Canadian Celebrities Lend Star Power to Support Bay of Fundy

first_imgCelebrities from across the country are having fun and getting a little muddy in a video to let Canadians know they need to vote to make the Bay of Fundy one of the official New7Wonders of Nature on Nov. 11. The video opens with Premier Darrell Dexter and New Brunswick Premier David Alward, representing both sides of the bay. They are joined by well-known Canadians including Jann Arden, Joel Plaskett, Measha Brueggergosman, Rick Mercer, the anchors of Canada AM, and Maestro Fresh Wes. “Many Nova Scotians have taken in the amazing experiences offered on our spectacular bay,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “This video will help Canadians realize its awesome power and beauty. We are letting people know that time is running out. The Bay of Fundy is Canada’s finalist and people must vote as often as they can before November 11 to make it one of the official New7Wonders of Nature.” Opera singer Measha Brueggergosman grew up near the Bay of Fundy, and is determined to reach out to Canadians to convince them they must vote. “As Canadians, we understand how amazingly beautiful our country is and it’s time we shouted it far and wide,” said Ms. Brueggergosman. “The reality is the Bay of Fundy is the very definition of a natural wonder. It boasts the highest tides on the planet, has incredible marine biodiversity and spectacular rock formations completely unique to the area. Not to mention it’s home to 12 species of whale. “The Bay of Fundy deserves to be officially recognized as one of the world great natural wonders and we’ve got to vote to make it happen. I can’t encourage Canadians strongly enough to text or vote online, tweet it, Facebook it, and tell all their friends and family to do the same!” More celebrity videos will also be posted featuring David Myles, the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Jean-François Breau, Scott McGillivray, K.C. Collins, and Mary Jane Lamond with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac. The videos can be viewed online at www.votemyfundy.com. Canadians are encouraged to upload their own video explaining why they voted for Fundy on www.votemyfundy.com/celebrity-videos, and on the Bay of Fundy Facebook page. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have been working together throughout the campaign to make the Bay of Fundy one of the top seven finalists in the New7Wonders of Nature contest. Premier Dexter and Premier Alward have also reached out to public servants in each province via e-mail, asking them to cast their vote for the Bay of Fundy. There are now three ways for Canadians to vote in the campaign. Free voting is available online at www.votemyfundy.com and the New7Wonders of Nature Facebook page www.facebook.com/New7WondersofNature or by texting FUNDY to 77077 on any Canadian smartphone for 25 cents per vote.last_img read more

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Finding enough workers still challenge as Nova Scotia rolls out preprimary

first_imgHALIFAX – Private and non-profit child care operators in Nova Scotia say it remains to be seen how their sector will ultimately be affected by the ongoing rollout of universal pre-primary for four-year-olds across the province.However, representatives told the legislature’s human resources committee Tuesday, the big issue remains access to enough trained early childhood educators.Nova Scotia has 2,700 registered early childhood educators (ECEs) with about 1,700 employed in regulated child care.“Despite the reported numbers of ECEs available to practice in the province, the regulated early learning and care sector has experienced and continues to experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, impacting quality across programs,” said Pam Streeter, of the Private Licensed Administrators Association, a group of for-profit day cares.A key Liberal campaign promise during the May 2017 election, pre-primary was launched last September in 54 classes in 45 schools. In March, Education Minister Zach Churchill announced an additional 130 new classes are slated to open in 84 schools next fall.Critics have questioned how fast the government proceeded with its plan, contending the sector will be hurt by the loss of children and qualified staff.Lisa Davies, of the Non-Profit Directors Association, said the quick rollout has had negative effects, although there hasn’t yet been the overwhelming loss of staff predicted.“Action creates change, speedy change often creates fear,” Davies told the committee.“I believe the speed with which this happened probably is the underlying fear for a lot of the issues that have been raised around the pre-primary program and its impacts on the child care sector.”Education Department officials said 110 early childhood educators were hired to meet initial requirements, and an additional 700 will be needed by the time pre-primary is fully implemented in 2020.“All of these new classrooms require ECEs. That is pulling those folks away from us — again not a new problem, but adding on to it,” Davies later told reporters.Streeter pointed out that pre-primary has only been introduced in under-serviced and rural areas, and the real test will come when it’s fully implemented in larger urban centres.“There aren’t regulated care centres necessarily there (in rural areas) to impact,” she said. “So it will be in this next year and the year after that we will see the real impact on regulated care.”Vicki Elliott-Lopez, executive director of Regulated Child Care and Licensing for the province, told the committee that universal pre-primary is providing more options for child care professionals and will act as a recruiting tool that will benefit the entire sector.Elliott-Lopez said the effects are already being felt, with enrolment for training programs “maxed out” at the Nova Scotia Community College for the upcoming school year.Still, she said work has to be done to bring back workers who are trained and currently aren’t employed, and to recruit professionals who will be needed to fill the positions created by the expansion of pre-primary.Elliott-Lopez said the department is working on an “aggressive marketing campaign” in addition to a long-term retention strategy.“We are working to try to build the quality of the workforce,” she said.Meanwhile, officials said the province is continuing work to help child care centres transition to accommodating children younger than four years of age.Last week the province announced $2.7 million in funding to assist 51 child care centres in converting 570 spaces to support families with infants and toddlers and after school care.The money, part of a $35-million funding agreement with Ottawa, will create 144 new spaces for infants, 346 spaces for toddlers and 80 spaces for pre-primary care.last_img read more

