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More provision needed for teen mothers from Govt – NGO

first_imgAs part of the engagements on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the European Union (EU) on Tuesday hosted a forum, where several stakeholders called for more provision to be made for teenage mothers who might not necessarily be able to provide for their newborns, which in turn leaves them at risk of being abused.Representative from Women Across Differences, Hazel Halley-BurnettThe meeting saw representatives from various agencies, especially the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Women Across Differences (WAD) calling for more provision to be put in place for teenage mothers to take care of their newborns, by not only Government but other NGOs as well.A representative from the organisation, Hazel Halley-Burnett shared, “If you are not economically strong, you are open to violence, if you get your little pittance, then you will not be treated as second class in your own homes.”Halley-Burnett explained that it was on account of this belief that the organisation usually helped young women to be trained in making craft items to sell, so as to have at least a “small piece”.While speaking to the need for both Government and Private Sector intervention, the representative related, “I’ve seen we’ve prepared cradles and different things and when feeding time (comes), you want to know if is trench water they put in the bottles … you know what they put in there – water with sugar…no milk, nothing and they come to us and sometimes we of our own kindness provide some milk to give them.”While responding to a question posted by Guyana Times, she says she believes that not only Government but other NGOs should play a role in supporting teenage mothers who may not be able to take care of their child or children by themselves.“NGOs with the kind of economic resources can help because it’s not always money. Government has indicated in the past (that) they’ve done several things for mothers at clinics providing subsidies and all of that. It doesn’t happen now, but we hope that that can (through) the Ministry of (Public) Health can be able to introduce that again, so as to help not only teen mothers but women in their reproductive rights,” Halley-Burnett explained.The programme hosted by the EU on Monday was in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.According to a United Nations report one in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently at the hands of an intimate partner. Only 52 per cent of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care. Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). More alarmingly, one in two women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2012; while only one out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances.last_img read more

Pilot Project to Improve Safety on Resource Roads

first_imgA pilot project on radio communication protocols aims to improve safety and reduce collisions on resource roads, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced today. The goal of the project is to improve road user safety through standardized radio call procedures for forest service roads. A block of dedicated resource road radio channels along with standardized call procedures and road signage is being piloted on Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and one road system in the Tumbler Ridge area. Previously truckers needed to reprogram their radios to gain access to local radio channels as they moved around to different work locations. In the pilot areas, only a single set of radio channels is being used on forest service roads. New communications signs posted on the pilot roads indicate which radio channel to call, call frequency, direction being travelled and vehicle type. – Advertisement -The new radio procedures were implemented earlier this year and the findings from the pilot projects will be evaluated this fall prior to considering provincewide implementation. The protocol, radio channels and signs were developed by the radio communications working group, initially formed in 2006, with representatives from the Ministry of Forests and Range, BC Timber Sales, Industry Canada, BC Forest Safety Council/Truck Safe and FPInnovations. The working group held numerous meetings with forest licensees and truck drivers in developing the protocol.last_img read more

