Call for action on family violence

first_imgBay of Plenty Times 16 July 2012Government agencies are failing those who need help most, a children’s advocate says.  Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, who is based in the Western Bay, believes “at risk” families can not access the support they need, resulting in violence in the home.  The call comes in response to a Bay of Plenty Times Weekend story about convicted child abuser Reuben Anthony Major. Major pleaded guilty to five representative counts of assault on a child aged under 14, in the Tauranga District Court on Friday.  “I think there’s a huge lack of access to support for parents and too often the response is after-the-fact,” Mr McCoskrie said. “We’ve stretched our resources so far, CYFs are overloaded and they’re not able to deal with cases like this that deserve more attention, and they go under the radar.”http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/call-for-action-on-family-violence/1454274/Man guilty of unspeakable abuseBay of Plenty TimesA Bay man repeatedly beat five children in his home – including kicking them with steel-capped boots and using a plastic pipe – in a reign of terror lasting two years. …He described a home environment involving violence, drug use, drunkenness and verbal abuse.http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/man-guilty-of-unspeakable-abuse/1454296/last_img read more

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Ship’s chief engineer drowns

first_imgJarabe was peeing when he fell fromthe ship and drowned, said Maestral. The fall and drowning of Mark GilJarabe, 29, of Vasquez Street, Surigao City before dawn on Saturday was caughtby a nearby closed circuit television camera. Around 12:55 a.m. on Saturday, M/V Yohan operations manager Joel Retesaalerted the police; he was anxious because had not seen Jarabe return to theirship. The camera caught Jarabe returning tothe ship; he later went out to pee. Jarabe’s body was found hours aftercolleagues reported him missing to the police. “The security camera footage showedthere was no foul play in this case. Jarabe accidentally fell into the water.He was obviously drunk,” stressed Maestral./PN ILOILO City – The chief engineer of aship serving the Guimaras-Iloilo route and vice versa died. He fell from theship docked at the wharf in Buenavista, Guimaras and drowned. According to Police Colonel HectorMaestral, Guimaras police director, Jarabe was the chief engineer of M/V Yohan. He went on a drinking bingewith porters late Friday night. As part of the initial investigation,the police reviewed the recording of the security camera of a nearby localtourism office.last_img read more

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Ex-DOH chief bats for COVID lab czar for better testing

first_imgTan said the government must intensifycontact tracing efforts and be aggressive in addressing the stigma that hascaused front-liners, patients, and their families to be discriminated against. The COVID laboratory czar shallfacilitate the timely release of results to allow local government units andhospitals to immediately containing the infection, and he/she must report tothe public the updated inventory of test kits to resolve panic. Quezon’S Rep. Angelina Tan, anotherchairperson of the DCC health cluster, cited the importance of bridging thegaps in the current information dissemination system. Tan also proposed the creation of a“War Council” to provide further assistance to the DOH as it addresses thecrisis. The council shall consist of representatives from the government, theprivate sector, and the academe. Garin also pushed for the continuityof other public health programs apart from efforts against the virus,considering that there has been increasing mortality among non-COVID-19patients. Garin, who co-chairs the House ofRepresentatives’ Defeat COVID-19 Committee health cluster, made the proposalduring an April 16 virtual meeting. ILOILO – Former Department of Healthsecretary and now congresswoman Janette Garin (1st District) is proposing theappointment of a laboratory czar to oversee the country’s testing for coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19).center_img “We see in this situation what kind of healthcare system we have.We could have responded better, but we still have time,” Tan said. A medical doctor by profession, shestressed the need for timely test results and simplified laboratory operations,noting that a laboratory czar should be installed so that all COVID-19laboratories are aligned and are maximized to their full capacity. Tan urged the Department of theInterior and Local Government (DILG) to aid the Department of Health (DOH) incascading accurate and latest updates for Filipino families to understand thatthe fight against Covid-19 “begins at home.” “In a pandemic, we target reducedmorbidity and mortality. We look for the virus, isolate, and make it extinct.But we continuously take care of our people, remembering that other illnesseskill. Public health is complicated, but if united, we are more capacitated,”she said. She added: “I believe we still havetime to fix the healthcare system. We really need to invest in health.Together, let us fight COVID-19 and heal as one.” (PNA/PN)last_img read more

