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The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

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first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Oct. 25———CENSUS: ‘TYPICAL CANADIAN’ PROVING ANYTHING BUT: Increasingly, the face of the average Canadian is anything but average. There was plenty of diversity on display in Wednesday’s deposit of Statistics Canada census data, including 250 different ethnic origins across the country, and hints of more to come. Visible minorities could comprise fully one-third of Canadians by 2036 as immigration drives population growth not just in cities, but across the country. The data also showed younger Canadians are opting less for home ownership, choosing instead the rental route as housing prices climb ever higher.———BOC HOLDS INTEREST RATE: The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes but suggested future increases are still likely, albeit at a more-gradual pace. In its scheduled announcement, the central bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation. To make its case, the bank also pointed to the substantial, persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade policies, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.———FINANCE MINISTER TO MEET ETHICS COMMISSIONER: Finance Minister Bill Morneau will sit down with the federal ethics watchdog to see what more he can to do reassure Canadians he will not let his personal fortune get in the way of his job. “The rules work, but what we will consider in my situation is how the population can be absolutely certain there will be no possibility of a conflict,” Morneau said Wednesday. Morneau said ethics commissioner Mary Dawson gave him good advice when she recommended putting up a conflict-of-interest screen to prevent his family business, Morneau Shepell, from coming into conflict with his duties as finance minister after the Liberals won the 2015 election.———ONTARIO BANS PROTESTS AT ABORTION CLINICS: It will soon be illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics in Ontario. The legislature passed a bill Wednesday to create zones around the eight clinics in the province of between 50 and 150 metres in which anti-abortion protests, advising a person not to get an abortion, and intimidation or interfering with a woman’s ability to access the services will be banned. The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services.———WITNESS SAYS ACCUSED MURDERER ADMITTED BURNING WOMAN: A witness in the trial of two men accused of murder testified Wednesday that one of the defendants confessed to him about burning a woman’s body and tossing it in a lake. Desi Liberatore has told court that Mark Smich performed a rap in 2012 in which he described “torching a body.” After the song, Liberatore says Smich told him that he did, in fact, burn a girl and dump her body and a cellphone in a lake. Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., and Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Toronto woman Laura Babcock.———NEW FUNDS FOR COAST GUARD, FISHERIES: The Trudeau government is promising an infusion of much-needed cash for the Canadian Coast Guard and federal Fisheries Department, both of which have been struggling with major funding shortfalls for years. The promised new money totals more than $1.2 billion over the next six years and is included in the Liberals’ fiscal update, which was released to much fanfare on Tuesday. The money will be used to keep the coast guard’s aging ships, navigational aids and communications equipment in working order, as well as to train new staff and provide icebreaking services, among other things.———BOEING SAYS TRADE SANCTIONS CAUSED RIPPLES: Boeing’s relationships with Canada and Britain will survive even though the trade complaint launched against the C Series aircraft is having “ripple effects” on those bonds, the U.S. aircraft giant’s chairman and CEO said Wednesday. Dennis Muilenburg said the trade action is not targeted at customers or countries, but at fair trade. Boeing has 2,000 direct employees in Canada and hundreds of suppliers that allow it to contribute $4 billion a year to the Canadian economy.———VETERAN’S MEDALS STOLEN: A British Armed Forces veteran is facing the prospect of his first Remembrance Day without his nine medals for years of service in the Gulf War, Bosnia and Iraq. Jim Watson’s medals were stolen during a break-in at his apartment in Kindersley, Sask., over the weekend along with military memorabilia and other household items. The medals, which had just been remounted for the Nov. 11 ceremony, were missing from the sideboard where he left them. The 54-year-old says the theft left him devastated and in disbelief.———STUDY SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON CONCUSSION: A new Canadian study suggests teenage athletes who sustain concussions may still be experiencing brain changes even after they have been cleared to return to play. Researchers at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine examined 17 bantam hockey players aged 11 to 14 who suffered concussions while playing. They studied MRIs the players received 24 to 72 hours after they were concussed, and then another set of MRIs the players received three months later. Even though the players showed no outward concussion symptoms at the time of the second brain scans, the study found changes were still occurring in the athletes’ brains.———SIX TO BE ADDED TO WALK OF FAME: Six influential Canadians from the circles of sports, entertainment and culture will be added to Canada’s Walk of Fame next month. Olympic gold medallist Donovan Bailey, Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin and civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond, are among the diverse selection of people who will be inducted at the annual awards gala in Toronto on Nov. 15. The others are Canadian folk icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, telecommunications leader Ted Rogers and science TV host and environmental activist David Suzuki.———last_img
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Partnership With Native Americans Receives 25000 Grant From Newmans Own Foundation

