first_imgThe Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.Seth Kastle (used with subject’s permission)The following is an interview with Seth Kastle, author of two popular children’s books, Why Is Dad So Mad? and Why Is Mom So Mad?, both dealing specifically with PTSD in parents.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What if any experiences do you have with the military?I retired from the Army Reserve in 2014, after 16 years in service. During my career I served as a Logistician, Infantryman, a Drill Sergeant, and a Company First Sergeant. I deployed in February 2002 to Qatar, and then in April to Mazar-E-Sharif Afghanistan until September of that year. I deployed for the initial invasion of Iraq in January of 2003 until April of 2004; I spent the majority of this tour in Mosul. I had to have a pacemaker implanted in 2010, which made me ineligible to continue my military career.What made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience with the military that inspired you?I wish I could say that I was a completely benevolent person, and I simply wrote this book because I knew there was a greater need, but that is not the case. I wrote this book because of personal need. I was looking for a way to explain who I am now to my children and I could not find resources that achieved this purpose. I sat down and wrote the book along with illustration notes after a bad day at work. It took me about 30 minutes. I then did what a lot people who write do…I filed it away on my computer, never to be seen again. I had a friend who had just published a book on succeeding as a foster child who kept prodding me to take the steps to make publication a reality.Opening up and talking about my journey with PTSD has been extremely difficult for me. This is not something that is talked about much as there is a stigma that goes along with PTSD. There was hardly anyone who knew I was having problems. In fact, only my wife and two to three friends that I had been in Iraq or Afghanistan with were aware of my struggles. It was because I knew there was a large need for a book like this, that I was pushed into actually publishing it.What message do you hope that children of families receive as a result of reading these books?The thesis statements of the books are that even though Dad (or Mom) gets mad often, it is not the child’s fault. In the books I use metaphors to illustrate to children what is happening inside Dad (or Mom) when they get angry. Parenting is tough, even without additional obstacles; parents with PTSD have a harder time dealing with a lot of the common stressors of family life. It does not mean they do not love their children or care about their children’s feelings. Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?This has actually been the most rewarding part of the entire book project coming to life. I have literally heard from hundreds of military families that have read my books. They have thanked me for writing the books, and they explained how this book helped them explain to their children what is happening with their Dad (or Mom). These books are not a magic fix for PTSD and family dynamics; my hope though is that they are set the stage for starting conversations. One email that sticks out in my head was from a Veteran who wrote to me and said, “You know that look your child gets the first time they understand something, my son got that look tonight when I read your book to him.” I have also had a number of Vietnam Veterans and their families reach out to me and say that they wished they had had this book 30 years ago. Some of them have even said that they bought the book for their adult children to help them understand now why things were the way they were when they were growing up.Do you have plans to write another book that focuses on the military? If so what is the focus of that book and when might we expect to see it?I feel like there needs to be a book that explains divorce to military children. The national divorce rate is high and the military is no different. I feel a large part of why my books have been successful is because they were written based on my experience, so they were true to life. Divorce is not something that I have experienced so I may not be able to do the book justice. To do it right I would need to, at a minimum, collaborate with a service member who has been through a divorce.The MFLN team has put together a one page guided discussion handout for both of Seth’s book  which providers can use with young children and their families.  You can access the handout for Why Is Mom So Mad? here and Why Is Dad So Mad? here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

first_imgRepresentatives of six Naga national political groups and the NSCN-IM (National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Issak-Muivah faction) have been camping in Delhi amid indications that the Naga peace agreement could be signed any time.Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who was in Delhi last week, told The Hindu that Naga groups had been in Delhi for more than a month to hold talks with interlocutor R.N. Ravi. He said the State government was going to hold consultations with Naga groups in Kohima on May 11 to “prepare a landing ground if settlement has to come through”.‘How long?’