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Resource Discovery: NCTIC’s Manual on Trauma-Informed Care

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTAs we’ve highlighted in previous posts, trauma can have adverse effects on the developing brain and can permeate many aspects of personal, work and school life. We’ve also discussed how military personnel and their families are particularly vulnerable to this issue in previous posts. The impact of trauma has also been found to have devastating effects on communities and organizations leading to an increased interest in trauma-informed care [1].Today’s Resource Discovery features information provided by SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). This 2012 manual introduces readers to trauma-informed care by outlining the history, key principles and NCTIC’s role in shaping this treatment approach. Trauma-informed care was first defined and developed by Maxine Harris and Roger Fallot [2]. Developers of this treatment approach believe that everyone can benefit from learning about trauma [1].[Flickr, Operation Lone Star 2012 by Texas Military Forces, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Did You Know?The trauma-informed services movement has its roots in early research on survivors of captivity and war during the 1960’s and 70’s. During the 1080’s, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis and treatment were pioneered and the Victims of Crime Act was passed by Congress.  Also in the 1990’s, the Adverse Childhood Experience study documented the prevalence and impact of childhood trauma. During the last two decades, neurological research has documented pathways through which trauma affects the brain, SAMHSA established centers on trauma-specific issues (e.g. child trauma, community disasters) , and national professional associations and media have increased their focus on trauma [2].Since their founding in 2005, NCTIC has worked within a wide range of service systems including health and behavioral health, military, justice, housing and homelessness, education and child welfare, women’s services, developmental disabilities, and various advocacy and governmental agencies to help prepare professionals who work with individuals and families affected by trauma.  More detailed information on NCTIC activities, consultants, and products can be found at this webpage.Professionals working with military families can find this manual especially helpful for providing key principles of trauma-informed care as well as a brief summary of the history of trauma-informed services and key facts about trauma. Below we’ve listed more information on our previous blogs and webinars on trauma.Webinar:Trauma in Young Children Under 4-Years of Age: Attachment, Neurobiology and InterventionsBlogs:  What are Dual Trauma Couples?Women’s Trauma-Informed CareExperiencing PTSDEFT for Couples Affected by Trauma. References[1] National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. (2012, September). Changing communities, changing lives. Report prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care. Alexandria, VA: (Joan Gillece, Project Director), (Andrea Blanch, Author)[2] Harris, M. & Fallot, R. (2001) Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems: New Directions for Mental Health Services, Number 89. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.This post was written by Jay Morse and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT. Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network  FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

CPI(M) cadres attacked in Tripura rally

first_imgScores of CPI(M) supporters on their way to a tribal rally in Agartala on Tuesday were wounded in sporadic attacks allegedly by activists of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), which is striving for a separate tribal state. The ruling party alleged that at least 120 of its supporters sustained injuries at different places while police said 15 of their personnel were hurt in one restive area.District administrations clamped prohibitory order in several places in view of the prevailing tension. “Section 144 has been imposed in seven police station jurisdictions,” an official said.The rally, called by Gana Mukti Parishad (GMP) was addressed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. Thousands of GMP workers and supporters braved rains to attend the rally.last_img

England should be ready to play on tracks that help tweakers, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