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first_imgPartnership With Native Americans (PWNA), a nonprofit organization committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to PWNA as part of a broader commitment to support programs that increase access to fresh food and nutrition education in underserved communities. This funding will help PWNA promote healthier diets for Native Americans living on remote and often impoverished reservations through its Project Grow service.Project Grow utilizes a Native American chef/nutritionist to teach healthy cooking and food preservation skills to people across Arizona and New Mexico. Once trained, the students will be able to instruct their own tribal communities about critical daily needs such as healthy eating habits, food preparation, etc.“Many people may not realize that nearly one in four Native American households experiences food insecurity,” said PWNA President and CEO Robbi Rice Dietrich. “Through the generous support of Newman’s Own Foundation, Partnership With Native Americans can continue our mission of supporting long-term solutions for strong, self-sufficient Native American communities, and help tribal residents maintain sustainable nutrition programs in their own communities. We are incredibly grateful for their support.”Native Americans living in remote areas face many food security issues, including scarce access to grocery stores, inflated prices and limited selection of quality food in geographically-isolated communities. PWNA’s Project Grow will equip local trainers and build local capacity that is critical to helping Native communities make healthier lifestyle choices and combat nutrition-related diseases.“We are proud to fund Partnership With Native Americans as they work to make a difference in our communities,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation. “They are one of the many organizations helping to identify needs and fill the gaps for children and families who lack access to healthy foods.”Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting food and nutrition programs for more than 30 years and has given more than $11.5 million to nutrition-focused organizations since 2014. The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $475 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.last_img
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Hedley Cageless Tour continues band withdraws from JUNOs

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first_imgAdvertisement “In the coming days – and throughout this current tour – we intend to take responsibility, and talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it.That starts right now. As a band, we have decided to withdraw our name from consideration for any awards at the JUNOs. We do not wish to be a distraction at Canadian music’s biggest night or to, in any way, take the focus away from the tremendous honour that is the JUNO awards.We want to ensure that everyone understands our collective commitment to change, and to do better, is real. Saying a rock’n’roll lifestyle was to blame – or saying certain things happened because we were younger – isn’t good enough. We owe it to our families, our crew, our friends – and most of all, our fans – to do and be better.The easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide. We don’t intend to do that. We intend to start making positive changes, starting right now.” The tour will see the popular Canadian band taking on eighteen other dates from Quebec City to Kelowna, BC, before wrapping up on March 23.In making the decision to go on with the tour – and to respectfully withdraw their award nominations from consideration at this year’s JUNOs – Hedley also made the following statement: TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2018 – Canadian pop-rock group Hedley continues their cross-Canada tour tonight with a show in Barrie, Ontario before turning to shows in Ottawa, Laval, and Atlantic Canada. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img
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City and Community Development Institute launch Leaders Lab in Fort St John

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – UNBC’s Community Development Institute and the City of Fort St. John announced today the launch of a new initiative at The Forge in Fort St. John.The CDI has launched the Leaders Lab, which will be lead by facilitator Carolynn Oliver.The CDI said that Oliver’s main focus will be to strengthen community leadership through the delivery of programs, workshops, and a speaker series to actively encourage public, non-profit, and private sector organizations to work together to respond to emerging opportunities and issues. “I have a passion for learning and encouraging others to learn new things, so this role is a perfect opportunity for me to do something I love,” said Oliver.The Leaders Lab will develop and deliver a new model of strategic community engagement, leading to better and more creative decision-making, broader and more inclusive thinking, and more resilient private, non-profit and public sectors.“Since its inception in 2004, the CDI has worked with leaders from all sectors across northern BC. We are very pleased that this expertise will be housed at the Leaders Lab and that we will be able to continue to expand our impact through the programming that Carolynn will put into place,” said Marleen Morris, Co-Director of the Community Development Institute.The Leaders Lab launch has also provided the occasion to announce the first speaker for the Leaders Lab Speakers Series. Drew Dudley will speak on Every Day Leadership on October 4th. Other Speakers Series Events will feature experts from British Columbia and beyond discussing topics of interest to the community, and will be announced this Fall.“The Leaders Lab will fulfill an important role in developing community leadership capacity.  I am looking forward to what will be coming out of the Leaders Lab,” said Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman.last_img
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Draghis whatever it takes a tough act to follow

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FRANKFURT — Mario Draghi is credited with saving the euro through decisive action as president of the European Central Bank. Which makes it all the more important who succeeds him when his term ends Oct. 31.European leaders are searching for a replacement for Draghi, but sharing the 71-year-old’s pragmatic and activist approach is not the only qualification. Instead, picking the ECB president is part of complex horse trading among governments over top EU jobs.Their choice will determine whether the next ECB leader will be someone that is as quick to step up in a crisis, and as willing as Draghi was to innovate and resist criticism. European leaders meeting Thursday and Friday will discuss top European jobs though they may not yet reach a deal on any of them.David McHugh, The Associated Press
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Aussie Tamils slam Gillard