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MBA student faces new negligence charge in alleged Halifax drunk driving death

first_imgHALIFAX – An MBA student accused of drunk driving causing the death of a well-known Halifax bottle collector is now facing an additional negligence charge.Dennis Patterson, who is in his early 20s, was charged after Wray Hart was killed in January when he was struck and became pinned by a car in the city’s south end.“Nobody deserves to die the way he did, especially him,” said Gary “Caesar” Julien, a friend of Hart, outside Halifax provincial court Wednesday.“It’s just not right, what happened.”Crown lawyer Melanie Perry told Judge Theodore Tax Wednesday that an additional charge of criminal negligence causing death had been laid. Patterson also faces charges of dangerous driving causing death and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 causing death.His case is scheduled to return to court June 26.Hart, who was in his early 60s, was a fixture in downtown Halifax, where he could often be seen sitting outside the old library on Spring Garden Road or pushing a shopping cart piled high with recyclables.His son, Anthony Wray Hart, choked back tears as he told reporters Wednesday that his father was incredibly generous and helped many people get off the street.“I even watched him take the jacket off his own back and give it to someone else to keep them warm,” said Anthony Hart, standing next to other emotional friends and family of his father. “He was always there to talk to.”Robert O’Neill said Wray Hart was a “father figure” to many in the community.“He absorbed everything around in and relayed it in a way that gave you hope,” said O’Neill, a friend of Hart’s.“Even if he couldn’t spare a cigarette or he wasn’t even around to speak to you, when you thought of him, it gave you a strength… He was a beacon of (empathy).”There was an outpouring of support for Wray Hart after his death, with almost $9,000 raised through a GoFundMe campaign for his funeral arrangements.More than 100 people gathered to remember Hart at a funeral service in February.The GoFundMe page said Hart had been homeless for many years and often slept on a Queen Street bench, but was not homeless at the time of his death.last_img read more

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Andy Murray Named As WWF Ambassador

first_imgTennis star Andy Murray has become a global ambassador for WWF supporting the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.The world number six seed will be helping to raise awareness and support an initiative in Nepal that trains dogs to track down poaching activity within and around Chitwan National Park.Andy, who is well known for his love of dogs, will be raising vital funds throughout his tennis tour next year to support this crucial work in Nepal.Nepal is home to magnificent species such as tigers and rhinos – both of which are under threat due to poaching for the illegal trade in their parts. Nepal has long been a key transit route for some illegal wildlife products from India, destined for China, and whilst Nepal has dramatically reduced poaching in its own parks, vigilance against future poaching in Nepal must be maintained.The sniffer dog program will work alongside current activities in the country to tackle poaching and illegal wildlife trade. In honor of Andy’s support a new puppy that will be part of the elite dog team will be named ‘Murray.’Andy Murray said: “It’s a shocking fact that rhino poaching in South Africa increased by over 7,700% between 2007 and 2013 and as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild so anything we can do to deter poachers is a positive step in the right direction. I’ve followed WWF’s work on the illegal wildlife trade for a while now and been looking for a way to support their work. I think it’s incredibly important that this trade is prevented and the sniffer dog programme seemed like the perfect venture for me to get behind. I know from my own dogs how clever they can be and it’s fascinating how these sniffer dogs communicate with their handlers. I’m also really looking forward to going to see Murray at work at some point in the near future.”Heather Sohl, Chief Species Advisor at WWF-UK, said: “We’re delighted that Andy has joined us in our work to fight the illegal wildlife trade. This serious, organised crime is threatening some of our most iconic species, so such support from a global personality to champion the issue and the much needed solutions is invaluable. Andy’s support for the sniffer dog work in Nepal will complement existing efforts by WWF and our partners through dramatically improving investigations by enforcement teams.”As part of a global program to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade WWF also promotes the use of other innovative approaches, such as managing patrolling using GPS and databases, using unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor, detect and deter poaching – along with the use of sniffer dogs.For further info about this partnership visit www.wwf.org.uk/andy.last_img read more

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Toronto orchestra shuts down after saying only fit and slim members can