first_imgTeams coming to the subcontinent should be prepared to play on turning tracks and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday threw his weight behind the idea.Speaking at the launch of his fitness centre ‘Sports Fit’ at a mall in the Capital, Dhoni said there was no harm if the pitches are tailor-made for tweakers.”I have never asked for turning pitches. The groundsmen know the best. There is no definition of a sporting pitch. When a team comes to the sub-continent, it should be prepared to play on tracks that help the spinners, and that’s how it should be. Every team uses their home advantage and it’s perfectly fine,” Dhoni said when asked about the brouhaha over the nature of pitches to be used for the upcoming India-England series.Dhoni appeared a bit defensive when prodded about Yuvraj Singh’s possible return to the Test side and said the left-handed batsman is the best judge of his fitness.”It is difficult for me to say at this moment whether Yuvraj is fit to play in the five-day format. Test cricket is very different from ODIs and T20s and teams might have to bat for two or more days on some occasions. So, considering the longevity factor, I feel Yuvraj is the best judge of his fitness. It should be best left to him to decide if he can survive the grind of Test cricket,” Dhoni said.He also rubbished suggestions that the present Indian team lacks the edge, after a former cricketer said this is the weakest Indian team in three decades. “On paper, it might look a bit weak, especially after the retirements of Rahul (Dravid) and Laxman. But we are also a very different side on the field. Slowly we are growing in confidence and I am hopeful that this team will only improve with time and produce the expected results,” he said.advertisementOn the prospects of trouncing England and avenging last year’s humiliating 0-4 defeat, the skipper was optimistic but did not guarantee a clean sweep. He added that he was looking forward to playing in the next few months, despite a choc-a-bloc schedule including visits by Pakistan and Australia.”We will try our best against England. We will try to do well and focus on the specifics. We need to be fit for the gruelling time ahead. The side is doing well in the one-day format and it will take some time to get back to the top of Test cricket. We have a busy schedule ahead of us, with home series against England, Pakistan Australia,” the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman said.Talking about fitness, Dhoni said it is of paramount importance and should not just be restricted to sportspersons.”Fitness is an important aspect for professional sportspersons and I think there shouldn’t be any compromise on it. Fitness is about coping with the requirements of the body and every human being should be concerned about it. In the Indian team, I think Virat (Kohli) is the fittest. Manoj (Tiwary) is also a very fit guy,” he added.On the reason for skipping the first round of the Ranji Trophy, in which seniors like Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are featuring, Dhoni said: “Actually I have been suffering from a cough and cold and hence was not able to play in Jharkhand’s first match (against Jammu & Kashmir in Jammu).”last_img read more

ICC wants two more dressing-rooms at Eden Gardens for World T20 final

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) wants two more dressing-rooms at the Eden Gardens which will host the World Twenty20 final on April 3 next year, a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official confirmed on Thursday.Presently, the Eden Gardens has only two dressing-rooms, one for the home and the other for the visiting teams but as the womens World T20 final will be held on the same day, crickets world governing body has asked the CAB for four change-rooms.Yes. The ICC has told us to get two more dressing rooms. We will sit and have a meeting next to see how to go about it,?? the CAB official told IANS.In the last World T20 final which was held in Mirpur, the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium also had four dressing rooms for the same reason.The mens world event starts from March 11.last_img read more

