How Can We Support Returning Veterans and their Families?

first_imgGoogle for Veterans was developed by and for veterans, as well as the families of veterans and friends who work at Google.  There are tools for reconnecting, restarting and transitioning to civilian life.Veterans Education and Transition Services or “VETS” incorporates academics, institutional access, student involvement and research, not only to support the success of enrolled student veterans, but to understand their experiences more authentically and maintain a program that is effective and dynamic. Reunion, Reintegration, ResilienceSoldier Returning from ServiceToday there are nearly two million children who have a parent in the military.  More than 900,000 military children have had a parent deploy multiple times.  In addition to the military-related stressors of multiple moves and schools, children also have had to deal with long-term, multiple deployments and separations from one, or both, parents.But now with the drawdown of our military forces and fewer deployments, many of these service member parents are coming home. Coming home.  What does “coming home” mean to these children?  What does coming home mean to the daily rhythms of family life?  How does family resilience plan a role in reintegration?There’s been months of anticipation and counting the days.  Birthdays have come and gone, holidays have been celebrated and missed and all of the normal, day-to-day ups and downs in a family’s daily routine have somehow managed to take place while mom or dad was deployed.  But now the service member is coming home.  What does that mean for the family?Reintegration means that families need to take time and take stock of what it means to be a family.  Mom, dad and the kids need to tap into the programs available to them that will help them gain a renewed sense of their roles, develop a sense of belonging to a new family unit, and nurture their own resilience.In her recent web conference on the Military Families Learning Network, Balancing Work and Family: Building Military Family Resilience, Angela Wiley, Associate Professor of Applied Family Studies and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois, defined resilience as “a dynamic process encompassing positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity.” She said that families can benefit from, as well as contribute to, a network of relationships and resources in their communities.  Dr. Wiley pointed to the importance of developing new routines, new traditions, new celebrations and expanded social support systems.Resources for returning veterans and their familiesAs veterans and their families re-start their lives, finding new jobs and starting new careers plays a critically important role in reintegration.Hire a SoldierJoining Forces is one of former President Obama’s initiatives to encourage the public to give service members and their families the support and opportunities they need and have earned through their service to our country.  Whether this re-start means creating new routines and developing new family traditions, or is complicated by finding ways to adjust to permanent injuries or other hardships, Joining Forces has created resources specifically designed to help veterans translate their military skills into the civilian workforce.  The Obama Administration has intentionally partnered with corporations and businesses to make it easier for veterans to connect with companies that are ready to hire them and help them re-start their lives. Soldier with Yellow RibbonBeyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources.RecruitMilitary is a veteran-owned firm dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams: education, veteran jobs and civilian careers, new business and franchise ownership, training, and much more.Vet Jobs Why hire veterans?  Quite simply, veterans make the best employees!  The U.S. military is the world’s largest technical training school with over 220 occupational specialties.   Veterans represent the most highly trained, technically capable, verifiable, diverse and teamwork oriented work force in the world.  At VetJobs, veterans can find employment assistance, post a resume and search open positions—over 44,00 open jobs are listed!Now it’s your turn. Tell us your story in the comments section below. Are you a returning veteran or have you worked with a returning veteran? Do you have any tips or advice you would like to share?last_img read more

Kulgam attack: Mamata seeks ‘strong’ probe, announces ₹5 lakh compensation

first_imgCondemning the killings of five workers from Murshidabad district in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday demanded a “strong investigation” into the incident to find out the “real truth“.She also announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh each for the families of the victims.“In a most unfortunate incident in Kashmir yesterday, five innocent labourers were brutally killed in a pre-planned manner. We are totally shocked! Presently there are no political activities in Kashmir and entire law and order is with the Government of India,” she said.Ms. Banerjee tasked a senior Bengal police officer to find out details about the brutal killings.“We, therefore, demand a strong investigation so that the real truth comes out. We are deputing Shri Sanjay Singh ADG South Bengal to find out details from them,” she tweeted.Also Read Five migrant labourers from West Bengal were shot dead and one critically injured by terrorists in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Tuesday.The Chief Minister assured all possible help to the families of the victims.“Our party MPs and MLAs have reached Murshidabad to meet the family members of victims. Our government is providing Rs. 5 lakh each to the victim’s family and render all assistance to them,” she posted on the microblogging site.Earlier in the day, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had termed the killings as a “cowardly act” and sought help from the government for the bereaved families.“@MamataOfficial. In deep pain and sadness, I condemn the wanton killing by terrorists in J&K of workers from Murshidabad. This cowardly and dastardly act is by enemies of humanity. We need to shun violence. Appeal to Government and NGOs to extend help to bereaved families,” he tweeted. MEPs in Kashmir: Article 370 internal issue, stand by India in fight against terror last_img read more