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement “It has been brought to our attention that although almost all of our vocalists are fit and slim – the way our boutique orchestras would like our front line performing artists to be – two of our featured singers were not,” it reads.“And we hope that they would, as such, refrain from using tight-fitting dresses and use loose (less physically-revealing, less physically-accentuating) dresses instead.”The email goes on to say that while being “physically fit and slim” is not required of their “instrumental musicians” because they are “essentially background wallpaper,” there are more stringent expectations for their vocalists.Management then suggests that those vocalists deemed physically unfit will not be invited to participate in their “boutique performances” unless they dress “strategically” and unassumingly.“Kindly note that for all future shows – as per our highly selective casting requirements for vocal artists taking on a prominent leading role on stage – only singers who are physically fit and slim (or, at the very least, those who know how to dress strategically/suitably in order to not bring attention to their temporary physical/dietary indulgences) would be showcased with our boutique orchestras,” the email concludes.In the wake of controversy and media scrutiny generated by the message, the executive of the orchestra resigned Thursday and said the organization would fold.“We sincerely apologize for any embarrassment/harassment that you may experience from media representatives or other individuals/parties as a result of misconstrued/malicious allegations and extremely negative/destructive/evil intent,” a resignation letter distributed Thursday afternoon read.Dunitz said she was “disgusted” and “shocked” by the email, which she called “incredibly inappropriate.”She said the email goes beyond the parameters of a dress code and instead treads on bullying.“Many struggle with weight, many suffer eating disorders, many are in the process of getting fit, many just plain enjoy their bodies the way they are. That says nothing about their musical ability, which is obviously fantastic if they have been chosen to taken on a prominent leading role onstage,” she said in her response to the orchestra, which was also posted to Facebook.“If any of the vocalists who sang this summer have any emotional issues dealing with their weight, this email could send them into a serious mental state.”Dunitz, who has been performing with the orchestra for the past five years, goes on to claim that members of the orchestra who were not “dressed appropriately” for a show were reprimanded in the past.“I am so disappointed to have received this email and learn that a part of my life I thought was completely safe from these ideals are not,” she said. “You’ve very much alienated your vocalists with your appalling words and not everyone is going to be self-confident enough to let you know how much you’ve crossed a line.”Touted as specializing in providing “professional musicians for the upscale market,” the orchestra is comprised of more than 100 vocalists and musicians from Canada and around the world.According to their press kit, 30 per cent of all their performance fees are donated to international charities including UNICEF, World Vision, Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders.To date, the group claims it has raised more than $1.5 million for such organizations.“I deal with women and self-consciousness and body positivity every single day, so to have this sent to me was actually a strange move on everybody’s part,” Dunitz, who runs a women’s strength training gym, said.“Obviously it hit me very hard because this is what I fight against every single day — the subject of prejudice (and) women trying to get over all of these fears that this email hit head on.”Dunitz has since received an apology from Sheraton Cadwell but said that it appears to be the “standard response” everyone has received.“The concept itself is terrible,” she said. “We all know it happens but to be this blatant in telling your orchestral members that they need to be fit and slim otherwise they won’t’ be able to perform is repulsive.”by Rachael D’Amore A Toronto-area orchestra ensemble that was accused of body-shaming after a now-public email from its management asserted that only “physically fit and slim” vocalists would be allowed to perform has decided to shut down.Sydney Dunitz, a now former vocalist with the Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra, posted a copy of the email on Facebook Tuesday night. The post has since accumulated more than 500 shares.In the email, signed by “The Management,” the orchestra outlines concerns about the physicality of two members of their vocalist ensemble. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Cello players are seen in an undated file image. (CTV Montreal) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Raymond Cormier no saint but didnt kill Tina Fontaine defence lawyer

first_imgJohn Murray APTN NewsA jury will soon decide if Raymond Cormier killed Tina Fontaine in the summer of 2014 as closing arguments were made Tuesday.Defence lawyer Tony Kavanagh told the jury in his closing statement that Cormier was a drug addict, a thief and even politically incorrect but not a killer.“He’s not a saint but you’ve got to look at the evidence,” Kavanagh said.“We say Mr. Cormier was telling the truth when he said he didn’t kill Tina Fontaine.”Crown prosecutor Jim Ross said police intercept recordings caught Cormier saying otherwise during a six-month undercover operation.Cormier was heard arguing with a woman and saying that there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.”“He’s exposed here legally … it could make him a pedophile,” Ross argued. “You all know who the little girl in the grave is.”Ross said in his closing argument that the intercepts are the heart of the case.He said the motive was to silence Fontaine, 15, after she threatened to go to the police over a stolen truck.Fontaine’s body was recovered from Winnipeg’s Red River in August 2014 wrapped in a duvet cover weighed down with rocks.While Ross relied heavily on intercept recordings, many of the recordings were difficult to hear and sometimes hardly understandable.Kavanagh reminded the jury that they were told by Chief Justice Glenn Joyal that they can only rely on the recordings, not the transcript provided by police.Cormier was captured on multiple recordings admitting to his attraction to Fontaine and saying how he had sex with her.Ross said those recordings are an admission of guilt and any denials Cormier has made are lies.Kavanagh said to consider that Cormier is truthful and it’s just as likely that some of the witnesses are lying.He questioned the accuracy and truthfulness of Ida Beardy’s testimony, the woman who positively identified the duvet cover as Cormier’s, saying that she already had animosity towards Cormier.He said Beardy’s testimony is put under further question because cigarette burns claimed to be seen were actually holes visible in the duvet cover caused by police “hooks”.Kavanagh also went on to say that the way the police asked Beardy about the duvet cover were prejudicial and subject to bias. He says the photograph should have been presented in a line-up of photos especially in consideration of the clear animosity towards Cormier.In addition, Kavanagh said there was no DNA or other forensics connecting Cormier to the duvet cover.He went on to say there was no forensic evidence connecting Cormier to the truck or the body.Joyal is to give jurors their instructions Wednesday.jmurray@aptn.ca-with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Afghanistan UNESCO to convene meeting on preserving Bamiyan Buddha site

The explosive charges used by the Taliban to demolish the Buddha statues in Bamiyan have severely damaged the surrounding area, according to UNESCO, which warned that because of large cracks in the rock at the top of the alcoves, the danger of their collapse is “increasingly likely.”The two-day meeting set to open on Thursday in Munich, Germany, will focus on setting project priorities for preserving the Buddhas. Japan has already committed $700,000 to UNESCO for safeguarding the site by consolidating the cliffs of the former Bamiyan statues and undertaking archaeological excavations. The Afghan authorities, who will be represented at the Munich meeting, are working with UNESCO on current plans and will take any final decision on the matter.In another development, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it is distributing some 3,700 tons of wheat seeds and 7,000 tons of fertilizers to half a million people in almost all of Afghanistan’s provinces.The seeds, given to farming families affected by conflict and more than three years of drought, were purchased from local suppliers. “Procuring seeds directly from farmers strengthens local production of high-quality seeds and the adoption of new varieties,” explained the FAO’s Anne M. Bauer.While underscoring the value of the initiative, she cautioned that much more remains to be done. “The current distribution of seeds covers only a small amount of the real needs,” Ms. Bauer said. “If we want to help farmers to get out of poverty and produce more food, we need to increase our assistance, extend the seed multiplication programme and improve the marketing and processing of seeds,” she added, appealing to donors to support this goal. read more

