact”.“Had the minister consulted us, she would have also heard our concern around the proposed involvement of Tusla in managing access to our adoption information,” she added.Addressing women who may have been coerced to give up their children, in particular, McMahon said “the main thing a mother’s ‘no contact’ preference in a Tusla register would tell us, is how deep has been the failure to date to create the climate for such women to ‘come out’.”Next stepsWhen the bill is enacted, a six-month awareness campaign will help to bring the issue to the public before the legislation comes into force.The bill also has provision for appeals to be made to the High Court, if a person is unsatisfied with the outcome of the process.Tusla has pointed out that the publication of the bill meant “no immediate change” to the current process for adoptees seeking information.Read: ‘There’s a nurse leaving the room with my baby… I said to my sister “where’s she gone?”….’Read: Adopted people are desperately trying to seek their natural families – before it’s too late By Sean Murray Nov 25th 2016, 3:13 PM 13,203 Views Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3102321 Friday 25 Nov 2016, 3:13 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek Australian boy battling rare type of cancer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide four-year-old Jaxon Kaplatzis is believed to be the only person in Australia ever diagnosed with a rare type of leukaemia and despite his young age, he is battling his cancer head on.“He is my little hero, my inspiration and I am in awe of how strong and resilient my little boy is at such a young age,” says Jaxon’s mother, Victoria.Jaxon was born perfectly healthy October 2013 and it wasn’t until just before his fourth birthday that he was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma.“It all began one night after I had finished work,” Victoria remembers. “As I was giving my two boys a shower I noticed Jaxon had a lump in his groin area. We rang the locum who came out and after examining him he thought it was a case of an inverted testicle, but we were not convinced.”Victoria and her husband Dimitri took their little boy to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital the very next day.After undergoing a number of tests, scans and ultrasounds he was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma.“I will never forget that day. Our whole world turned upside down within a few hours. Hearing the doctor tell us about the diagnosis, I remember I couldn’t breathe, it felt like I was having a panic attack. It was just horrible. I still feel like that today, but when I look at my little boy and see how focused he is on getting better, it gives me so much hope and courage to keep going.“Children with cancer are so remarkable. Jaxon is an amazing little boy and I look up to him now more than anyone,” says Victoria.Since the diagnosis the little boy has been on 11 months of intensive chemotherapy and is now on a maintenance phase of treatment, set to run for the next three years to treat his condition.“I feel like I have so many more questions to ask but nobody really knows what causes cancer in children. One thing we do know is that Jaxon is on the higher risk protocol that treats cancer which is the biggest treatment plan before stem cells.”Last Friday night, the family of four took part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraiser event and were among thousands who marched in Adelaide’s “Light the Night” lantern walk at the Botanic Gardens to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer.White lanterns were carried by people who have been diagnosed themselves, gold in memory of someone who has died and blue in support for those who have the disease.“It’s a very moving event to bring all these individuals together. Sometimes people going through blood cancer feel like they are very alone and isolated. Events like these bring people together and realise that they are not alone and are not the only ones going through this,” said Peter Diamond, Head of Research and State Representative for South Australia at Leukaemia Foundation.However, cancer will probably be the last thing on Jaxon’s mind today as he celebrates his fifth birthday.“We have been organising his birthday celebrations for a few weeks and all Jaxon wishes for is to feel well enough to be able enjoy his day at the park with his friends and family.“As far as myself and my husband, we are just grateful that our little boy is here to celebrate his special day with us,” concludes Victoria.last_img read more

