Virat Kohli hopes to ‘never look back’ after razing Australia in Bengaluru

first_imgVirat Kohli was at his imperious best in the post-match presentation ceremony after India wrapped up a memorable victory over Australia in Bengaluru to draw level in the four-match series. (Scorecard)India had to keep fighting back after being crushed in Pune by 333 runs. They were then bowled out for a modest 189 in the first innnings of the second Test, Australia took a handy 87-run lead and then a resolute partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane was laid to waste by Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc on the fourth morning.Watch: Love watching Virat Kohli on the ground: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayBy the end of all the drama, Australia needed only 188 to win the Test and take an invincible lead in the series. But India had other plans. An off-colour R Ashwin found his turn and loop and bounce and natural variation to run throuugh the Autralian line-up as the hosts pulled off a stunning win. (Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tries to cheat)Kohli, said he wanted to bounce back because his players wanted to prove to themselves what they can achieve.”After losing the first Test the way we did, we wanted to bounce back and not show anyone but ourselves what we are made of. They showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. It was about taking responsibility,” Kohli said. (Ravichandran Ashwin concedes he was trying too hard after storming back to form)Kohli was impressed with the team’s stomach for a fight. He also lauded the crowd for their support: “The way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable.”advertisementKohli said he was confident of hitting back when the Aussies failed to get a big enough total in their first innings.”The moment they did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance. After conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi’s knock in the end, Ishant’s application, that was a bonus. (Ravichandran Ashwin takes revenge on Mitchell Starc, pockets 6/41)”We would have liked anything over 200, we thought from 225 there was only one winner. The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can’t wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now.”last_img read more

Chief Perry Bellegarde opens AFN meeting with plea to end racism violence

first_imgREGINA – The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations has opened the organization’s annual meeting with an impassioned plea to end racism.Perry Bellegarde said First Nations face alarming acts of hatred and violence and it must stop.“Every child has a right to a safe and healthy home and to grow up in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect and have the same opportunities as other children,” Bellegarde told the assembly in Regina Tuesday.“The violence, the racism, the discrimination has to end.”Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she shares his concerns.Wilson-Raybould said one way to address racism is through education.“We need to ensure that we do everything that we can to address those realities,” said Wilson-Raybould, who was at the AFN meeting.“We all need to understand the history and the realities of Indigenous peoples in this country.”Bellegarde cited the hateful reaction to murder charges against a white Saskatchewan farmer in the death of an Indigenous man named Colton Boushie.Boushie, 22, of the Red Pheasant First Nation, was shot and killed while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm last August.Bellegarde spoke of the counter protests to First Nations seeking the removal of a statue in Halifax of Edward Cornwallis, who founded that city in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps.On Canada Day, a group of off-duty Canadian military men disrupted a spiritual event at the statue marking the suffering of Indigenous peoples.The men, who now face a military investigation and possible expulsion from the Forces, said they were members of the Proud Boys, a self-declared group of “western chauvinists” who have said they are tired of apologizing for “creating the modern world.”Bellegarde also referenced recent deaths in Thunder Bay, Ont., that has struggled with tensions between local police and Indigenous people.The mysterious deaths of Indigenous teenagers Tammy Keeash and Josiah Begg in Thunder Bay have made headlines across Canada.A Statistics Canada report in June found most of the police-reported hate incidents in Thunder Bay were against Indigenous people, accounting for 29 per cent of all anti-Aboriginal hate crimes across Canada in 2015.On Monday, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission announced that Sen. Murray Sinclair, former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools, will oversee a probe into the city’s police services board.Chief Bobby Cameron, head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents First Nations in Saskatchewan, called for tougher hate crime legislation.“How many people have to die until we take this seriously,” said Cameron.Bellegarde said First Nations need to work with other Canadians to solve these problems.He also touched on the embattled missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry.“This is not simply a policy matter for us, this is about our families,” he said.“So we need to support the work of those commissioners and their staff. We need to pray with them. We need to hold them up. We need to lift them up.”last_img read more