“For how long can the talks can go on? As a State government, it is our duty to facilitate and see that the settlement comes at the earliest. I am also hosting the Naga Tribal Hoho groups on May 11 in Kohima, where we will be discussing seriously about the Naga political issue. We would also discuss how to coexist,” Mr. Rio said.He met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Director of the Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain, and Mr. Ravi, on May 3.Mr. Ravi, on behalf of the Union government, had signed a framework agreement with NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015, to find a solution to the Naga issue. The NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, to unite 1.2 million Nagas.Mr. Ravi had told The Hindu in 2015 that the agreement was signed with the NSCN-IM as they had taken the lead in the negotiations and had been in talks with the government for the past 18 to 20 years.On November 27, 2017, Mr. Ravi told a parliamentary panel on Home Affairs that the Centre was also in talks with six other Naga groups — the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Unification), Naga National Council (NNC), NNC/Federal Government of Nagaland, National People’s Government of Nagaland/NNC (Non Accord), National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Reformation) and NNC/Government Democratic Republic of Nagaland (NA). They came together in 2016 to participate in the dialogue.‘Hard negotiation’Mr. Rio said, “The Naga political issue is unresolved and hard negotiation is going on. We are pressing the Naga nationalist groups and Government of India that settlement should come immediately. This is a demand of the common man. Negotiations going on for more than two decades, which means there are some serious issues.”He added that since he was an “outsider”, he could not comment on the sovereignty clause.Mr. Rio said that it was the State’s demand that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) be removed. “It is our demand and desire that all these draconian laws are removed, not only from Nagaland but from the whole country. But where the situation persists, these laws are required and that is why they are enacted,” he said.On February 3, days before Nagaland went to the polls, Mr. Ravi wrote to Naga groups assuring them that the newly elected Assembly would not come in way of the final Naga accord. Following this, the NSCN-IM and other groups took back the call for a boycott of the Assembly elections, which could have led to a Constitutional crisis.last_img read more

first_imgThe Brunei national football team captain is the nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei. He announced himself at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, when Brunei finished bottom of their six-team group. Royal blood aside, the 19-year-old is a footballing prospect, having already recorded appearances for the youth sides of English Premier League clubs Southampton, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City.KHAIRY JAMALUDDIN Thailand, for example, have been represented by at least two royalties. The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej won the OK dinghy class in sailing at the 1967 Bangkok SEAP Games, while Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana – the only daughter of King Maha Vajiralongkorn – clinched the badminton team gold at the 2005 Manila SEA Games.FAIQ BOLKIAHFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It is not often that you can tell your friends and family that you took on a king or princess, but some SEA Games athletes can.Ever since the inaugural South-east Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1959, the biennial event has seen royal descendants participate in sports which pit them against people of different backgrounds.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Despite having his polo qualifications challenged by Johor Crown Prince Ismail Idris after his inclusion in Malaysia’s polo squad was announced, he is set to be the first minister in the region to take part in the SEA Games. The 41-year-old Youth and Sports Minister of Malaysia previously played in international matches, and in July’s Malaysia Open. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ RoS import vows to play better after lack of aggressive play vs Kia View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Joking aside, Cabagnot said he’s “gonna miss that spidey dunk.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next I will match you!! Haha https://t.co/Icyd2MeUus— Chris Ross (@cmross6) January 15, 2019READ: End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlikeThe league on Tuesday released a memo wherein “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”ADVERTISEMENT The All-Star guards even joked about paying the fine just for Santos to continue doing his patented dunks.I’m sponsoring the first spidey dunk “fine” this conference ? @cmross6 you want to sponsor the 2nd spidey dunk ? 😊😊😊😊FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening A day hasn’t passed since the PBA issued a memorandum banning Arwind Santos’ ‘Spiderman’ dunk but his San Miguel Beer teammates Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross are already sentimental over it.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’ MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLeicesters astonishing success, just a year after they Leicesters astonishing success, just a year after they narrowly avoided relegation, had captivated sports fans across the world and one group travelled all the way from Australia to join the celebrations. The crowd also included a party of mature students from Thailand who are studying English at Leicesters De Montfort University. Chaiya Noradechanunt, 48, said: “This is fantastic. I always watch the matches in Thailand. Leicester are very popular.” Many supporters hadnt quite come to terms with the magnitude of Leicester winning the first title in the clubs 132-year history, but it wasnt going to stop them celebrating in style. “My lad lives in Manchester and he asked me if Leicester would ever win the Premier League and I said not in my lifetime,” one fan told AFP. “So I am extremely amazed and extremely pleased. Its a wonderful achievement both for the football club and for the city.” The first sightings of the blue open-top buses carrying the Leicester squad drew roars of delight from the ecstatic crowd, some of whom had been entertained by Ranieri and star striker Jamie Vardy pretending to ride on the police bikes that were escorting them through the city. Captain Wes Morgan and his team-mates, including Japan striker Shinji Okazaki