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Domtar adding diaper making machines while searching for acquisition targets

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Domtar adding diaper making machines while searching for acquisition targets MONTREAL – As it looks to expand its personal care business through acquisitions, Domtar is adding several new converting machines to expand output of its adult diaper business to gain market share and generate more profits.The bulk of its more than US$260 million of capital expenditures planned for this year will be used to add new machines and make infrastructure upgrades at its facilities in Greenville, N.C., and Aneby, Sweden.The company says the units, which each cost US$15 million to US$20 million, will be more efficient and boost production without reducing staffing levels.The units will start arriving by the third quarter and be fully installed by June 2014, helping the Montreal-based company achieve its goal of doubling the personal care segment’s operating profit to US$150 million within five years.“We should see a strong step up between 2014 and 2013 in terms of the earnings profile,” president and CEO John Williams said Friday during a conference call about year-end results.Domtar’s (TSX:UFS) shares fell in Friday trading after it missed analyst expectations due to lower shipments and prices for pulp and paper driving down profit in the fourth quarter. The shares were down 6.7 per cent, down $5.57, to C$77.43 in trading.The company says it earned US$19 million or 54 cents in the three months ended Dec. 31 — down from US$61 million or $1.63 per share a year earlier and US$66 million or $1.84 per share in the third quarter of 2012.Adjusting for one-time items related to closures and downsizing, it earned US$46 million, or $1.31 per share, down from US$93 million or $2.49 per share in the prior year.Analysts had expected Domtar would earn US$1.42 per share in adjusted earnings, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.The company, a leading supplier of office papers used for computer printers, faxes and copiers which reports in U.S. dollars, said sales fell three per cent to US$1.33 billion.Since entering the adult incontinence business in 2011 with the acquisition of Attends HealthCare, Domtar has added the European Attends business and last May bought U.S.-based EAM Corp., which develops and supplies the core material used in feminine hygiene products, baby diapers and puppy pads.The acquisitions have enabled the personal care segment to double in size in the past year, contributing $13 million of profit on $111 million of sales in the quarter and about $450 million of sales for the year.Williams said Domtar is only focused on the adult incontinence business — an US$8 billion global market growing five to six per cent annually even in developing markets like the U.S. and Europe.The new machines will allow Domtar to maintain its market share by growing production.“A few points of that growth are us filling out our range to make sure we have the appropriate products for the key markets that we serve, particularly the homecare market where we’re very strong and looking at the retail marketplace as well.”In the long-run, the company believes the personal care business can deliver US$300 million to US$500 million in annual EBITDA through acquisitions.EBITDA, a commonly used form of adjusted earnings, refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization items that are included in net income under standard accounting practices.Williams said the company has the financial flexibility to make a sizable deal because of its low debt, credit facilities and $661 million of cash on hand.“If the right opportunity arose, we’d look at that $1.5 billion if it was very compelling, but there’s nothing that says we’re going to blow our brains out on something gargantuan.”Meanwhile, he said its core paper and pulp businesses performed largely in-line with Domtar’s expectations from a sales standpoint in the fourth quarter despite a slowdown around Christmas.Higher costs for fibre and energy and unexpected costs incurred at a pulp mill following a planned maintenance outage affected results.“The fourth quarter rounded off a strategically important year for Domtar. While demand for uncoated freesheet was softer than prior years, our paper business performed well in 2012,” he told analysts.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets described the earnings miss as negative, with normalized EBITDA of $180 million, coming in below his forecast of $196 million and the $191 million consensus of analysts.For the full year, Domtar earned $172 million, or $4.76 per share, compared to $365 million or $9.08 per share in 2011. Sales dipped $130 million to $5.5 billion.Domtar returned $215 million to shareholders last year through dividends and share buybacks. It repurchased more than two million of its shares in the year, and nearly 8.7 million since May 2010.Williams expects Domtar will slightly outperform the three to four per cent anticipated drop in market demand for uncoated freesheet paper in 2013 because of its exposure to stable specialty and packaging papers and added volume from its supply agreement with Appleton. read more

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Brocks community observatory to host discussion on municipal reform

What: Public presentation of Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara policy briefWhen: Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m.Where: Pond Inlet, Mackenzie Chown Building, Brock UniversityWho: David Siegel, Professor of Political Science with remarks from Jim Bradley, Niagara Region Chair and Debbie Zimmerman, Niagara’s first female Regional Chair It’s a discussion with an urgent deadline: How to address questions related to decision-making and service delivery in Niagara and other Ontario municipalities with two-tier systems.David Siegel, Professor of Political Science at Brock University, will be presenting his policy brief, Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara at a workshop to be held at Brock Tuesday, April 16.The workshop comes one month before the Ontario government’s deadline for feedback from residents on issues related to municipal reform such as amalgamation and cost savings.“The purpose of the workshop is to provide factual information to inform the discussion on this important issue,” says Siegel, whose brief was recently released by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).“Ultimately, this policy brief and the discussions following from it are aimed at positioning the Niagara community to potentially influence the direction of governance reforms,” says NCO Director Charles Conteh. “We hope to provide a platform for separating facts from fiction in envisioning a governance reform that is tailored to the needs of the region.”Opening the workshop will be Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, with closing remarks from Debbie Zimmerman, Niagara’s first female Regional Chair.The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required by emailing cphillips3@brocku.ca read more