Mothering the load

first_imgMiller-Malloy emphasized that the arrangement isn’t just temporary and plans to pursue a formal adoption in the future. While it may seem like a burden for a 19-year-old, Miller-Malloy says mothering comes to her naturally. She has four younger sisters and a younger brother, as well as a lot of cousins who she has helped nurture. “It hasn’t been anything I didn’t expect,” said Miller-Malloy, a graduate of San Bernardino High School. “I was always taking care of the other kids anyway.” Miller-Malloy admits she couldn’t handle motherhood without the help of her family. She drops Jabbari off with Smith on the way to school. Sister Roneisha, 17, also helps care for him during the day. Miller-Malloy is out of class by noon, just in time for lunch and a sometimes a catnap in her car before basketball practice. She picks Jabbari up on the way home from school, although that schedule changes on game days or when she is working. Second-year SBVC coach Sue Crebbin says her player has never overlooked her team duties because of her mothering responsibilities. “There were times during conditioning that she had to work or was late but no more than any other player,” Crebbin said. “Once we started more formal practices she was there every day and she was usually one of the first ones in the gym. She does a great job of balancing her responsibilities and seeing that everything gets done.” Playing on the basketball team also gives Miller-Malloy an extended family. Her teammates enjoy having Jabbari around. “He’s like our little toy,” sophomore teammate Frankie Bench said. “We love holding him and playing with him. We’re always passing him around.” While Miller-Malloy has assumed the role of mother off the court, the 6-foot forward has also taken a leadership role on it. She is averaging 5.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for SBVC (17-9, 9-3), which is tied for third with Chaffey in the Foothill Conference behind Mt. San Jacinto and Antelope Valley. Miller-Malloy is also enjoying being on a competitive team. Last year the Wolverines won just four games but have emerged as one of the most improved teams in the state this season, earning a No. 19 state ranking and a No. 10 in Southern California. Miller-Malloy is thinking about competing on the track team this spring but may forgo that so she can work more hours as a driver for Premier Medical Transport. She has also worked at other jobs from Federal Express to Chuck E. Cheese. Malloy also wants to pursue a degree at a four-year school, possibly in Oregon. She hopes to become either a coach or a police officer but she doesn’t think she has missed out on any of the experiences of her peers because of her time-consuming role as a mother. “People tell me I have taken on too much but I don’t feel that way. I feel like this is my calling,” Miller-Malloy said. Her teammates see the same thing. “I have never heard her complain even once about the position she is in,” Bench added. “I have to give her all the credit in the world. She is aware of her responsibilities and she takes all of them seriously.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Miller-Malloy took on the huge responsibility soon after Jabbari was born. She says her sister isn’t mature enough to handle having a child and is still looking for direction in life. The same sister also has a 6-year-old son being cared for by her great-great grandmother Drusilla Smith, who raised her. Smith remembers being at the hospital, along with Miller-Malloy, when Jabbari was born. “She and her sister even argued about the baby’s name,” Smith said. “She said she wanted the baby and I told her to think about it for a couple of weeks. I didn’t want the baby to go back and forth. “He needs to know one person as his mother.” Miller-Malloy originally took care of Jabbari on a trial basis. After a few weeks Smith was convinced Miller-Malloy was in it for the long haul. Miller-Malloy, 21, has more to deal with than most of her peers. She is a full-time student-athlete, has her own apartment, works a job and is the legal guardian of her nephew Jabbari, born to a sister four years her senior. “I am lucky. I’m not one of those people that needs a lot of sleep,” she laughs. “Sometimes I think it’s a lot but I don’t have any regrets. None.” center_img San Bernardino Valley College sophomore Rocky Miller-Malloy comes off the basketball court and greets a large contingent of family and friends that cheered her and the Wolverines to an easy win over Rio Hondo. She doesn’t have much time to enjoy the victory or go out with her teammates. A 9-month old baby boy needs a diaper change. last_img read more

New crop of teachers

first_imgNot only is the nation experiencing a shortage of qualified math and science teachers, but the problem is compounded by research that shows low-income schools have more underqualified teachers. About 42 percent of single subject public school math teachers and nearly one-third of single subject science teachers aren’t fully credentialed. Teacher shortages in California for math and science, have been temporarily resolved by issuing emergency credentials to teachers who haven’t passed subject exams or completed preparation programs. The highest concentration of unqualified teachers are at poor urban schools. Last week, the National Assessment of Education Progress reported about 40 percent of high school seniors scored below the basic level in math. A student demonstrating a basic level in math has the ability to convert decimals into fractions, for example. National Assessment Governing Board Chairman Darvin Winick said the U.S. was “sleeping through a crisis.” CGU professor David Drew, who studies education and management trends at the School of Educational Studies, is working to address the crisis. He was the principal investigator for the grant proposal to the National Science Foundation for the Noyce grant. “The gist of our proposal was this: we have an excellent teacher preparation program at CGU – we have outstanding students graduating from the Claremont Colleges who may not know what steps they could take to become math and science \ teachers,” Drew said. “This grant is to link the Claremont Colleges and provide fellowships as they continue in their masters program.” The comprehensive proposal was rewarded with a $500,000 grant from NSF for the Noyce Special Program in 2006. The program begins in June with an intensive summer of coursework. By September, future teachers intern at public schools and continue their coursework on Saturdays. In the following academic year, graduates secure their teaching credentials and teach full-time at a local school district. CGU students have taught in the Claremont, Pomona and Ontario school districts. Seven students have completed the program and are teaching at urban districts in Southern California. The 15-month program ensures students leave with a master’s degree and teaching credentials for their field. Michael Bergeron, 23, a graduate in mathematics is also in the program. After teaching at a private school in Torrance for a year, Bergeron enrolled in the Noyce program and teaches math at Montclair High School. Bergeron was wary about the transfer.However, he has had no problems aside from regular 16-year-old shenanigans. “For the most part, they seem very engaged,” Bergeron said. “I really have enjoyed working with them.” (909) 483-9356160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CLAREMONT – Cory Edgmon wanted to teach at a “low-income, low-performing” high school like the one she attended. “I knew I wanted to teach at a high school like that,” said Edgmon, 23. “Where there’s a need for teachers who want to teach …” While studying for a degree in mathematics at Claremont McKenna College, she learned of the college’s Noyce Special Program that recruits math and science majors to help fill the shortage of teachers in those subjects in California schools. Edgmon learned the program was available at Claremont Graduate University and quickly enrolled. last_img read more