and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, took turns holding the trophy on the top deck of one bus as England international Vardy said: “Its brilliant. Look at the scenes. Its carnage.” Once the bus reached its destination in Victoria Park, the raucous atmosphere was cranked up to the levels of a rock festival as players were interviewed while big screens showed Leicester goals from the season. Leicester-based band Kasabian made a surprise appearance to play some of their hit songs as the party went on long into the night. “Its crazy. We knew there was going to be a good turnout but this is something else,” Leicester winger Marc Albrighton said. “Seeing a celebration like this will live with us forever.” AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and anticipation.Then — mouthpiece dangling, of course — Curry finally entered at the 4:20 mark of the first quarter to a roaring ovation from the Oracle Arena crowd and immediately got to work. He knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing 11 seconds later and was off and running in Golden State’s 121-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.“It was an eternity it felt like, for sure,” Curry said. “When the lights come back on after the starting lineups you’re usually in the go kind of mind frame. I had to kind of pace myself and be patient with it. It seemed like it took forever but it was a good feeling to get back out on the floor and just let loose and have fun.”Curry came off the bench to score 28 points in a triumphant return from a knee injury and nearly six weeks off, and the Warriors held off Anthony Davis and the pesky Pelicans to go ahead 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals.All is right with the Warriors again now that No. 30 is back on the floor — even as a backup.New Orleans Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic, left, shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) in the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)“It brought a lot of life to the building, a lot of life to our team’s spirit. Pretty fitting for sure,” Draymond Green said of Curry’s immediate 3.Kevin Durant scored 29 points with a huge 3-pointer with 3:10 to play, to go with seven assists and six rebounds in Golden State’s franchise-record 14th consecutive postseason victory at Oracle Arena. Green contributed 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds while battling Davis on both ends all night.Davis finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans, who also got 22 points and 12 assists from Rajon Rondo.“It was tough,” Davis said. “We were in it the whole game.”Andre Iguodala converted a snazzy three-point play with 6:41 left when he flipped the ball up and it came back down and through the net as he was fouled by Rondo, then Golden State pulled away.The best-of-seven series resumes with Game 3 on Friday at New Orleans.Curry shot 8 for 15 with five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes. He let it fly for a 30-foot 3 in the closing minute of the third.“He’s going to score,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.The Warriors were focused on keeping their edge after a blowout Game 1 win.Just the energy Curry brings helped that cause.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, looks to pass away from New Orleans Pelicans’ E’Twaun Moore (55) in the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The whole place came alive when he made his first appearance on the floor.“That was a special moment when Steph checked into the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Curry had been sidelined since spraining his left knee March 23, the same day he came back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury.He already had a history of brilliant returns from injuries.In late December against Memphis, Curry came back after being sidelined 11 games with a sprained right ankle to score 38 points with 10 3-pointers.Curry returned for Game 4 of the Warriors’ five-game Western Conference semifinals against Portland two years ago and made 16 of 32 shots with five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in overtime on the way to 40 in a 132-125 victory. He grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists.The game had its testy moments.Curry made a bounce pass in transition to Iguodala late in the third and Solomon Hill was hit with a flagrant 1 for grabbing Iguodala’s neck area as he shot. That came 14 seconds after a double-technical against Davis and Green after they got tangled and rolled around and over each other.“I live for playoff basketball. It’s the most fun time of the year for me,” Green said.Klay Thompson never found his groove and went 4 for 20, 2 of 11 on 3s, and scored 10 points. Iguodala scored 15.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, shoots against New Orleans Pelicans’ Rajon Rondo (9) in the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Green drove coast to coast for a three-point play 2:08 before halftime, then Thompson banked in a 3 at the halftime buzzer for a 58-55 Warriors edge at intermission.Even a balanced Pelicans attack — they took 105 shots — with all five starters scoring in double figures wasn’t enough to stop the explosive defending champions.TIP-INSPelicans: Nikola Mirotic fouled out with 2:43 left after scoring 18 points. … The Pelicans scored 38 points in the paint the first two quarters. … New Orleans went 13 for 37 from deep, 4 of 20 in the first half.Warriors: Curry came off the bench for just the second time in 76 career playoff games. … Nick Young started a second straight game. … Golden State has won 26 of the last 28 meetings overall vs. the Pelicans. … Home run king Barry Bonds sat courtside and congratulated Curry afterward.REBOUNDING GREENGreen had games of 19, 18 and 15 rebounds the previous three games and a triple-double in Game 1 — then was one board shy of another.