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“If they were Australians I am sure that I would be angry,” Bala Vigneswaran, executive officer of the Australian Tamil Congress, told the ABC.“I’m sure that everybody here in Australia would be very disappointed and I don’t think we would have treated Australians like this.”Asked about this criticism, Gillard said Australia would “always put the highest priority on saving lives”. “That is a very tough decision but it is an operational decision,” Gillard told reporters today. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has defended her government’s decision to leave the bodies of drowned asylum-seekers in the ocean following criticism from Australian Tamils more would have been done had they been Australians, the AFP news agency reported.An extensive three-day air-and-sea search for an asylum-seeker boat, which is presumed to have capsized near Christmas Island with at least 55 people on board last week, failed to find any survivors. The doomed vessel was one of several arriving over the past week, with seven boats carrying a total of about 500 people intercepted since Wednesday, including one carrying more than 90 people which sought assistance near Christmas Island. “We have seen yet another dreadful tragedy, considerable loss of life,” Gillard said of the latest sinking.“I think it breaks everybody’s heart to see that loss of life, which is why we send the message very clearly; do not risk your life, do not risk your children’s lives, do not get on a boat.”Hundreds of asylum-seekers, many fleeing Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka, have drowned en route to Australia in recent years. The boats they take from transit hubs in places such as Indonesia are often overcrowded and unseaworthy. Up to 13 bodies were spotted in the water, along with debris and life-jackets, but they were not recovered while the hunt for survivors was on and customs officials said on Monday they were now too busy rescuing other boats. “As border command has made clear, they always put the highest priority on saving lives and I think we would all understand why that’s got to come first in any tasking or any work that border command does.”Australia’s Tamil community criticised the move, saying there would be anger if the bodies of Australian victims were left in the remote waters off the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island.
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Unarmed police officers ran for lives as Khalid Masood went on Westminster

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Chief coroner Mark Lucraft arrives at the Old Bailey in London for the inquest into the March 2017 Westminster terror attackCredit: Dominic Lipinski/PA The inquest was told Masood would have felt and heard every bang and thud as he struck pedestrians.Gareth Patterson QC, who represents three grieving families, said the images showed Masood was “deliberately targeting pedestrians”.He said it appeared people were being hit like “human bowling pins” and “thrown in the air like rag dolls”. The witness replied: “That’s correct.”Instead, firearms officers were on mobile patrol, the Old Bailey heard. The two colleagues then distract Masood, dressed all in black, allowing Pc Palmer to stand up and try to get away. But by then the fatal blow had already been dealt.The rampage finally came to a halt when Masood, who lived in Birmingham at the time of the attack, was shot three times by a plain clothes officer who had rushed to the scene.At the inquest at the Old Bailey presided over by Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC, the senior officer in charge of the investigation was questioned over the absence of armed officers positioned at the entrance to parliament.Hugo Keith QC, representing the Metropolitan Police, asked Detective Superintendent John Crossley: “He [Masood] had but one sole intention, which was to kill a police officer?” to which the detective replied: “Yes.”Mr Keith went on: “There was no static position for armed officers at that time [at the Carriage Gates], was there?” All police on the Palace of Westminster premises are now routinely armed in the wake of the atrocity.Distressing video footage captured Masood, a knife in each hand, stabbing Pc Palmer as he lay prone against a low wall in Old Palace Yard after he had stumbled backwards as he fled.  Kurt Cochran, one of those killed in the Westminster attack, pictured in dashcam footage walking across the bridge with his wife Melissa Credit:Metropolitan Police/PA  Chief coroner Mark Lucraft 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. Pc Keith Palmer was unarmed when he was killed protecting the Palace of Westminster in March 2017 by terrorist Khalid Masood. Pc Keith Palmer was unarmed when he was killed protecting the Palace of Westminster in March 2017 by terrorist Khalid MasoodCredit:PA Unarmed police officers ran for their lives as an Islamist terrorist breached parliamentary security to stab one of their colleagues to death, in harrowing footage shown at the Westminster attack inquest.The first day of the inquest was told how lives were “torn apart” in just “82 seconds of high and terrible drama”.Khalid Masood, 52, went on the rampage in March last year, ploughing into pedestrians as he drove a hire car along Westminster Bridge.Four innocent bystanders died: Kurt Cochran, 54, an American tourist who died saving his wife’s life; Leslie Rhodes, 75, a retired window cleaner on his way back  from a hospital appointment; Ayshe Frade, 44, a mother-of-two who worked in a nearby college; and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, whose body was found in the Thames.Masood then sat in the rented  Hyundai Tucson SUV for about ten seconds before stumbling out carrying two carving knives, one in each hand. He then "ambled" around the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster and a little over a minute after he began his attack at 2.40pm on March 22 stabbed to death PC Keith Palmer, an unarmed officer guarding parliament.PC Palmer’s death raises serious questions about why police at the time were not carrying weapons while no armed officers were close enough to kill Masood before he could strike. Susannah Stevens, representing the family of PC Palmer, questioned Mr Crossley about which colleagues he had spoken to “when you realised there was an issue about the fact that authorised firearms officers were not in close proximity at the Carriage Gates”.He said he would have discussed it with the Gold Commander for the investigation.The absence of armed officers at the scene will be examined in detail as part of the inquest.Grieving families walked out of the hearing when other disturbing footage showing Masood driving over the bridge was shown. Kurt Cochran, one of those killed in the Westminster attack, pictured in dashcam footage walking across the bridge with his wife Melissa 
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Metso and Outotec to supply solutions for CBA expansion