Dispatches from Juno How CPs war correspondents told the story of DDay

first_imgOTTAWA — Dispatches from Ross Munro, William (Bill) Stewart and other war correspondents were how many Canadians in 1944 learned details of the June 6 D-Day landings and the fighting that followed. The following selections from the work of the two Canadian Press war correspondents — drawn from copies of published versions of their stories, from copies of Canadian Press originals and from past reprints — include reports on:— the personal message of the Canadian army commander to forces on the eve of battle;— the embarkation and crossing of the forces to Normandy;— the fighting in the first hours of the landings;— the determined actions of Canadians against pillboxes and a concrete gun emplacement;— the taking of a walled German coastal defence headquarters established in a chateau;— the encounters of a reconnaissance tank one night;— the befriending of a dog named Ffoomph by a Canadian war correspondent (a story partly about Stewart that carries a CP-Reuters credit);— the hazards facing tanks both in towns and in fields;— a memorial service held less than two weeks after the landings to honour those who lost their lives in the initial storming of the beaches.The headlines on the stories by Stewart, who died in 2004, and Munro, who died in 1990, were written for this item and are not original.___CANADIAN ARMY COMMANDER’S PERSONAL MESSAGE TO FORCES ON EVE OF INVASIONBy Ross MunroCanadian Press War Correspondent(Copyright 1944 by The Canadian Press)WITH THE CANADIAN INVASION FORCES, June 6 – (CP Cable) – Lt.-Gen. H. D. G. Crerar, C.B., D.S.O., the Canadian army commander, sent this personal message to Canadian assault forces on the eve of embarkation for the invasion of continental Europe:“It is impossible for me to speak to each one of you, but by means of this personal message. I want all ranks of the Canadian Army to know what is in my mind, as the hour approaches when we go forward into battle.“I have complete confidence in our ability to meet the tests which lie ahead. We are excellently trained and equipped. The quality of both the senior and junior leadership is of the highest. As Canadians, we inherit military characteristics which were feared by the enemy in the last Great War. They will be still more feared before this war terminates.“Canadian formations in the assault landing will have a vital part to play. Plans, preparations, methods and technique which will be employed are based on knowledge and experience, bought and paid for by the 2nd Canadian Division at Dieppe. The contribution of that hazardous operation cannot be overestimated. It will prove to have been an essential prelude to our forthcoming and final success.“We enter into this decisive phase of the war with calm confidence in our abilities and with grim determination to finish quickly and unmistakably this job we came overseas to do.“As in 1918, in Italy and in Northwest Europe we will hit the enemy again and again, until, at some not distant time, converging Allied armies link together and we will be rejoined, in victory, with our comrades of the first Canadian corps.”___‘HERE’S THE DOPE. WE’RE SAILING FOR FRANCE TO OPEN THE SECOND FRONT’By William StewartWITH THE ALLIED INVASION FORCES, June 6, (CP Cable) — We sailed for France with the invasion forces for the greatest military operation of all time on a cool, grey evening with hundreds of invasion ships dotted along the Channel like stepping-stones leading to the continent.First ships to set out on the water-borne crusade raised anchor on the morning of June 5. They were the slower ships carrying tanks and heavier equipment.Departure of the invasion craft in their blue and grey war paint continued all through the day of June 5 although the weather looked like anything but invasion weather. Invasion troops and invasion weapons had all been aboard and ready to sail since late the preceding Saturday.I was with the Canadians who spent the two days waiting to sail checking and rechecking their equipment.On the little ship on which I was travelling with the headquarters of an assault formation, there was an exercise in transferring to the much smaller craft that were to take us ashore. The army and navy men on our ships were old friends. They had been on several invasion exercises together.As we got under way a major summoned army personnel and told them: “Here’s the dope. We’re sailing for France to open the Second Front.”There was no cheering. The news was a relief to most because it had been so long coming. The great event didn’t dim anyone’s spirits. There were countless jokes about the invasion and about possible mishaps and predicaments.As we got