Called To Serve: A Military Women’s Wellness Series

first_imgThis week our Friday Field Notes focuses on a program created by two Assistant Professor’s at South Dakota State University to address the needs of an under-served military population…women.    Read on for information on this great program, which utilized cooperative extension specialists as part of the program.Females associated with the military (service members, veterans, dependents) experience varying stressors.  Today, the United States maintains the largest proportion of females currently serving in the armed forces in history. Females are experiencing more combat than in the past and are returning from combat with varying psychosocial stressors including an increase risk of harassment, sexual assault, mental illness, and unemployment.  Female military dependents may experience impairments in relationships due to the effects of trauma from deployments as well as symptoms of secondary trauma and other mental health issues.Women associated with the military, including spouses and dependents, are currently an under-served population.  Few programs are available which address the specific needs of females who have a connection to the armed services. A lack of resources can increase stress and negatively impact the overall health and wellness of service men and women. Therefore, programs are needed to provide support and promote wellness among military personnel and families.To meet this need, we received funding from the Women and Giving Foundation at South Dakota State University (SDSU) to design a series of wellness workshops. Each workshop was informed by one of the Pillars of Wellness established by the National Guard Bureau. In partnership with Michelle Ruesink, Director of Veterans Affairs at SDSU, the workshops were provided to female students and community members with military connections.  The Pillars of Wellness represent elements of one’s overall health including emotional, physical, spiritual, social, and family wellness. SDSU Extension state and field specialists with expertise in the pillars led the activities in each of the workshops. This pilot project was implemented at minimal cost, can be easily replicated, and helped to establish connections with local military organizations.The following describes each of the workshops in more detail:Physical Wellness: The health and physical activity extension field specialist facilitated a workshop on healthy eating and physical activity. During the session, participants learned about updated nutritional recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), as well as mobile apps that could be used to quickly estimate calorie intake. Additionally, participants learned and practiced basic yoga exercises for relieving tension.Emotional Wellness:  A 4-H youth development and resiliency extension field specialist presented a workshop on the qualities associated with resilient individuals, as well as coping strategies that can foster resiliency. Participants formed small groups to discuss challenges that families may experience during military service and brainstormed coping strategies to help overcome those challenges. Additionally, time was provided for self-reflection related to a personal challenge and the development of an individual plan, which included coping strategies discussed during the workshop.Spiritual Wellness:  A family, life, and child care extension state specialist presented on mindfulness, which is the process of focusing thought and attention on the present moment.  She led the workshop in a yoga studio in the wellness center on campus. Participants had a chance to engage in various mindfulness activities including a basic body scan, mindful walking, and mindful eating. These activities help limit preoccupation with past stressors or future obligations in an effort to reduce anxiety.Family Wellness:  A family resource management extension state specialist provided strategies for managing family finances. Participants evaluated their needs versus wants and were provided with budget templates and debt calculators. A common concern among participants was related to student loans as many workshop participants were currently attending college or had college-aged children.Social Wellness:  The last session served as a relaxing social event to wrap up the series. Participants were invited to a food and canvas painting event. A local merchant who hosts private painting parties facilitated the final session. Each participant had the opportunity to create a military-themed painting on her own canvas. During the session, an emphasis was made on the importance of community and maintaining relationships.Our goal is to expand the programming to the other universities in South Dakota as well as within rural communities across the state.  By utilizing expertise within the University Extension System, we can provide effective programming to meet the needs of military service members and their families.  For more information on the pilot project, please view our publication in the Journal of Military and Government Counseling.Bjornestad, A., & Letcher, A. (2015). Called to serve:  A military women’s wellness series.  Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 3(3), 215-228.Meet the authors:Andrea Bjornestad, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor and extension mental health specialist in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University.  She is a licensed professional counselor in South Dakota.  Her research has focused on examining secondary traumatic stress symptoms in military spouses and the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on military families.  A current project includes designing a wellness inventory for military service members and veterans.  She is a former military spouse who has served on numerous committees to help plan and support events for military veterans and their family members.Amber Letcher, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and 4-H youth development specialist in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University.  Her research focuses on youth development and risk taking in the context of early peer relationships. Her previous work compared the self-reported and observed attachment characteristics of adolescent couples and the relationship between romantic attachment and risk behaviors.  Current projects are exploring youth risk behavior within rural communities, sexual education programming, as well as the effects of youth mentoring.last_img read more