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first_imgMetso Minerals will supply a bulk materials handling solution to CBA (Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio). The delivery will be completed within the first quarter of 2009 and is valued at approximately €12 million. The order comprises two bridge reclaimers, one stacker and six belt conveyors. Additionally, it includes electrical services, engineering, erection supervision, operator training, and start-up and commissioning services. This is for the expansion of the bauxite stockyard located in Alumínio, State of Sâo Paulo, Brazil. With the expansion, CBA targets to increase its production from some 400,000 to 475,000 t/y of aluminium.   Outotec has been awarded a contract for the supply of an alumina calcination plant, at a value exceeding €40 million. Outotec’s scope of delivery covers the engineering, supply and construction of a circulating fluid bed calcination plant with a capacity of 1,600 t/d of alumina. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled for June 2009.   CBA belongs to Votorantim Group and is the biggest integrated aluminum manufacturer in the world, with a total annual production of 470,000 t of primary aluminum. The new unit will complement the two existing calcination plants, which Outotec delivered in 1984 and 1990, and it will guarantee sufficient supply of alumina also for CBA’s further expansion planned for a production of 570,000 t/y of aluminum by 2010.   Outotec’s President and CEO Tapani Järvinen said: “This is our third alumina calciner delivery to the same customer. Our experience and reputation of offering first class alumina technology, combined with reliable project execution, helped to secure this contract and firmly establish Outotec’s position as one of the leading technology providers for the aluminum industry. In June we announced the delivery of two alumina calciners to Russia and several technology deliveries to China.”last_img
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Mens OG 2012 Round 2 – Group A Easy wins for Sweden

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EkbergFrench handballLondon handballOG 2012Olympic handball ← Previous Story Men’s OG 2012 (Round 2 – Group B): Croatia wins Balkan derby – Danish triumph in the last seconds! Next Story → Women’s OG 2012 (Round 3): Korea took point against Norway! “Nothing special” or another “boring day” in Group A of the Men’s Olympic Tournament in London. After Iceland showed fantastic form against Tunisia 32:22, Sweden (Ekberg 13) beat Great Britain 41:19 and France had easy 60 minute with Argentina 32:20 (17:9).STANDING:FRANCE 4ICELAND 4SWEDEN 4TUNISIA 0ARGENTINA 0
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Mozilla blocks the Skype Toolbar in Firefox by default

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first_imgMozilla has an Add-ons blocklist that it maintains which lists the add-ons that are automatically blocked by default in the browser. The reason for the blocklist is to protect users from add-ons that create significant performance hits in the browser or even make it crash regularly.This week the blocklist has a new, high-profile entrant in the form of the latest version of the Skype Toolbar. This toolbar gets automatically installed whenever a user installs or updates the main Skype app. With the toolbar installed any phone numbers found on a web page are rendered as clickable numbers which you can call using Skype. For some, it’s a useful feature allowing for quick calls to be made.The issue with the Skype Toolbar for Mozilla is the fact it is creating two rather large problems in the Firefox browser. The first is that it makes Firefox crash a lot as the Mozilla blog entry about the toolbar explains:The current shipping version of the Skype Toolbar is one of the top crashers of Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13, and was involved in almost 40,000 crashes of Firefox last week. The second problem is that is causes a major performance hit for the browser:The methods it uses to detect and re-render phone numbers can make DOM manipulation up to 300 times slower, which drastically affects the page rendering times of a large percentage of web content served today (plain English: to the user, it appears that Firefox is slow loading web pages). Mozilla does not want users to experience slow loading web pages and have a browser that crashes unexpectedly. So it has been decided the Skype Toolbar is being blocked by default for the time being.What this means is the extension is disabled and the user told about it. It’s a “soft block” so the user can decide to override the block and continue using it. The main Skype app will continue to work as normal regardless of the block being active or not.Mozilla is talking with Skype to try and resolve the problem. But I think everyone would agree that a block for the moment is the best course of action rather than just asking people to block it manually if they are experiencing problems.Read more at the Mozilla bloglast_img
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Microsoft develops Xbox 360 game you pay by the hour to play

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first_imgTypically if you purchase a downloadable game or DLC content for a game you already own, you pay once and get access to that content for the life of the console, maybe longer. However, Microsoft has decided to experiment, and is launching an Xbox 360 game that you pay by the hour to play, but never actually own. It seems unlikely any gamer would sign up for such a payment scheme, but then this isn’t your typical gaming experience.The game in question is simply called Karaoke. It has been developed through a collaboration between Microsoft Studios and The Karaoke Channel, and offers access to over 8,000 songs you can sing along to from a range of music genres.In my view it’s pretty hard to make karaoke exciting. You hold a microphone and sing along to the scrolling lyrics. Everything else is just HD eye candy on the screen to help keep you entertained while exercising your vocal chords. And that is exactly what this is looking at the screenshots.The Xbox Live game shouldn’t take long to download as the 8,000+ songs on offer are all streamed, meaning you won’t be playing this game without an Internet connection. As for the cost of playing, there is no outright purchase price. Instead, you will be able to buy blocks of time during which the streaming songs will be accessible to queue up and play. Blocks can be 2, 6, or even 24 hours long, but no prices for each tier have been announced by Microsoft yet.Chances are this game isn’t going to be cheap. It’s the sort of experience a group of you will choose to buy a couple of hours for once a week, probably after drinks. It’s also going to be good for parties, but again, they will be one-off purchases.Depending on how successful this experiment is, we could see a number of other games try and follow the same pay-to-play formula. It’s not a payment scheme that works for most genre of games, but there’s potential for group entertainment and party games to make this work.More at playXBLAlast_img
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Men DO open up about their problems but noone is listening