under way officers and men went to their bunks to catch precious sleep. And, as the night progressed, the sea seemed calmer. The ship’s roll was reduced to a slight sway.About five o’clock the morning of June 6, two columns of black smoke ashore were visible. Bombers could be seen flying in to targets in front of us. The heavy thuds of bombs exploding could be felt right through the ship.The naval bombardment then opened up in earnest and the ship shuddered gently every few seconds from the concussion of other ships’ guns. Spitfires patrolled the skies ceaselessly.It was seven o’clock when the infantry ships dropped their assault boats for the bobbing trip to the beaches. The water was rough and some were seasick.The bombardment was still proceeding fiercely and within a half hour of leaving the ships the assault forces were wading up the enemy beaches.The Invasion of Europe had begun.___CANADIAN INVASION FORCES WIN BEACHHEAD AND MOVE INLANDBy Ross MunroWITH CANADIAN FORCES LANDING IN FRANCE, June 6, 1944 (CP Cable) — In two hours and 45 minutes of fighting on the beaches here, the Canadian invasion force won its beach-head and shoved on inland.At 10:45 this morning the Canadian commander (Gen. Keller) sent this message to Gen. Crerar, G.O.C. 1st Canadian Army: “Beach head taken. Well on way to intermediate objective.”The strip of coast won by the Canadians in this initial assault was quite narrow, but it gave them the beaches and provided a base for further penetration.There was some stiff street fighting in the little coast towns and the Canadians also met considerable enemy fire on the beaches and as they worked their way into the defences. They had to overcome numerous steel and wooden obstacles which were placed out on the tidal part of the beach and which were covered at high tide to trap landing craft. However, the assault went in at 7:15 a.m. just as the tide began to rise and many of these obstacles were cleared away by engineers before the water covered them, thus enabling followup craft to beach and unload.Some casualties were suffered in the assault by the Canadians from enemy machine-guns, mortars and artillery fire.By 10:00 a.m. the Canadians were about 1,000 yards inland and going strong, meeting only small pockets of Germans. The first prisoners were taken and identified as belonging to a coastal unit. On other parts of the front near us the operation is moving along. Canadian and British airborne troops did a good job when they dropped and came in by gliders at 3:30 this morning. They captured several bridges and held them.Cruisers provided very effective support to the Canadians and one cruiser knocked out a troublesome battery about a mile and a half from the coast with six direct hits.Enemy tanks are reported about 10 to 15 miles south of the beach-head and some enemy transport is also moving.Up to noon the German air force has not shown up. It is estimated to have 2,350 aircraft in western Europe but it looks as if the air attack will come tonight.The French coast is still wreathed in smoke driving far down the Channel. In some of the bombarded towns, fires are burning …So far the operation seems to have gone as well as could be expected. Destroyers and gunboats are cruising up and down the coastline banging away at last coastal points of resistance on our beach.Now the rest of the assault troops are going in. I am going ashore with them.___INFANTRY FIGHTS THROUGH SHOWER OF GRENADES TO TAKE EMPLACEMENTBy Ross MunroCanadian Press War CorrespondentWITH THE CANADIANS IN FRANCE, June 6, 1944 (Delayed) — (CP Cable) — One of the toughest actions of the invasion assault on this Canadian sector was fought by an eastern Canada regiment which dashed from their landing craft straight across the wide-open beach and drove the Germans from their strongest defence position for miles along the coast.(Other than announcing that the Canadian 3rd division is in France, headquarters has named no specific Canadian units).This big concrete gun emplacement was on the dunes at the back of an anti-tank gun and several heavy machine gun posts. A tunnel and trench system led to other posts along a 10-foot concrete wall stretching 100 yards.It looks like a popular conception of a section of the Atlantic Wall, which it is, but it is the only one of its kind we have seen. This section is on the eastern edge of the coastal town of Bernieres-Sur-Mer.Lieut. Bill Herbert of Toronto fought his way into a gabled house near the emplacement and gave covering fire with Bren guns while other infantrymen went in under a shower of German stick grenades and machine gun bullets to drive the Germans from the emplacement.Losses were not light but the job was accomplished and it stands out among the many actions fought this D-Day.Lieut. Hank Elliott of Toronto was another officer who did exceptionally well in the action just west of Bernieres where he led his decimated platoon against a line of 10 pillboxes and wiped them out.As the unit pushed inland it encountered some German 88-MM guns and it was there that Lieut. Ben Dunkelman of Toronto stood out. He was the mortar officer and fired against the gun positions until the mortars were red hot.In Bernieres, one of the first towns to fall to Canadian assault troops, the “Canadian flag” — a large red ensign with a Union Jack in one corner and the Dominion’s coat of arms in another, was draped over the post office.