Helping Military Families Transition from an IFSP to an IEP

first_imgAudra Classen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. Her expertise lies in supporting the academic and behavioral development of young children from birth to age eight.  Dr. Classen is actively engaged in research to develop culturally responsive and family-centered services for military families and their young children. Watch as Audra Classen, Ph.D., shares with the MFLN FD Early Intervention team how providers can help military families transition from an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Also check out the links to several useful resources for providers below.Dr. Classen writes:Early educators who develop a detailed IFSP/IEP document, which can be transportable to the next school district, build “trust” and a “personal connection” with military families. Listening to families and developing a detailed IFSP/IEP may prevent families from experiencing a less than satisfactory and frustrating experience when they transition to a new education setting.  Preventing discourse and promoting a positive family professional partnership is ideal for supporting young children and their families. In addition, some school personnel should consider each military families’ situation to determine if expediting the special education process is appropriate. Expediting the process can be a proactive way to demonstrate responsiveness towards military families’ unique needs thus providing relief and comfort to parents that full and appropriate services are in place sooner. Furthermore, when school personnel take the time to actively engage military families in the IFSP/IEP process, the family gains a sense of control which can be particularly important given the lack of control families are experiencing in other areas of their family life during relocations and deployments. For parents, this sense of control and accomplishment in terms of their child’s education may prevent feelings of defensiveness and/or anxiousness and promote better child and family outcomes.A transcript of this video can be found here.Be sure to click on the following resources:IDEA barriers to military families who move frequentlyLetter from the Dept. of Education regarding military children with disabilitiesThe Military Child and Special EducationInterstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military ChildrenLegal Issues Facing Military Families with Special Needs Childrenlast_img read more

NHRC issues notices to Haryana over reported suicide, assault in police stations

first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued notices to the Haryana government and police in two cases — one involving the reported suicide of a rape victim at a police station in Yamunanagar and the other about the alleged detention and beating of a woman at a Gurugram police station. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on Wednesday, the NHRC issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of Haryana over the reported suicide by a complainant, alleging inaction in her rape case at the Jathlana police station. Seeking reports within six weeks, the NHRC also asked the DGP to inform it about the action taken against the police personnel involved. According to the reports, the victim had grown tired of repeated visits to the police station in her effort to seek justice. In another case, the NHRC issued a notice to the Gurugram Police Commissioner over reports of a 30-year-old woman who works as a maid, being detained, stripped and beaten up by police personnel at the DLF-I police station after being accused of theft on Tuesday. The police commissioner was asked to submit a detailed report within four weeks.last_img read more

Delhi all set to battle against Kochi

first_imgDelhi Daredevils’ difficulties continue to mount and with just a couple of wins under their belt at the half-way stage of the Indian Premier League, they have their task cut out.After four consecutive matches at home, in which they won just once, the Daredevils will have to find the winning habit away from the Kotla, starting with the match against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.The lively pitch at this venue witnessed a dramatic batting collapse of the home team in its last outing.Batting has been a major cause of concern for both teams but Delhi certainly have more to think about as both their wins have had a lot to do with the opening partnership of captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner firing at the top.Warner has been in decent form and so has Venugopal Rao, but apart from them, none of the other batsmen have done much for the team’s cause.The fact that their bowlers too haven’t been too impressive compounds the misery.After seven matches, Daredevils are yet to find a bowling combination which they can rely on and continue for some time at least.It is for this reason that the Delhi think- tank continues to make changes in their pace attack for every match with their South African recruit Morne Morkel the only one who has consistently looked good so far.The bowling performance in the last match would surely give Irfan Pathan some confidence and he looked good with the movement he extracted from the Kotla track against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.advertisementThe track at the Nehru Stadium will give him more encouragement as it looked like a bowling paradise when Kochi Tuskers were shot out for a mere 74 by Deccan Chargers in their last match.But that could be a double- edged sword as Kochi have a pace attack that boasts of bowlers like RP Singh, Sreesanth and R Vinay Kumar, all of whom are capable enough to exploit the conditions.Delhi’s performance in the first half of the tournament has exposed their weaknesses which outnumber their strengths by a huge margin.Except for Sehwag and Warner, they allowed their other top players to join other franchisees for which the Daredevils have had to pay heavily this season.The fact that they have been playing almost non- stop for the last one week would not have given them much time to iron out their flaws. In fact, Delhi will be playing its fourth match in eight days on Saturday.Against Kochi, however, Delhi can fancy their chances as the Tuskers too haven’t found a strong footing and have three wins from seven games. But the new entrants have shot down three of the most high- profile teams of the tournament.Their three victories have come against Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, three of the more fancied sides in the competition.Both sides have strong opening pairs who are capable of changing the course of the match.While Sehwag and Warner form one of the most feared opening combinations, Kochi have Brendon McCullum and captain Mahela Jayawardene at the top.Delhi certainly need a victory on Saturday or else they will be left far behind in the race for a place in the knock- out stages.last_img read more