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first_img 116 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3048886 Oct 29th 2016, 8:15 PM 7,173 Views Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 8:15 PM Share313 Tweet Email6 James Behan By James Behan Men's Voices Ireland WHY DON’T MEN open up about their problems?It’s a question that has been given much consideration in recent years. Most of the answers one can find on the subject are variations on a similar theme: men are overly stoic, emotionally stunted victims of their own gross machismo.That they don’t talk because to talk, is to make oneself less of a man. And that if they could only break out of this behaviour, which is often described as ‘toxic masculinity,’ they would be able to get the help that they very often need: around 80% of people who die by suicide are men.That men are frequently implicated as the primary instigators of their own suffering, due to their alleged unwillingness to engage with traditional mental health services such as one-to-one counselling.‘One-size-fits-all’ health service doesn’t workThis is despite the fact that The National Men’s Health Policy (2008 – 2013) clearly identified a lack of gender-competence across the entire health service. It also criticised this widespread blaming of men for not availing of ‘one-size-fits-all’ services that do not cater to their needs.Many will say that men aren’t opening up about their problems because they simply don’t have any.After all, aren’t men the truly privileged class in our society, enjoying a monopoly on all of the positions of power and influence? It is true that a small number of men (typically wealthy, upper class men) dominate the upper echelons of political and corporate life.The notion that this arrangement categorically precludes all men from having issues is laden with contradictions. Men also make up the majority of the homeless and the vast majority of those injured or killed in workplace accidents. Almost all of the so-called ‘3D’ jobs – dirty, difficult and dangerous – are done by men. The recent decline of traditionally masculine industries such as construction, along with the falling behind of boys and young men in education, has resulted in Ireland having a so-called ‘reverse’ pay gap of 17% between childless men and women aged 25 – 44.Men shamed if they failed to ‘man up’Because society depended on men to be ‘real men’ in order to function, men and boys from traditionalist generations were shamed if they failed to ‘man up’ and face life’s challenges.Today, even as religious conservatism dies a slow death, attitudes towards men discussing men’s issues have hardly changed. The only difference is that the ones heaping the scorn on men are now self-styled progressives who will openly scoff at the idea that men can be victims of institutionalised sexism.Nonetheless, such sexism certainly exists. Take for instance the systematic injustice evident in the treatment of Irish fathers before the law. A 2013 doctoral thesis which studied over 1,000 circuit court cases throughout the country found that divorced fathers often find themselves denied access to their own children even if they have been granted joint custody by the court, with access frustration and total parental alienation actually being enabled by the system rather than curtailed by it.Fathers’ rightsUnmarried fathers enjoy no automatic guardianship rights to their children, even though they are legally obliged to pay maintenance. Without those rights, thousands of fathers have no say in their child’s education, in their religion, or even if they can or cannot be put up for adoption. The only way to obtain such rights is to obtain the consent of the mother, to satisfy a 12-month cohabitation period with the mother, or to take a case to court.The cohabitation clause in particular was designed to safeguard against rapists and other abusive men from enjoying paternal rights. Put another way, every unmarried father is treated as though he might be a dangerous criminal by an Act that was signed into law just last year. We are living in a time when even the most infinitesimal displays of chauvinism can receive international media coverage, yet blatant sexism and systemic prejudice against men goes totally unchecked.Underlying all of these men’s issues is a lack of male advocacy groups at a policy level. This is because, unlike the case for women’s advocacy groups, no state funding is available for them.Men’s issues trivialisedWithout a platform to have their concerns heard, men find their issues frequently trivialised or dismissed entirely.Men’s Voices Ireland is a new, independent group which is working to include these issues and many others in the national dialogue on gender equality. Since our establishment earlier this year we have held numerous meetings raising men’s issues both with TDs, and with organisations including Cosc and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Council (IHREC).Next month, to mark International Men’s Day, we will be holding our inaugural conference on men’s issues in Dublin.We envision an Ireland in which men’s issues are recognised as the important societal problems that they are. It’s no longer a question of whether or not men want to talk about their problems, it’s a question of whether or not society will listen to them.Men’s Voices Ireland Inaugural Conference: ‘Who Cares About Men?’ is being held at Wynn’s Hotel on International Men’s Day, Saturday 19 November. This conference will for the first time bring together a range of expert speakers on serious issues including male suicide, male mental health and family law in a friendly and inclusive environment. All are welcome to attend. Tickets can be found here. More information about Men’s Voices can be found at mensvoices2016.com Men DO open up about their problems - but no-one is listening James Behan of Men’s Voices Ireland on why men’s problems are frequently trivialised. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img
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Gaz à effet de serre lInde notifie son engagement de réduction