Napa disappointed with Knights’ lack of ‘team effort’

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon PLAY LIST 01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Down at the cellar at one point of the season at 1-3, Letran has went on to rack up four straight victories before Lyceum halted that run, 75-68, on Friday.It was undeniable that Jeo Ambohot’s wrist injury, which he got in the Knights’ last game against San Sebastian, may have had a hand in the recent loss as the team scampered to fill up the hole left in the middle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a big factor that we lost Jeo because he’s part of our rotation. We’re losing eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks from him,” said the multi-titled coach.However, Napa argued that it wasn’t an excuse for Letran to be in disarray, as evidenced in the defeat to the Pirates where big men Daryl Pascual and Irvin Mandreza both fouled out of the game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Letran finished the first round with a 5-4 slate, coach Jeff Napas said there was still a lot to be desired with the way his team is playing this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“I’m still not satisfied because I feel that we still lack effort. We’re still not giving a total team effort. That’s going to be our focus in the second round,” the Knights mentor said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Calisaan shocked by ejection, rues missed chance to play on home floor SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We shouldn’t use that as an excuse. It’s a matter of stepping up from whoever I pull from our bench,” he said.As disheartening as the defeat was, Napa said that the Knights’ final game of the first round should serve as a lesson for his bench.“My bench players didn’t step up. We still depend on our main guys to play heavy minutes and that’s where we suffered,” he said. “But the players are still positive. We just have to adjust and check the mindset of our players, especially the ones on the bench, for them to recall their roles.”Napa ended: “Every game, we learn a lot. It’s all a matter of executing our game plan. That’s what we want to achieve, that for our bench players to compliment our main guys.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Villagelast_img read more

Column: Heavyweights step up, just not against each other

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “I am ready for Wilder, I’ve been ready for Wilder,” Joshua said last week after arriving in New York and inspecting Madison Square Garden for his American debut June 1 against Ruiz, who got his shot at Joshua’s titles after Jarrell Miller tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. “I’ve done a good job maintaining my place and he is the guy I want. He has a lot to live up to. I’ve got confidence flowing now.”That confidence could get another boost against Ruiz, a roly-poly fighter out of Southern California who doesn’t look like a world beater but has lost only once in 33 fights. Ruiz fought just last month, and was eager to get the call to replace Miller.Perhaps just as important for Joshua’s confidence is a big performance while venturing outside his native Britain for the first time. Joshua drew 90,000 for his fight last year with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium and is wildly popular at home, but largely unknown in the U.S. and is looking to make a dramatic debut.“I know the history that has been here and the sports that have been here,” he said at his Garden visit. “When I come in here to fight June 1, it will be very special.”In a perfect world, Joshua, Wilder and Fury would be fighting each other, of course. Any thoughts of a quick rematch after the draw between Wilder and Fury went out the window when Fury signed with Top Rank, which has a deal for fights with ESPN.Wilder, meanwhile, is sticking for now with Showtime for his fight Saturday night. And Joshua has a contract with DAZN, a streaming service that touts access to big fights for $100 a year.Between the competing broadcasting interests and promoters, that means the top fights will be difficult to make. Each fighter has his own interests to protect, and each fighter has his own story to tell.“Go back and study it. Go back and see, who really is the king of the division?” Wilder said. “Who really tried to make these fights?”Boxing fans really don’t care, because all they want is to see the fights.Until that happens, the next month is about as good as it gets in the heavyweight division. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US senator asks Canada for passage for Trail Blazers star Enes Kanter British boxer Anthony Joshua poses for photographers, during a media session at the English institute of Sport, in Sheffield, England, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Andy Ruiz Jr. will look to become Mexico’s first heavyweight champion after replacing Jarrell Miller as the opponent for unbeaten WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)Tyson Fury, the big British heavyweight who breaks into song at the most unexpected moments and would be fun to meet for a beer, will be fighting next month. So will his countryman, Anthony Joshua, who will venture across the pond to make his Garden debut.And then there’s Deontay Wilder, who kicks things off Saturday night with another chance to press his case that he is, like Mike Tyson liked to say, the baddest man on the planet.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP No, they’re not fighting each other, for reasons both as old as boxing itself and as new as the DAZN streaming service. Still, the three top heavyweights in the world — all of whom can legitimately claim the title of champ — will be in action in New York and Las Vegas within a four-week stretch.And should things go as planned, that’s just enough time to bring some clarity to a heavyweight division that is suddenly must-see TV once again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The excitement is back in the heavyweight division,” Wilder said. “The fire is lit.”That’s somewhat true, even if Fury is fighting a relatively unknown German named Tom Schwarz instead of a rematch with Wilder while Joshua is defending his titles against a late substitute in Andy Ruiz Jr. Wilder might be taking the biggest risk in his title defense against Dominic Braezeale, whose loss to Joshua is the only blemish on his pro record. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Just how long the fire is expected to smolder, though, may be of most concern to boxing fans.Joshua and Wilder should have been made by now, even if it might be even bigger next year because of the wait. Wilder and Fury should be fighting a rematch this summer, but money and boxing politics put a quick end to those plans.So the three fight on, and the wait goes on.Wilder says Joshua is ducking him and that Fury wants no part of a rematch after almost being knocked silly only to get back up in the final round of their fight in December that ended in a draw.Fury and Joshua say that’s nonsense and that Wilder shouldn’t talk so much.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