In pushback to US, China says ‘has no fear of trouble’ in South China Sea

first_imgChina rebuffed US pressure to curb its activity in the South China Sea on Sunday, restating its sovereignty over most of the disputed territory and saying it “has no fear of trouble”.On the last day of Asia’s biggest security summit in Singapore, Admiral Sun Jianguo said China will not be bullied, including over a pending international court ruling over its claims in the vital trade route.”We do not make trouble, but we have no fear of trouble,” Sun told the Shangri-La Dialogue, where more than 600 security, military and government delegates had gathered over three days.”China will not bear the consequences, nor will it allow any infringement on its sovereignty and security interest, or stay indifferent to some countries creating chaos in the South China Sea.”The waterway has become a flashpoint between the United States, which increased its focus on the Asia-Pacific under President Barack Obama’s “pivot”, and China, which is projecting ever greater economic, political and military power in the region.The two powers have traded accusations of militarising the waterway as Beijing undertakes large-scale land reclamation and construction on disputed features while Washington has increased its patrols and exercises.On Saturday, top U.S. officials including Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned China of the risk of isolating itself internationally and pledged to remain the main guarantor of Asian security for decades.During a visit to Mongolia on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Beijing not to establish an air defence identification zone over the South China Sea, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013.advertisementKerry, who will visit China next, said an ADIZ would be “a provocative and destabilizing act”, which would question Beijing’s commitment to diplomatically manage the dispute.Despite repeated notes of concern from countries such as Japan, India, Vietnam and South Korea, Sun rejected the prospect of isolation, saying that many of the Asian countries present at the Shangri-La Dialogue were “warmer” and “friendlier” to China than a year ago. China had 17 bilateral meetings this year, compared with 13 in 2015.”We were not isolated in the past, we are not isolated now and we will not be isolated in the future,” Sun said.”Actually I am worried that some people and countries are still looking at China with the Cold War mentality and prejudice. They may build a wall in their minds and end up isolating themselves.”COURT DECISIONOn the upcoming decision by the international tribunal in The Hague in the case brought by the Philippines to contest China’s claims in the territory, Sun reiterated Beijing does not recognise the court’s authority.Sun said China wanted to solve the dispute with the Philippines bilaterally and said the door was open for dialogue with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.Duterte said on Thursday he would not surrender the country’s rights over the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, which China seized in 2012.Japan’s Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani told reporters all claimants must abide by the ruling or else “Japan will have no choice but to strongly raise its voice from the standpoint of placing importance on the rule of law.”China claims almost the entire sea. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.”China has the patience and wisdom to settle any disputes through dialogue. We also believe the related countries have the wisdom and patience to make peace,” Sun said. “I’ve always believed that shaking hands is better than clenching fists.”Vietnam’s deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh warned the rising tensions could lead to an arms race with “disastrous and unpredictable consequences” if not addressed. The United States lifted Vietnam’s arms embargo last month.Most countries at the summit stressed the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight in the waters, through which trillions of dollars in trade is shipped every year.Sun denied such concerns should be focused on China.”If there is any restriction …it will definitely not be China’s fault. If you don’t believe it, just wait and see.”Also read: Chinese jets intercept US plane in South China Sea: Pentagonlast_img read more

Pancho Segura obituary

first_imgThe Ecuadorean tennis player Pancho Segura, who has died aged 96, was possibly best known as the coach of Jimmy Connors. However, in his own right he was one of the most remarkable players of his generation.Segura spent most of his career competing on the outlawed Jack Kramer professional circuit in the 1950s and 60s, before the game went open in 1968. Such was the potency of his double-fisted forehand that two celebrated Wimbledon champions, Kramer and Lew Hoad, had no hesitation in naming the shot as the greatest single stroke they had ever faced.The miracle was not that Segura played tennis so well but that he played any sport at all. Born prematurely in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s main sea port, he nearly died in the process, and began life with a hernia and malaria. He soon developed rickets, too, which left him with an awkward, pigeon-toed, bandy-legged gait. It also stunted his growth. He was the son of Francisca Cano and her husband, Domingo Segura. Though his father was more than 6ft tall, Pancho never grew past 5ft 7in.“When I first started playing the States, people said, ‘Who’s that freakish, dark-skinned guy with a double-handed game?’ And it was true. I was a freak,” he recalled. “But that wasn’t going to stop me playing tennis, because I had this passion for the game.”It was a passion that never died. Having started as a ball boy at the Guayaquil tennis club, Segura played well enough in South American tournaments to get himself to the US on a scholarship in 1940. He won intercollegiate titles (1943-45) as well as becoming the US clay court champion in 1944 and national indoor champion in 1946. That year he also appeared at Wimbledon, losing to a future champion, Jaroslav Drobný. Prior to that he won the London Grasscourt Championships at the Queen’s Club. Soon afterwards he turned pro for $300 a week “because I was broke”. Topics Ecuador Share via Email obituaries Read more Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Americas Tennis Share on Twittercenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Even that barely paid his expenses, and Segura frequently played one-off matches for a wager. “We used to tie five-dollar bills to the net because we didn’t trust each other,” said Segura with one of his infectious laughs.Exposed to relentless competition on the Kramer tour, against a series of champions such as Pancho Gonzalez, Frank Sedgman, Hoad, Ken Rosewall and Tony Trabert, Segura developed into a fierce and dangerous opponent capable of beating anybody on a given night. Only Kramer, who was a playing promoter, and Gonzalez beat him regularly, because of the strength of their second serves.Segoo, as his friends called him, was a fun-loving, irrepressible presence in locker rooms around the world, whose enthusiasm for the game was unquenchable. Often when the pros returned to home base in Los Angeles after three or four backbreaking weeks on the tour, driving from city to city and playing on hastily rigged canvas courts, they would throw their rackets in a cupboard and prepare for a few days at the beach. But next morning, the phone would ring. “Hey, kid! Wanna hit?” All Segura wanted to do was to get back out on court.Connors shared that kind of commitment. After Segura had set himself up at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, he was contacted by Gloria Connors, Jimmy’s mother, who felt that Segura brought the kind of energy and can-do attitude to his tennis that she wanted to instil into her son. “She was right. Jimmy was only 15 when I first started working with him but I enjoyed it because Jimmy never gave up,” said Segura. “He had great mobility and great heart and, despite a strong bond with his mother who brought him up as a player, he was very coachable.”Connors went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles and two in men’s doubles between 1973 and 1983: in the much briefer period available to him, Segura got as far as four Grand Slam doubles finals – the men’s at the US (1944) and French (1946), and the US mixed (1943 and 1947). In the US singles, he reached the semi-finals four times (1942-45). The end of his playing career overlapped with the abandonment of the amateur-professional divide, and he left a mark on the first open Wimbledon with the championship’s longest set, 32-30, when he and Alex Olmedo beat Abe Segal and Gordon Forbes. (It was surpassed by the final set, 70-68, of the match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010.) But even before he took to coaching full-time, Segura’s advice was sought by leading players.In 1991 Segura became a US citizen, and in his 80s he was still a regular presence at Grand Slam championships. Sitting next to him at a match was always a slightly precarious way of getting a tennis education. Gesticulating wildly, he would go through the motions of the shot he felt some player should have hit. He was a great admirer of the classic stroke makers such as Roger Federer and Tim Henman: “That Henman has a great game. A little predictable, perhaps, but he does everything with so much class.”He is survived by his wife, the former Beverley Moylan, and their daughter, Maria; his son, Spencer, from his first marriage, to Virginia Smith, which ended in divorce; his sisters Catalina, Olivera and Eleanor, and brother, Andres; and four grandchildren.• Pancho (Francisco) Olegario Segura Cano, tennis player and coach, born 20 June 1921; died 18 November 2017This article was amended on 5 December 2017. Pancho Segura used two hands on his forehand, but not on his backhand. When Gloria Connors first asked him to coach her son Jimmy, he was tennis director at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club rather than the La Costa Spa. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Novak Djokovic routs Lucas Pouille to set up Australian Open final with Nadal