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Womens gymnastics No 18 Ohio State prepares for even matchup at Penn

Senior Jaine VanPutten preforms on vault in St John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterWith both OSU and Penn State sitting 2-2 in the in the Big Ten, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is preparing this week for a tough meet on the road against Penn State this coming Saturday.The Buckeyes had a record-breaking meet two weekends ago at Minnesota, earning the 10th-best score in program history of 196.600, and although the team saw a win against Rutgers in this most recent meet, the Buckeyes posted a comparably lower final score of 195.775. The team is looking to change their practice routine to cater to their coming meet against Penn State.  “As coaches, we look back at some of our weeks’ training plans and then look ahead at the meets, and the meets we performed really well, we obviously go back and try to replicate some of those workouts,” said OSU coach Carey Fagan. “Obviously, Minnesota was a great meet, so we’re molding this week’s practice kind of off of the week leading into Minnesota.”Similar to the week leading up to the Minnesota meet, the OSU team added a third floor-focused practice on Monday, in addition to the two regularly scheduled practices on Tuesdays and Fridays.The extra time dedicated to floor serves the dual purpose of helping the coaches determine who is performance-ready for the coming meet and helping the athletes build confidence in their routines.The team is also practicing in small group assignments for the week as another method to help the girls mentally prepare. Sophomore Jamie Stone is one of the athletes on the team who finds this practice method useful.“I kind of like the group assignments,” Stone said. “It’s a lot more challenging. I feel like it makes us more competition ready, because if I hit one, they have to or vice versa.”Although the Buckeyes placed first in every event against Rutgers this past Saturday, they also saw many minor injuries during the meet that will potentially change the floor lineup this coming Saturday.“Olivia’s (Aepli) ankle is pretty sore, so we’re probably going to rest her on floor,” Fagan said. “And then Taylor Harrison is still coming back from her hip. You know, she’s progressing, but she’s not quite at 100 percent in training, so we’ll have to make some last minute lineup changes again as we get closer to Saturday.”With Penn State posting a 195.925 in their last meet against Michigan State, the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions will potentially have a very close meet in their weekend matchup.How the OSU athletes perform in practice this week will affect the overall lineups, especially the lineup for floor, according to Fagan, and will play a contributing role in determining which team will come out with the victory. read more

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Protestors planning to disrupt Trump state visit as police block Whitehall march

Demonstrators have vowed lay siege to Downing Street in a bid to hamper Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain, despite police imposing a ban on marching down Whitehall.Tens of thousands of protestors are set to descend on central London on Tuesday to voice their opposition to the US President as he meets outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.The Metropolitan Police said it would prevent the demonstrators marching past Downing Street from Trafalgar Square and into Parliament Square.That raises the prospect of clashes at the barriers being erected by police just north of the Women’s War Memorial to stop marchers gathering outside the gates to No 10.Activists have pledged to hold a ‘Carnival of Resistance’ to disrupt the president’s visit.Lindsey German, of the Stop the War Coalition, one of the groups backing the protest, said: “We are determined to get as close to Downing Street as possible. The Prime Minister has just resigned and invited over a racist, sexist warmonger. If the Tories think that’s a good idea then they better think again.”Senior officers want to avoid the prospect of climate change activists and other militants staging blockades and sit-down protests outside the gates of Downing St, in a repeat of the scenes which brought chaos to parts of central London last month. Police were criticised for not clamping down on the Extinction Rebellion protests and are keen not to be caught out again.Up to 10,000 police officers will be drafted into London as part of a £25m security operation during the state visit, with hundreds of officers lining the route of the protests and hundreds more trained in riot control stationed in side streets.Organisors of the protests have urged those taking part to make their opposition to Mr Trump’s policies, from migration to climate change and abortion rights, heard.The Stop Trump umbrella group said: “The Carnival of Resistance will be going on yards from the building where Trump is meeting with members of our chaotic government, disrupting his visit and getting our message across loud and clear – Trump and his politics aren’t welcome in the UK.”The group has the backing dozens of MPS and trade union leaders, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband; former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Green MP Caroline Lucas, along with Paloma Faith, the singer, writer Caitlin Moran; Meera Syal, the actor and screenwriter, and comic Frankie Boyle.But police fear more militant elements may try to hijack the protest in an attempt to bring parts of central London around Whitehall and Westminster to a standstill on what is a working day.More than 1,100 people were arrested and charged when climate change protestors blockaded key arteries and landmarks in the capital, including Waterloo Bridge, the Stock Exchange, Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, over a 10 day period in April.Demonstrators are expected to travel to London from all over the country to join Tuesday’s protest, with coaches going from Swansea, Newcastle, York, Manchester, Leeds, Matlock, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham, West Bromwich, Coventry, Sheffield, Oxford and Norwich.When Mr Trump travelled to Britain last year he avoided London, where an estimated 250,000 people marched against him.Scotland Yard said it had a duty to balance the right to lawful protest with the need for public order and safety.A spokesman said: “A very experienced command team is preparing the multi-faceted policing and security operation for the President’s visit, and whilst the Met has a responsibility to ensure the right to lawful protest, this needs to be balanced with the complex requirements of this policing plan.”As part of the state visit The Queen will give a State Banquet for the President at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening – with protestors expected to gather outside the palace gates.Anti-Trump activists are also planning to protest in Portsmouth against the President’s appearence a the D-Day commemoration ceremonies on Wednesday. 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. read more