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first_imgGaz à effet de serre : l'Inde notifie son engagement de réduction Inde - Après le Japon et une cinquantaine d'autres pays la semaine dernière, c'est au tour de l'Inde d'annoncer son objectif de réduction concernant ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Ce dernier, situé entre 20 à 25% d'ici 2020 et par rapport à 2005, n'est toutefois pas contraignant.Dimanche 31 janvier, l'Inde a confirmé son engagement et annoncé le ralentissement de ses émissions de GES. Dans un communiqué, le ministère de l'Environnement et des Forêts annonce que l'Inde "s'efforcera" de réduire ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 20 à 25% à l'horizon 2020 et par rapport à 2005. Le pays précise également que comme prévu dans l'accord signé à Copenhague en décembre dernier, cet objectif n'est pas légalement contraignant. Si l'Inde n'indique pas les mesures qu'elle compte prendre pour réduire la croissance de ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre, elle précise qu'aucun effort ne sera demandé au secteur agricole.La semaine dernière, le Japon a lui aussi confirmé sa volonté de réduire ses émissions de GES (voir article). De même que pour l'Inde, son très ambitieux objectif, -25% d'ici 2020 par rapport à 1990, n'est en aucun cas contraignant.L'accord signé à l'issue du Sommet de Copenhague prévoyait que les pays industrialisés notifient leurs engagements de réduction de leurs émissions de GES d'ici le 31 janvier 2010 tandis que les pays émergents devaient déposer leur plan d'actions volontaires. A cette date, 55 pays dont les 27 de l’Union européenne, la Chine, les États-Unis, le Canada et le Brésil ont respecté cet engagement.Le 2 février 2010 à 13:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img
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City floats special district for train quiet zone

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first_img? What: Informational meeting on east Vancouver quiet zone.? When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.? Where: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. ? More information: cityofvancouver.us/trainhorns.The city of Vancouver is asking residents of its east end if they support paying to silence train horns in their neighborhood.City officials, working with neighborhood leaders, floated the proposal as a way to pay for the required railroad crossing improvements that come with a “quiet zone.” It would create a Local Improvement District, in which each household would pay based on how close it sits to the railroad crossings between Southeast 139th Avenue and Southeast 164th Avenue.The proposed district includes 467 properties in the East Old Evergreen Highway neighborhood, between the Columbia River and state Highway 14. Households would contribute based on a three-tiered system. Tier 1 homes — those closest to the tracks — would pay $177 per year; Tier 2 homes would pay $124 per year; and Tier 3 homes would chip in $53 annually for 20 years. Residents would also have the option of paying a one-time lump sum. Payment amounts would be flat, and not tied to property values.“The idea is that everybody that benefits pays part of the cost,” said city public works spokeswoman Loretta Callahan.The city has worked with neighbors, the Federal Railroad Administration and BNSF Railway for years looking for a way to silence train horns, and not just in east Vancouver. But bureaucratic hurdles and high costs have slowed progress.Federal rules require trains to blast their horns before any public crossing. To establish a quiet zone, crossings need safety measures beyond the typical flashing lights and gates. The city doesn’t have the money for such upgrades.The east Vancouver Local Improvement District would raise about $818,000 for such safety features as new medians, extra lighting, signs and striping where the rails cross Southeast 139th, 147th and 164th avenues, said city project development director Matt Ransom.last_img
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NC Delegation Will Continue to Oppose Effort to Shutter Airlift Wing

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) said he would continue to fight the Air Force’s plan to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing after officials last week released a long-waited reported justifying the move.The freshman senator said the plan to deactivate the 440th — an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field — would hinder the ability of airborne units at the post to quickly deploy to global hotspots.“Why on Earth would we jeopardize the training and readiness in that context — the only place on the planet where we do that? It just doesn’t make sense to me,” Tillis told the News & Observer.Tillis said he has proposed an amendment that would provide funding to keep the unit in operation for at least a year. Earlier this month he put a hold on all civilian appointments to DOD and the Air Force until he is satisfied with the service’s rationale for deactivating the wing. Similarly on the House side, the state’s delegation is backing a funding request to keep the unit open.The Air Force Reserve’s plan to inactivate the 440th already is going ahead, with dozens of airmen transferring to other units.The Air Force report explains its justification for multiple changes to the C-130 fleet that would shrink it from 358 to 300 aircraft and save a total of $922 million. Inactivating the 440th would save $116 million.Officials cited the ability to inactivate the 440th outside of a BRAC round as one of the considerations prompting the wing’s closure. If Congress were to authorize a base closure round, the service would have more flexibility to reduce overhead by closing stand-alone units, reported the Fayetteville Observer.The report said the closure of the wing and the loss of its C-130H cargo aircraft would have “no adverse impact” on the ability of airborne units based at Fort Bragg to deploy on short notice.But North Carolina lawmakers, as well as leaders at Fort Bragg, questioned the decision.“This ill-conceived proposal comes at a time when our nation is facing growing uncertainty abroad that could require a military response that only forces at Fort Bragg can provide,” Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) told the House Armed Services Committee during its “member day” hearing last week. “To say that I have serious reservations and concerns regarding this decision is a severe understatement.”last_img
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The Cranberries Announce Eighth And Final Album In The End