first_imgNow it gets serious. His history with Djokovic is long and glory-filled. He lost a terrific semi-final at Wimbledon last summer, which the Serb agrees was the turning point in his comeback.Here in 2012, they played in one of the great finals in the history of the sport – the longest slam decider of them all at five hours and 53 minutes. Djokovic, coming off his best-ever season, carried his form through that tournament – beating Murray in an equally draining semi-final – before taming Nadal in five sets.Asked how he would describe that struggle to his children, he smiled and said: “I’ll probably not have them sit down and watch it because I don’t like my children to watch TV that long. But I would probably present it in more a general concept of our rivalry. That match would be the icing on the cake.“Throughout my life and career, Nadal has been the greatest rival that I ever played against on all surfaces. Some matches were a great turning point in my career. I feel they have made me rethink my game.” Share on Pinterest Australian Open 2019 Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Pinterest Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova chase fairytale ending to Australian Open Since you’re here… Tennis Read more Novak Djokovic left Lucas Pouille in a heap after three mercifully quick sets to reach his seventh Australian Open final – where he has never lost – and his dazzling performance will have given Rafael Nadal much to think about before Sunday.In winning 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, the world No 1 was magnificent and as ruthless as in any win since his year of years, 2011. He started the match with an ace and drilled 24 clean winners past his bewildered opponent in only an hour and 23 minutes. It was the tennis equivalent of Anthony Joshua fighting Piers Morgan.As the loser succinctly put it later: “He just played amazing.”Djokovic’s verdict was almost mystical in its interpretation. “Every professional athlete wants to be in the zone, where everything flows so effortlessly and you are executing automatically everything you are intending to execute. You don’t need to think too much. I guess you’re driven by some force that takes over you and you feel divine, you feel like in a different dimension. It’s quite an awesome feeling that we all try to reach and stay in.” Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Messenger Like a football team knocked out of a cup, Pouille wants his tormentor to go on and win, to validate his own effort. But he is not predicting another blitz in the final. “When he’s playing like this, he’s the best in the world, for sure,” he said. “We’ll see on Sunday how he goes, because Rafa looks pretty amazing too.” Rafael Nadal Share via Email news Facebook In truth, it was a mismatch. As a public execution, it would have drawn an awed crowd to the Bastille; as a warning to his Spanish rival, it was tantamount to a declaration of war. So, the most blood-spattered rivalry in tennis – across 52 matches – is extended in a perfect setting: a major final between the No 1 and No 2 players in the game. Djokovic leads their personal tally by two; Nadal has 17 major titles, Djokovic 14. Roger Federer has 20, and has stalled. There is plenty of history left to write in this extraordinary era.Poor Pouille, who played as well as he has ever done to reach his first major semi-final but had to fight through three four-setters and one five-setter among his battles in more than 15 hours on court, much of it in fierce heat, arrived in good spirits and left as a statistic. Djokovic has now not lost to a Frenchman in 28 straight slam contests. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who fell to him in the second round, was the last to beat him, in the quarters here nine years ago.French woe was compounded as Amélie Mauresmo, who won here in 2006, looked on from Pouille’s box. She knows a little about watching Djokovic win at close quarters, having been in Andy Murray’s corner for 10 defeats in 11 matches against him.Djokovic served two aces in the opening game and did not take his foot off Pouille’s throat until the end. There was hardly a moment of parity, Pouille’s occasional best efforts bludgeoned into irrelevance as Djokovic moved over the court with his familiar elasticity and menace. He built his attack on a serve that nagged at Pouille’s defences, and he won a staggering 32 of 38 points on first attempt, 13 of 15 when he had to serve twice. Two of his six aces came off second serves. Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Lucas Pouille after their one-sided semi-final. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Novak Djokovic Australia sport Novak Djokovic thrashes Lucas Pouille in Australian Open semi-final – as it happened Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Sign up for the Recap, our weekly roundup of editors’ picks. Topics Australian Open There have been some absurdly quick matches in grand slam history – many of them buried in the distant past – but, in the Open era, only six have witnessed the loser compiling fewer games. Asked if he was trying to better Nadal’s 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas the previous day, he said, simply: “Yes.”This was also the second shortest completed match of this tournament, behind Tomas Berdych’s second-round win over Robin Haase in an hour and 19 minutes. And Djokovic had the luxury of a 52-minute workout in the quarters when Kei Nishikori retired in the second set after winning only two games.A seventh title would move him above Roger Federer and Roy Emerson in Australian tennis history, but Nadal, who has gone through this tournament like a hot knife through butter, will not be blown away like Pouille was – unless he is struck down by injury, as he was in the quarters last year. Failure to finish – or sometimes even start – became a recurring nightmare for the Spaniard in 2018, although he still won five titles, including another French Open, from nine appearances.This year – having withdrawn from the Brisbane Open to guard a thigh strain – he has moved and hit with his trademark muscularity, sweeping aside old and new with equal efficiency: from the rising stars Alex de Minaur and Frances Tiafoe to his long-time rival Berdych. None could push him into a fourth set. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Agents offer Lopetegui to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Agents offer Lopetegui to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has been offered to Manchester United.Within hours of Jose Mourinho being sacked, representatives of Lopetegui were in contact with United intermediaries to alert them of his availability.Lopetegui was sacked by Real last month and replaced by Santiago Solari.It’s understood the former Spain and Porto coach was prepared to take the post on an interim basis.However, Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be confirmed United caretaker manager today. last_img