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Growing up in Ireland How stress and depression can impact on parenting

first_imgTHE LATEST REPORT from the Growing up in Ireland study of children will be published later today and will show how a parent’s sensitivity towards their baby can have an important impact on the child’s development.The national longitudinal study of children in this country has produced a report entitled ‘Parenting and Infant Development’ which investigates the development of infants from nine months to show how this is associated with parenting.The study by Dr Elizabeth Nixon, Lorraine Swords and Aisling Murray found that children born prematurely scored a lower overall development score with low birth weight associated with delayed infant development.However Dr Nixon, from Trinity College Dublin, said it is possible these children just need more time to catch-up.“The information that has been collected on these families when the children were 3 and 5 years will allow us to investigate further how these early experiences affect outcomes later in the child’s life,” she said.Babies whose parents were more sensitive in their interactions with them had higher development scores. But the magnitude of association between parental sensitivity and infant development was found to be relatively small.Parents reported that they had less sensitivity with children who had difficult temperaments while parental depression was associated with lower levels of sensitivity for both mothers and fathers.For both mothers and fathers, high levels of parental stress were associated with lower sensitivity towards the children.Importance of sensitivityA significant association was found between higher levels of depression and higher levels of stress in that parents who were depressed reported higher levels of stress.Stress among mothers was strongly associated with a difficult temperament from an infant, with a slightly weaker association for stress among fathers.Nixon said: “These findings show that even from a very young age, the sensitivity that parents show when interacting with their babies is important for their development. The findings also show that parenting does not happen in a vacuum.“Both mothers’ and fathers’ parenting behaviours can be negatively affected by stress and depression but babies can be protected from these potentially negative influences if sensitive parent-child interactions can be maintained”.The Growing up in Ireland study, started in 2006 and funded by the Department of Children, involves two cohorts of children: 11,000 children recruited into the study at 9 months of age and 8,500 children recruited at 9 years of age.The study is aimed at informing government policy and has already been extended for a further five years between 2015 and 2019.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: “This research highlights the important role of parenting and family contexts for children’s developmental outcomes, and the impact of factors such as gestational age, birth weight and parental ‘sensitivity’ or parents’ ability to interact effectively with their infants.”Read: What’s it like being a child in Ireland today?Revealed: The life of a 13-year-old growing up in Irelandlast_img read more

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Sinn Féin set to be biggest party on Dublin City Council

first_imgSINN FÉIN LOOKS set to make massive gains on Dublin City Council.The party currently has five seats on the council, but will see that rise after claiming seats in almost every ward of the authority.Most notable is the Cabra-Finglas constituency, where they look set to pick up three seats, with Seamus McGrattan, Anthony Connaghan and Emma Murphy all claiming seats. That will be mirrored in Finglas, with Noeleen Reilly and Cathleen Carney both set to take seats.In Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, Daithi Doolan has 19% of first preferences according to tallies, which may be enough for him to bring Gregory Kelly over the line. Kelly’s 7.7% of the vote means the party took ver one in every four votes cast.In Clontarf, Ciaran O’Moore looks set to take a seat, gathering 10% of votes.In the North Inner City, Sinn Féin could take three seats of the six available, with Janice Boylan, Gaye Fagan and Jonathan Dowdall all in the top six. Interestingly, independent councillor Christy Burke, a former Sinn Féin councillor, will also be elected.In Crumlin-Kimmage, Criona Ni Dhalaigh and Ray McHugh both look likely to take seats, coming in first and second, respectively. In the Beaumont-Donaghmede nine-seater, the party looks likely to take a third of the seats, with Larry O’Toole, Mícheál MacDonncha and Denise Mitchell all polling strongly.In Pembroke-South Dock, Chris Andrews’ high-profile defection from Fianna Fáil will be met with success, with the Andrews dynasty member topping the poll.In Rathmines-Rathgar, Dominic MacConraí is in contention, but it will be a tight race.If MacConraí is elected, he currently sits fifth in a six-seater, it will mean that all of Sinn Féin’s candidates for Dublin City Council would be successful.This would leave them the biggest single party on the council on 18 seats, with independents the second most represented among the 63 seats.LIVEBLOG: Local election results 2014last_img read more

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Wahoo Fitness Blue HR votre Iphone affiche votre rythme cardiaque

first_imgWahoo Fitness Blue HR : votre Iphone affiche votre rythme cardiaqueUne application Bluetooth 4.0 permettant de connaître ses battements cardiaques apparaîtra prochainement sur iPhone 4S. Elle nécessite l’achat d’un bracelet pour fonctionner.Voici une des premières applications Bluetooth 4.0 pour iPhone 4S. Celle-ci permet de mesurer son rythme cardiaque. Le Blue HR de Wahoo Fitness permet de transformer votresmartphone en undispositif capable d’afficher le rythme des battements du cœur.À lire aussiUn Français de 17 ans crée une appli pour aider les malvoyants à lire les étiquettes des produitsGrâce au Bluetooth, un bracelet communique avec le smartphone. Ce bracelet sera disponible en janvier 2012 au tarif de 61 euros. Il sera présenté lors du CES prochainement. Attention, il ne fonctionnera pas avec la norme Bluetooth antérieure ! D’autres accessoires de ce type et compatibles avec le Bluetooth 4.0 seront certainement présentés lors du CES, début janvier. Le Bluetooth 4.0 est apparu sur l’iPhone 4S, le MacBook Air et le Mac mini récemment. La firme de Cupertino mise beaucoup sur la complémentarité d’applications logicielles à installer sur son terminal compatibles Bluetooth.Le 24 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Stamp Out Hunger food drive gets more than 73 tons