WADA says Russian hackers published athletes’ medical data

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online Tuesday.WADA said the hackers were a “Russian cyber espionage group” called Fancy Bears.They revealed records of “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” (TUEs), which allow athletes to use otherwise-banned substances because of a verified medical need.Williams, who won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics last month, issued a statement via her agent in which she said she was granted TUEs “when serious medical conditions have occurred,” and those exemptions were “reviewed by an anonymous, independent group of doctors, and approved for legitimate medical reasons.”Williams revealed in 2011 she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an energy-sapping disease.“I was disappointed to learn today that my private, medical data has been compromised by hackers and published without my permission,” Williams said. “I have followed the rules established under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program in applying for, and being granted, ‘therapeutic use exemption.’”Another athlete named was women’s basketball gold medalist Elena Delle Donne, who had thumb surgery on Tuesday and posted a post-op pic on Twitter, along with a statement saying she takes prescribed medication approved by WADA.In a statement, USA Gymnastics said Biles — who won five medals, four gold, in Rio last month — was approved for an exemption and had not broken any rules.She wrote on Twitter that she’s taken medication to treat ADHD since she was a child.“Please know I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me,” Biles posted.WADA previously warned of cyberattacks after investigators it had appointed published reports into Russian state-sponsored doping.“These criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,” World Anti-Doping Agency director general Olivier Niggli said in a statement.WADA said it “extended its investigation with the relevant law enforcement authorities.”Last month, hackers obtained a database password for Russian runner Yuliya Stepanova, a whistleblower and key witness for the WADA investigations. She and her husband, a former official with the Russian national anti-doping agency, are now living at an undisclosed location in North America.A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected WADA’s statement blaming Russian hackers as unfounded.“There can be no talk about any official or government involvement, any involvement of Russian agencies in those actions. It’s absolutely out of the question,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. “Such unfounded accusations don’t befit any organization, if they aren’t backed by substance.”The International Olympic Committee said it “strongly condemns such methods which clearly aim at tarnishing the reputation of clean athletes.”“The IOC can confirm however that the athletes mentioned did not violate any anti-doping rules during the Olympic Games Rio 2016,” the Olympic body said.The top American anti-doping official said it was “unthinkable” to try to smear athletes who followed the rules and did nothing wrong.“The cyberbullying of innocent athletes being engaged in by these hackers is cowardly and despicable,” said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.The name “Fancy Bears” appears to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to a collection of hackers that many security researchers have long associated with Russia.In a statement posted to its website early Tuesday, the group proclaimed its allegiance to Anonymous, the loose-knit movement of online mischief-makers, and said it hacked WADA to show the world “how Olympic medals are won.”“We will start with the U.S. team which has disgraced its name by tainted victories,” the group said, adding that more revelations about other teams were forthcoming.Internet records suggest Fancy Bears’ data dump has been in the works for at least two weeks; their website was registered on Sept. 1 and their Twitter account was created on Sept. 6.Messages left with the group were not immediately returned. A French name and phone number associated with the site both appeared to be bogus. A mailing address listed by the hackers appeared to point to a florist east of Paris; messages left with the business were not immediately returned.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cleveland Browns Draft Emmanuel Ogbah with No. 32 Pick

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Emmanuel Ogbah, who some thought would be a first round draft pick on Thursday, did not last long on the board on Friday evening.With the first pick of the second round at pick No. 32, the Cleveland Browns drafted Oklahoma State All-American Emmanuel Ogbah.Here’s what the NFL network broadcast looked like:With the 32nd pick in the 2016 #NFLDraft, the #Browns select DE Emmanuel Ogbah!https://t.co/ksvIOKQkwG— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 29, 2016 And here’s his reaction when he found out:Great Moment for former @OSUAthletics DE @EmanOgbah from Bush HS taken with first pick in the 2nd round by Cleveland pic.twitter.com/TwelYTfXHH— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 29, 2016center_img Life changing moment for Emmanuel Ogbah #OKstate https://t.co/ZWi6Y32b5s— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) April 29, 2016Ogbah is the third OSU player to be selected by the Browns in the last five years, with Justin Gilbert (2014) and Brandon Weeden (2012), who is now with the Houston Texans.last_img read more

Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting surprised with Australia’s decision to bowl 1st at The Oval