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first_img Twitter Facebook The Cranberries Announce Eighth And Final Album, 'In The End' The Cranberries Share First Single Off Final Album cranberries-announce-eighth-and-final-album-end The Irish alt-rock band, who lost lead singer Dolores O'Riordan last year, also unveiled a new single titled "All Over Now"Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 15, 2019 - 4:02 pm Band members of Irish alternative rock band the Cranberries have announced that they will release their eighth and final album In The End on April 26 via BGM."In honour of our dear friend and bandmate, Dolores, we present to you the final album from The Cranberries, ‘In The End,’" the band tweeted.The announcement comes one year after the death of powerful lead vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, who died suddenly while in London for a recording session on Jan. 15, 2018. She was 46.center_img The band also released a single titled "All Over Now" from the upcoming album. The song "blends rock, alternative and catchy almost pop-sounding melodies to deliver a classic Cranberries sound," the band said on their website.The BBC reported in Sept. that O'Riordan's cause of death was a "tragic accident" due to excessive drinking. She was found submerged in the bath of her hotel room.For 30 years, the Cranberries blended alternative rock with pop to create a melodic sound that could be both hard and sweet. Hits like "Zombie" and "Dreams" captured the band's ability to shift their sound. The final album, which has 11 tracks and was produced by Stephen Street, is a "fitting and powerful closure," the band said."I can't think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores' passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band," O'Riordan's mother, Eileen O'Riordan, said on the band's album announcement. Coachella 2019 Lineup Revealed With Extended YouTube Live-Stream PartnershipRead more News Email last_img
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Faced with Lawsuit Housing Asks Baltimore Residents to Report Sexual Abuse

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first_imgThe Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) recently sent a letter to residents explaining the agency’s sexual harassment policy and requesting residents report any instances of the same by housing employees, contractors, and vendors to the police or HABC.‘Signed’ by Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano, the letter states that, “I am writing to let you know personally that the Housing Authority of Baltimore City . . . prohibits its employees, contractors and vendors from engaging in vulgar, unprofessional or inappropriate conversations and conduct, including sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests or demands for sexaul favors and/or verbal or physical conduct and physical contact of any nature.”Recently, lawyers representing seven women residents of Gilmor Homes, the Sandtown-Winchester housing project where Freddie Gray grew up, filed a lawsuit against HABC, claiming that the women were subjected to demands for sexual favors in exchange for maintenance and repair work required by law.The two attorneys who filed the lawsuit on behalf of residents, Cary Hansel and Annie Hirsch, released a statement taking Graziano to task for waiting until now to inform residents about the policy and complaint process.“It is shocking that the Housing Authority ignored the pleas of the women of Gilmor for years, until faced with a lawsuit.  We have previously provided sworn affidavits that complaints were made to [HABC’s] property manager at Gilmor Homes as early as Spring 2012, again in 2013, and again in 2014. . . . Yet, it took Commissioner Graziano until this week – years after the complaints of sexual abuse by Housing Authority employees arose – to warn residents and seek to investigate.  Commissioner Graziano’s letter . . . shows that there was no meaningful investigation before,” read the statement, in part.Cary and Hirsch have also sent an email communication to Graziano requesting he meet with the plaintiffs in the lawsuit to hear their stories directly; tour the residential units of Gilmor Homes; fire the employees named in the lawsuit and alleged to have sexually harassed women residents; and discuss remedies related to the claims in the lawsuit.last_img
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Young Candidates Project a Glimmer of Hope

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first_imgSean YoesI don’t know if there has ever been a year quite like 2015 in the history of Baltimore. I can’t remember a more relentless combination of murder, misery and mayhem (at least not in my lifetime), with the heartbreaking apex coming during the uprising in April.Yet, the murder of 24-year old Kendal Fenwick, a father raising his three children in Park Heights, on November 9, seems like more than just another debilitating blow against the collective psyche of our neighborhoods. Somehow the murder of a young brother simply attempting to protect his family and his home against drug-dealing, home-grown terrorists seems more diabolical, even during a year of soul crushing violence and pathos. Sometimes telling these stories day in and day out gets to me in a very visceral way.Still, I was feeling at least slightly encouraged on Nov. 14.I moderated a forum for mayoral and city council candidates, at the Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences (the old Lemmel Middle School), just around the corner from where I grew up in West Baltimore and less than a five minute drive from where Brother Fenwick was gunned down.The two most well known of the participants were former Mayor Sheila Dixon and Senator Catherine Pugh; they both made their cases for the virtues of experienced leadership during one of the most tumultuous times in the city’s history.However, several young men and one young woman vying for the mayor’s chair and the city council, displayed political mettle of varying degrees and compelling back stories, which opened the eyes of this somewhat grizzled political observer.To be clear, the following statements do not serve as an endorsement by me or the AFRO of any of the candidates named and aren’t meant to disparage those who aren’t.Calvin Young, the 27-year old Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Harvard University grad, has amassed an impressive resume quickly, which includes a stint with the Obama White House’s National Economic Council. The rail thin northeast Baltimore native delivered his vision for the city with a confidence, which gave at least the appearance of political acumen.Patrick Gutierrez, who this week officially became the 13th mayoral candidate tossed around several interesting ideas for remedying assorted ills, particularly the city’s injudicious fiscal management. The former employee of Bank of America also showed some fire when I informed him during the forum that his time with the microphone was running short. “I hear you bro,” was his retort. “But, I’m going for mine, I’m going for mine” he added emphatically.Several of the candidates for Baltimore City Council, which has been beleaguered for decades, were just as impressive.Zeke Cohen (1st District), a former middle school social studies teacher in West Baltimore, has been engaged in several social justice issues, (including lobbying for the Maryland Dream Act) and has shown impressive command of  Baltimore politics.Marques Dent (3rd District), a veteran of the Air Force, worked for the Pentagon in the support staff for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He’s founder of D.E.N.T. (Delivering Educational Needs Together), which offers educational services at several locations around the city.In the 5th District, two young brothers, Christopher Ervin  and Sharif Small made strong presentations during the forum. Ervin, who was formerly incarcerated, has been a national advocate for criminal justice reform. Small, a native of Park Heights, is a financial planning professional.I suspect there is going to be a vigorous battle for the 8th District council seat between two more strong young brothers, Russell Neverdon and Kristerfer Burnett. Burnett, who has been a dynamic community organizer for several years, lives in Edmondson Village and was instrumental in bringing the Village Market to the Edmondson-Westside High School. Neverdon, another military veteran (Army National Guard), has been a successful defense attorney in the city. He has an insider’s insight into grimy underbelly of the criminal justice system and has strong ideas about law enforcement reform.The only woman candidate for city council who participated in the forum was Jamie Frierson (9th District). She resided in Whitelock City for several years and has helped establish several non-profits in the city and is also president and CEO of an all-female mentoring program.There’s a long time between now and April. But, to see young men and women — most of them men and women of color — engaging earnestly in the political process, potentially bringing their impressive talents to a city in desperate need of leadership, helped me to see the glass as half full in the midst of the madness.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA 88.9last_img
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Unexpected wind nebula discovered around ultrarare magnetic star