BJD MLA Pravat Ranjan Biswal arrested in Odisha chit fund scam case

first_imgAfter a lull for almost three years, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested yet another ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Pravat Ranjan Biswal for his alleged complicacies in the multi-crore chit fund scam.Family sources said, the Cuttack-Choudwar MLA was summoned by the CBI sleuths on Monday night for further questioning him in connection with a land deal with M/s Seashore Group of Companies and the family was informed that he was arrested.Mr. Biswal, representing the Cuttack-Choudwar Assembly segment for the third term, and his wife Laxmibilasini, a former Cuttack Zilla Parashad chief, were earlier quizzed several times during past three years by the CBI in this connection.The controversial land belonging to the chit fund company and located in Jajpur district was registered in the name of Laxmibilasini in the year 2012 for a consideration amount of Rs 25 lakh and the CBI was investigating into the source of that huge money.The arrest of Mr. Biswal is a major setback to the ruling party in Cuttack district as the CBI had earlier in October 2014 had arrested another BJD MLA Pravat Kumar Tripathy, representing Banki Assembly constituency of the district, for his alleged link with another chit fund company. The Banki MLA is however, on bail now.last_img read more

Assam police books Rajen Gohain for rape; conspiracy, says minister

first_img: Assam Police have registered a case against Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain, for allegedly raping and threatening a 24-year-old married woman in Nagaon district. Mr. Gohain has also filed complaints of blackmailing against the woman and her family. Nagaon Deputy Superintendent of Police (headquarter) Sabita Das said the case was registered against Mr. Gohain on August 2 after receiving a complaint at Nagaon police station.“We have registered the case. The investigation has already begun and we will proceed as per law,” she told PTI refusing to share any details of the case.“The FIR was registered under IPC sections 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation). We are investigating and have already noted the lady’s statement,” he said adding the woman has refused medical examination.“The complaint says that the alleged incident took place seven to eight months ago. Both Gohain and the woman knew each other for a long time and the Union minister used to visit her home,” the official said adding that Mr. Gohain had allegedly committed the crime at the woman’s home when her husband and other family members were not present.Conspiracy, says ministerHowever, Mr. Gohain on Sunday said accusations and conspiracies are “plotted” against him whenever he is about to contest elections. “Every time, I am about to contest (Lok Sabha) elections, such conspiracies are plotted against me. This happened in 2016 and 2011 as well. Now, again this has started. Investigation is underway. The truth will be revealed soon, Mr. Gohain, who represents Nagaon in the Lok Sabha, told reporters at his residence in New Delhi. According to Sanjiv Goswami, Mr. Gohain’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD), the minister has also filed complaints of blackmailing against the woman and her family members. Mr. Goswami also claimed the woman has withdrawn the case.Asked about it, Nagaon police station officer-in-charge Ananta Das said the woman had pleaded to withdraw the case in the court but the “case still stands.. we will do our own investigation.”Congress demands removal of Gohain from the Union CabinetCongress leader Pawan Khera asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately remove Mr. Gohain from the Union Council of Ministers. “We demand from this government, from Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to take immediate and strict action against rape accused Minister Rajen Gohain, the Minister of State for Railways,” the Congress spokesperson said on Saturday.Mr. Khera also reminded the prime minister of the promise he had made before 2014 parliamentary elections about his commitment towards ensuring women safety in the country.“Remove him from office. You cannot allow him to be in a position of power and influence the investigation. Please remove him if you meant anything that you promised before 2014,” he told reporters.Mr. Khera accused the prime minister of “failing” the women of the country and questioned his silence on the rape charge against the union minister. “Again there is a rape FIR against the Cabinet colleague of yours – MoS for Railways Rajen Gohain. If you do not act now, you will loose the moral authority to stay in office even for a day. Please take action,” he said.last_img read more

No threat to my government, ready for floor test, says Nath

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday asserted there was no threat to his five-month-old Congress government and expressed readiness to take the floor test to prove his majority in the Assembly. Mr. Nath’s statement came in the backdrop of Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava of the BJP writing to Governor Anandiben Patel on May 20, requesting a special session of the Assembly to discuss pressing issues and also seeking division (voting) on financial matters. A division of votes in the House will indicate whether the Congress government enjoys majority support or not. “There is no threat to my government. Let the floor test take place. We are ready for it,” Mr. Nath told reporters. The Chief Minister along with senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh and others arrived at Shivrajpur, Churhat, near here to pay tributes to Saroj Singh, the wife of former Union Minister, late Arjun Singh.The ruling Congress won just one seat in the just concluded Lok Sabha election — Chhindwara (bagged by Kamal Nath’s son Nakul) — in the State which sends 29 MPs to the Lower House of Parliament.BSP, SP support The Congress won 114 seats in the 2018 Assembly polls, two short of a majority in the 230-member House. It formed the government in December with the support of two BSP MLAs, one from the SP and four Independents. The BJP, which lost power in the State after 15 years, bagged 109 Assembly seats. Sources had said on Sunday that Mr. Nath had made up his mind to expand his Cabinet and induct some of these MLAs to ensure stability of his government.last_img read more