first_imgAshes 2019: Ricky Ponting surprised with Australia’s decision to bowl 1st at The OvalAshes 5th Test: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was taken aback with surprise when current skipper Tim Paine won the toss and chose to bowl first against England at The Oval on Thursday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 13:55 IST Tim Paine’s decision to bowl first at The Oval took Ricky Ponting by surprise (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia captain Tim Paine chose to bowl 1st in the 5th Ashes Test on ThursdayRicky Ponting was surprised by the decisionPonting also didn’t want to read too much into Australian fielders dropping catches on Day 1 of the 5th TestPut in to bat by Australia in a gamble by captain Tim Paine, England was pegged back from a strong position at 103-1 after lunch as Marsh ran through the middle order to immediately justify the decision to call him up in place of Travis Head.England’s batting frailties were exposed again as they wasted a solid start and laboured to 271 for eight at Stumps on Thursday.Assistant coach Ricky Ponting has admitted to being surprised by Paine’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss, but clarified that he will reserve his judgment on the matter till ‘the game is over’.”I never try to make too much of it until the game is over because really that’s where it will be the right decision or the wrong decision,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”It’s always dependent on the result of the game. I’m sure (Paine) is probably breathing a little bit easier than he was just after lunch when England were going well.”Root and Burns had put on nearly an 80-run partnership and the wicket had flattened out. Gutsy call but they’re the sort of things you have to do as captain and make those big calls.”Ponting narrated what went on with the team after Paine won the toss at The Oval.”I was standing with a couple of the Aussie boys on the side of the wicket and when (match referee Javagal Srinath) looked over and said ‘Tim, you’ve won the toss’,” Ponting said.”I then said to the boys ‘we’re batting’ and then Painey went to the mic and said ‘we’ll have a bowl’. I thought ‘that’s interesting’.”advertisementThe Australians had a really poor day in the field as they shelled 3 catches off Joe Root’s bat. It didn’t hurt the visitors too much as the England captain departed soon after reaching his 4th half-century of the series and Ponting termed the fielding lapses as ‘just…one of those days’.”Siddle’s was the easiest one dropped today. Paine’s one is a 50-50 one for a fielder but it’s probably a 70-30, 80-20 one for a keeper with the gloves on. And Smithy’s, we probably mark him pretty hard as well. He catches them more often than not,” said Ponting.When asked whether the Ashes retaining victory in the 4th Test might have affected the concentration levels of the Australians, Ponting brushed aside such speculations asserting that the team had trained better for the ongoing Test ‘than they have the whole series’.”I’m not going to say they weren’t there mentally or their attitude isn’t right, it’s just been one of those days. I spoke to Justin (Langer, Australia head coach) this morning and he said they trained better leading into this game than they have the whole series.”And that was always going to be the way. Justin and Tim, they’re not going to let last week get in the way of trying to win another Test match this week.”Also Read | Ashes 5th Test: England struggle to 271 for 8 after dramatic collapseAlso Read | Yeah, most of Australia hate me: Mitchell Marsh after stunning Ashes comebackAlso Read | Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and himself: All in danger of being beaten by Steve SmithFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Ricky PontingFollow Tim Paine Nextlast_img read more

Grange impressed with Champs performances

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated the winners of the annual ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships which ended this evening (Saturday) at the National Stadium.Calabar won the Boys’ championship — their seventh in a row; while Edwin Allen defended the Girls’ title.Minister Grange said she was “very impressed with the performances of the student athletes, especially those who set new records over the five days of competition.”The Minister also congratulated “the coaches, organisers and all those who played a role in the successful execution of the Championships.”“The future of Jamaica’s athletics looks bright and is in very good hands,” said Minister Grange.last_img

JCF to Provide Adequate Security During Busy Shopping Season

first_img “We are reducing our administrative deployment and putting more persons into operational deployment, so what you will find now is that there will be an increase in the number of officers…. on our streets to ensure that everybody has a safe Christmas,” he said. Story Highlights The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is assuring that adequate security will be provided in major commercial areas during the festive season to ensure public safety.Speaking with JIS News, Communications Officer, JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, Sergeant Shaunjay Mitchell, says additional personnel have been deployed to reinforce security in the areas.“We are reducing our administrative deployment and putting more persons into operational deployment, so what you will find now is that there will be an increase in the number of officers…. on our streets to ensure that everybody has a safe Christmas,” he said.In addition, Sergeant Mitchell is encouraging Jamaicans to reduce the number of jewellery they wear and amount of cash they travel with by using credit or debit cards where possible.“In order to minimise your risk of being robbed or of you losing that cash by way of somebody picking your pocket or removing it from your wallet or purse, we advise that you walk with less cash. Avoid big handbags or bulky wallets or purses,” he said.He noted that persons should monitor their bank cards while conducting transactions, so that persons do not clone or duplicate the cards. “You must always be able to see what that merchant is doing to your credit (or debit) card,” he said.Sergeant Mitchell further advised that persons should use automated teller machines (ATMs) that are heavily trafficked.“Avoid using ATMs in dark lonely places…use ATMs within areas where a lot of persons tend to use, and use ATMs in public spaces where you have a lot of traffic. Once you get inside the ATM, ensure that you bolt the door behind you,” he said.He further encouraged persons to examine the machines to ensure that duplicate keypads are not placed on the legitimate ones.Meanwhile, Sergeant Mitchell is urging drivers to exercise patience on the road, while obeying the road codes and regulations.He urged persons to be alert of their surroundings, adding that if they believe they are being followed, they should proceed to a busy location and contact the Police immediately. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is assuring that adequate security will be provided in major commercial areas during the festive season to ensure public safety. Speaking with JIS News, Communications Officer, JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, Sergeant Shaunjay Mitchell, says additional personnel have been deployed to reinforce security in the areas.last_img read more