Archeologists hoping to map preConfederation parliament site in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Archeologists at the site of a pre-Confederation parliament in Montreal are about to reach the level they hope will yield a treasure trove of artifacts.Digging began in late July — the third such endeavour since 2010 — in an effort to find out more about the two-storey columned neo-classical building that once stood at Place d’Youville, in Old Montreal.By the end of this week, searchers will reach the layer where the parliament remains have been encased since the building burned to the ground in 1849.Prior to the discovery of the parliament several years ago, the public knew little about the building’s pivotal place in Canadian history or about Montreal’s place as the capital of what was then the United Province of Canada.Louise Pothier, director of exhibitions at Montreal’s Pointe-a-Calliere archeological and history museum, calls it a unique site in Canada.“Nowhere else do we have such intact remains of a place of power, so it makes it very distinct, very special,” Pothier said. “Maybe if we’re lucky enough, (we’ll find) some official objects — some objects related to the business of politics.”The first permanent parliament of the United Province of Canada was housed in the former St-Ann’s Market and held its first session Nov. 28, 1844.Key pieces of Canada’s early legislation were adopted in the building, including the act establishing “responsible government” in 1848 — a vital step in the emergence of a sovereign, English-French democratic state.The turmoil surrounding the Rebellion Losses Bill, legislation that sought to compensate people who sustained property damage during the 1837-38 rebellions against the Crown, would lead to the sacking and burning of the building to the ground on April 25, 1849.When the legislation received royal assent, angry Anglos stormed the building. Tory supporters were opposed to compensating Quebecers and Catholics who’d taken part in the rebellion.Only a few items survived the blaze, including a portrait and a few books.The portrait, depicting a young Queen Victoria from early in her reign, currently hangs outside the Senate chamber in Parliament’s Centre Block in Ottawa.In 2011, Robert Kaplan gave the museum a royal coat of arms that hung above the Speaker’s chair in the parliament. The late Liberal MP and former solicitor general found it in a flea market in New York about 30 years earlier.During the initial digs, expectations were tempered about what might be found. But searchers did unearth a pair of glasses and a tea set in addition to other items from the market’s past: butchers’ hooks, a butcher knife, bones, marbles, coins, and weights used for a scale.The chances of finding any trace of government documents or volumes from the 20,000-plus volume parliamentary library had been deemed unlikely.But in 2013, searchers found the charred remains of about a dozen books in a layer dating to the period of the parliament fire, including at least one French book.“We were very surprised to find that kind of artifact, that kind of object,” Pothier said. “We thought that everything burned in the flames and disappeared completely.”The market, which would be rebuilt before being razed in 1901, was recently used as a parking lot.As it turns out, that last vocation would be a boon for archeologists because everything underneath the pavement was preserved. The new building was rebuilt on top of the remains of the original market, making it like a time capsule.Pothier said previous excavations made it possible to identify places believed more sensitive and rich in terms of possible artifacts.What they find will help them map out the building: where the assembly chamber and legislative council rooms were located as well as personal rooms where parliamentarians would have shaved, cleaned and refreshed themselves or grabbed a bite to eat.In all, about 50 per cent of the former building will be excavated.Hendrik Van Gijseghem, the museum’s project manager, said once they reach that sensitive area, heavy machinery will give way to 22 archeologists, who will look at two-metre-by-two-metre sections, digging in increments of 10 centimetres.The City of Montreal has kicked in $6 million and the site is open to members of the public, who can observe the work from a platform above.“In the end, we’re going to know fairly precisely where such-and-such artifacts are coming from,” Van Gijseghem said. “And with the hope of being able to reconstruct the internal organization and vertical organization of the parliament.”Work is expected to wrap up by November.— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