first_imgOne of Clark County’s biggest annual food drives packed on a few pounds this year, with the Stamp Out Hunger campaign collecting more than 73 tons.The May 12 drive collected 146,564 pounds of food, said Don Young, the Clark County coordinator.That was 21,000 pounds more than the spring food drive’s 2017 haul.“It was a fantastic food drive,” Young said. “It was our best total in 15 or 20 years.”About 250 Postal Service employees took part, assisted by about 25 volunteers. Ten Clark County post offices served as collection hubs. The main Vancouver post office, 2700 Caples Ave., took in 60,417 pounds; the East Vancouver post office was right behind at 57,850 pounds.Stamp Out Hunger is a national food drive in its 26th year, organized by the National Letter Carriers Association.People are asked to leave a bag of nonperishable food by their mailbox on the second Saturday of May, and neighborhood letter carriers collect it during their mail routes.It’s the second-largest single-day food drive in Clark County, behind the fall Walk & Knock drive. The annual May collection makes a significant contribution to the Clark County Food Bank’s inventory — for a couple of reasons.Last year, food drives generated 548,202 pounds of food for the nonprofit; the 2017 Stamp Out Hunger event accounted for 125,535 pounds. Do the math, and almost 23 percent of the food that was donated in 2017 food drives came on that one Saturday in May, said Matt Edmonds, communications manager at the Clark County Food Bank.last_img read more

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3M CRC error led to wrong cost estimate

first_imgThe Columbia River Crossing says an error of more than $3 million was the reason project officials gave the Federal Transit Administration an inaccurate operating cost estimate for at least two years.When the CRC provided its most recent financial summary to the FTA as part of a grant application process, it listed the project’s annual future operating cost related to light rail at $12.81 million as of November 2012. That appeared to be a significant jump from the 2011 figure provided to FTA, which was $8.35 million.But a CRC representative said this week that the 2011 number was given in error, and should have been reported as $11.6 million. The same mistake also led to an inaccurate number in 2010, according to the project.So what happened? “The wrong cell in the spreadsheet was selected for the report,” CRC spokeswoman Mandy Putney said in an email. The most recent figure is correct, and the earlier mistakes weren’t repeated elsewhere, she said.Each of those figures, revised yearly, refer to the predicted operating cost of light rail in 2030. The number has grown due to inflation and an uptick in expected maintenance costs, Putney said.last_img read more

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Rumours about Mani Ratnam hospitalisation busted Filmmaker back to routine work after

first_imgMani Ratnam.PR HandoutThere were reports that Mani Ratnam has been admitted to a private hospital in Chennai over cardiac-related issues, but it has now been revealed that the director had visited the hospital over a minor health issue. A source close to the filmmaker has given an update to The International Business Times about his health. “He was not admitted to the hospital as reported by media. He had gone to meet a director over acidity related issues and he is now back to routine work,” the source added.It was reported by a section of media that Mani Ratnam was admitted to Apollo Hospital over cardiac-related problems. Speculations stated that the director had suffered a heart attack many years ago. Now, the latest confirmation has put the rumours on his health to rest.Time and again, speculations have been surfacing amount the director getting hospitalised over cardiac-related issues. In 2018, similar speculations were doing rounds. Later, it turned out to that Mani Ratnam had was visited the hospital for a routine check-up.On the professional front, Mani Ratnam is gearing up for his biggest-ever project as he preps up for a mega-budget flick based on Tamil historical flick, Ponniyin Selvan. He has roped in some of the leading actors from Indian film industry for his dream project.Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Chiyaan Vikram, Karthi, Sathyaraj and Amala Paul are part of the project. Except for the Bachchan bahu, none of the rumoured actors have formally announced their association with this flick.”What I will commit to is because even though Mani (Ratnam) hasn’t formally announced it himself but the word is out. So yes, I will commit to the fact that yes, I am working with him. I won’t say I agreed…I will always be more than thrilled, excited, overwhelmed, humbled and just happy to work with my guru, Mani so ya, that is happening,” Aishwarya Rai had confirmed the news after walking the red carpet at the Cannes 2019.Lyca Productions is funding the movie, which will be made in multiple languages.last_img read more

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India to grow at slower pace in next two years global growth