“He’s been saving himself for the playoffs,” Kerr said.QUOTEABLE“It was a lot more fun when I was over there,” Gentry joked of preparing for the Warriors, referring to his time as Golden State’s top assistant during the franchise’s 2014-15 championship season.—By JANIE McCAULEY , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season without pay as a result of Ohio State’s findings from its investigation into how the head coach handled domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The news, surprising at the time, was announced on Wednesday night. That news has become less surprising since Ohio State’s full report on the investigation has been released.One aspect of the investigation was what was known between Urban Meyer and his wife, Shelley Meyer. Brett McMurphy’s report alleged that Shelley Meyer had been texting with Zach Smith’s ex-wife about the allegations.Urban Meyer denied at Wednesday night’s press conference having knowledge of the text messages sent to Shelley Meyer from Courtney Smith. Shelley Meyer also said this was the case while speaking to investigators.However, a text message revealed in the investigation does show that Urban and Shelley did at one point converse via text message about Zach Smith.The text message was sent on July 23 to Urban from Shelley.“I am worried about Zach’s response. He drinks a lot and I am just not sure how stable he will be. Afraid he will do something dangerous. It’s obvious he has anger/rage issues already,” the text reportedly said.At 7:35 p.m. on July 23, Shelley Meyer texted Urban, “I am worried about Zach’s response. He drinks a lot and I am just not sure how stable he will be. Afraid he will do something dangerous. It’s obvious he has anger/rage issues already.” Urban did not respond.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 23, 2018Here’s the text message on the report:Yea….Urban Meyer & Shelley Meyer definitely never talked about the images/texts from Courtney Smith. One big sham pic.twitter.com/ezC64s0ptO— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) August 23, 2018Zach Smith was fired by Urban Meyer toward the end of July. Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1.Urban Meyer can start coaching Ohio State’s practices on Sept. 2. He cannot return to sideline until the Buckeyes’ fourth game.last_img read more

first_img collaboration between all levels of government and private sector developments that combine residential, commercial and community space more diverse and vibrant communities helping seniors age in their homes creating more options for home ownership Nova Scotians confirmed the province is on the right track to create its first housing strategy. The feedback was in response to the discussion paper, A Housing Strategy for Nova Scotia, and is a major part of the project. More than 500 people participated in the consultations across the province, which began in November, including about 100 written submissions that were received before the Jan. 15 deadline. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse also met with key housing partners, the Acadian community, persons with disabilities, and off-reserve First Nations groups. “I’m very pleased with the level of participation we have received to date. We have heard from people with a variety of interests and backgrounds and are encouraged by the feedback we are hearing,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “The input will help us develop a strategy that offers people better affordable housing options and community supports.” The public consultations were based on four proposed pillars: “Participants at our public sessions told us that they want to be engaged throughout the process and we will continue to seek their feedback on various aspects of the strategy and are always open to input,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We are committed to being a significant player in housing now and in the future.” Some of the most common suggestions were: building diverse, mixed communities acting as a catalyst for partnership and change making owning a home more affordable making housing the first step to greater independence Summaries from each session are available at http://housing.novascotia.ca. The province will launch the housing strategy in early spring.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: British leadership hopeful Boris Johnson pledged Thursday to introduce a new points-based system to control migration after Brexit, addressing a key issue from the EU referendum but not explicitly promising to cut numbers. He also vowed to protect the rights of more than three million EU citizens currently living in Britain, even if the country leaves the bloc with no deal on October 31. Johnson is vying with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take over as prime minister from Theresa May, who quit over her failure to take Britain out of the European Union on time. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London In his first detailed policy announcement, the former foreign minister and ex-London mayor vowed to introduce a points-based immigration system modelled on that of Australia. Broadly, these kind of systems allow in migrants who meet certain criteria such as qualifications, occupation and language skills. “We must be much more open to high-skilled immigration such as scientists,” Johnson said. “But we must also assure the public that, as we leave the EU, we have control over the number of unskilled immigrants coming into the country. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador “We must be tougher on those who abuse our hospitality. Other countries such as Australia have great systems and we should learn from them.” Johnson was a leader of the campaign to leave the EU during the 2016 referendum, and a key promise was to “take back control” of Britain’s borders. While it remains a member of the EU, Britain is subject to rules allowing the free movement of workers around the bloc. May’s government says EU and non-EU migrants should be treated the same after Brexit — an approach Johnson backs — but is still consulting on the details of a new system. May has however rejected a strictly points-based system, saying it allowed in anyone who met the criteria, providing no control over numbers. And campaign group Migration Watch UK criticised Johnson for not promising migration would fall. “There is no mention whatever of reducing net migration, let alone how it might be achieved,” said group chairman Lord Andrew Green. For non-Europeans, Britain currently has a complicated system of visas based on skills, minimum salary requirements, the need for a job offer, and in some areas has a numbers cap. Johnson said the government’s independent advisory committee would thrash out the details of his policy, to be introduced from 2021. But he said would-be migrants should have a firm job offer, speak English and be vetted, and any system should be “fair to people living here”.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. say their proposed merger has cleared another hurdle in the U.S.The two companies say the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has completed a review of the deal and found no unresolved national security concerns.The friendly deal announced last summer for the Ontario-based utility to acquire the U.S. energy company received antitrust clearance in the United States in early April and consent from the Federal Communications Commission on May 4.Avista shareholders had previously approved the deal on Nov. 21, 2017.The transaction still requires several other approvals, including from utility commissions in the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.The companies say they anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of the year.Avista Corp. is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

Rabat – Rachid Benzine, a French-Moroccan expert on Islam, has said that Morocco understands that security measures alone cannot fight terrorism.In an interview with Moroccan French language news outlet TelQuel, Benzine said that along with security, the kingdom’s approach to deal with terrorism combines “educational, social and political aspects.”“[Security approach] has long prevailed [in the past], but today I think the kingdom has understood that it was necessary to think of a more comprehensive approach,” he said. Having written several, acclaimed books about Islam, Benzine explained that radicalization no longer happens in places that can be put under surveillance, like mosques. The types of people radicalized have also changed, as there have been people with no religious background who have succumbed to radicalization.“[Authorities] have to act with the idea to prevent [radicalization], rather than merely repressing [it]” he explained.“It seems to me that Morocco have understood this, even though it seems to be that more credit is given to the security aspect because it is more publicized,” suggested the research fellow, noting there was “more ‘showmanship’” related to security.Benzine asserted that countering the extremist ideology through a religious discourse might not prove fruitful, as it would be like a clash between two interpretations of Islam, with each claiming to be the “right” one.As an alternative, the Kénitra born writer gave the example of the word “jihad”, which he said should explained in a historical context, and how it has developed throughout the ages.A kickboxing champion for France in 1996, Benzine’s academic career has been as bright as that of his sports. The 2004 publication of his book “Les Nouveaux Penseurs de l’Islam” [New Thinkers of Islam] brought the writer into the tiny circle of French-North African experts on Islam.During a stay in France in June 2016, King Mohammed VI was photographed in a café with three books on the table. Among them, was Benzine’s.In May this year, former French president François Hollande gave a lunch in honor of King Mohammed VI at the Elysée Palace. French officials and prominent French Moroccan personalities were invited, including Benzine.During the event, the topic of Islam was brought up. According to Benzine, the King was very attentive to ideas expressed, including his.“In our exchanges with the king, we talked about issues related to the training of imams, religious education and current Islamic thought”, he said. “I’m happy that the kind of ideas that I and others hold, find an echo. If these ideas can help start constructive thinking to get out of the impasses we are in, I’ll be more happy.” read more

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week.South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.7 per cent to 2,210.89 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 2.5 per cent to 2,748.92. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 1.7 per cent higher at 28,382.13. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4 per cent to 6,089.80.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 advanced 1.8 per cent to 21,281.85. The country said its core machinery orders dropped 0.1 per cent in December from the previous month, beating forecasts of a 1.1 per cent decline. Shares rose in Taiwan and throughout Southeast Asia.After the markets closed on Friday, China and the U.S. announced plans to resume trade negotiations in Washington, fueling hopes that both countries were edging toward a deal.“We feel we have made headway on very, very important and difficult issues,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Xi expressed hope for “a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement,” according to the official Xinhua News Agency.Negotiators had just wrapped up two days of talks in Beijing. Investors were worried about progress on thorny issues like Washington’s unhappiness over Chinese technology and trade policies.A tariffs truce expires March 2 and will leave the U.S. free to more than double import taxes on $200 billion in Chinese goods. President Donald Trump has said he may hold off on these if the country was close to a deal with China.WALL STREET: Optimism surrounding U.S-China trade talks boosted indexes on Friday. The broad S&P 500 index rebounded 1.1 per cent to 2,775.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 1.7 per cent to 25,883.25 and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.6 per cent at 7,472.41. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gained 1.6 per cent to 1,569.25.ENERGY: U.S. crude added 35 cents to $55.94 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It added $1.18 to settle at $55.59 per barrel in New York on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 24 cents at $66.49 per barrel. It picked up $1.68 to $66.25 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 110.56 yen from 110.48 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1309 from $1.1293.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