Five things to know about the 20182019 Ontario budget

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government presented its last budget before the June provincial election on Wednesday, a fiscal plan that pours billions of dollars into health care, child care and other programs while putting the province back in the red. Here are five key things about the budget:DEBT AND DEFICIT: The government is going back on its promise to balance the books for another year, and instead projects a deficit of $6.7 billion in 2018-2019. The province won’t be back in the black until 2024-25 — beyond even the next election should the Liberals form another majority in June — according to government projections. Ontario’s net debt, meanwhile, is projected to be $325 billion this year, up from $308.2 billion expected for 2017-18. Interest on debt is expected to be the fourth biggest expenditure, after health care, education, and children’s and social services.POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: The $158.5 billion budget comes as the Liberals, who’ve been in power for 15 years, face an uphill battle for re-election. The party has been lagging in the polls, dogged among other things by its decision to sell off shares of Hydro One and concerns about the rising cost of electricity. In the week leading up to the budget, the Liberals made several major spending promises, which the opposition has denounced as a ploy for votes.DENTAL CARE: The budget contains a few new programs that had not yet been announced, including one that would provide drug coverage and dental care to those who don’t have other health coverage starting in the summer of next year. The program would cost $800 million in its first two years and reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses, up to $400 for singles and $600 for couples, with an additional $50 for each child. The Liberal initiative comes as the NDP has also pledged, if they were to form government, to provide dental coverage for students, seniors and people working jobs without dental benefits by 2020.HEALTH CARE: The health-care sector is getting a major boost, with a promised $2.1 billion going to mental health services over four years and $822 million earmarked for hospital funding. The country’s largest pediatric hospital, Toronto’s SickKids hospital, will also receive $2.4 billion for its 10-year plan to rebuild its aging facility. The Liberals also say they will create 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next decade.SENIORS: The government promises to invest $1 billion over three years, starting in 2019-2020, to give households led by a senior 75 or older up to $750 to help cover the costs of maintaining a home. Seniors will also no longer have to pay deductibles or copayments to get prescription drugs under the Liberals’ expanded OHIP+ program, which would take effect in August 2019. The program is expected to save the average senior $240 a year and cost the province $575 million annually by the time it is fully operational.last_img read more

UN rights expert sounds alarm over blood feuds and domestic violence in

“Blood feud killings – revenge killings by a victim’s family against the killer’s family – continue to have corrosive effects on society,” Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said in a press statement released at the conclusion of a nine-day fact-finding mission to the Balkan country.Mr. Alston stressed that this is especially true of the “practice of self-isolation by families who fear revenge killings, and a still widespread belief in the justness of collective punishment of innocent family members.”Urging the Government to conduct a survey and analysis of blood feud incidents in Albania and to increase measures facilitating the reconciliation between families, Mr. Alston noted that the number of such disputes has fallen over the past five years.“Civil society organizations and some media reports have clearly inflated the extent of blood feud killings,” he said. “While the true numbers are closer to those provided by the Government, official figures – especially relating to isolated children and families – are probably too low.” In addition, the UN human rights expert underscored the prevalence of violence in the home, noting that at least 15 women were killed in domestic disputes last year and a third of Albanian women reported abuse at home.“While the Government has adopted important initiatives to reduce the widespread violence against women in Albania, it must allocate funds for its programmes,” said Mr. Alston. “Much remains to be done to address the deep-seated patriarchal attitudes leading to violence.” During the mission, Mr. Alston also made inquiries into accountability for the Gërdec explosion, killings after the Kosovo war, and communist-era abuses, including allegations that a few hundred people were tortured or killed in Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) camps in Albania. “None of the international efforts to investigate KLA abuses in Albania has received meaningful cooperation from the Government of Albania,” he said. “Albania still has not comprehensively dealt with human rights abuses, including torture, disappearances and killings, committed during the Communist regime.”Mr. Alston, a Professor of Law at New York University and Special Rapporteur since 2004, reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent, unpaid capacity. 23 February 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern over Albanian society’s widespread acceptance of settling personal scores through deadly violence and prevalence of violence in the home. read more