RIGOL announces new 2 GHz MSO8000 series digital oscilloscope

first_imgRIGOL Technologies announces a significant expansion to its UltraVision II oscilloscope portfolio with the introduction of the New MSO8000 Series Digital Oscilloscope. Delivering Bandwidth up to 2 GHz Bandwidth and a new Jitter and Real-Time Eye Analysis package the MSO8000 Series extends RIGOL’s unmatched value proposition into serial data analysis and signal integrity applications.The MSO8000 delivers the same 7 instrument in 1 capability as the other UltraVision II Oscilloscopes. Logic Analysis, Protocol Analysis, Spectrum Analysis, and Waveform Generation are all built into the instrument maximizing utility. Advanced analysis capabilities like Zone Triggering, Histogram, enhanced FFT, Precision Measurements and Power Analysis makes the MSO8000 the perfect solution for today’s complex embedded and IoT challenges. With the new Jitter and Real-Time Eye Analysis option engineers can now also accurately analyze serial transmissions for failures caused by timing, noise, bandwidth, and interference. Jitter and eye diagram analysis works with existing histogram and precision measurement functions to help characterize signal quality in real-time making the MSO8000 a powerful performance debug solution for serial data integrity.The MSO8000 is built around RIGOL’s UltraVision II architecture and its Phoenix chip-set. Two custom ASICs provide analog front end and signal processing performance. These chips are surrounded by a high performance hardware design including Xilinx Zync-7000 SoC, Dual Core Arm-9 Processors, Linux +Qt Operating System, High Speed DDR System Memory and QDRII Display memory. This architecture enables a high waveform capture rate of 600,000 wfms/sec, color graded intensity display, and outstanding time-base accuracy and jitter performance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Adesto: smart transceiver now natively supports both LonWorks and BACnet protocolsNext Sundance: VCS-1 embedded processor module for precision robotics applicationslast_img read more

ESPN Has Announced Some Major Lee Corso News

first_imgLee Corso at the Ohio State-TCU game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Lee Corso during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ESPN has announced some major news for top college football analyst Lee Corso.Corso, who’s College GameDay head-gear picks have become one of the best parts of the college football week, will be doing a new one later this year.The college football analyst will be doing a head-gear pick prior to an NFL game between the Rams and the Saints.From Corso will make his famous headgear pick on the Sunday NFL Countdown set for ESPN leading into the New Orleans Saints’ home game against the Los Angeles Rams. This will be the first time in the 33-year history of Countdown for Corso to be on set for an NFL pick, according to ESPN coordinating producer Matt Garrett.The set will be outside Manning’s Bar & Grill in New Orleans. Corso also will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday to make his headgear pick leading into the LSU home game against Alabama. The headgear pick is closely associated to ESPN’s college football coverage, particularly on ESPN’s traveling College GameDay set.This is a unique weekend of football coverage for the sports network with the Sunday NFL show going on the road for only the third time — this being the third year in a row it has taken the show on the road. The last time was for a Week 15 game last season in Pittsburgh between the Steelers and New England Patriots for a game that ultimately decided home-field advantage though the AFC playoffs.That will be pretty cool to see. The Saints do have one of the most “college football”-type atmospheres in the NFL.The Saints and the Rams are set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.last_img read more

Spring Weight Restrictions Being Considered

first_imgMild weather is prompting the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to consider early spring weight restrictions to protect provincial roads. Each year, the department places restrictions on heavy trucks during spring thaw to help protect roads weakened by mild and wet weather. “Weight restrictions will be implemented if the weather becomes warm enough to leave our roads susceptible to damage from heavy vehicles,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “If the current trend of mild weather continues, spring weight restrictions could take effect within a week.” The exact date for spring weight restrictions depends on weather conditions and may be implemented at any time. If road conditions permit, the restrictions will be removed. The trucking industry will be given as much notice as possible concerning weight restrictions. Improved road-monitoring stations installed by the department in recent years allow for better adjustment of the timing of weight restrictions around the province. “This helps us target our restrictions to best assist the trucking industry and the businesses that rely on it,” said Mr. Scott. Should weight restrictions be imposed, a complete list of roads that are exempt will be published in major newspapers across the province.last_img read more