Ponant Takes Delivery of Newest Cruise Ship

first_imgFrench cruise company Ponant has received its new cruise ship, Le Bougainville, bringing its fleet to eight vessels.The ship, which is the third in the Ponant Explorers series, joined the company on April 5, 2019.The unit left Søvik in Norway in the morning hours of April 8 and is currently sailing to Malaga, Spain, from where it would start its maiden cruise voyage on April 15. It will be officially inaugurated on June 4.Le Bougainville was constructed by VARD, the Norwegian subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantieri. The company’s fourth vessel from the batch, Le Dumont-d’Urville, is scheduled to be handed over from the shipyard in June 2019.The remaining three units under construction, namely Le Bellot, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Commandant Charcot, are expected to join the fleet in April and July 2020, and May 2021, respectively.“I wanted the ships in the Ponant Explorers series to embody the very best in expedition cruise. Le Bougainville is the incarnation of that,” Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and co-founder of PONANT, said. #Live from Søvik, in Norway, where our ships the Le Bougainville and the Le Dumont d’Urville are both currently being built! One is due to take to the sea in a few days, the other is set to leave the shipyard in June!See you very soon onboard pic.twitter.com/V1ICaniu86— PONANT Cruises (@ponant_cruises) April 4, 2019last_img read more

Paswan takes charge as Food Consumer Affairs Min says ready with 100

first_imgNew Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan Friday took charge as the Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry for the second term in the Modi 2.0 government, saying his ministry is all ready with 100 days plan for implementation. Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs Danve Dadarao Raosaheb, BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh, also assumed his office along with Paswan here. Creation of buffer stock of 16 lakh tonnes of pulses and 50,000 tonnes of onion, exempting stock holding limits on contract farmers, finalising e-commerce guidelines, upgradation of consumer courts and BIS labs are some of the targets set for implementation in the next 100 days. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The ministry has also identified filling up of five vacancies for economically weaker section in the consumer affairs department. Showering praise on Modi for winning a second term with a huge mandate, the LJP chief said, “Under his leadership, India will be a powerful nation in the world.” Paswan (72 year), the president of LJP which is a key NDA ally in Bihar, was re-inducted in the Narendra Modi’s council of ministers on Thursday. “I feel proud our prime minister is the best PM in the world. The nation is proud of Narendra Modiji. There is no competitor to Modi and he will be the number one leader in the world by end of five years of the government,” he added. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Paswan also mentioned that there was no vacancy for the PM post in 2019 and opposition parties (referring to Congress) can try for the post of Leader of Opposition leader in 2024. Paswan, a prominent dalit face in the coalition government, also said, “The cabinet has been formed in a balanced way and the responsibility has been given to those who are familiar with the departments.” Modi had asked to prepare 100 days plan before the Lok Sabha elections. “We are ready with the plan for implementation,” he added. “The Bureau of Indian Standards bill was passed in the previous regime. The Consumer Protection bill was held back in Rajya Sabha due to technical reasons. I hope it will be passed soon,” he said outlining the 100 days plan. Paswan is not an MP but he is expected to be sent to the Rajya Sabha by the NDA coalition. He was promised a Rajya Sabha seat by alliance partner BJP during seat-sharing talks before the Lok Sabha elections. The law requires a Union minister to be elected to either House of Parliament within six months of assuming office. A seasoned politician, Paswan had so far won ten Lok Sabha elections and was in the Council of Ministers under six prime ministers leading governments of a variety of coalitions, both led by BJP and Congress.last_img read more