___AFTER CAPTURING A CHATEAU, ONE OR TWO CANADIANS HEAD INLAND ON HORSESBy William StewartCanadian Press War CorrespondentWITH CANADIAN INVASION FORCES IN FRANCE, June 8 (Delayed) — The surprise with which the second front landings were carried out enabled Canadian assault troops to overcome a walled German coastal defence headquarters established in a small chateau about a mile from the shore.The Canadians raced to a concrete courtyard shortly after the barrage was laid down by invasion ships and hardly gave the Germans time to flee. From the appearance of offices and rooms inside the chateau built only a few years after the Great War, the Germans were totally unprepared for an attack on headquarters so quickly.By the windows there were cases of potato-masher grenades, some half opened and others apparently dropped at second and third-floor vantage points by men surprised at the sight of the invaders. Elaborate dugouts and ammunition pits in the orchard were not put to use by the Germans, so sudden was the Canadians’ arrival.There was some hand-to-hand fighting inside the chateau and after the Canadians had gone one German was found dead and three wounded in the stables. The Canadians removed the horses from the stables and sallied farther inland, one or two of the soldiers astride fine mounts.In the chateau’s long lecture hall, the end walls emblazoned with a swastika, a mounted German flag and German eagle, there were sand-table miniatures of part of the coast. These reproduced defence positions and models of invasion craft.Charts on the walls showed pictures of various types of British troops.The dugouts were really elaborate, furnished with leather-seated office chairs, wardrobes, washrooms and such conveniences as electric lights and running water.___WILD FORAY IN GERMAN LINES BY RECONNAISSANCE TANKBy Ross MunroWITH THE CANADIANS IN FRANCE, June 9 — (Delayed) — (CP Cable) — They had practically written off the “Honey” tank and its crew when “Shorty” drove it back into camp with only one gun working, the hull scorched by grenade and shell blasts.TR. J. C. (Shorty) Mackenzie of Cape Norands, Que., driver of this speedy reconnaissance tank, climbed from the bow turret, his smoke begrimed face black as a minstrel’s, and told me the story of a wild foray in the German lines on the perimeter of the beachhead.“We are away out in front, our Shermans making reconnaissance and we come to a town so we button down our turrets and belt right through the main street wide open, with Jerries bouncing grenades off us,” he said.With this one-time miner in the tank were Trs. Harry (Happy) Webb, Welland, Ont., and Wilfred (Bing) Miller, Walkerton, Ont., and a sergeant who doesn’t want to be named but who fought in tanks for three months in Italy and knows his way around.“An 88 (Millimetre Gun) opens up on us so I zig-zagged our Honey around a field. The fourth shot was so close it rocked us and the fifth nearly got us but we breezes off,” Mackenzie continued.“We go down the road and we’re breezing right along, see, when we run right into a Jerry camp. There is a barrier over the road, so I swings honey around and beats it back, with Jerries leaping outta bushes and heaving grenades at us and smacking us with machine guns. They’re all around the tank a couple of times and we beat them off with our guns. We’re getting bashed around and our guns are going out of action.“It wasn’t long before we had only one revolver and one machine gun left. It got dark, though, and we got outta that tight spot and went off in the fields flat-out, see. I guess we were half a mile or so from the Jerry camp so we decided to bed down alongside the tank for the night. A fellow has gotta sleep occasionally.“A German patrol found us, though, and sarge challenged the Jerries but there was no answer so we didn’t shoot and they didn’t either. A Jerry patrol commander just stood there with his men behind him and then went away. We thought we were going to get it for sure. Anyway, we got some sleep and when it got light we comes back to our outfit and were our guys surprised to see us show up. That sure was a night.”