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EHS grad looking to shine at national woodsman competition

first_imgBlake Wilder, an Ellsworth High School graduate and former resident of Lamoine, is competing in a national woodsman event this weekend in New York City.PHOTO BY MEGAN MIVILLELAMOINE — Blake Wilder doesn’t look anything like the big, bearded, burly Paul Bunyan of lumberjack folklore, but he is every bit as talented.Currently ranked the best male woodsman competitor in the Northeast, Wilder will compete nationally June 20 at the Stihl Timbersports Series National Championship in Central Park in New York City.“The smaller you are, the more technique you have to have,” said Wilder, who is a lean 6 feet and 160 pounds.The former Lamoine resident and recent graduate of Unity College qualified for the event after winning the Northeast Regional Stihl Challenge at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWilder never knew anything about the woodsman competitions until he enrolled at Unity.“I just picked up an ax and found out I was good at it,” he said. “It’s a tradition that not many people get to experience. It gives one the experience of what lumberjacks had to go through.”At their peak in 1906, there were 500,000 lumberjacks using hand tools — the ax and cross cut saw — to fell trees. Over time, mechanized equipment replaced traditional lumberjack skills.PHOTO BY MEGAN MIVILLEBut the perennial competitions in the old lumber camps to see who was the best have evolved into today’s lumberjack competitions.“That’s where it really all started,” said Wilder, who worked two summers for Tina Scheer at her Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton.A 2011 graduate of Ellsworth High School, Wilder was captain of the football team, ran cross-country and wrestled.He graduated from Unity this year and is currently working full time with the Fairfield Police Department.In New York this weekend, Wilder will face five competitors from across the country.Their collegiate event will be held in the same place and on the same day as the professional level event.There are four contests: the Underhand Chop, where competitors stand on a piece of wood and chop it beneath their feet; the Standing Block, which replicates chopping down a tree; the Single Buck Saw, which is a 6-foot-long saw operated by one man, and the Stock Saw.“The Stock Saw is literally a saw pulled off a shelf and given to us,” Wilder said. “We have 4 inches within which we have to make two cuts.”Competitors wear chain mail socks over their socks and in their sneakers, which Wilder said makes it more likely to break a foot rather than cut it.Wilder said there are strategies involved in each event, such as certain patterns and chopping one side first and then the other.Competitors bring their own ax and single buck saw. Other equipment is provided by the organizers of the competition.The high carbon steel ax Wilder uses is made by Tuatahi of Australia and New Zealand.“No one else seems to know the proper mixture of metals,” Wilder said.To demonstrate the ax’s quality, Wilder shaved the hair off one arm with his ax.He plans to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in August. His ultimate goal is to become involved in conservation law. Latest Posts Jacqueline WeaverReporter at The Ellsworth AmericanJacqueline’s beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.jweaver@ellsworthamerican.com Blurred lines – September 4, 2019 Latest posts by Jacqueline Weaver (see all)center_img Bio Quimby makes plans to revive Ocean Wood Campground – September 6, 2019 In fashion – October 9, 2019last_img read more

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Mass brawl mars Olympique Marseille’s rare win at PSG

first_imgPARIS: Olympique Marseille earned a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain after forward Florian Thauvin struck in the 31st minute of a pulsating though ill-tempered match at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.Littered with fouls throughout, the clash boiled over in the last minute of stoppage time with referee Jerome Brisard sending off five players after a full scale brawl broke out on the pitch. Paris Saint Germain’s Neymar, Laywin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes as well as Marseille’s duo of Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi were given their marching orders after rival players threw punches and kicks at each other. But it did not bother Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas after the 1993 European Cup winners celebrated their first league win against PSG since November 2011. “A tough and important win as well as a historic one,” Villas-Boas told reporters after his side condemned last season’s Champions League runners-up to a second successive defeat following a 1-0 opening day setback at Lens. “We struggled to cope with PSG’s early pressure because they are very good at it, but we found a way to grind out a great victory. It wasn’t pretty and we suffered.” Thauvin scored against the run of play, steering in a Dimitri Payet free kick inside the near post from close range after the home side had come close through Marco Verratti and Neymar, who also missed a pair of chances in the second half. Missing several first-team regulars who had contracted the COVID-19 virus, PSG pressed hard in the closing stages but Marseille’s rugged defence held firm. PSG sports director Leonardo, a former World Cup winner with Brazil, criticised the referee’s actions. “A total of 14 cards were brandished and five of them were red, which means the match got out of control,” Leonardo told the Telefoot television channel. “(Brisard) lost his head. He officiated the League Cup final but he doesn’t have the experience for this kind of fixture.” After the match, Neymar tweeted: “My only regret is not hitting him in the face.” Minutes later, he came up with another tweet, saying: “VAR catching my “aggression” is easy, now I want to see the image of the racist calling me a monkey, that I want to see! What’s up? REEL u punish me, CASCUDO I am expelled, what about them? What’s up.” After the match, Villas-Boas defended his player Gonzalez as he accused Angel Di Maria of spitting at one of his players. “Alvaro is an experienced player. There is no room for racism in football, but I don’t think that’s it. Neymar was a little annoyed by this situation at the end of the match. I hope that will not distract from this victory. We also have Di Maria who spat on one of our players. It was a Clasico and we must remember this historic victory for OM,” Goal.com quoted Boas as saying. Agencies Also Watch: Watch: River Flows Inside People’s Bedroomlast_img read more