Canadas major cities scramble to become Amazons second home in North America

TORONTO — Canada’s major cities are vying to become Amazon’s second home, with the mayors of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal all planning to pitch the technology giant on their virtues.Amazon announced on Thursday it is hunting for a site for a new headquarters in North America, in addition to its sprawling Seattle hub, and called for cities to submit their proposals.Mayor John Tory says he will be leading the charge to convince Amazon that it should call Toronto its second home.“We are a bold, innovative city that has plenty of homegrown tech talent. We also continue to attract talent and companies from around the world,” he said in a statement.Tory will have a challenger in Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who said the West Coast metropolis is a top contender for Amazon’s next headquarters.“Vancouver’s world-class tech ecosystem is chock-full of top talent, a prime gateway for international business, a green economy hub and consistently rated as a top liveable city,” Robertson said in a statement.Other mayors took to Twitter to announce their interest and tout why their city deserves the US$5 billion Amazon says it plans to spend on the new campus that will house as many as 50,000 staff.Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said on Twitter he would convince Amazon that the city is its dream metropolis, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson talked up the Edmonton Innovation Corridor, while London, Ont., Mayor Matt Brown noted the affordability of the city.Waterloo, Ont., home to two universities and several U.S. technology giant offices, may also be a good fit, but Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky’s spokesperson said it was too early to comment.Amazon says any city hoping to score the investment will have to meet some key criteria, including a prime location, access to mass transit, and proximity to an international airport.The potential site itself would have to have room to grow, Amazon said, as it wants to expand its new headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade.Amazon said its search is open to any metropolitan area in North America that meets the parameters — the city itself doesn’t necessarily have to be a million people — but declined to say how open it was to going outside of the United States.“We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit,” the company said on its search website.Shauna Brail, director of the University of Toronto’s urban studies program, said his home city appears to be the most suited of Canadian contenders.“Toronto would absolutely be the front runner, first as an urban region of six million people with access to many millions more people… within a 90-minute flight from the city. It has access to an airport, access to strong local clusters in terms of education, training, in terms of finance and real estate,” she said.Brail said there could be negative effects from such a big player moving in such as gentrification, transit congestion and increased house prices, but on balance she said it would have more pros than cons.However, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s America First stance, there may be political pressure for Amazon to establish its second headquarters within its own borders, she said.Cities have until Oct. 19 to apply through a special website, and Amazon said it will make a final decision next year. read more

Sri Lanka assures will address issue of bottom trawling

He said that fishing methods such as mechanised and bottom trawling have a multitude of negative externalities that need to be addressed in a holistic manner through multilateral cooperation. He said that reducing marine pollution and mitigating its effects in Sri Lanka has been prioritised in the 2018 budget under the Blue-Green initiatives, and the Government of Sri Lanka has allocated close to Rs.6B to implement long-term solutions to reduce and eliminate marine pollution and developing sustainable fishing practices.Samaraweera said that the Government is taking initiatives to protect numerous lagoons around the island so as to restore their unique eco-systems and making them resilient to climate change. “Hotels and other industries that dispose their waste to the ocean and lagoons will be assisted in investing in technology to ensure zero discharge of waste. The tourism sector stands to benefit significantly from sustainable management of marine resources. Accordingly, areas such as Pigeon Island, Bar Reef, and Delft Island have been declared as conservation and marine protected areas. Several conservation measures have been adopted to protect turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales, and other marine animals by establishing the regulations under the relevant legislation,” he said.The Minister said that in order to build on these initiatives and ensure longevity, a virtual institute for the blue-green economy has been launched as a pilot project, to create and sustain spinout programmes identified under the Blue-Green initiative. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today assured it will address the issue of bottom trawling and other fishing methods which have a negative impact on marine resources.Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that it is important to control Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing. The Minister was speaking at the Regional Symposium on Sustainable Development Goal organized by the Ministry of Fisheries and aquatic and rural economic development held today (June 21) at the Taj Samudra Hotel. read more

Annan names veteran Norwegian diplomat as representative for southern Lebanon

Mr. Annan informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Geir Pedersen to replace Staffan de Mistura, whom the Secretary-General named in January as his Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, and “we expect the Security Council to respond in writing shortly,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the daily news briefing in New York.During the past two years, Mr. Pedersen has served as Director of the Asia and Pacific Division in the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), in which capacity he also worked on the Middle East peace process and Iraq.Prior to that, he served for many years as a Norwegian diplomat, including a stint from 1998 to 2003 as his country’s representative to the Palestinian Authority. In 1993 he was a member of the Norwegian team to the secret Oslo negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the mutual recognition between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel. read more

Entrenched inequality must be tackled says Annan at IberoAmerican Summit

In a speech to the Ibero-American Summit in Uruguay, Mr. Annan also stressed the links between development and international migration and said the experiences of Latin American countries with migration would be essential in preparing for next summer’s Global Forum on the issue.“One of these challenges is entrenched inequality… Here in Latin America, inequality and poverty are persisting challenges. The region has the world’s highest degree of inequality in terms of income distribution, with 220 million people living in poverty.”“Achieving balanced, sustainable development also means addressing global inequities. For most countries in this region, that is not about aid. It is partly about debt and volatile capital flows. But most of all, it’s about the fair distribution of gains from international trade. That includes revenues from primary commodity exports, and the free movement of goods, people and ideas.”Mr. Annan said September’s High-Level Dialogue in the General Assembly on migration and development showed how closely they were linked, and added that the world is now ready for a “serious global debate.”“International migration is one of the great issues of this century. Globalization, with advances in communication and transportation, has dramatically increased the number of people who have the desire and capacity to move to other countries. We have entered a new era of mobility. It is essential that we grasp its ramifications,” he said.“Participation in the Dialogue was overwhelming… [Participants recognized] that international migration, development and human rights were intrinsically interconnected; that reaping the full benefits of international migration required countries to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all migrants.”He noted that last year alone Latin America and the Caribbean generated a total of 26 million international migrants, 13 per cent of the world total, and said that such “rich experience” has generated “best practices and policies, which can serve as a valuable point of reference for the international community,” particularly in preparing for next year’s first Global Forum on International Migration and Development.In a related development, the UN refugee agency today called on the 22 member states attending this weekend’s Summit to reaffirm their commitment to refugees during their discussions on migration, which will include trying to establish a framework to handle migration movements within their region.“While migration and asylum are distinct experiences, they are becoming increasingly linked, with many refugees travelling alongside migrants to reach a place of safety. Recognising this link is essential to ensure that migration management is consistent with human rights and refugee protection,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Ron Redmond at a press conference in Geneva.“We welcome all efforts to find solutions that foster development and uphold the rights of refugees and others in need of international protection. We also stress that the right to asylum must be an integral part of any migratory framework.” read more