Greater Transparency for Motor Vehicle Appeals

first_imgNova Scotia drivers have a more transparent way to appeal certain licence suspensions and vehicle impoundments. The new Motor Vehicle Appeal Board addresses a point made in the provincial ombudsman’s report last year. “We listened to what Nova Scotia drivers were saying about the fairness of appealing to the same person who issued a licence suspension,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Putting these checks and balances in place to give people a chance to have appeals heard is essential, and this new board gives Nova Scotians a process that is timely, objective and independent.” Eight respected members of Nova Scotia’s legal community were appointed today, Oct. 24, to the board. Terrance Sheppard (chair), Dartmouth; Krista Daley, Halifax; Lena Diab, Halifax; Robert Kennedy, Halifax; Harvey McPhee, Sydney; Blair Mitchell, Halifax; Stephen Scott, Bedford; and Robert Stewart, Berwick were appointed. A panel of three will hear appeals and make decisions. Guides to help Nova Scotians understand the new appeal process can be downloaded at read more

Reconnaissance de lesprit communautaire et du civisme

first_imgLe Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’esprit communautaire est décerné à deux collectivités néo-écossaises reconnues pour leur civisme et leur esprit communautaire exemplaires. Ce prix célèbre l’énergie, la force et la diversité des dynamiques collectivités de la province. Jusqu’à quatre collectivités sont honorées chaque année. Un comité de sélection étudie les demandes en fonction des critères établis pour l’obtention du prix et choisit les collectivités qui y répondent le mieux. En avril, nous avons demandé aux Néo-Écossais de nous faire part d’histoires d’engagement communautaire et de service extraordinaire. Les deux collectivités reconnues cette année sont celles de Big Tancook, dans le comté de Lunenburget de Pubnico-Ouest, dans le comté de Yarmouth. « Le Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’esprit communautaire est l’une des façons pour la Couronne en Nouvelle-Écosse de reconnaître et de remercier les gens qui se dépensent sans compter afin de faire de leur collectivité un endroit spécial où vivre, a déclaré le lieutenant-gouverneur, Arthur LeBlanc. J’ai vraiment hâte de me rendre prochainement sur l’île Big Tancook et à Pubnico-Ouest pour présenter les trophées. » Hillary Dionne de la Big Tancook Island Community Association a présenté la demande en collaboration avec plusieurs autres organismes communautaires. Elle a parlé d’une petite collectivité insulaire pleine de ressources qui est très fière de son histoire et qui travaille toujours ensemble. « L’histoire et le patrimoine culturel sont omniprésents ici sur l’île Big Tancook, et les gens qui vivent ici sont solides et ils ont beaucoup d’initiative, a dit Mme Dionne. Nous vivons dans un endroit unique qui nous demande souvent de faire les choses un peu différemment. Notre mode de vie favorise une approche créatrice pour presque tout ce que nous faisons. Ensemble, nous sommes motivés et capables et nous travaillons toujours dans l’intérêt supérieur de notre collectivité. » Avec l’aide de divers groupes communautaires, Charlene LeBlanc a présenté la candidature du petit village de pêche de Pubnico-Ouest dont elle a souligné le patrimoine acadien toujours vivant, la forte participation citoyenne et le flair pour l’innovation. « Il n’y a absolument rien que la collectivité de Pubnico-Ouest ne peut pas faire, a déclaré Mme LeBlanc. Tout ce que nous faisons, nous le faisons extrêmement bien et cela se voit dans notre travail, nos divertissements et notre engagement bénévole. Les résidents de Pubnico-Ouest ont tous participé à la création de cette formidable collectivité à laquelle ils sont fiers d’appartenir. Les collectivités choisies pour recevoir le Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’esprit communautaire seront honorées lors de célébrations communautaires qui auront lieu prochainement. Le lieutenant-gouverneur, Arthur LeBlanc, assistera aux festivités pour remettre à chaque collectivité une œuvre originale de NovaScotian Crystal sur laquelle sera gravée une illustration de l’histoire de la collectivité. Pour plus d’informations, allez à : read more