Watch: Women’s Football 101 Behind the Scenes

first_imgOklahoma State recently hosted their 11th annual Football 101 event for the women who chose to attend. The ladies who choose to attend the event get the opportunity to do essentially everything football players get to do that fans don’t typically get to do or so.“We try to have those women experience things about Cowboy football that people just don’t know until they get behind the walls,” Mack Butler, Director of Football Operations said. “They get to experience a practice, go down stairs and be in the weight room, throw up some weight, tape their ankles, eat at the training table with the fellas, have a position meeting with the coaches. It’s just a big time day.”It’s really a pretty cool event OSU does for the ladies to get them integrated with the program and make them feel comfortable. Comfortable enough that one woman accepted a challenge to tackle defensive tackle Ben Hughes during the camp! If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Salah being lined up by Real Madrid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Madrid step up Salah interestReal Madrid are set to step up their efforts to sign Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, according to  Gianluca Di Marzio .Egypt international Salah has been a revelation for the Reds since moving to Anfield in the summer, scoring 23 goals in all competitions in the opening months of the campaign.But his stay on Merseyside could be short-lived, with Madrid keen to bring in a big name to counter Barcelona’s signing of Philippe Coutinho. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sturridge eyes Inter loanDaniel Sturridge Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier LeagueLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is keen to join Inter on loan for the rest of the season, reports Tuttosport. Sturridge has struggled for regular starts this season and is keen to be playing more football ahead of the World Cup in Russia in the summer.Reports have claimed Liverpool are prepared to sell the England international, while Inter view Sturridge as an alternative signing to Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu.Gomez open to Liverpool moveAlejandro Papu Gomez AtalantaAlejandro Gomez would be willing to leave Atalanta to join Liverpool during the January transfer window, claims Tuttosport. Liverpool are considering their transfer options following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and have been linked with a string of attackers.Gomez is the latest in this list and the Argentine, who has been in fine form for Atalanta this season, would be open to a move to Anfield.Lemar will cost at least £90mThomas Lemar Saint-Etienne MonacoLiverpool and Arsenal will need to spend at £90 million to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco, according to The Mirror.  Lemar turned down a £90m move to Arsenal on deadline day in August, and Monaco are set to begin the bidding for the 22-year-old’s services at that figure.Monaco are open to selling Lemar in January, as the French side side are out of the Champions League and far off Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. Arsenal join Liverpool & City in Pavon chaseBoca - Belgrano Torneo Primera Division 11092016Arsenal have joined Liverpool and Man City in the chase for Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon, reports the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old striker has turned heads with his performances for the Argentine giants, and has been compared to Alexis Sanchez. Pavon is said to have a £27 million release clause, and is likely to be named in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad for the World Cup in Russia.Mertens open to new Napoli dealMertens Napoli Serie ANapoli are hoping to renegotiate Dries Mertens’ contract in order to avoid losing the Belgium international to Manchester United or Liverpool, according to Sky Sport Italia . Mertens signed a new deal in May 2017 that included a relatively small €28m release clause. Napoli are willing to increase Mertens’ salary in a new contract in exchange for a big increase in that release clause. Conte: Chelsea wanted Van DijkVirgil van Dijk Liverpool EvertonChelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the Blues were interested in Virgil van Dijk before the centre-back made his £75 million move to Liverpool from Southampton earlier this month. “For sure he was our target but as you know this is football. We can have a lot of targets but you must be able to reach those targets,” Conte said. Check out the full story right here on Goal! Liverpool target StrootmanKevin Strootman RomaLiverpool are considering making a move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, Premium Sport   reports.The Reds need to add to their midfield after the departure of Philippe Coutinho, while they could see Emre Can leave for Juventus, and see the Roma star as a smart addition.Strootman, 27, is interested in a move to the Premier League, but there are said to be many clubs interested in him.Rakitic eyes Barca exitIvan Rakitic BarcelonaBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is wanted by Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal, according to Diario Gol .Rakitic is wary that his gametime may be diminshed by the signing of Philippe Coutinho from the Reds, but he is unwilling to move before the World Cup next summer.If he and Croatia perform well, the report states, then offers are likely to multiply.last_img read more

Vegas Odds On Where Jalen Hurts Will Play In 2019

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts spent the 2018 season as the backup to Tua Tagovailoa despite rumors that he would transfer after four games and take advantage of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule.The move paid off for the Tide, as Tua went down with an ankle injury in the SEC title game, Hurts came in to lead a comeback victory and a playoff berth.However, after the season was over, Hurts announced his plans to transfer from the program for his final year of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, Hurts is immediately eligible to play for the university he transfers to.So, where will he go?Well, according to the oddsmakers at MyBookie, Maryland is the favorite to land Hurts, with Miami coming in as a close second.We have a new leader in our odds to land Jalen Hurts ?Maryland: +200Miami: +300TCU: +500Auburn: +600Houston: +700Full list here:— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) January 12, 2019Hurts visited Maryland on Friday night and plans to visit the Hurricanes in the coming days. He has connections to both programs – Maryland head coach Mike Locksley was Alabama offensive coordinator in 2018, while Miami’s offensive coordinator Dan Enos was the quarterbacks coach at Alabama last season.Stay tuned for more transfer news.last_img read more