__FFOOMPH THE DOG: TRAINED BY GERMANS BUT FRIEND TO CANADIAN REPORTERWITH CANADIAN FORCES IN FRANCE, June 10 (CP-Reuters) — The Germans have abandoned Ffoomph.(Note to editors: There’s no use trying to confirm that spelling. In the first place the two f’s should be back to back. And anyway Ffoomph is not a town, but a big friendly German police dog.)Ffoomph is one of those big dogs the Germans had trained to warn of the enemy approach. But apparently Ffoomph was not happy in the service or else he was not a rabid Nazi.For when the Germans abandoned a headquarters in this sector Ffoomph was left behind in a paddock, deserted and forlorn; forlorn until the arrival of a contingent of Canadian war correspondents.Ffoomph, like most traitors, made a great fuss over the new occupants and insinuated himself into adoption by Bill Stewart, Canadian Press war correspondent, who speaks basic dog in three languages.After howling allegiance to the newsprint Commandos, the dog was formally adopted and christened Ffoomph, one of Cartoonist Stewart’s characters who is really a human gremlin; a well meaning one but awfully awkward.___FIELDS AND TOWNS FULL OF HAZARD FOR TANKSBy William StewartWITH THE CANADIANS IN FRANCE, June 13 — (CP Cable) — Canadian tank forces have supported the ground troops in Normandy from the moment of the landing. They have fought in some of the roughest battles, slugging it out with big and heavily-armoured panzers.The Canadians have suffered casualties but in one area alone they knocked out many enemy tanks. Their ace is Lieut. G. K. Henry, of Montreal, with a record of four enemy tanks knocked out and four probable since D-Day.This bridgehead area, with rolling fields, mostly unfenced and narrow roads cutting across ground where tall grain crops grow, is just about ideal for tank fighting – which is a battle of manoeuvre and co-ordinated fire rather sweeping, calvary-like charges.There is plenty of cover in the fields, high hedges and numerous little groves. However, the verdant nature of the bridgehead battlefield also is full of hazards for the unwary tank man because of a high velocity anti-tank gun may be concealed in the bushes, behind a haystack or even the next rise of ground.Tanks must lie in wait for a false move on the part of the opponent and often there is no second chance after a tactical error.Tanks avoid towns as battlegrounds unless infantry has been there first because the narrow streets make them ideal tank traps where the lumbering land battleships may be fired upon by anti-tank guns concealed in buildings.The Canadian tank commander said Shermans under his command quickly helped stabilize the assault forces when the landings were made and still prove a vital operational factor, aiding assault troops to move quickly to their objectives.On D-Day, for instance, the tanks fought up the beaches and helped infantrymen put concrete coastal emplacements out of action.Meanwhile ships unloading on beaches behind the British-Canadian sector of the bridgehead have brought in hundreds of Shermans since D-Day along with guns and other needed heavy equipment.___MEMORIAL HELD FOR ASSAULT FORCES DAYS AFTER SUCCESSFUL LANDINGSBy William StewartWITH THE CANADIAN FORCES in France, June 18 — (CP) — On a wind-swept square of sandy soil overlooking the sea a memorial service was held today for men of the Canadian assault force who died in the D-Day attack on the beaches of Normandy.The service was in a temporary graveyard where a few British and German dead also are buried. It was sponsored by officers and men of a British beach group as a tribute to the Canadians.Prayers were said by an honorary British captain who stood in battle dress, bareheaded, in a roped off enclosure of the little burial ground. A British padre in cassock and white surplice conducted the Protestant service and in the absence of a Jewish chaplain, read a prayer for the two Jewish soldiers buried there.A little group of French civilians from a nearby town, through which the assault troops fought their way, stood outside the enclosure to one side of the troops, and at the end of the service placed flowers at the foot of the white crosses on the graves.Honorary Major J. M. Malone, Edmonton, thanked the British troops for their gesture. He told them the Canadian troops fighting in France were from all parts of Canada and though those who died did not know of their success “it is owing to their sacrifice that we now are able to make further effort.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sioux Lookout calls out for help to deal with mental health addictions