Councillor John O’Donnell appears in court on assault charges

first_imgA county councillor has appeared in court on assault charges.Councillor John O’Donnell was charged with two cases of assault at Newline Road in Letterkenny on February 23rd last, 2015. Pictures of injuries caused to the alleged victim were handed into court to be viewed by Judge Paul Kelly.The court heard that Mr O’Donnell, 35, and another man, Conor Ferguson, 26 were both charged in connection with the same incident.Details of the alleged incidents were not given in court.The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions that Mr O’Donnell’s cases be forward to the Circuit Court for Trial on Indictment.He is charged with two counts of assault against two different people on the same date.He is charged with assaulting Emmet Gallagher at the Sultan Takeaway and also with assaulting Seamus O’Donnell at Gortlee, Letterkenny.Inspector Michael Harrison said a full book of evidence for Mr O’Donnell will have to prepared and put the case back until October 24th next.Judge Paul Kelly said he will deal with an application for legal aid for Mr O’Donnell on that date.The co-accused Conor Ferguson, of Gort Na Ri, KIlmacrennan, charged with assaulting Kirstie Callaghan causing her harm at Station Roundabout.Judge Paul Kelly refused jurisdiction in this case and also adjourned it until October 24th.Councillor John O’Donnell appears in court on assault charges was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Juventus still keen on signing Liverpool midfielder Emre Can – reports

first_img1 Champions of Italy Juventus remain keen on Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, despite the Reds demanding a huge transfer fee.The Germany international has reportedly been offered a new bumper £100,000 per-week deal to stay at Anfield, but is yet to agree terms.This has led to question marks over his future and Juve are keen to take advantage of the situation.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve will continue their pursuit of Can despite the Reds’ high demands.Juventus reportedly plan to find a way around Liverpool’s asking price by exploiting his contract situation.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Can to stay and the longer the contract saga drags on the stronger Juventus’ hand becomes.Can is currently on holiday in California after being given an extended break due to international commitments.The midfielder, of Turkish origin, was part of the Germany side that won the Confederations Cup at the start of the month. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is a target for Juventus last_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo Every Thursday Evening At 9pm in St Marys Hall Clonmany All Welcome.Match & Win for 25th August No Jackpot Winner last week the jackpot will rise to €2,020 this week, the numbers drawn were 1,6,20,23 the €15 consolation prizes went to George Harkin Annagh, Veronica Watson Claggin Urris, Brian Hughes Lever Road Portstewart, Sadie McLaughlin Tullagh, Maura Finch Brooklands Grange Belfast.Club Iorras Winners For August €50- Neil O’Donnell Crossconnell,€30 Mark McLaughlin Letter, €20 Rose Kelly Dunaff. Club Meeting On Tuesday 6th September at 9pm in Straid all members try to attend.Fixtures: Tuesday 30th August 7pm Donegal Under 21 Footbal Championship Milford v Urris Venue Moyle Park Milford.Friday 2nd September 6.30pm Minor Championship Div 2 Playoff Malin v Urris Venue Carndonagh.Any items for the GAA Notes please email to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 by 9pm Sunday. GAA NOTES: URRIS was last modified: August 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more