Sergio Ramos will regret deliberate yellow card if we win: Ajax midfielder De Jong

first_imgSergio Ramos will regret deliberate yellow card if we win: Ajax midfielder De JongSergio Ramos has been handed a two-match suspension by UEFA for taking a deliberate yellow card in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 match between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service The HagueMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 15:39 IST Champions League: Sergio Ramos forced a yellow card in match against Ajax. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSReal Madrid lead 2-1 in the Champions League last 16 tie vs Ajax AmsterdamSergio Ramos picked up a deliberate yellow card in order to go clean to the next stages of the Champions LeagueAjax midfielder De Jong said Ramos would regret his decision if Ajax upset Real MadridThe illegal efforts to force a second yellow card by Real Madrid’s captain and defender Sergio Ramos were ill-advised and should Dutch team Ajax prevail in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 he will rue his actions, midfielder Frenkie de Jong has said.The Netherlands international De Jong, 21, who is set to join Barcelona in the summer, called out Ramos’ hubris as the Spanish forward was penalized and will have to sit out of the Tuesday match and also any second match the Spanish powerhouse may advance to if Madrid were to beat Ajax, reports Efe.”Maybe Sergio Ramos will regret it if Ajax pulls off an upset Tuesday at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium or if Ramos finds himself unable to play in the first leg of the quarter-finals,” the Dutch midfielder told the daily Netherlands newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.With just one minute to go on February 13 before the end of the match, after Spain winger Marco Asensio had sealed the 2-1 Madrid victory over host Ajax, Ramos deliberately earned a yellow card by blatantly fouling Ajax and Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg.”Looking at the result, I would be lying if I said I didn’t force it,” Ramos said after the match.Ramos, 32, clearly did force it, hoping that by sitting out of the second leg round of 16 match, he would clear all former yellow cards against him and be ready to play in in the first leg of the CL quarterfinals without any risk.”It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football, you have to make hard calculations,” Ramos added.advertisementWhat Ramos could not foretell was that UEFA looked at the event and ruled that the famed Spanish captain had cheated and dole out a two-match suspension.In discussing the upcoming game, De Jong acknowledged that Ajax, the squad he joined in 2016, is the underdog in the lead up to the second leg.”Real Madrid is obviously the favourite,” the rising Dutch star said.Yet, De Jong stressed that he refused to throw in the towel as the team is intent on battling forward as long as it has life and a chance to play.The Dutch football federation decided to postpone the league match Ajax was due to play against PEC Zwolle this weekend, so the players could focus on the Tuesday Champions League clash with the famed Iberian club.De Jong said it was the right decision for the federation to make as his side would have been exhausted had they had to play Zwolle before the trip to Madrid.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sergio RamosFollow De JongFollow Real MadridFollow Ajax AmsterdamFollow UEFA Champions League Nextlast_img read more

2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 launched in India, price starts at Rs 82,253

first_img Next 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 launched in India, price starts at Rs 82,253New Bajaj Avenger Street 160 ABS gets a new 160.4 cc engine that makes 15 PS and 13.5 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 now comes with a power to weight ratio of 103.3 PS/ton as compared to 98 PS/ton in the erstwhile Avenger 150. Varun Singh New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 13:36 IST The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 in Ebony Black colour option.HIGHLIGHTSThe new Bajaj Avenger Street 160 gets a diamond type frame.The motorcycle gets a 17-inch tyre at the front and 15-inch tyre at the rear.The kerb weight of the new Avenger Street 160 is 150 kgs.Bajaj Auto today launched the all-new Avenger Street 160 ABS at a starting price of Rs 82,253 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Boasting of a single channel ABS, Bajaj Avenger Street 160 will be available in two colours — Ebony Black and Spicy Red. The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 in Spicy Red colour option.A blend of roadster and cruiser design languages, the new Avenger Street ABS gets a new 160.4 cc engine that makes 15 PS and 13.5 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 now comes with a power to weight ratio of 103.3 PS/ton as compared to 98 PS/ton in the erstwhile Avenger 150. The new Bajaj Avenger Street 160 gets a single channel ABS.Talking about other specifications of the new Bajaj Avenger Street 160, it comes with a diamond type frame. The braking duties are being performed by 260 mm front disc and 130 mm drum at the rear. There is a 17-inch tyre at the front and 15-inch tyre at the rear. The overall length is 2,210 mm, with the width being 806 mm. The height and wheelbase measure 1,070 mm and 1,480 mm, respectively, with the ground clearance being 177 mm. The saddle is 730 mm. The kerb weight of the new Avenger Street 160 is 150 kgs, with the fuel tank capacity being 13 litres.Adding to the stylish design of the 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 ABS are features like LED DRLs, new graphics with larger insignia, black alloy wheels, rubberized rear grab, street control handlebar and low-slung seat.Bajaj Auto is aiming to target young customers seeking cruiser style through new Avenger Street 160 ABS. First launched in 2005, Bajaj Avenger has carved a niche for itself as a leisure cruiser and is one of the company’s largest selling bikes.advertisement”As the segment leader, Bajaj Auto believes in the strategy of differentiation and category expansion. Avenger Street 160 with ABS provides contemporary styling whilst retaining its classical roadster design. The discerning customer gets a definite step-up into the world of classic biking. This will open up choices to the entry-level sports customers,” said Narayan Sundararaman, Vice President (Marketing) – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto.ALSO READ | David Beckham gets 6-month ban for using mobile phone while driving his BentleyALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Bajaj AvengerFollow New Bajaj AvengerFollow Bajaj Avenger Street 160Follow Avenger Street 160Follow Avenger Street 160 ABSlast_img read more