Harper Atleo signed secret agreement on FN education bill document

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper and former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo came to a secret agreement outlining the broad framework and name of the now shelved First Nation education bill months before it was tabled in Parliament, according to a document filed in Federal Court.The document, signed by Harper, Atleo, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and former Clerk of the Privy Council Wayne Wouters was filed in court by federal Justice Canada lawyers Wednesday.The undated four-page document was titled “Bill C/S-X, First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act.” The document lists the sections of the new education bill and itemizes which parts would differ from a previous incarnation rejected by First Nation chiefs in the fall of 2013. The document was signed on Feb. 3, APTN National News has learned, over two months before a bill under the same name was tabled in the House of Commons on April 10.“This document identifies the substantive amendments to the Oct. 2013 draft of the First Nations education legislative proposal,” states the document. “This does not preclude minor adjustments or tone.”The document was signed after a meeting between Harper, Valcourt and Atleo at the request of Wouters who wanted the signatures for the historical record. The Monday meeting followed a contentious phone conversation on education between Harper and Atleo held the previous Friday, Jan. 31.DocumentDownload (PDF, Unknown)The emergence of the document casts Harper and Atleo’s Feb. 7 press conference on the Blood Tribe reserve in a new light. Harper and Atleo stepped onto the stage and announced they had reached a “historic agreement” on education knowing they had a signed document in their back pocket outlining what the new bill would eventually look like.Atleo’s own executive however, was completely in the dark about the details on the day of that announcement. The AFN regional chiefs for Quebec and Ontario, Ghislain Picard and Stan Beardy, e-mailed Atleo that day saying they wouldn’t attend the announcement because of the lack of details.The document also explains Valcourt’s office persistent talking-point use of the claim it had an agreement with the AFN on education. APTN National News has without success repeatedly asked Valcourt’s office for proof of an agreement.In reality, however, the agreement was only with Atleo and not the AFN. Atleo never told chiefs about the document or that he knew the outline of the education bill the Harper government planned to table.Nova Scotia AFN regional Chief Morley Googoo, who held the education portfolio on the chiefs executive, told APTN National News Thursday he didn’t know the document existed.“I didn’t know about it, this is the first time I hear about it now,” said Googoo.Justice Canada lawyers handling a court challenge of the education bill launched by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) also didn’t know the document existed. In its Federal Court filing, the AFNQL requested Ottawa turn over any documents mentioning an education agreement between the Harper government and the AFN. Justice Canada initially responded saying none existed. Then, on Wednesday, Eric Gingras, senior counsel for Justice Canada, filed the document.The First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act now sits in limbo, along with the $1.9 billion in new funding tied to the proposed bill. AFN-member chiefs voted to reject the Act arguing Ottawa failed to consult them adequately on the bill and that it threatened to undermine advances made in education by some First Nation communities.Atleo resigned from his position on May 2 saying he had become a lightning rod on the education debate that had been raging since the Feb. 7 press conference.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Markets Right Now Dow industrials break through 25000

first_imgThe latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000.Technology companies, which put up some of the biggest gains in the last year, continued to outpace the rest of the market Thursday.Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo all posted solid gains.The Dow increased 152 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 25,075.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,723.The Nasdaq composite climbed 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,077.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.45 per cent.___11:45 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000.Technology companies, which put up some of the biggest gains in the last year, continued to outpace the rest of the market Thursday.Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo posted solid gains in midday trading.The Dow increased 125 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,047.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,723.The Nasdaq climbed 11 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,076.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.48 per cent.___9:35 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average traded above 25,000 points for the first time, blasting through another 1,000-point milestone.The Dow’s latest breakthrough came in early trading Thursday and just five weeks after closing above 24,000 points for the first time.Technology companies and banks had some of the biggest gains in early trading. Wells Fargo rose 1.9 per cent and Microsoft rose 0.7 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 9 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,722.The Dow Jones industrials increased 118 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,037. The Nasdaq climbed 16 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,081.last_img read more