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Six Nations dates confirmed

first_img(BBC) – The Six Nations has confirmed its dates for the outstanding fixtures from the 2020 men’s and women’s championships.Both competitions were suspended in March amid the coronavirus pandemic with four matches in the men’s event to be completed and six in the women’s.Ireland will face Italy at the Aviva Stadium on October 24 to resume the men’s tournament.The last round of the competition, involving all six teams, will take place on October 31.Wales will face Scotland at a venue yet to be confirmed, Italy will host England at the Stadio Olimpico and France will play Ireland at the Stade de France.England are top of the standings in the men’s competition with 13 points, ahead of France on points difference.The women’s competition will resume with Scotland facing France and Ireland taking on Italy on October 24.On October 31, Wales play Scotland, Italy host England and France face Ireland.The remaining fixture between Italy and Scotland will be played on December 5.England also lead the women’s competition, eight points ahead of France, who have a game in hand.Six Nations said it had prioritised “the health and safety of players, associated staff and supporters” in rescheduling the matches.“We remain in close contact with all relevant authorities across the respective jurisdictions to ensure these matches take place in a safe environment and we will announce further details of health and safety protocols and guidance on spectator attendance in due course,” it added.Wales will have to host their home fixtures away from the Principality Stadium after chief executive Martyn Phillips confirmed there will be no more international matches at the ground this year because it is being used as a temporary hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby approved a new temporary international window to allow the Six Nations to be completed.The 2020 men’s Autumn Tests are set to be replaced by an eight-team tournament in which the Six Nations sides will be joined by Japan and Fiji and which will begin on November 14.last_img read more

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Nenagh V Fairview Munster Junior Cup venue switched

first_imgKick-off is at 12.30pm. Leicester look to build on their win over Liverpool when they host Hull at 3pm. In the other afternoon kick-offs, Stoke host Middlesbrough, Burnley go to Swansea, West Brom take on Crystal Palace and Watford play Southampton. The 5.30 game could prove key in the race for the Champions League places with Liverpool welcoming Arsenal to Anfield. The kick-off time is unchanged – it remains 2 o’clock.Meanwhile, Manchester United will be aiming to move into the Premier League’s top-four this lunchtime. Jose Mourinho’s without attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their clash with Bournemouth at Old Trafford – he remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.last_img read more

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David Beckham announces his retirement from football aged 38

first_imgFormer England captain David Beckham announces his retirement from football aged 38 after a glittering career at the top level.David Beckham has announced his retirement from football aged 38 after a glittering career.The midfielder, who celebrated winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain last weekend, had been offered a new deal by the French club but Beckham said that the “time is right” to hang up his boots.“I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” said Beckham, who signed a five-month deal with PSG after leaving LA Galaxy.Beckham joined Manchester United as a 14-year-old and made 398 appearances for the Red Devils, winning six Premier League titles, the Champions League and two FA Cups.He continued: “If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I’m fortunate to have realised those dreams.” Former England captain Beckham made his international debut against Moldova in 1996, making his 115th and final England appearance in a 3-0 win over Belarus back in 2009.“To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country,” Beckham continued.“I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country.“I’m honoured to represent England both on and off the pitch. I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.”Beckham also paid tribute to his family for supporting him during his career.“I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family,” he said.“I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realise my dreams.I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support.”last_img read more