Un trou noir avale une étoile sous les yeux des astronomes

first_imgUn trou noir avale une étoile sous les yeux des astronomesDécrivant leurs observations dans la revue Nature le mercredi 2 mai, des astronomes américains ont assisté, dans une lointaine galaxie, à l’absorption d’une étoile par un trou noir géant. Le prédateur : un trou noir super-massif d’environ 3 millions de fois la masse de notre Soleil. La proie : une étoile du type “géante rouge”, littéralement engloutie par ce dernier. Le lieu de l’attaque : le cœur d’une galaxie située à environ 2,7 milliards d’années-lumière de nous. Cela s’est passé entre mai et juillet 2010, ‘sous les yeux’ de Ryan Chornock, du Centre d’astrophysique Harvard-Smithsonian, et de Suvi Gezari, de l’université Johns Hopkins, suivant l’évènement grâce au télescope Pan-STARRS 1, situé à Hawaii.Deux ans plus tard, ils reconstituent le phénomène qui apparait évidemment un peu moins spectaculaire et évident que ce que l’on imagine… Dans la revue Nature, ils livrent les indices recueillis : une lueur étrange est apparue dans le cosmos et a été détectée le 31 mai avant de s’intensifier rapidement et de culminer le 12 juillet, pour finir par s’éteindre progressivement. L’hélium composant l’étoile, aspiré par le trou noir jusqu’alors ‘dormant’ (et donc indétectable), a subi un tel échauffement qu’il a dégagé cette lueur inattendue. “Nous avons observé la fin d’une étoile et sa digestion par le trou noir, en temps réel. L’étoile avait de peu survécu à sa première rencontre avec le trou noir, et le deuxième round lui a été fatal”, a résumé l’astronome Edo Berger, co-auteur de l’étude cité par l’AFP. En effet, l’enveloppe d’hydrogène qui constituait l’atmosphère de l’étoile avait vraisemblablement déjà été digérée lors d’un précédent passage aux abords du trou noir.Un nuage de gaz bientôt absorbé par un autre trou noirÀ lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteDes observations qui permettent d’en apprendre encore un peu plus sur ces “ogres” de l’espace. “Les trous noirs sont un peu comme les requins, on considère à tort que ce sont de perpétuelles machines à tuer. En réalité, ils restent calmes durant la majeure partie de leur vie. Mais occasionnellement, une étoile s’aventure trop près, et c’est là que la frénésie carnassière se déclenche”, commente Ryan Chornock. D’ailleurs, au cours de l’été 2013, Sagittarius A *, un ‘monstre’ de même nature situé, lui, au cœur de notre propre galaxie, devrait se repaître d’un nuage de gaz cosmique qui s’approche irrémédiablement de lui à plus de 8 millions de kilomètres par heure. Le 3 mai 2012 à 13:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des militants défilent à nouveau contre Rio20

first_imgDes militants défilent à nouveau contre Rio+20En marge de la conférence de l’ONU Rio+20, se tient le Sommet des peuples organisé par des dizaines de milliers de manifestants qui ont défilé dans le centre-ville de Rio. Bien que défenseurs de tous bords, ils exigent tous une transformation radicale de l’économie mondiale.Alors qu’a débuté la conférence de l’ONU Rio+20, le Sommet des peuples qui se tient en parallèle réunit depuis plusieurs jours des dizaines de milliers de manifestants, entre 80.000 et 100.000 selon la police. Ceux-ci ont défilé depuis la cathédrale Candelaria, jusqu’à la place Cinelandia en passant par l’avenue Rio Branco, l’artère centrale du centre-ville. Un défilé aux allures de carnaval qui réunissait des militants de tous bords : écologistes, travailleurs, fonctionnaires, militants noirs, homosexuels, Indiens (1.600) et féministes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette manifestation dénonce le sommet de l’ONU dont les militants “attendent très peu”. Les ONG protestent entre autre contre “l’économie verte” prônée à Rio+20 qui ne profitent qu’aux plus riches. “Nous luttons pour changer les habitudes de consommation et contre les grands groupes alimentaires”, déclare à l’AFP Mariana Terra, 23 ans, étudiante en Histoire, à l’initiative d’une théâtralisation de ce qu’elle et d’autres dénoncent. Ainsi, le visage peint en bleu, une femme vêtue en mappemonde et enchaînée par un grand propriétaire terrien qui hurle “plus de viande pour les Etats-Unis !”, pleure et demande de l’aide pour la Terre pendant qu’un employé de l’agriculteur, portant “un grand tablier ensanglanté où on lit “Mac Killer” et “Murder King”, poursuit un (faux) bœuf avec une hache.Les Indiens qui participent au Sommet des peuples réclament la protection de leurs terres. Le groupe de Sud-Coréens présent proteste lui contre l’énergie nucléaire et le sommet officiel derrière une banderole “Stop à la vie verte destinée à 1%”, de la population. “Nous demandons aux dirigeants mondiaux qui sont là de créer des politiques de développement durable, d’éradication de la pauvreté et de réduire les programmes et les armes nucléaires”, a expliqué Nam Boo Won, responsable d’un groupe de 21 ONG environnementales sud-coréennes cité par l’AFP.Un char d’assaut de taille réelle, construit avec des centaines de pains dans une favela de Rio, a défilé pour demander à l’ONU de combattre la violence et la faim. L’ONG Terre des Hommes qui soutient les enfants pauvres a répondu à l’appel avec de nombreux jeunes venus d’Amérique du Sud, d’Asie, d’Afrique et d’Allemagne. Mais les ONG ont tout de même hésité avant d’organiser ce joyeux défilé. En effet, le cortège entraîne des embouteillages colossaux et contribue à l’émission de gaz à effet de serre. Le président du Jardin botanique de Rio, l’écologiste Liszt Viera, estime néanmoins que “cela fait partie du jeu, puisque la ville a accepté d’être le siège d’un grand événement”.Le 21 juin 2012 à 11:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rarissime un crâne de grand singe fossile découvert en Chine