Joggins Fossil Book Published

first_imgThe province has published a book that celebrates Nova Scotia’s famous geological past and its contributions to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Coal Age Galapagos: the Joggins Fossil Cliffs tells the story of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cumberland County, known as the world’s most outstanding example of the coal age of some 300 million years ago. “The province is delighted to help bring forward this exceptional book about the unique geological heritage, history and people who have made Joggins worthy of world attention,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “I congratulate our department’s senior geologist, Dr. John Calder, for telling the Joggins fossil story in a way that will entice young readers, the non-scientific and experts alike.” Mr. Parker and the author presented a copy of the book to Premier Darrell Dexter, today, April 18, to be placed in the legislative library in Province House. The book describes how Darwin’s mentor, Sir Charles Lyell, worked with expert Nova Scotian scientists more than a century ago on unique fossil research at the cliffs, which Darwin used to defend his ideas on evolution. The Joggins fossil cliffs are referenced several times in Darwin’s 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. Coal Age Galapagos was published by the province, in part, to lend support to the Joggins Fossil Institute, which opens its centre for the 2012 season on Sunday with an 11 a.m. tour of the cliffs and a 1 p.m. book-signing by the author. “The Joggins Fossil Institute is delighted to host Dr. John Calder for the release of his book during our 5th anniversary event on April 22,” said Jenna Boon, director of the Joggins Fossil Institute. “It was incredibly generous of the province of Nova Scotia to donate 500 copies of the first printing of this new book to the institute as it will aid in realizing our shared goals of protecting, presenting and promoting the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.” The province’s donation will help The Joggins Fossil Centre raise funds through book sales to visitors. Mr. Calder and Ms. Boon were co-authors of the nomination that led to the designation of the Joggins cliffs as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. “I grew up near these cliffs and wrote this book to share the great scientific and human story of Joggins with the rest of Nova Scotia and the world,” said Mr. Calder. The author began the book with seed funding from the Canadian Geological Foundation. The book is available for purchase at the Joggins Fossil Centre and via the Department of Natural Resources’ library by calling 902-424-8633 or visiting .last_img read more

First Nations youth unrest aimed at own leadership

first_img(Protest sign used during a resent demonstration on Parliament Hill. APTN/File photo)By Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsSASKATOON–One the eve of Tuesday’s Crown First-Nations Gathering, B.C’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip warned of a potential youth uprising if talks didn’t go smoothly.Phillip made those remarks saying the prime minister didn’t provide a clear indication that his government would take the concerns of First Nations leaders seriously.That rhetoric from Phillip, president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, leading up to the historic event got the discussion of possible civil unrest going.“As offensive as the remark was, I feel obligated to give a voice to the poverty that (represents) the reality of the Aboriginal people in this country,” said Phillip.Phillip says poverty breeds frustration. One only has to look at the housing crisis on the Attawapiskat First Nation and many other First Nations across the country. However, it was Attawapiskat’s housing crisis that spotlighted Canada’s Third World conditions.Pictures of dilapidated housing had Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people across the country frustrated with the federal government’s lack of a swift response. Yet, the idea of an “uprising” is nothing new. Former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine and former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson both hinted at unrest in the past.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak recently told APTN National News that “there is room for civil disobedience, when people aren’t being heard, action does have to happen.”Confrontations have occurred in the past. Like the 1990 Oka crisis and Ipperwash, with the shooting death of Dudley George. Yet, some say these are isolated incidents, usually occurring because of outstanding treaty issues.Regardless of the fact some people say the risk of a national uprising is low, APTN National News has reported in the past that the RCMP and Aboriginal Affairs regularly monitor potential “protest and occupation” hot spots.With all of the talk of potential youth unrest, Colby Tootoosis, considers himself a politically conscious youth and he says if youth feel the need to start an uprising, it should start from within.“It has to start inside, it has to include me being clear, and willing to look inside myself and open into that original compassion that exists within the consciousness of who we are as Indigenous people,” said Tootoosis, “Uprise within your family unit first, uprise within your own community first, then there will be clarity for better direction of what action needs to be taken.”Tootoosis describes the federal government’s relationship with First Nations as an abusive one.However, he says some of the unrest felt by youth is directed at their own leadership.“A lot of the unrest amongst are young people is also geared towards our own leadership and the invitation is (there) for our current leadership to be open (up) to what our young people have to offer,”said Tootoosis. “There is a lot of intelligent young people out there who can see things differently from a more organic perspective than the current state of our current leadership.”Some have said the recent Crown First Nations Gathering was the first step in improving the nation to nation relationship.Phillip says this is the opportunity for the federal government to make positive changes. However, at this point, it’s unclear whether First Nations will move towards peaceful diplomacy or civil disobedience.dwindigo@aptn.calast_img read more