Nimal Siripala de Silva said that even Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem, who is a cabinet Minister, had initially agreed to the proposals but was not calling for more changes. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition today assured its full backing for electoral reforms through the 20th Amendment to the constitution.Opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) want the reforms approved by Parliament soon. He said that while the UNP had agreed to the proposals on electoral reforms which was approved by cabinet last Friday, they were now saying they are not happy. The Opposition leader also accused the ruling United National Party (UNP) of attempting to derail moves to get the 20th Amendment passed by Parliament. read more

In the first case, the suspect allegedly assaulted a 51-year-old factory worker, and robbed her of her mobile phone, ATM card, and RM80 cash at around 7.14am on March 19. “The victim received two stitches on her forehead,” he told The Star.ACP Mohd Taib said the second victim was a 27-year-old woman who works at an electronics factory in Bandar Baru Uda.He said the victim was waiting at a bus-stop along Jalan Padi 1 at 4am on March 20 before being approached by the suspect who tried to force her to sit next to him. “The victim refused to do so and the suspect began strangling her before dragging her to a nearby bush area where he tried to molest her. Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad said the victim had just got off from a bus and was walking towards her workplace at a food factory in Tampoi here before the suspect attacked her. “The victim, who sustained several injuries, was found lying on the side of the road by the public who alerted the police. She was brought to Hospital Sultanah Aminah in a semiconscious state.“Initial investigation showed that the suspect had punched the victim several times, causing her to suffer bruises on her face, eyes and head, and a split lip. In the space of 24 hours, a Sri Lankan national allegedly assaulted two women sexually and physically in Bandar Baru Uda in Malaysia.He was later arrested by police on Monday evening, The Star in Malaysia reported. “She screamed loudly which alerted a male passerby, but the suspect had already fled the scene,” he said.ACP Mohd Taib said that police spotted a man who fit the description made by one of the victims walking along Jalan Padi 1 here at around 6.30pm on March 20.He said the suspect, in his late 30s, tried to escape but the police successfully arrested him following a scuffle. The mobile phone that was stolen from the first victim was found on the suspect.ACP Mohd Taib added the suspect was being remanded to assist in the investigation under Section 394 of the Penal Code and Section 354 of the same Act for robbery and causing hurt as well as for assault on person with the intent of outraging her modesty. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Cindy Smith of the United States as Director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.Ms. Smith, who has a wealth of experience in the field of criminology and justice issues, policymaking and education, succeeds Jonathan Lucas of Seychelles, who the Secretary-General praised for dedicated service and commitment to the Organization in leading the implementation of the Institute’s mandate during a very challenging period.Currently the Senior Coordinator for International Programs in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the United States Department of State, Ms. Smith was a Lead Foreign Affairs Officer at the Department of State between 2011 and 2012 and an Associate Professor in Criminology and Director of the Masters in Criminal Justice Program at the University of Baltimore, United States.She has also served as Chief of the International Centre at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. and has researched a wide range of topics related to criminal justice, including juvenile justice, corrections, human trafficking and gender issues in courts. A former Fulbright Senior Researcher in Turkey, Ms. Smith holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master of Science in Education Administration from National University, Irvine, and a Master of Science in Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. read more