60 grievances redressed in NDMC Suvidha Camp

first_imgNEW DELHI: The New Delhi Municipal Council on Saturday organised ‘Suvidha Camp for information, facilitation and redressal of public grievances at its headquarter NDMC Convention Centre.According to NDMC’s spokesperson, as many as 60 public grievances were received and were resolved on the spot. The most of the grievances of the residents of New Delhi area were pertaining to the Enforcement, Public Health, Civil Engineering, Accounts/Finance, Personnel and Tax Departments. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The 26 teams of various departments alongwith their HODs of NDMC were present to sort out the grievances in the Suvidha camp,” NDMC said in a statement. NDMC Secretary Rashmi Singh urged the citizen of area to avail the facilities of Suvidha Camp to resolve their grievances of civic amenities on every second Saturday of the month and she also mentioned that the issues related to grievances will be resolved on fast track basis. “Regarding information about the online Barat Ghar Booking, Water and Electricity connection has been provided in the Suvidha Camp by setting up a Help Desk,” said Rashmi Singh. First time a women Help Desk was provided in Suvidha Camp on Saturday in which a girl student, who was not able to appear in one exam due to her family problem for which she was not promoted to the next class, attended the suvidha camp alongwith her father and contacted women help desk and was given admission on the spot in Suvidha Camp.last_img read more

Real Madrids Isco suffers muscle injury

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid’s Spanish playmaker Isco Alarcon will be on the sidelines with a muscle injury, the club said on Wednesday. “Isco has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right femoral biceps. His recovery will continue to be monitored,” Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid said in a statement. The 27-year-old Spain international sustained the injury during Madrid’s team practice earlier in the day, as coach Zinedine Zidane’s squad is getting for the upcoming La Liga clash at Villarreal, which Isco will miss, Efe news reported. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIsco will also miss his upcoming international duty as Spain is set to continue its Euro 2020 qualification run, first on road against Romania on September 5 and then hosting Faroe Islands three days later. Isco’s injury became the 10th setback, six of which have been muscle issues, which have plagued Madrid since the pre-season preparations around 50 days ago, including that of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and new arrivals Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy. Madrid’s ‘sickroom’ also includes Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, Brahim Díaz and James Rodriguez. In related news, French centre-back Raphael Varane did not train with his teammates during Wednesday’s second session as he worked out alone inside the gym, the Spanish club said. Villarreal will host Real Madrid at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday. Madrid are currently in third spot with four points.last_img read more

Edmonton Oilers arena changes womens bathrooms to mens during playoff run

first_imgRogers Place is full to the brim for the Edmonton Oilers playoff run – and so are their fans’ bladders.Two women’s washrooms – one on each level – were converted to men’s washrooms for both Sunday’s Game 3 and Wednesday’s Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks.Some women vented on social media about long waits Sunday.“Thanks #RogersPlace for screwing the females with the bathroom change. This is chaos,” tweeted one.Some fans in the arena during the game were not impressed with the situation.“I thought the wait was about the same. I was at Game 5 of the San Jose series and it was just as bad,” said Sheri Simon. “Two lines going in there, just crazy. It’s not great.”Those two washrooms remained converted Wednesday despite the complaints, but stanchions to expedite queues and more staff to direct people were added, according to the senior vice-president of the Oilers Entertainment Group.“We all think it will add up to an improvement,” Tim Shipton said. “We’re going to review it at the end of the night and if there’s things we need to change, we will do so.“The goal is to get people back in their seats. We don’t people missing the game action.”He says it’s a practice at Rogers Place to switch genders on washrooms depending on what type of audience an event draws.Men’s washrooms became women’s washrooms for Dixie Chicks, Lumineers, Dolly Parton and John Mayer concerts.“We know for playoff hockey, the demographic skews towards a male crowd,” Shipton said.Oilers fan Krista Franchuk says she wasn’t finding the lines any faster in Wednesday’s game against Anaheim, but she didn’t have that big of a problem with the wait.“I was here for the last game of the regular season and I haven’t noticed a major difference between then and now,” said Franchuk during the first intermission. “There was a lineup, but it moved quick, not too bad at all. Plus you make friends in the women’s bathroom lineup.”Rogers Place, which holds 18,300 for hockey and 20,700 for concerts, opened last September.Shipton says there are 485 toilets and urinals in the building.“When you have a building as full as it is, it puts pressure on all our systems whether it’s food and beverage, customer service, safety and security and of course washrooms,” he explained.“It’s further exacerbated in the playoffs of course because everybody wants to stay in their seat until the final second of the period. You don’t get that flow of people leaving with five minutes left in the period to go.”With files from Shane Joneslast_img read more