Quebec minister takes a pass on talking about justice in Nunavik

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor Quebec’s 12,000 Inuit you might say that justice is not being served.Massive delays, overcrowded detention centres and inadequate infrastructure are just some of the symptoms of a justice system gone wrong.In February, APTN’s Tom Fennario travelled to Nunavik to document the challenges faced by Inuit in the justicy system.Then he went looking for political answers as to why things are so bad.Click here for Tom’s original story about justice in Nunaviklast_img

Parks Canada plans to commemorate Sgt Tommy Prince

first_imgAPTN NewsHe’s Canada’a most-decorated Indigenous war veteran.And, on Aug. 3, Parks Canada is paying tribute to Sgt. Tommy Prince on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba.Prince is a descendant of one of the chiefs who signed the treaty.A special ceremony will commemorate the signing at Lower Fort Garry outside Winnipeg.last_img

China tariffs could erode remaining US shark fin business

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – A new set of Chinese tariffs on U.S. seafood including items made from shark fins could further erode what remains of the American industry for the controversial products.China announced the 25 per cent tariffs in mid-June that are expected to apply to exported American goods such as lobster and salmon beginning in July. They also will apply to whole or cut shark fins, as well as shark fin products that are canned or preserved, according to a Chinese government website.The U.S. has long banned “shark finning,” a practice long reviled by animal welfare groups that involves removing the fin from a shark and discarding the animal at sea. It is still legal to remove and sell the fin of a legally harvested shark after it is brought to land.The steep tariffs, which could turn away business from U.S. exporters, might have implications for American shark fishermen and processors. China is one of the biggest buyers of shark fins, as the product is used to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy.“My sense is that’s going to decrease demand for sustainably fished U.S. shark fins, and increase demand from countries with less sustainable fisheries,” said Shaun Gehan, an attorney for Sustainable Shark Alliance, which represents shark fishermen and dealers. “It’ll just be a hardship for the small fish houses and the fishermen that participate in this fishery.”Hundreds of fishermen in the U.S. seek numerous species of shark for their meat and fins in a tightly regulated fishery. The fins represent about a quarter of the value of a shark, and fins that U.S. fishermen harvest are often shipped to Asia for processing.Animal advocates and environmentalists have long called for a complete ban on the shark fin trade because they believe it jeopardizes threatened species of shark. Oceana campaign director Whitney Webber said a national fin ban would “reinforce the status of the United States as a leader in shark conservation.”But China’s new tariffs could have the opposite effect, potentially increasing demand for shark fins from countries where fisheries are not as well managed, said Robert Hueter, a senior scientist and director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.“They can get fins from anywhere, and they don’t need it from us,” Hueter said. “This is hurting U.S. fishermen, not really solving any kind of problem.”Beijing announced the tariffs, which also apply to agricultural products and cars, as retaliation against President Donald Trump’s tariff increase on Chinese products. The two countries, the world’s two largest economies, are in the midst of escalating trade hostility.But some in the U.S. shark fin business do not believe fins will be a casualty of a U.S.-China trade war. Raymond Wong, a New York-based shark fin dealer, said the tariffs can be easily bypassed by shipping fins to Hong Kong, which is a common destination for them anyway.“If I get dogfish fin from Maine or wherever, I can send it to Hong Kong,” he said. “I’ve been sending dogfish to Hong Kong for a while. I am OK.”last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Pardons 216 Convicts On Eid AlAdha

Rabat –  King Mohammed VI has granted his pardon to 216 convicts to mark Eid Al Adha, the ministry of justice and freedoms said Saturday.The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are:– 96 prisoners had their prison terms reduced. – Three inmates’ life sentences commuted to limited prison terms.The beneficiaries of the pardon are 117: – 30 prisoners benefited from pardon over their imprisonment term or remaining prison term. – 17 had their prison sentences dropped and fines maintained. – One inmate benefited from pardon over his prison term and fine – 69 inmates had their fines annulled. Pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by the Sovereign on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations, notably at Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (lamb sacrifice). read more