Boys, some carrying plastic containers for water, stand on a dusty street in the Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi ‹ › “In Moaddamiyat al-Sham, Madaya, Deir ez-Zour, Fuah and Kafreya people are in an utterly desperate situation, with many deaths, including of young children, as a result of severe malnutrition and lack of access to medical care,” he said. In Moaddamiyat al-Sham, a town located a few kilometres from Damascus, since Government forces established a full siege in December, some 35,000 civilians have been enduring intense shelling and aerial attacks, and a dramatic deterioration of their living conditions, with food prices rising sharply and no infant-formula milk available. While some food was delivered to the pro-Government eastern side of town, at least six civilians, including five children, died directly as a result of malnutrition in January, and more than 25 children under the age of two are said to be suffering from malnutrition and related health problems. In Madaya, at least 26 people have died from malnutrition since the beginning of the year, despite the arrival of a large humanitarian convoy on 11 and 14 January, and at least 300 people – including women and children – are in need of immediate evacuation. Some 200,000 people living under an ISIL-imposed siege in Deir ez-Zour are experiencing severe water shortages and a total lack of electricity. Reports indicate that several people accused of smuggling food into the city have been executed by ISIL fighters. Despite the delivery of humanitarian aid to the villages of Fuah and Kafreya on 11 and 14 January, the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) reports that the situation remains grim, as approximately 20,000 civilians remain under siege by the armed opposition groups Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front, who issued threats that they would slaughter the villagers in retaliation for Government actions against areas under their control.Violation of international humanitarian law “The deliberate starvation of civilians as a method of warfare constitutes a clear violation of international humanitarian law,” Mr. Zeid said. “The targeting of civilians, including thousands of children, is abhorrent and may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Those responsible for such acts, including under command responsibility, must be brought to justice.” “I remind all parties of their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law to protect civilians at all times and to allow full access to humanitarian relief, to collect and care for the sick and wounded, and not to take actions which would deprive civilians of their right to food and health,” the UN human rights chief added. Mr. Zeid also stressed that all parties to a conflict have obligations under international humanitarian law not to place the civilian population in peril by taking shelter amongst them, or in protected structures such as schools and hospitals. “The peace talks in Geneva must be resumed as early as possible,” he insisted. “It is unconscionable that the various parties cannot even manage to sit around the table, when, because of their actions, more than a quarter of a million people have died, and the rest of the population is suffering to such a degree. A lasting peaceful resolution of this horrific war must be built on a solid foundation of human rights.” A boy stands outside a building damaged during fighting in Aleppo City, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell A young girl carries a jerrycan she just filled at a water tank in the Tishreen camp for displaced people in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi Tesreen Camp, Aleppo, Syria. Credit: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero A damaged museum in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNESCO/Prof. Abdulkarim A building severely damaged by an airstrike in Aleppo City, Syria (April 2013). Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell A note to correspondents issued this evening by a UN spokesperson set out the details of the agreement reached in Munich by the ISSG – the International Syria Support Group working since November to secure a broader ceasefire and Syrian political negotiations – comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries including the United States and Russia. According to the ISSG statement, “to accelerate the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid, sustained delivery of assistance shall begin this week” in seven besieged areas inside Syria, including the town of Madaya, which drew worldwide attention recently after UN and Red Cross workers reported people starving to death or being killed trying to flee.The statement explains that the cessation of hostilities will commence in one week, “after confirmation by the Syrian Government and opposition, following appropriate consultations in Syria.” During that week, an ISSG task force will develop relevant modalities. The ISSG also agreed that a cessation of hostilities should apply to any party currently engaged in military or paramilitary hostilities “against any other parties other than Da’esh, Jabhat al-Nusra, or other groups designated as terrorist organizations” by the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, earlier today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, strongly condemned rapidly worsening human rights situation in and around the city of Aleppo and other parts of Syria, where he said “shocking violations and abuses are committed on a daily basis.”“The warring parties in Syria are constantly sinking to new depths, without apparently caring in the slightest about the death and destruction they are wreaking across the country. Women and children, the elderly, the wounded and sick, the people with disabilities are being used as bargaining chips and cannon fodder day after day, week after week, month after month. It is a grotesque situation,” he warned. Dire humanitarian conditions throughout Syria The human rights chief also stressed that hundreds of thousands of civilians in other parts of Syria are also facing dire humanitarian conditions, particularly those under sieges imposed both by Government forces and affiliated armed groups, and by armed opposition groups, including ISIL. A meal being prepared at the Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero In the Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, Syria, residents go about their daily lives. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi read more