Legal cannabis tops packed agenda at annual meeting of BCs municipal leaders

first_imgVANCOUVER – Municipalities in British Columbia are clamouring to have a say in the marijuana policies they believe will fall largely on their shoulders to enforce when pot becomes legal next summer.Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang, who is also the city’s point person on marijuana, said municipalities have largely been ignored by the federal government, which has so far taken a “father-knows-best approach.”“I think it’s a bit of snobbery or haughtiness on the part of the federal government,” Jang said.“The rubber hits the road with us. We’ll be the ones having to regulate, enforce whatever the federal laws are through our police, through our zoning, through our business licence processing.”Local government representatives are gathering in Vancouver this week for their annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, and at the top of the agenda is a push to get municipalities at the table in developing the regulatory framework around legalized cannabis.The first resolution to be considered would direct the group’s lobbying efforts to push for meaningful consultation on legal pot, enough funding to cover policing and regulation costs, a fair share of tax revenues, and deference to municipalities’ rights when it comes to zoning and land-use decisions. Members endorsed a similar resolution last year.Municipalities at the convention first voted in favour of decriminalizing pot in 2012.First vice-president Wendy Booth, who is also a director with the East Kootenay Regional District, said so far there has been little consultation with municipalities by the provincial government.“It’s a pretty complex file and we need to come up with a way that works for all of us in B.C., whether it be large communities or small communities,” she said.Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson said B.C. is “absolutely committed” to including local government in discussions around pot legalization and she expects consultation, support for enforcement and tax sharing to be a part of that conversation.Besides cannabis, here are some other resolutions up for debate at the municipal leaders’ convention, which runs Monday to Friday:— Metchosin would like the Union of B.C. Municipalities to support a statutory holiday that celebrates First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada, in keeping with a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.— Penticton wants to make it possible to recall municipal politicians if voters have a change of heart between local elections.— Vanderhoof is railing against noise pollution created by trains and wants to establish whistle-free zones.— Vancouver is in favour of creating a registry and rules restricting municipal lobbyists.— Parksville’s hefty Canada goose population has ruffled the feathers of residents, who want a co-ordinated regional approach to managing the pesky animals, including “population control” measures.— Maple Ridge is keeping composting top of mind by supporting policy that would require the stickers used to label fruit either produced in Canada or imported into the country to be compostable.— Sicamous would like the union of municipalities to offer funds to help educate the public on the threat posed by invasive quagga and zebra mussels.— West Kelowna wants the provincial government to create a B.C.-wide rat reduction strategy after a steady increase in rodent infestation in recent years.last_img read more

Sports and musical collectibles exchanged for drugs Calgary police

first_imgCALGARY – Police in Calgary have recovered a number of collectibles including a framed jersey signed by hockey legend Gordie Howe as part of a drug investigation.Investigators arrested a man late last month and say they believe stolen property was exchanged for drugs over a period of nine days.Officers recovered cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and cannabis, as well as counterfeit U.S. cash and a number of collectibles, including Howe’s jersey.They also recovered a picture signed by the band the Tragically Hip, an electric guitar autographed by singer Sass Jordan, vintage comic books and hockey and trading cards.“We believe that some of the stolen property was being retained in the residence,” said Insp. Joe Brar with the Calgary Police Service investigative operations section.“What we have seen in the past in other cases is the stolen items are later sold … Kijiji seems to be … the biggest method for selling these items.”John Christopher Fraser, 43, of Calgary is facing 37 charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property.A number of weapons were also recovered, including knives, swords and five firearms, two of which were stolen.Investigators are trying to identify who owns the collectibles.“We believe the original owners of these items were the victims of a crime and the people who stole the items exchanged them for drugs,” said Brar.Brar said police received a tip from the public. He said some of the cards and comics recovered also were valuable.“We found trading cards of Marilyn Monroe that are valued at $600. There’s some comic books that are valued in the hundreds of dollars as well.”Police say the investigation continues and further charges are expected.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Supermodel Fernanda Taveras Wants Brazil To Be Cruelty Free