Tchernobyl les oiseaux à plumage orange victimes des radiations

first_imgTchernobyl : les oiseaux à plumage orange victimes des radiationsUne équipe internationale de chercheurs ont démontré pour la première fois que la couleur du plumage des oiseaux pourrait les rendre plus vulnérables à la radioactivité. Les espèces à plumage orange aurait ainsi décliné en Ukraine depuis la catastrophe de Tchernobyl.Alors que le monde commémore aujourd’hui les 25 ans de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl, il semblerait qu’on soit encore loin d’évaluer les conséquences du désastreux accident survenu en 1986. En effet, des chercheurs internationaux viennent tout juste de révéler dans la revue Oecologia que la radioactivité qui plane encore sur le sol ukrainien avait affecté les populations d’oiseaux. À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsDurant 4 ans, les scientifiques ont étudié l’abondance de 97 espèces exposées à différents niveaux de radiation dans des zones périphériques à Tchernobyl. Ils se sont alors aperçus que pour 64 des espèces étudiées : plus la radioactivité était importante plus la population des oiseaux diminuait. “En revanche, les populations des 33 autres espèces ont connu des effets positifs avec les radiations, peut-être dus à une réduction de la compétition avec les autres espèces affectées” a expliqué Ismael Galvan du Laboratoire d’écologie, systématique et évolution de l’Université Paris-Sud, cité par Science daily.La couleur : point faible de certains oiseaux Par ailleurs, les scientifiques ont aussi étudié le plumage des oiseaux, plus précisément les types de pigments présents dans les plumes des volatiles. Ils ont alors fait une découverte étonnante. “L’impact sur les populations dépend, au moins en partie, de la quantité de plumage dont la coloration est générée par la phéomélanine, l’un des deux types de mélanine, qui produit les couleurs orangées et brunâtres” a indiqué le chercheur. L’équipe s’est en effet aperçue que le type de pigmentation interférait avec la capacité des oiseaux à résister à la radioactivité. Ainsi, les volatiles au plumage riche en ce pigment, la phéomélanine, semblaient ainsi être les plus “négativement affectés” par les radiations qui augmentent notamment le stress oxydatif des cellules. Ce plumage plus “réceptif” rendrait alors les oiseaux orangés plus sensibles aux dégâts provoqués par la radioactivité, causant un déclin des populations. Le 27 avril 2011 à 09:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une anatomie hors du commun pour un poisson fossile au corps allongé

first_imgUne anatomie hors du commun pour un poisson fossile au corps allongéPubliant leurs travaux dans Nature Communications, les chercheurs d’une université suisse ont découvert, en étudiant les fossiles d’une espèce de poisson aujourd’hui disparue, une nouvelle ‘astuce’ de la nature pour allonger le corps d’un vertébré. Ces fossiles d’un poisson du Trias à nageoires rayonnées, Saurichthys curionii, découverts sur le Monte San Giorgio, une montagne boisée du sud du canton du Tessin, en Suisse, ont de quoi étonner les paléontologues qui les ont étudiés. Car l’allongement du corps de cette espèce ressemblant un peu au brochet est dû au double arc neural (ou arc vertébral) de ses vertèbres : une structure jamais observée chez d’autres vertébrés !L’équipe dirigée par le Pr Marcelo Sánchez- Villagra, de l’Université de Zurich, a eu la chance de disposer de fossiles ayant conservé non seulement du matériel osseux, mais aussi des tendons et leurs attaches. Leur examen montre que S. curionii n’avait pas un arc vertébral (partie postérieure de la vertèbre) par segment myomérique (bloc musculaire lié à chaque vertèbre), mais deux. Ce qui se traduit par un allongement global de la forme du corps. “Ce modèle évolutif pour [expliquer] l’allongement du corps est nouveau. Auparavant, nous connaissions seulement [comme modèles], soit une augmentation du nombre de vertèbres et de segments musculaires, soit l’allongement de chaque vertèbre”, explique Erin Maxwell, assistant du Pr Sánchez- Villagra.Un poisson moins souple et moins rapideÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les éléments fossilisés permettent également de supposer que Saurichthys curionii n’était pas aussi souple que les anguilles d’aujourd’hui, ni un nageur rapide et endurant comme les actuels poissons pélagiques tels que le thon. Avec son apparence et sa taille d’un demi-mètre environ, ce poisson devait être assez comparable aux actuels Belonidae, communément appelés aiguillettes. (Crédits photo : University of Zurich) Le 13 octobre 2013 à 18:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Last body in Washington mudslide found

first_imgSEATTLE — Searchers on Tuesday pulled what they believe was the last missing body from debris left by a landslide in Washington state that researchers said was likely triggered by heavy rainfall.The intensive search for the 43 people killed in the March 22 disaster in Oso ended in April, but workers have been screening debris and watching for the body of 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge.Her husband, Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge III, also was killed when the slide crossed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and decimated their home in the community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.“I’m humbled and honored that we are able (to) return Kris to her family,” Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said in a statement.Researchers said precipitation in the area in March that might have exceeded 30 inches was one of multiple factors that contributed to making the slope unstable. Others included groundwater seeping into the slide mass as well as changes in slope stress and soil that was weakened by previous landslides.last_img read more