first_imgThe British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), is also calling for a change in the law, claiming it is ‘unacceptable’ to leave women in a position where they could miscarry in public.Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS said: “Medical bodies around the world agree that home use is safe and sensible.“It is unacceptable for any woman to be made to risk miscarrying on her way home from a clinic.”BPAS is also warning that is women are forced to take pills in front of a medical practitioner, they may resort to avoiding the process altogether, and instead, buying drugs online, which could place them at greater risk. Scotland is already planning to change the law to allow women to take the second pill at home and Professor Regan has raised the issue with Professor Chris Whitty, chief scientific adviser to the Department of Health.The RCOG has also pledged to provide the government with evidence and arguments demonstrating the importance of the change. Women face miscarrying on the way home if they are forced to take a pill at the doctors  Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home to avoid them miscarrying on the way home from the clinic, Britain’s leading maternity doctor has said.Currently, women who ask for an early medical abortion (EMA) in the first nine weeks of pregnancy must take two drugs, one or two days apart.And, by law, both sets must be taken in front of a doctor or nurse.But Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said that allowing women to take abortion pills and then leave puts them at risk of suffering bleeding or complications on the way home.Instead, she is calling for women to be allowed to take the second pill at home.Prof Regan, who is also head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St Mary’s Hospital in west London, told The Sunday Times: “If you were to come to me in the miscarriage clinic and I had to tell you your baby had died, I’d be saying: ‘Here are the tablets, perhaps you want to go home.“It is Wednesday, why don’t you do this on Friday, in the comfort of your own home and the weekend, and you can get over it?’ Show more Professor Regan also said she had recently been told of women who were beyond nine weeks but had attempted to induce an abortion with pills they had bought online.The Department of Health said it would be discussing the issue with the RCOG.”Around 180,000 women access abortions each year in England,” said a spokesman.“We will continue to engage with women and stakeholders like the RCOG on ways to make our safe and regulated services even better.” “But if you come for a termination, I make you take them in front of me.”So, possibly on the way home, you start becoming uncomfortable or start bleeding. You are certainly not going to have (the abortion in) the same composed, calm way.” Women face miscarrying on the way home if they are forced to take a pill at the doctors Credit: Getty Images Contributor 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.last_img read more

Some of the children receiving their bags with essential school suppliesThe East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee (EBSWRC) has provided school bags and other school essentials to 200 children of dismissed workers, who were attached to the former Rose Hall Sugar Estate which was closed by Government in December 2017.Children of workers, who were dismissed from the Rose Hall Sugar Estate received their school supplies on Saturday afternoon. Last week, Workers Relief Committee provided the same supplies to 150 students from the Corriverton Primary, Skeldon Primary and Messiah Primary.Over 2000 workers at the Skeldon Estate were sent home when Government closed that estate in December 2017.Speaking to the children and their parents at the Rose Hall Primary School, Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop explained that the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has always been superlative of the former sugar workers and their families, more so the children.“At the Regional Democratic Council, you are always in our hearts. There is no RDC meeting that we have every month that we don’t mention something that is happening in East Canje,” DeRoop said.DeRoop, who is also a part of the East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee said that apart from the school bag distribution, the RDC has put other measures in place to provide some measure of relief to the families of the former workers.“We implemented a 30-seater bus to take the secondary school children from Canje to New Amsterdam but we recognised that the one bus is inadequate for all the children so we are trying to implement a second one from the reopening next week,” DeRoop said to a thunderous applause.Following the closure of the Skeldon and the Rose Hall Estates in December 2017, the East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee was formed. One of its first projects was the supply of hot meals at schools on the Upper Corentyne. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOverseas-based Guyanese donates over $1M to dismissed East Canje, Skeldon sugar workersOctober 24, 2018In “latest news”Fmr Wales Estate workers decry non-payment of severance at Job FairFebruary 1, 2018In “Business”Opposition, Govt clash over dismissed sugar workers, unemployment rateMay 2, 2019In “latest news” read more

← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic to F.C Barcelona Intersport! Next Story → Kriens Luzern signed Vukasin Stojanovic Swiss handball cupwacker thun Kadetten Schaffhausen losing domination in Switzerland step by step. Three time in a row champion after just average previous part of the season is defeated in the Cup Final against Wacker Thun 30:26 (15:11), who repeated success from the previous season. Man of the Match was Wacker’s goalkeeper Merz with 22 saves…Wacker Thun – Kadetten Schaffhausen 30:26 (15:11)Wacker: Merz (22 saves)/Winkler (für 2 Penaltys); Linder (3), Dähler (5), Isailovic (4), Franic (5), Buri, Lanz, Caspar (2), Friedli (3), Von Deschwanden (6/1), Rathgeb (1), Hüsser, Studer (1).Kadetten: Quadrelli (5 saves)/Aleksejev (5 saves); Kukucka (1), Emrich, Pendic (3), Mamic, Starczan (8/4), Stojanovic (3), Prieto, Jurca (4/4), Bucher, Ursic (1), Tominec (4), Dissinger (2). read more