first_imgBrazilian supermodel Fernanda Tavares has been named Humane Society International’s Ambassador for the charity’s Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.Tavares has pledged to help HSI end animal suffering in Brazil’s beauty industry.Last month Fernanda Tavares starred in a video appeal for HSI calling for the Brazilian government to follow in the footsteps of Europe, Israel and India by introducing a nationwide cosmetics animal testing ban. Fernanda subsequently joined HSI for a meeting with Senator Eduardo Suplicy, the Minister of Justice, Dr. José Eduardo Cardozo and Deputy Ricardo Tripoli to discuss why banning cosmetics animal testing, which was recently done in the state of Sao Paulo, would improve consumer safety and promote modern science as well as protect animals from unnecessary suffering.Fernanda said: “I’m really thrilled to become HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Brazil Ambassador. I love my country very much, but cosmetics cruelty shames Brazil so I want to see an end to the suffering as soon as possible. I feel very close to this issue, coming from the modelling world where make-up is so central, I feel I am in a unique position to speak out for these poor animals who suffer in silence. There really is no excuse for animal testing when so many companies make amazing cosmetics without hurting any animals. So I want to do whatever I can to help HSI achieve this goal.”Although banned throughout Europe, Israel and India, Brazil’s cosmetics regulations still allow for eye, skin and oral toxicity tests on rabbits, guinea pigs and other rodents. The animals are given no pain relief and are killed at the end of the test by asphyxiation or neck breaking.Helder Constantino, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaigner said: “Fernanda is the perfect Ambassador for our Be Cruelty-Free campaign so we are honoured to have her support. She encompasses beauty with compassion and we know she shares our determination to see an end to cosmetics animal testing here in Brazil and around the world.”Be Cruelty-Free Brazil is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing, supported by ARCA Brasil, ProAnima and the National Forum for the Protection and Defense of Animals. HSI has Be Cruelty-Free campaigns in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and Be Cruelty-Free USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States.last_img read more

Woman says police ignored sex assault complaint against alleged Winnipeg serial killer

first_img(Alleged Winnipeg serial killer Shawn Lamb, 52)APTN National NewsWINNIPEG-A Winnipeg woman says police ignored her sexual assault complaint against a Shawn Lamb, an alleged serial killer accused of murdering three Aboriginal women.The First Nation woman, who requested anonymity, was working as a sex worker when she said Lamb tried to rape her about five months ago after inviting her into his apartment to smoke crack.“He proceeded to put himself on me, he was trying to be aggressive on me, trying to rub me and trying to rape me,” she said, in an interview with APTN National News, which airs Wednesday. “I fought him off me and I was screaming, but I fought him off me. I grabbed a hammer and I swing it at him and told him, ‘If you don’t let me out of your house, I’ll smash your house up.’”The woman said she then went to police.“My voice wasn’t heard. They didn’t do nothing about it,” she said. “They just thought it was a bad date gone wrong.”Lamb, 52, is currently facing three counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Tanya Jane Nepinak, 31, Carolyn Sinclair, 25, and Lorna Blacksmith, 18.All three women disappeared within the space of five months around the same street, Ellice Ave, known locally as Winnipeg’s “street of tears.” Nepinak disappeared last September, Sinclair in December and Blacksmith disappeared in January of this year.According to court records, police allege that Blacksmith was killed Jan. 12, while Sinclair was killed Dec. 18, 2011, and Nepinak was murdered on Sept. 13, 2011.Sinclair and Blacksmith’s bodies were found in dumpsters while police are still searching for Nepinak’s remains.The families of the women have long claimed they believed the women’s deaths were all connected.last_img read more

PM Modi upper caste by birth backward on papers Tejashwi

first_imgPatna: Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday rebuffed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion of belonging to an “ati-pichhda” (most backward) caste, insisting that he saw this coming from the PM a week ago.Addressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh Saturday, the prime minister aggressively pitched his backward caste identity, declaring that he was not just an OBC, but was “born” into the “most-backward caste”. Yadav, in a tweet, said Sunday, “I had said on April 20 (2019) said that @narendramodi ji, after portraying himself as fake OBC, will call himself a person belonging to extremely backward caste. He did so yesterday (in Kannauj rally in UP). Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says Shah”The fact is that he is an upper caste (person) by birth and backward on papers. He (PM) will say so many things just to fetch votes.” Notably, the former Bihar deputy chief minister had said on April 20 that Modi would call himself a son of extremely backward caste parents, hours before the prime minister held a rally in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency. “PM @narendramodi ji is coming to Bihar today. He would portray himself as the son of extremely backward caste. He will make an abortive bid to polarize voters. “Bihar is expecting lies and jumlas from him. Hope that the PM would give account of his 2014 promises,” the RJD leader had tweeted.last_img read more

Malian president pays visit to Morocco

first_imgFez – Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, began on Tuesday evening a visit to Morocco to attend the 9th International Agriculture Fair in Morocco (SIAM) which takes place on April 24-May 3 in Meknes under the motto “Local products.”On his arrival at the airport of Fez-Saiss,  the Malian Head of State was greeted by Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane.Boubacar Keïta was also greeted by Minister of the Moroccan expatriate community and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou and the Wali of the Fez-Boulemane region,  Mohammed Dardouri. Upon his participation in Meknes on Wednesday in the 7th Symposium of Agriculture, organized under the motto “The family agriculture”, the Malian President will attend the official opening of SIAM, scheduled for Thursday.The Malian President is accompanied by a large government delegation including Ministers of Rural Development, Bocari Treta, Trade, Abdel Karim Konate, Industry and Investment Promotion, Mustapha Ben Barka, Crafts and Tourism, Berthé Aissata Bengaly, and Religious Affairs and Worship, Thierno Amadou Omar Hass Diallo.The President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé, arrived in Fes earlier in the day to attend the 9th session of SIAM.last_img read more