Solar Power Fees Are an Issue in Spain, Too

first_imgU.S. electric utilities aren’t the only ones worried about the impact of renewable energy on their long-term ability to pay grid operating costs.A number of utilities here are worried that as more homeowners install photovoltaic systems at home, income will fall. That’s not only because solar customers buy less power, but also because utilities have been buying their surplus power at retail rates under net-metering programs.These trends have shifted more of the costs of maintaining the grid to non-solar customers, and some utilities fear the trend is a long term threat to maintaining the grid. Utilities in some states are seeking changes in net-metering rules that would help their bottom lines.Now, as The Wall Street Journal reports, the government in Spain also is worried about coming up with the money to pay for the grid. The immediate cause was an economic slump that reduced power use, not a tidal wave of PV installations. But it’s coming at a time of increased interest in renewables, and the dampening effect on homeowners may be the same.In July, the government, proposed a new fee on renewable energy systems that is expected to win approval from the Parliament and go into effect on Jan. 1, the newspaper said in a story published Oct. 21. It’s part of an effort to come up with as much as 5 billion Euros a year for the electrical grid. Installations on the risePV installations in Spain seem tiny compared with some other European countries. According to the newspaper, just 5,000 homes and businesses have gone to “self-production” since it was authorized in 2011 and solar electricity amounts to less than 0.1% of the country’s total. However, that was expected to grow 10 times by 2020.Now that’s in doubt. Under the new rules, those with grid-tied systems will be charged a fee for the electricity they generate for use at home or their place of business. Fines for scofflaws or those who fail to register are steep.The newspaper said the fees have been defended by the country’s energy minister as a way of helping to pay for the operating and fixed costs of the grid, which he says homeowners with grid-tied systems still need. Spain’s largest solar industry trade group criticized the pending change.Some homeowners and businesses that invested in solar panels say the fees will eat into projected savings. One architect in Madrid said the three panels he bought should have paid for themselves in eight years. Now it looks like it will be 17 to 19 years, so he gave the panels away.last_img read more

Did you Say Something, Honey? A Look at Distracted Parenting

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr. and Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPexels[Woman by on Nov. 4, 2014, CC0]“Mom!! Can you PLEASE put your phone down and pay attention to me for just a minute? I need your help.”Ouch. That stings. I wish I could tell you that this was the one and only time my 8-year-old son has called me out on the overuse of my phone or other electronics while he has so frustratingly (for him) attempted to get my attention. But, if I told you that, I wouldn’t be telling the truth.  I have found myself in this shameful situation more than I prefer to acknowledge. But, I know I am not alone. And, while I know that I am a good mother, I also admit that I have fallen into the category of sometimes being a distracted parent.We’ve all heard the stories: a busy parent, a child momentarily forgotten in a hot car resulting in a dangerous and potentially horrific situation. According to the Washington Post, death by hyperthermia is the official term for the tragic outcome of distracted parents leaving behind children in parked cars due to distraction, a change in routine, or an unusual amount or type of stress (Weingarten, 2009). Although this occurs about 15 to 25 times per year in the US, it is but an extreme example of the risks of distracted parenting (Weingarten, 2009).Worthen (2012) indicates that there is a possible connection between device (such as mobile phone) distraction and child injuries. In the age of fast-paced technology growth, trends indicate a change of direction in the rates of child injuries; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2007 and 2010, nonfatal injuries to children under the age of five increased by 12%, a rapid incline compared to declining rates during the prior decade (Worthen 2012).Meanwhile, phone ownership for Americans 13 and older has increased from 9 million (coinciding with the release of the iPhone in 2007) to 114 million in 2012 (Worthen, 2012). Worthen notes that this connection is merely correlational and points out the difficulty in identifying direct causality due to issues with collecting the appropriate data, such as unlikelihood of parents to self-report their use of a mobile device during the time of their child’s injury. However, research has examined other factors that may emphasize the overall negative outcomes of distracted parenting.McDaniel and Radesky (2017) examine the relationship between distracted parenting caused by interferences (known in the literature as technoference) in parent-child interactions and the externalizing and internalizing of behavior by children. Examples of internalizing behavior are represented by sulking, whining, and easily hurt feelings while externalizing behavior may look like restlessness, an inability to sit still, or proneness to temper tantrums. Interestingly, McDaniel and Radesky found support for the relationship between technoference and both externalized and internalized behaviors of children, reported by both mothers and fathers. However, this result was only found in mother-child interactions. In contrast, father-child interactions did not predict externalizing and internalizing. McDaniel and Radesky offer two compelling explanations for this discrepancy. First, it is possible that children respond differently to maternal and paternal interactions. However,  perhaps the most plausible explanation comes from sample characteristics, as 30% of mothers in the sample worked 30+ hours per week in contrast to 82% of fathers. As such, the fathers in the study sample may have simply had fewer opportunities to interact with their children.While the literature highlighted above is just a mere sampling of research on the topic of distracted parenting, it certainly elicits the question of how technology use is impacting parenting and parent-child interaction. I can see from my own home, how my distracted parenting impacts the behavior of my children and the interactions I have with them.  I can also see it with other parents and their children when we are at the park, at a restaurant, and at a grocery store. So, what does all of this mean? It means that we may need to all take a closer look at our own personal experience with distracted parenting and figure out what works best for our families. It is possible to find that happy medium between the use of technology and non-distracted parenting. The goal is just finding that ‘sweet spot’ within your own household.How do YOU find your ‘sweet spot’? Tell us in the comments below what you do to mitigate your own distracted parenting and what works for you and your family!ReferencesMcDaniel, B. T. & Radesky, J. S. (2017). Technoference: Parent distraction with technology and associations with child behavior problems. Child Development,, G. (2009, March 8). Fatal distraction: Forgetting a child in the backseat of a car is a horrifying mistake. Is it a crime? The Washington Post, p. W08. Retrieved from, B. (2012, September 29). The perils of texting while parenting. The Wall Street Journal, p. C1. Retrieved from blog was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT and David Lee Sexton, Jr, members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