King Mohammed VI Calls on Moroccan Pilgrims to Honor Morocco in

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has addressed a letter to Moroccan pilgrims set to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage in 2019, urging them to positively represent their country and values.In his letter, the King said that he expects Moroccan pilgrims “both individually and collectively, to “embody the values of your homeland – Morocco – and reflect its civilization as well as the characteristics of the Moroccan identity.”Minister of Islamic Affairs Ahmed Taoufiq conveyed King Mohammed VI’s letter on the event of the departure of the first group of Moroccan pilgrims on Thursday, July 18, at the Rabat-Sale airport. The King recalled that his letter  is an “auspicious tradition with the advent of each Haj season”  to address the message to women and men departing to the holy site to both congratulate them and to give his “sincere wishes for an accepted Hajj and for the best of rewards.”“I am addressing you to remind you not only of the virtues and good morals you should abide by in that sacred place, but also of the need to be knowledgeable about the pillars, obligatory rituals and habitual practices relating to pilgrimage and to the visit to the Sacred House of the Almighty, be it in connection with Tawaf, Sa’y or Wuquf at Arafat,” the King said.The King also prayed to God to help Moroccan pilgrims to “fulfill these rituals and obligations with ease and in a safe manner.”The monarch recalled the eminent significance of Hajj, one of the most important pillars in Islam.“Islam has made pilgrimage one of the pillars of our faith. The aim is to enable Muslims to get to know one another, to meet in one place and to come together in solidarity as brothers and sisters in order to uphold what is right and avoid sin and aggression,” the letter reads.The king also commended the efforts of Saudi Arabia and the joint cooperation between Morocco and  Saudi Arabia to “make sure the great Hajj experience goes according to Plan.Read also: Moroccan Ministry Issues New Guidelines for Hajj PilgrimageThroughout his letter the King expressed his expectations of Moroccan pilgrims, urging them to be  among the “first to observe and comply with these measures and regulations, including those set by my Minister for Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.”The King also commended the Moroccan Islamic Ministry and its staff, including the minister of Islamic Affairs. The monarch said that Taoufiq  “spares no effort to improve your travel and accommodation conditions, provide for your comfort, health requirements and administrative needs, and give you the necessary religious guidance, in accordance with my instructions to this effect.”Thousands of Moroccan pilgrims perform Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, every year. read more

Stocks rise on ECB hopes

The Toronto stock market was positive Thursday as traders felt more positive about the eurozone debt crisis following a commitment from the president of the European Central Bank to protect the euro.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 79 points to 11,571.51 after Mario Draghi said that the “ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.” The TSX Venture Exchange was up 5.71 points to 1,178.03.The Canadian dollar surged 0.75 of a cent to 99.25 cents US, supported by rising commodity prices.U.S. markets also ran ahead with the Dow Jones industrials up 226.41 points to 12,902.46.The Nasdaq climbed 44.01 points to 2,898.25 and the S&P 500 index gained 21.07 points to 1,358.96.The eurozone debt crisis has weighed on markets for over two years. Greece, Portugal and Ireland — all countries saddled with huge debts — have been forced to seek bailouts. The crisis has more recently moved to Italy and Spain, which have been forced to pay ever higher yields in order to finance their debts.Market-watchers took Draghi’s comment as a signal that the ECB could be more willing to intervene in markets to lower those borrowing rates — which the bank has in recent months said is not part of its mandate.Market sentiment had also been given a boost already on Wednesday, when ECB policymaker Ewald Nowotny suggested that Europe’s bailout fund could be given a banking licence. That would give it the ability to borrow money from the ECB. Such a move would be of particular significance for Spain and Italy as the current bailout fund does not have enough money to rescue them both.The yield on Spain’s 10-year government bonds fell sharply following Draghi’s comments, moving down 40 basis points to 6.94 per cent. Anything over seven per cent is considered unsustainable in the long run.Despite the positive reaction on markets, there was some skepticism that the eurozone crisis has turned a corner.“We have heard this type of aggressive rhetoric before and look where we are,” observed Ian Pollick, Fixed Income Strategist at RBC Dominion Securities. “It is worth taking these comments with a hint of optimism and a hint of skepticism.”The prospect of further ECB action helped take some of the sting from a run of largely disappointing earnings reports.The gold sector helped limit gains on the TSX after Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) reported quarterly net earnings fell to US$750 million, or 75 cents per share, $1.16 billion a year ago. The results missed analyst expectations by 18 cents per share, according to average estimates from Thomson Reuters.Barrick also said it has launched a review of its mines and projects to determine which ones offer enough return on the investment and its shares dropped $2.62 or 7.6 per cent to $31.87.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 64 cents to $35.48 even as it reported a 45 per cent drop in second-quarter net earnings from a year ago. It said gold prices remained under pressure for much of quarter and cited production shortfalls at its Red Lake operation. The miner reported adjusted net earnings of $332 million, or 41 cents per share, missing analyst expectations by six cents.Bullion gained $10.50 to US$1,618.60 an ounce.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) shares fell 62 cents to $44.67 as the fertilizer giant reported second-quarter earnings of C$522 million, or 60 cents per share, down from $840 million a year ago. The company said while the results reflect strong underlying performance, earnings were impacted by a $341 million impairment recorded on its investment in Chinese fertilizer company Sinofert Holdings Ltd.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were on average expecting earnings per share of 99 cents. The company also warned of lower than anticipated profits for 2012.Other commodities advanced with September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.34 to US$90.31 a barrel. The energy sector was up 1.6 per cent as Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) climbed 71 cents to $31.86.The base metals sector rose 1.7 per cent as copper gained five cents to US$3.42 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) rose 16 cents to $8.33.Railroad stocks also advanced with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) up another $2.50 to $81.47 after the company issued a well-received earnings report on Wednesday. Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) was up $2.18 to $89.01.Financials were also supportive with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) ahead 44 cents to $50.83.In other earnings news, Dow Chemical Co. said its second-quarter net income fell 34 per cent to US$649 million or 55 cents a share as weaker demand led to lower prices. Softness in Europe and a stronger dollar also weighed on results. The biggest chemical maker in the U.S. missed Wall Street estimates by nine cents and its shares lost 63 cents to US$29.64.Overseas, major companies like engineering group Siemens and carmaker Volkswagen warned that the economic slowdown in Europe would hurt profits in coming quarters.Consumer goods maker Unilever was a bright spot after reporting a strong rise in profits. But its improvement in business was due to growth outside of Europe, where sales in fact fell.European courses jumped following the ECB president’s comments with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 1.3 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 1.9 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 jumped 3.36 per cent. read more