Florida company turns humidity into drinkable water

first_img(WSVN) – A Florida company has provided a solution for those without drinkable water: turning humidity into water.According to Fox 13, Drinkable Air has developed a water cooler-sized machine that sucks in air, filters it and stores water. “The humidity is greatest after a hurricane, when machines are most efficient and making the purest water,” Drinkable Air’s vice president Jeff Szur said to Fox 13. “What starts the process is drawing the air into the machine, and we have an antibacterial filter.”The machine can reportedly take two days’ worth of drinkable water for 20 employees.“Anytime it goes from gas to liquid, it’s pure,” said Szur. “Think, how do we distill water? We boil and capture the steam, and then it’s pure. We do that without boiling. We do it with condensation.”However, the machine, which can last 12 years, isn’t cheap at $3,400.“If these machines were already there, you wouldn’t have to worry about shipping water in,” Szur said to Fox 13. “When disaster hits, just turn them on.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Fishermen Receive Fine Probation For Fishing Violations

first_imgTwo fishermen recently learned that commercial trolling out of season – even by a single day – can be expensive.Download AudioThe captain and crewman of the fishing vessel Chief Joseph pleaded guilty in a Sitka courtroom last week to charges of fishing during closed season and unlawful possession of fish. Judge Leonard Devaney sent the vessel owner – 49-year-old Jeffrey Angelo of Samoa, California – to jail for five days and ordered him to pay over $6,000 in fines. The crewman, Alec Hurst, received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,500 fine. Alaska Trooper Sgt. Aaron Frenzel said that cases of pre-season fishing such as this are relatively rare.On June 30, Alaska Wildlife Troopers came upon Angelo and Hurst at anchor in Still Harbor, on the southwest corner of Baranof Island, with evidence of recent fishing on deck. According to the Troopers’ report, Angelo and Hurst knowingly fished 12 king salmon in Whale Bay the day before the king season opened on July 1.Wildlife troopers escorted the Chief Joseph back to Sitka and ordered Angelo to deliver the caught salmon to a processor, forfeiting $691 in proceeds to the state. Both men were then allowed to fish in the opening.Angelo was also cited for failing to display his commercial numbers on the boat and sentenced to three years’ probation. 29-year-old Hurst – a resident of Fort Bragg, CA – was placed on probation for two years.The same day he sentenced the Chief Joseph crew, Judge Devaney ordered 23-year-old Douglas McNamee to pay $1,500 in fines by August 8th for tampering with someone else’s shellfish pots and furnishing sport-caught shellfish to a client.last_img read more

Twitterati slams Trump for bombs all over Kashmir remark

first_imgNew Delhi : “It’s just bombs all over the place” – US President Donald Trump’s vision of Jammu and Kashmir, as if it were another Syria, evoked derision on social media on Tuesday, with Twitterati slamming his comments. One Twitter user posted: “And the way Trump describes Kashmir; ‘bomb blasts here and there, every day, in Kashmir” I doubt whether he’s fed with ISI (Pak) agenda or Top Wanted Terrorist of US rant!? Does he know the ground reality of Kashmir at all? Trump being Trump.” Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Another tweet went: “Now as US is going to be mediator on Kashmir issue, there will be only bombs and bombs in Kashmir.” “Where did this loudmouth Trump see all around only bombs in Kashmir? We are going there as tourists every now and then and having fun. Why do we see snow-capped mountains, wild orchids, and not bombs there?” another asked. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us “‘Bombs going off every day’ internationalises not only ‘terror’ but also the ‘Kashmir issue’. After Pulwama attack, Modi seeks Trump’s ‘mediation’ with Pak over Kashmir. And Donald Trump offers ‘help’. By this raison d’etre, bombs will continue to go off in Kashmir!” went one tweet. “I dunno what’s worse, Imran Khan thinking TRUMPPP is gonna solve the Kashmir dispute or Trump’s pronunciation of “Cashmere” and his view on the region as ‘bombs going off everywhere!'” Advertise With Us “Trump: There are bombs in Kashmir all over. You need to do your homework, I guess,” went one Twitter post. “Seems @realDonaldTrump staff didn’t brief him about origin of these ‘bombs’ in Kashmir. Bombs in Kashmir were/ are supplied from Pakistan by Pak-Army/ ISI. Trump can verify from Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, ISI-chief Faiz Hameed, who’re Imran Khan’s bosses,” said another tweet. On Monday, during a media briefing with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump claimed he had been requested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mediate in the Kashmir issue – which India has strongly denied. Referring to Kashmir, Trump said: “We’ll see if we can do something because I’ve heard so much about Kashmir. Such a beautiful name. It’s supposed to be such a beautiful part of the world. But right now there’s just bombs all over the place. They say everywhere you go, you have bombs and it’s a terrible situation. Been going on for many years. If I can do anything to help that, let me know.”last_img read more