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsOfficials in a small town in northwestern Ontario say they’re in desperate need of help to deal a mental health, addictions and homelessness crisis.“An ongoing crisis, it’s been here for really decades and it’s growing and growing,” Mayor Doug Lawrance told APTN News.Sioux Lookout, about 400 km north of Thunder Bay, is a service hub for dozens of First Nations.“And so there’s been now a migration of people from the north and then people brought out for justice reasons and health care reasons,” said Lawrance. “And many of those people who end up here on the streets are here with mental health, addictions issues.”And help for mental health and addictions isn’t close by.When Shannon Turtle decided it was time to go to treatment for her drug and alcohol addictions, she had to leave Sioux Lookout.It’s where she had become familiar with the streets.“We would always hang around downtown and I guess they say chip in for a bottle like anybody that had money you better come with me or come with us,” she said.It’s been 15 years since Turtle went to treatment and while she may no longer be using, the addictions problem in Sioux Lookout hasn’t gone away.There’s about 6,000 people living in Sioux Lookout – and about half are First Nations.The municipality sits on Treaty 3 traditional territory.To the north are 49 communities from Treaties 5 and 9 – also known as Nishnawbe Aski Nation.In the summer, the area is a popular tourist destination for Americans.But Lawrance says the town’s economy is 70 per cent based on serving First Nations.“So if you’re a teacher there’s probably 6 or 7 chances in 10 you’re here because northern First Nations students are here either at Pelican Falls High School, the local public board high school or at the various training centres.“If you’re in health care it’s probably because 85 per cent of the people that go through the Menoyawin Health Centre are Indigenous coming from the north,” he said.(The emergency shelter in Sioux Lookout sees 680 people a year. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN)Like many families in the north, Shannon Turtle’s mom relocated her family to Sioux Lookout to continue her education when she was in grade 10.But before long, Turtle was getting into trouble and was in and out of jail until she was about 20.“There was more things happening I guess in my life at the time where I didn`t deal with anything,” she said about her struggles.In a media release in May, the mayor said the town’s crisis is a “direct and consequential result of colonialism and historic trauma.”“I think there’s a lot of history, complex history there that involves many things,” he told APTN.The Anglican church operated Pelican Falls Indian residential school about 10 km from town before closing in the 70s.It’s now a high school for First Nations students from the north.Lawrance said the intergenerational trauma from government policies like residential schools is undeniable here and visible on the streets.Susan Barclay sees it every day at the emergency shelter.She says 680 people came through their doors last year.“Not all the folks that you might see downtown are using the shelter, many of them are not, many of them have their own place to live whether it’s here or possibly close by,” she said.“Some people are at the hostel because they’re here for medical and they wander downtown and they hang out with their friends and then they go back.”Last year the Kenora District Services Board opened a 20-unit supportive housing complex.Tenants pay rent and have access to local supports and services.The mayor says within months, calls for service to police went down 60 per cent.“So we need more of that, that’s just a drop in the bucket. It could be a 60-unit,” he said.“We need transitional housing, something where people can go who aren’t quite ready to go into supportive housing but with more supports even.”The closest detox and treatment centres are in Kenora and Thunder Bay, both hundreds of kilometers away.Another major barrier for people looking for help from Sioux Lookout and the north, said Barclay.“If people are seriously looking to make a change, they can’t even consider any kind of a treatment program moving forward unless they’ve done the detox,” she said. “You have to phone every day to check on the bed situation and the closest one that we’ve been able to get to say, yes we have a bed was Sault Ste. Marie but there’s another big barrier because most of our folks don’t have IDs and can’t fly.”Turtle said she tries to encourage those who are struggling and facing barriers.“They would say like, how do I do this, I live on the rez, it’s so hard for me to do anything up here,” she said.“And I would tell them, well there’s the Internet now, we can phone places now, we can get support outside too somehow.”Barclay said it’s critical that more resources are poured into the First Nations, not just Sioux Lookout.“Those services though have to be consistent and sustainable. It can’t be somebody popping in to do a program or workshop and then popping back out. You need to have health and mental health services in the community,” she said.(Shannon Turtle with her family after graduating nursing school. Photo: Facebook)The mayor said a four-party task force with a commitment from municipal, provincial, federal governments and area First Nations can create a path out of their crisis.“So instead of recycling people through criminalizing behaviour which is mental health, addictions related, instead of criminalizing that behaviour lets triage them and say, alright what would best serve this person,” said Lawrance.“Get them out of that system and into something that gives them a chance to succeed. Whether it’s help with their addiction, mental health help, with training, with housing, with supports.”The mental health and addictions program at the local health centre is limited to outpatient and counselling services.“We need a detox centre, we don’t have a detox here,” Lawrance said.“We need a fully resourced emergency shelter. We right now have, basically it’s a large old house and there’s rooms for 20 mats on the floor, people are sleeping on mats on the floor wall to wall.”Turtle, a mother of four children, recently graduated with a nursing degree and is preparing to write her nursing exam.She’s working in Thunder Bay and using her experiences to help clients.“Just by listening to them, they’re releasing something to you,” she said.But she says addiction is forever.“I`m still trying to find myself and realizing that there is positive things out there and for you to just to go out and do it it`s not that simple I know but to just continue to keep asking for help or talking to others.”The mayor says he’s meeting with the Treaty Three grand chief in a few weeks – and Liberal MP Bob Nault to discuss plans soon.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img