The New ARRI ALEXA Mini LF — Large Format, Little Camera

first_imgARRI has just announced the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF, combining the company’s new large-format sensor with the popular compact body.Well, the rumors were off. Looks like the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF is now a 2019 camera instead of 2020. ARRI just announced the Mini LF, a new ALEXA Mini using the company’s latest large-format sensor.The new camera comes just a year after the release of the ARRI ALEXA LF, and it’s incredibly impressive that the company was able to build a comparable mini version so close to its release. Dedicated regulated 12V and 24V accessory power outletsTwo built-in microphones3 internal large-format FSND filtersND 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8 Prototypes weigh 5.7 lbs (2.6 Kg) for the bodyCompatible with nearly all Alexa Mini devicesARRI also announced the new MCF-2 high-contrast HD viewfinder, which has an HD OLED display and ARRICAM eyepiece. The 4″ flip-out monitor shows image or camera menu, and it includes three operation modes: single operator, crew, or remote.As for glass, you can obviously use ARRI Signature Primes, but the company went on to say the following:Optimized for large-format lenses, the LPL lens mount fitted to ALEXA LF and ALEXA Mini LF cameras accepts ARRI Signature Primes, ARRI Rental DNA LF and 65 format optics, and third-party LPL lenses. The PL-to-LPL adapter, which attaches securely to the LPL lens mount without tools, offers backwards compatibility with all PL mount lenses, be they Super 35 or full frame. LDS-2 or /i lens metadata is accessible via the LPL mount, and LDS-1 or /i via the PL-to-LPL adapter. ARRI’s Frame Line and Lens Illumination Tool, available in the Learn & Help/Tools section of the ARRI website, illustrates how much of the large-format sensor is covered by a given lens.Other manufacturers, such as Panavision and Vantage, offer proprietary lens mounts for the ALEXA LF and ALEXA Mini LF cameras, to support their own lens ranges. Cinematographers therefore have an almost unlimited lens choice when shooting with ARRI large-format cameras.If you’re headed to NAB 2019, be sure to head over to the ARRI booth and see if you can catch a glimpse of the new ALEXA Mini LF — as well as a look at all of their ALEXA and AMIRA cameras.Top image via Michael Trammer/ARRI.Looking for more on filmmaking and video production? Check out these articles.Hands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?The Cameras and Lenses Behind HBO’s Original SeriesGear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $3007 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic DirectorsHow to Create a Mid-’90s DV Camcorder Look in After Effects LPL and PL mount lenses, Super 35 and full frameSupports all anamorphic de-squeeze ratios New Internal RecordingNew Codex Compact Drive (SSD)1TB driveWrite rate of 8 Gb/sUncompressed and unencrypted MXF/ARRIRAWFast MXF/Apple ProResARRIRAW and ProRes can be recorded on the the same media without reformatting Color OutputRec 709Rec 2020Log CCustom Look (ARRI Look File ALF-2) It was originally believed that the Mini LF was years off, as there were technical challenges in putting a large-format sensor in a smaller body while also maintaining a look that matched the full-size ALEXA LF. The prototype Mini LF is already being tested, and we don’t have a set release date for the final camera body yet.ARRI ALEXA Mini LF Specs:Same sensor and recording formats as the ALEXA LFALEV 3 A2X CMOS sensor36.70 x 25.54 mm4448 x 3096Same photosite size and type as Super 35 ARRI digital cameras0.75 – 90 fpslast_img read more