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Cats take Bombers to the limit

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsOn paper, the L.V. Rogers Bombers should have no trouble dealing with the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.But that’s only on paper.Tuesday, at the South Slocan-based school gymnasium, the Cats gave the Bombers everything they could handle during a 75-62 loss to LVR in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action.LVR, coming off a lacklustre performance during the final game of the Fulton Maroons tournament Saturday in Vernon, continued to struggle early against the Wildcats.Paced by the all-around play from senior Steven Hernandez and Grade 11 forward Zach Grigg, the Wildcats took the early lead in the game.John Zak keyed the Bomber comeback to help the visitors to a 14-13 first quarter advantage.LVR increased the margin to 32-25 at recess.The Cats kept pace with the Bombers in the second half and trailed by only six points with 150 seconds left in the game.However, the hosts could not overcome the deficit before falling to the Bombers.Zak led the Bombers with 26 points while Clay Rickaby added 16.Replying for Mount Sentinel was Grigg with 22 points and Hernandez with 17.The Bombers return to action Thursday when the club hosts rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail at the Hangar.The Senior Girl’s tip off the two-game night at 5 p.m. with the boy’s tilt to follow at 6:30 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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New orchid species from Japan lives on dark forest floor, never blooms

first_imgResearcher Kenji Suetsugu of Kobe University has found flowering plants of a new species of orchid on Japan’s Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima islands, now named Gastrodia amamiana.G. amamiana belongs to a group of mycoheterotrophic orchids that live on dark forest floors, do not use photosynthesis to get their nutrients, and steal nutrition from fungi instead. G. amamiana’s flowers likely never open up or bloom.Researchers have already found evidence of tree thinning close to where G. amamiana was discovered, and they worry that logging could dry the soil and consequently the fungi that the orchid depends on. From Japan’s Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima islands, researchers have described a new-to-science species of orchid that produces dark brown flowers that likely never bloom.Kenji Suetsugu of the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, together with independent scientists Hidekazu Morita, Yohei Tashiro, Chiyoko Hara and Kazuki Yamamuro, came across the flower during a flora survey of the islands’ evergreen forests. When they looked at the orchid closely, they found that it belonged to the genus Gastrodia, a group of mycoheterotrophic orchids that don’t use photosynthesis to get their nutrients, instead stealing nutrition from fungi.Suetsugu, who has been documenting Japan’s mycoheterotrophs and has described new species of such orchids in the past, has named the orchid from Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima islands Gastrodia amamiana. He described the plant in a new study published in Phytotaxa.Like many mycoheterotrophs, G. amamiana can be found lurking in the dark understory of forests where sunlight hardly penetrates. Without light, the orchid has evolved to find food without photosynthesis by relying on the network of fungi underneath the forest floor.It has another peculiar trait: it bears fruit despite flowers that likely never open. Suetsugu posits that the plant probably self-pollinates because it lives on dark forest floors where insect pollinators like bees and butterflies seldom visit.The act of opening up a flower uses critical resources, and without insect pollinators to open it for, the orchid may have evolved to never bloom, Suetsugu writes.To date, G. amamiana is known from only two locations, one each on Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima. In both locations, the researchers found some 20 flowering individuals within a dense forest dominated by the evergreen Itajii Chinkapin tree (Castanopsis sieboldii).The Amami-Oshima forest where the species was found, however, could soon become logged, Suetsugu writes. The researchers have already seen evidence of tree thinning close to where G. amamiana was discovered, and the dry soil that results from this could dry out the fungi that the orchid depends on, he writes.“These field surveys rely on cooperation from independent scientists, and our resources are limited, meaning that some species may reach extinction without ever being discovered by humans,” Suetsugu said in a statement. “The discovery of G. amamiana highlights the importance of the forests of Amami-Oshima. We hope that revealing these new species will draw more attention to the environmental threat faced by these regions.”Gastrodia amamiana, a new species that bears fruit without opening its flowers. Image courtesy of Kobe University.Citation:Suetsugu, K. (2019). Gastrodia amamiana (Orchidaceae; Epidendroideae; Gastrodieae), a new completely cleistogamous species from Japan. Phytotaxa, 413(3), 225-230. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.413.3.3 Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Green, New Species, Orchids, Plants, Research, Species Discovery, Wildlife last_img read more

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