first_imgRarissime, un crâne de grand singe fossile découvert en ChineUne équipe sino-américaine a découvert, dans la province chinoise du Yunnan, le crâne fossilisé d’un jeune Lufengpithecus lufengensis, un grand singe du Miocène. Celui-ci permettra de mieux connaître les caractéristiques et les affiliations de cette lignée de primates asiatiques.C’est une précieuse découverte qu’ont faite des chercheurs de l’université d’État de Pennsylvanie sur le site de Shuitangba, dans la province du Yunnan, en Chine : le crâne d’un spécimen juvénile de Lufengpithecus lufengensis. Une espèce de grand singe aujourd’hui éteinte – datant de 6 millions d’années environ (fin du Miocène). Précieuse parce que les crânes presque entiers de jeunes grands singes sont extrêmement rares dans les archives fossiles.C’est seulement le deuxième découvert pour le Miocène d’Eurasie – un continent d’où ce type de primates avait presque complètement disparu à cette époque. De plus, le fossile semble en excellent état. “La préservation de ce nouveau crâne est excellente, avec seulement un minimum de distorsions post-dépôt. Ceci est important parce que tous les crânes d’adultes de cette espèce précédemment découverts ont été gravement écrasés et déformés pendant le processus de fossilisation”, explique l’anthropologue Nina Jablonski, membre de l’équipe de recherche qui publie ses travaux dans le Chinese Science Bulletin.”[Or,] chez les espèces de grands singes actuels, l’anatomie crânienne, chez les individus au même stade de développement que ce crâne fossile, montre déjà une étroite ressemblance avec celle des adultes”, ajoute t-elle. Les caractéristiques de ce crâne juvénile pourront donc être extrapolées à celui des adultes de cette espèce, dont les fossiles en bon état font défaut. Ceci permettra d’en apprendre plus sur Lufengpithecus pour lequel des questions demeurent.Un singe apparenté à l’orang-outan ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”En partie à cause de l’époque et du lieu où il vivait, Lufengpithecus est considéré par la plupart [des spécialistes] comme étant de la lignée de l’orang-outan actuel, aujourd’hui confiné à l’Asie du sud-est mais également connu dans le sud de la Chine à la fin du Pléistocène”, note par ailleurs Jablonski. Or, étonnement, le crâne ne présente guère de ressemblance avec celui de l’orang-outan. Lufengpithecus semble donc représenter une lignée à part.La survivance tardive de cette lignée n’est pas entièrement surprenante puisque le sud de la Chine a été moins touché par la détérioration du climat survenue durant la fin du Miocène, laquelle a entraîné la disparition de nombreuses espèces de grands singes dans le reste de l’Eurasie. Les chercheurs espèrent que de nouvelles fouilles vont produire les restes d’individus adultes qui leur permettront de mieux évaluer les relations entre les membres de cette lignée, ainsi que les relations de cette lignée avec d’autres grands singes fossiles et actuels.(crédits photo : Xue-Ping Ji, Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology) Le 9 septembre 2013 à 18:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Final 61 WWE RAW rating number is up from last week

first_imgFacebook The 6/1 WWE RAW drew a 2.79 cable rating with an average audience of 3.97 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.95 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.11 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.86 million viewers.This is up from last week’s show that drew a 2.55 rating with 3.60 million viewers.As reported earlier, RAW was No. 1 for the night on cable.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.com Google+ WhatsApp Ring of Honor announces matches set for Washington State debut on June 1 NXT TakeOver XXV set to take place in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday, June 1center_img Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest NXT TakeOver XXV Results – 6/1/19 (Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole for the NXT Championship) last_img read more

Former WWE Tag Team Champions cleared Expected to return as early as

first_img Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Video: Watch the live Money in the Bank Kickoff Show from Hartford tonight WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Pinterest Google+ New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions PWInsider is reporting that former Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers (Rowan and Harper) have been officially cleared for a return to the ring.As reported earlier, Erick Rowan was at the Performance Center this week in Orlando training for a return. Harper was spotted wearing a cast on his left hand a few months ago, although it was never confirmed what type of injury he had.Rowan underwent surgery for a biceps tear last August after suffering the injury at SummerSlam, forcing Rowan and Harper to drop the Smackdown Tag Team Championships to The New Day on Smackdown Live two days later.The same report indicated the team could be used as early as next week’s Smackdown Live taping in Wichita, Kansas, although that has not been confirmed.last_img read more