SC asks EC to pass order on plea to prepone poll timing

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Election Commission on Thursday to pass “necessary orders” on a representation seeking advancing of the voting time to 5 AM from 7 AM for the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha polls due to heat wave conditions and onset of the holy month of Ramzan.A plea in this regard was mentioned for urgent hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, took the petition on board and said, “The Election Commission of India is directed to pass necessary orders. The writ petition is disposed of in the above terms.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe petition, filed by advocates Mohammad Nizamuddin Pasha and Asad Hayat, sought advancement of polling hours by two to two-and-a half hours, for voting to commence from 4.30 or 5 AM instead of 7 AM, in the remaining phases. “The petitioners pray for a direction to the Election Commission of India to extend the polling hours during the fifth, sixth and seventh phases of the ongoing general elections, 2019 on May 6, May 12 and May 19, respectively, by 2-2.5 hours so as to commence at 4:30/5 AM (instead of the notified time of 7 AM) on account of the unprecedented heat waves prevailing in several parts of the country and the onset of the holy month of Ramzan,” the plea said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe plea said that Ramzan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, is likely to commence from May 6, the day of fifth phase of voting in the Lok Sabha elections. It said that during Ramzan, Muslims keep fast and do not consume food or water from one and a half hours before dawn till dusk every day. The petitioners said they had given a representation to the Election Commission on Monday last in this regard, but the poll panel has not responded to it. “On April 29, a representation was made to the respondent (EC) on this behalf bringing the aforesaid facts to its notice and requesting it to extend the polling hours in the fifth, sixth and seventh phases of the general elections 2019 so as to commence at 4.30 or 5 am instead of 7 am but no response has been received so far,” the plea said. It also said that Indian Meteorological Department has issued warnings indicating severe heat wave conditions over the next few days, with temperatures rising up to five degree celsius than normal in poll bound areas of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. The plea said that the harsh weather conditions would make it difficult for Muslims to go out and vote. “In the intense heat, it will be very difficult for Muslim voters to queue up at the poling booths during the day in the intense heat to exercise their franchise. During Ramzan, most practising Muslims stay up for an early morning meal and sleep after the morning prayer,” it said. “Thereafter, they avoid going out in the heat to the extent possible to avoid thirst, dehydration and the possibility of a heatstroke. Therefore, in the present weather conditions, a lot of Muslim will be unable to go out to exercise their franchise,” the plea said.last_img read more

Scotland Yard receives fresh sexual assault allegation against Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein has been charged in New York with sexually assaulting three women.On Monday, the New York County District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr, announced a New York Supreme Court hearing originally set to take place later this week has now been pushed back to November 8.Investigators in Los Angeles are also looking into allegations against the 66-year-old. Police in the UK first confirmed they had opened an investigation into Weinstein in October last year after Merseyside Police received an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s, and referred it to Scotland Yard.British actress Lysette Anthony said she had told the Metropolitan Police she was attacked by Weinstein in her London home in the late 1980s. On October 31 last year, an alleged eighth victim told UK police she had been assaulted by Weinstein in Ireland. The allegation has been passed on to Irish police. British police investigating Harvey Weinstein have received a further allegation of sexual assault after an 11th woman came forward.Scotland Yard said the latest allegation was received on August 16 after a woman alleged she was assaulted at an “unknown location in the early 1990s”.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police added: “There has been no arrest at this stage or interviews under caution.”(We) can confirm that officers involved in this investigation travelled to the United States in June as part of their inquiries. We are not prepared to discuss further.”Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.Scotland Yard has not named Weinstein, but confirmed officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating allegations of sexual assault under Operation Kaguyak.The allegation means police are now probing 16 alleged assaults from 11 women. Lysette Anthony attends The British Soap Awards , June 3, 2017 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. Lysette Anthony attends The British Soap Awards , June 3, 2017Credit:Jeff Spicer/Getty Show more read more