Dullas regrets Mervyns proposal Audio

Mervyn’s proposal to Pillay wrongThe government today apologised to the public “marriage proposal” made by Minister Mervyn Silva to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Minister Silva said that the UN Human Rights Chief should learn more about Sri Lanka’s history and not attempt to critisise the country without knowing the facts. (Colombo Gazette) Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that it was wrong for such a comment to be made and so h apologised on behalf of the government. He also said that under the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights the issue of the abuse of women is also addressed.“This is not an attempt to score points with anyone. This is just wrong,” he said. Minister Mervyn Silva had recently openly proposed to Pillay saying he is ready to marry her in order to keep her in Sri Lanka and show her what the country has to offer.Speaking at an event in Maradana the Minister had said that although he is over 40 years old his body still works like his hands.“If Muslims can marry four women what’s wrong in me marrying one more woman? We also should have a small chance,” the Minister said in the presence of Buddhist clergy at the event. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “Pillay’s age is just two years less than that of my mother.  How do you think I will feel if someone makes a marriage proposal to my mother. That is wrong. So I want to express regret on behalf of the entire cabinet,” he said. read more

Annan arrives in Beirut on eve of Arab League summit

The Secretary-General, who is scheduled to address the opening of the summit tomorrow, will also hold a number of bilateral meetings on Wednesday afternoon in the margins of the summit, according to a UN spokesman. Later in the day, he is slated to attend a dinner in honour of the heads of delegations hosted by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.On Thursday, the Secretary-General will meet with UN officials based in the region, including Terje Roed-Larsen, his Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, and Steffan de Mistura, Mr. Annan’s Personal Envoy for southern Lebanon.The Secretary-General is also scheduled to meet Thursday with the Force Commanders of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), as well as with the Chief of Staff of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). In addition, he will hold a “town hall meeting” with UN staff based in Beirut. read more

Cavaliers Defeat Bucks 9987 in Preseason Opener

Tristan Thompson led with 17 points and Kyrie Irving scored 14, taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in a preseason game Tuesday night.Mike Brown returned to the Cavs bench as head coach after he was fired following the 2009-10 season. He then went to the Lakers where he coached five games into the season before he was fired again.The Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points and shooting guard Stephen Graham led the team with 15 points.Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter and left the game for X-rays, which came back negative. He made 6 points in nine minutes. More testing is expected for Ilyasova in the coming week.“I’ve twisted that ankle before, but never that bad,” said Ilyasova, who landed badly after getting tangled up with Cleveland’s C.J. Miles. “It really hurts when I step on it. I’ll get a lot of treatment and we’ll see, but it’s the first game and it’s really disappointing.”The Bucks came close to winning without key players including Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachulia and Ekpe Udoh, who are also sidelined because of injuries. read more