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first_imgAstronomers spotted a particularly rare type of extinct star several years ago just 13,000 light years away from Earth. Upon closer inspection recently, this highly magnetic type of pulsar known as a magnetar appears to be surrounded by a nebula. Why is that important? This is the only known example of such a formation, and it could allow scientists to examine the historic activity of this rare star like never before.This object is known by the snazzy name Swift J1834.9-0846, or just J1834.9 for short. It was detected by NASA’s Swift satellite during a brief X-ray burst in 2011. That’s usually indicative of a pulsar, a type of neutron star that spins rapidly and blasts out a stream of radiation.Neutron stars in general are formed when a star several times larger than ours expends its nuclear fuel and collapses. They’re only a few miles across but have a mass hundreds of thousands of times greater than the Earth. See below for a size comparison, not an accurate representation of what would happen if you set a neutron star on New York.Typical pulsars have magnetic fields 100 billion to 10 trillion times more powerful than Earth’s, but magnetars like J1834.9 are 1,000 times more powerful than that. We’ve only spotted 29 of them, and this one has a so-called wind nebula (the green blob at the top). You’ve probably seen images of a wind nebula before — the Crab Nebula is the most famous example. They’re formed when young pulsars spray out charged particles into nearby space. However, these particles only stay confined around the pulsar for a few thousand years before breaking free.Magnetars are different, but we don’t have enough examples of them to know exactly why. They don’t use rotational energy to fling particles outward in a wind nebula like regular pulsars. Instead, they have occasional energetic bursts powered by their strong magnetic fields. For whatever reason, the particles from this magnetar have been bottled up in a wind nebula for a very long time. That gives astronomers the chance to learn more about its history, and maybe even find out what it takes to make a neutron star into a magnetar instead of a regular pulsar.last_img
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The Yankees Lakers and Cowboys all finding young stars is great for

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first_imgThe Yankees, Lakers and Cowboys all finding young stars is great for sportsThe Yankees, Cowboys and Lakers are three of the biggest professional sports franchise brands in the world, and for the last several years they haven’t been winning and had no marketable stars. Suddenly, all three of these blue-chip franchises have found young stars to carry their them forward.The Yankees’ Aaron Judge has arguably become the face of baseball as a rookie. Last season, the Cowboys discovered the rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott, and Lonzo Ball has shattered Summer League attendance records as the new face of the Lakers. All will only get better.Sports is better when these franchises are relevant, and now each has found their stars. And in today’s sports world you can’t be relevant without them.“Lonzo and the Lakers. This will be the least they’ll be talked about for a decade.” Teams should go get stars and figure out the chemistry laterThe NBA offseason has seen the Rockets join the ranks of the superteams when they traded for Chris Paul. Multiple reports they are closing in on a trade for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.Detractors of Houston’s offseason moves have said that Chris Paul and James Harden won’t be able to play together because they are both ball dominant. They also question how Carmelo Anthony will fit into the mix.Colin disagrees with the critics and thinks Rockets GM Daryl Morey has done the right thing by getting the stars to Houston, with the intention of figuring the chemistry out later. It’s impossible to win in the NBA without stars, it’s not impossible to figure out chemistry.“If you can get them in Houston, you figure the rest out later.”Guests: Mark Medina – Lakers beat writer for the L.A. Daily News is in studio talking Summer League; his take on the Lakers first offseason under Magic Johnson; and his take on Lonzo Ball’s Summer League circus.Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss if the Packers expect too much from Aaron Rodgers; and why Mike McCarthy is not a good late game coach.Kevin Iole – Yahoo Sports writer joins the show to talk about the McGregor/Mayweather press tour; and if McGregor’s awful internet workout videos are intentionally bad.Rob Parker –FS1 Analyst is in-studio to the Mayweather/McGregor press tour and why he’s disturbed by the racial overtones so far in the press tour.last_img
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