LTTE sleeper cell busted

Investigators said Krishnamurthy, who supplied water cans in the Pozhichalur locality where he lived, befriended Udaya Doss and Maheswaran and took them to Suresh Kumar. The former LTTE operative trained them in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and electronic circuits for a variety of bombs.During questioning, the arrested men said they had taken the house in Pammal on rent more than two months ago. Doss was a carpenter and Maheswaran a photo editor. Suresh Kumar trained Sri Lankan Tamils and sent them to the island nation with bomb-making material, investigators said. The other arrested, Gopi alias Manoharan, 37, also a Jaffna native, flew into this country in 2009 on a genuine passport. Sivaneswaran came in 2011. The arrested duo was produced before a magistrate’s court in Tambaram that remanded them in judicial custody in Puzhal prison. The two narrowly escaped arrest when a team of ‘Q’ branch sleuths barged into a house inPozhichalur near Chromepet on December 19, 2012. The police team nabbed S Suresh Kumar, 34, D Udaya Doss, 39, T Maheswaran, 33 and K Krishnamurthy, 29. An investigating officer said Suresh Kumar, an ex-LTTE operative, lost his legs in an explosion during the Eelam war and moved around in a wheelchair. “Two of the four arrested men came to Tamil Nadu as refugees in 2001 and 2003, and the others came as the war was in its final stages in 2009,” the officer said. Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch sleuths said they have busted a sleeper cell of former LTTE cadres with the arrest of two men in a Mogappair guest house on Friday, the Times of India reported today.One of those nabbed, Sivaneswaran, 34, alias Nesan alias Priyan alias Isai Priyan alias Anbu, hails from Jaffna. He joined the LTTE and was tasked with checking the antecedents of young recruits. He also worked as a shadow for cadres going on leave. Later, he became head of the outfit’s recruitment wing. read more

4 companies chosen to pursue nuclear waste burial test

4 companies chosen to pursue nuclear waste burial test SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Four companies will pursue the possibility of conducting a test to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground, federal energy officials announced Monday, months after two prospective sites in the Dakotas were abandoned over local opposition.The U.S. Department of Energy said the companies will explore potential sites for the test in South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico. Only one company will eventually carry out the borehole field test, which at no point will involve the use of actual nuclear waste.California-based AECOM is exploring a field test site in Texas, while RESPEC is pursuing a site in South Dakota, where it is based. New Mexico-based TerranearPMC and Georgia-based ENERCON are looking at sites in New Mexico.Boreholes are narrow, vertical holes that are drilled into the earth usually to determine the geological characteristics of the rock below. The proposed test is meant to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in approximately 3-mile-deep holes.“It is important to note there will be no nuclear waste used as part of this project nor will the site for the field test be used for future nuclear waste disposal,” said Andy Griffith, deputy assistant secretary in the department’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Griffith declined to name the communities where the companies are pursing the sites, but said they will be revealed in the near future.Waste from commercial reactors in the U.S. now is stored onsite at nuclear power plants. The waste generated from defence activities is kept at a few secure locations.The federal government for decades has researched possible sites for a permanent disposal site, including at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, but the country still lacks a repository for waste disposal.The Department of Energy is emphasizing the absence of radioactive material in the project after communities in the Dakotas rebuffed the idea earlier this year over confusion and skepticism. In North Dakota, commissioners in Pierce County voted in March to formally oppose the project. Three months later, organizers abandoned Spink County, South Dakota, as a potential site because of resistance from local officials.The agency has acknowledged that insufficient initial communication and outreach left the communities with a negative impression of the project. Griffith said the department is taking the lessons learned from the two experiences and is working to better engage prospective communities.RESPEC CEO Todd Kenner said the department’s commitment to not use nuclear waste in the test previously wasn’t as “upfront” as it is now. He said the company is pursuing a site in South Dakota’s Haakon County and has met with community representatives and business owners.“There’s information out there that leads you to believe something that this project isn’t, specifically that nuclear waste will be stored there and this will become a repository, which is not the case,” Kenner said. “Hopefully, that dispels a lot of the angst that people had.”The project’s contract dictates that after the project is completed, the borehole will be permanently sealed. The land will then be restored.The company that will eventually conduct the test will be chosen through a multi-phase process. The first phase begins Jan. 3.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at by Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2016 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more