first_imgAn employee works inside a research and development wing of Gas Lab Asia in New Delhi, India, March 8, 2017. The picture was taken on March 8, 2017.Reuters fileInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday that India’s GDP will grow at a rate of 7 and 7.2 percent in the next two years, indicating slower growth rate for India as well as weak domestic demand in the future.The World Economic Update (WEO), released by Indian-origin IMF’s Chief Economist Gita Gopinath said: “India’s economy is set to grow at 7.0 per cent in 2019, picking up to 7.2 per cent in 2020. The downward revision of 0.3 percentage point for both years reflects a weaker-than-expected outlook for domestic demand.”However, the global financial institution also said that India will still be the fastest-growing major economy of the world and much ahead of China.The Chinese economy has witnessed a slowdown due to the negative effects of escalating tariffs and weakening external demand and needed regulatory strengthening to rein in high dependence on debt, according to the IMF.Gopinath said the global growth is projected at 3.2 percent in 2019 and 3.5 percent in 2020 which is a drop of 0.1 percentage point for the growth projection made in April.”While this is a modest revision of 0.1 percentage points for both years relative to our projections in April, it comes on top of previous significant downward revisions. The revision for 2019 reflects negative surprises for growth in emerging market and developing economies that offset positive surprises in some advanced economies,” she said.Previous growth in global trade projected by the IMF was slashed and declined by 0.9 percent to 2.5 percentage in 2019. Reuters said that trade should rebound and grow by 3.7 percentage point less than the percentage point stated in the previous forecast.Trade volume growth Gita Gopinath will become the third Indian to hold the important position of chief economist in the United StatesReutersIMF states that the trade volume growth declined to around 0.5 percent in the first quarter making it its slowest pace since 2012. It also said that the slowdown is mainly affecting emerging Asian countries.The Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) estimated that the global trade volumes fell 2.3 percent between October and April which is said to be the steepest decline in six months since the 2009 Great Recession.Gopinath reasoned that the global economy is witnessing a decline due to prolonged policy uncertainty as trade tensions remain heightened despite the recent US-China trade truce. Other technology-related tensions have threatened global technology supply chains, and the prospects of a no-deal Brexit have increased, she said.”To help resolve conflicts, the rules-based multilateral trading system should be strengthened and modernised to encompass areas such as digital services, subsidies and technology transfer,” Gopinath added.last_img read more

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Trump Defends Comey Firing Says Both Parties Will Thank Him

first_img Share AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileIn this photo taken May 8, 2017, FBI Director James Comey speaks in Washington. President Donald Trump has fired Comey. In a statement released Tuesday, May 9, Trump says Comey’s firing “will mark a new beginning” for the FBI.President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey, asserting in a flurry of tweets Wednesday that Republicans and Democrats “will be thanking me.” Trump did not mention any effect the firing might have on the probe into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia.Instead, Trump tweeted that he’ll name a replacement “who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.”Nevertheless, Tuesday’s abrupt firing throws into question the future of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset. Trump has ridiculed the investigations as “a hoax” and denied any campaign involvement with the Russians.Democrats likened Comey’s ouster to President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” and renewed calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor, and some Republicans also questioned the move.In a flurry of tweets, Trump said Comey had “lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington,” adding: “When things calm down, they will be thanking me!”In his brief letter Tuesday to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI. The administration paired the letter with a scathing review by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of how Comey handled the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including his decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing “derogatory information” about Clinton.While Comey has drawn anger from Democrats since he reopened the email investigation in the closing days of last year’s campaign, they didn’t buy that justification for his firing. Several Republicans joined them in raising alarms of how it could affect probes into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.In one of the strongest statements by Republicans, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said, “I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.”“His dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the committee,” Burr said.Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told Trump in a phone call he thought dumping Comey was a mistake. On Wednesday, Trump labeled the Senate minority leader “‘Cryin’ Chuck Schumer.’”Trump will now appoint a successor at the FBI, which has been investigating since late July, and who will almost certainly have an impact on how the investigation moves forward and whether the public will accept its outcome.It was only the second firing of an FBI director in history. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.Democrats compared the ouster to Nixon’s decision to fire the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate investigation in 1973, which prompted the resignations of the Justice Department’s top two officials.“This is Nixonian,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., declared on Twitter. “Outrageous,” said Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, calling for Comey to immediately be summoned to testify to Congress about the status of the Trump-Russia investigation. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the White House was “brazenly interfering” in the probe.Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Congress must form a special committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the election.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said only: “Once the Senate receives a nomination, we look forward to a full, fair and timely confirmation process to fill the director position. This is a critical role that is especially important as America faces serious threats at home and abroad.”Comey was speaking to agents at the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles when the news broke. Television screens in the office began flashing the news, and Comey initially chuckled, according to a law enforcement official who was present and spoke on condition of anonymity. But Comey finished his speech before heading into an office and did not reappear in the main room. He later left Los Angeles on a plane to return to Washington.In his letter to Comey, Trump thanked him for telling him three times “that I am not under investigation.” The FBI has not confirmed that Comey ever made those assurances to the president. In public hearings, Comey has declined to answer when asked if Trump is under investigation, urging lawmakers not to read anything into that statement.Comey, 56, was nominated by President Barack Obama for the FBI post in 2013 to a 10-year term, though that appointment does not ensure a director will serve the full term.Praised frequently by both parties for his independence and integrity, he spent three decades in law enforcement. Before the past months’ controversies, the former deputy attorney general in the George W. Bush administration was perhaps best known for a remarkable 2004 standoff with top officials over a federal domestic surveillance program. In March of that year, Comey rushed to the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft to physically stop White House officials in their bid to get his ailing boss to reauthorize a secret no-warrant wiretapping program.But his prominent role in the 2016 presidential campaign raised questions about his judgment and impartiality. Though the FBI did not recommend charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information, Comey was blisteringly critical of her decision to use a personal email account and private internet server during her four years as secretary of state.Comey strongly defended his decisions during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. He said he was “mildly nauseous” at the thought of having swayed the election but also said he would do the same again.Clinton has partially blamed her loss on Comey’s disclosure to Congress less than two weeks before Election Day that the email investigation would be revisited. Comey later said the FBI, again, had found no reason to bring any charges.last_img read more

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