ABB 800xA control system at Dannemora processing plant

first_imgABB recently started commissioning a System 800xA control system at Dannemora’s new iron ore sorting plant in east central Sweden. Crude ore production for commercial use started at the beginning of April; ABB has delivered a complete control system that is the heart of the sorting plant, which is currently under commissioning while the plant is in production. The control system was designed in close cooperation with the customer and the system’s interfaces, displays and functions were fine-tuned in cooperation with the operators that will use it.The “user friendly and reliable 800xA control system” will give the operators a detailed process overview while minimising required manual operations. The entire sorting plant is operated by four persons per shift, with one person from ABB. During commissioning, ABB is using a broadband connection to provide speedy, expert support, eliminating travelling time and expense. This remote access capability allowed ABB to download a new program and commission the system from 500 km away.“During the commissioning, we will fine tune the control system to achieve maximum output. This is done in close cooperation with Dannemora and its mechanical suppliers”, said Lars Henriksson, Project Manager at ABB’s Mining and Minerals unit in Sweden. The new sorting plant is projected to have an annual production of 2.0 Mt of finished products, in the proportion of 60% lump ore and 40% fines. This will require that about 3.3 Mt of crude ore be processed each year. Production at the sorting plant will grow in phases, from today’s start of production at an annual rate of 0.5 Mt to full production of 1.5 Mt/y. The company expects to reach full production when the hoisting system, also delivered by ABB, is installed in March 2013. Crude ore will then be transported by the new hoist from about 600 m underground up to the head frame on ground level and from there via the conveyor belt into the sorting plant.In addition to the mine hoisting system and the sorting plant automation system, ABB signed a five year Full Service contract with Dannemora Magnetit, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dannemora Mineral AB, in February this year. Under this contract, ABB has overall responsibility for process plant maintenance. “We are proud to be one of the major suppliers to Dannemora Minerals. We will do our utmost to help meet Dannemora Minerals’ demands for an overall optimized plant so that Dannemora can resume operation of the iron ore mine as planned”, said Andreas Malmport, head of ABB’s Mining and Minerals unit in Sweden.last_img read more

Sony Online Entertainment rumored to be closing studios tomorrow

first_imgThere is a rumor making the rounds at the moment that tomorrow Sony Online Entertainment is set to close a number of studios resulting in major job losses.The rumor was first posted by George Broussard of 3D Realms. His tweet on the matter can be seen below:Sony Online Entertainment is Sony’s online gaming arm and runs such games as Free Realms, Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, and most recently DC Universe Online.The specific studios under SOE’s wing thought to be affected are Seattle, Tuscon, Arizona, and Denver. Austin is also thought to be having its staff number cut in half. Overall it is expected a third of all SOE staff will be looking for new employment after the weekend.We have to make it clear that for the moment this is just a rumor, and one we hope turns out to be untrue. Saying that, there’s going to be a lot of talented staff working at SOE, most of which won’t have a problem finding a new job next week.via ShopTo.net BlogMatthew’s OpinionI hope this isn’t true, but if it is then it points to the ongoing problems online games have of managing to turn a profit. World of Warcraft continues to dominate the MMO market, but while competing games struggle to find an audience, SOE had a bit more security than most because it offered a number of different games both free and paid for. Even that may not be enough to make online viable, though.While I’m sure the big name titles like Everquest and Star Wars Galaxies will survive, a large cut in staff would put titles in development in jeopardy. The only upcoming game SOE has listed for PC is The Agency. If this rumor is true, and a third of a staff go, will that game also get canceled?last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/PG Studija Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 4:52 PM Jun 7th 2017, 4:52 PM No Comments 8,374 Views The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… By Cliodhna Russell Short URL Image: Shutterstock/PG Studija EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #TEHRAN: Gunmen and suicide bombers stormed Iran’s parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader today, killing 12 people in the first attacks in the country claimed by the Islamic State group.2. #ARE WE READY?: Senior gardaí have said they are confident that armed units of our police force could respond to a terror attack in Dublin city centre as quickly as the MET police in London did last week.3. #RATHMINES: The ex-wife of one of the London Bridge attackers, who lived in Dublin with him until last year, has released a statement saying she’s focusing on raising the daughter they have together.4. #JOE CROWLEY: The family of a Limerick politician who died last year has appealed for the return of a plaque stolen 24 hours before it was to be unveiled in his memory.5. #BARGAIN: There are only three Irish counties where the average house price is under €100,000 http://jrnl.ie/3432025 last_img read more