Ban voices concern over health of Saharawi activist on hunger strike

Aminatou Haidar began her protest at the airport at Lanzarote, on Spain’s Canary Islands, after being denied entry into her native Western Sahara in mid-November.Mr. Ban spoke with Moroccan Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri on Friday to reiterate the United Nation’s willingness to take any appropriate action necessary to find a solution to Ms. Haider’s situation, in a discussion that touched on the increasing political tension in the region.Fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after Spain’s colonial administration of Western Sahara ended in 1976. Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option.Last month, Mr. Ban voiced concern over the tensions between the parties to status talks after the recent detention of several groups of Saharawi activists. A UN mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, is entrusted with monitoring a ceasefire reached in September 1991 and organizing a referendum on self-determination. 12 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held talks with the Foreign Minister of Morocco to voice his “grave” concern over an independence activist from Western Sahara who has been on hunger strike since last month. read more

Saputo pulls back in Europe with cheese plant closures in Wales and

MONTREAL — Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) is planning to close two European cheese plants, one in Wales and the other in Germany.The Montreal-based food company said it’s taking the move because its European operations aren’t large enough to be profitable and there’s not much chance of turning that around in the near future.A total of 140 employees will be affected if Saputo gets approvals for both closures.The company is required under U.K. law to hold 30 days of consultation before it can close the plant in Wales.The Welsh plant, which makes mozzarella cheese for the food services industry, was acquired in 2007.The German plant, which makes specialty cheeses for the retail market, was acquired in 2006.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Saputo’s shares gained 12 cents at $49.57 in morning trading Monday. read more

US says it is working with Sri Lanka to implement UNHRC resolution

This past month, the launch of US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue expanded and reinforced the cooperation in development, governance, energy, trade and security, she said.“Our approach to make Sri Lankas economy stronger is truly whole-of government,” she said.The USTR hosted the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting at the end of April.“Through the Department of Commerce, we train Sri Lankan business leaders and government officials in best practices for their nascent tourism industry, which is on track to have a banner year. And the Treasury Department will soon embed an advisor in Sri Lankas Ministry of Finance, who will assist the ministry with public financial management reforms for the next two years,” Biswal added. (Colombo Gazette) “Sri Lankas strategic position in the Indian Ocean makes it a key player in regional efforts to ensure maritime security, protect freedom of navigation, and respond to natural disasters,” she said during a Congressional hearing.“Its natural ports, abundant resources and entrepreneurial people all mean enormous potential for economic growth and connectivity. With all of these factors in mind, our FY 2017 budget request of USD 39.8 million will support the governments reforms to stimulate trade and investment, improve governance and human rights, and pursue reconciliation and accountability,” she said. “Sri Lanka now has the opportunity to assume its rightful place as a leader in the international community, one that contributes to the global economy; promotes human rights, accountability, transitional justice, and democracy; and that helps to uphold international law. The bilateral relationship with Lanka has transformed over the last few years, she said and attributed it to the unity government led by a president and prime minister that are committed to reforms that can benefit all Sri Lankans. The United States is working with Sri Lanka to implement the steps agreed to in the resolution the two countries jointly sponsored at the UN Human Rights Council last year, a top US diplomat said.“Our diplomatic relations are at an all-time high, and we are now working with Sri Lanka to implement the steps agreed to in the resolution we jointly sponsored at the UN Human Rights Council last year,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told lawmakers, according to the Press Trust of India. read more

Opposition remains on guard as Flaherty promises no surprises in budget bill

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty put on his best poker face Wednesday as he insisted the Conservative government’s next budget implementation bill wouldn’t contain any unexpected surprises.Flaherty’s second budget bill, to be introduced Thursday, is believed to contain measures to reform MP and public sector pensions, as well as a host of tax changes. But that’s it, the minister insisted.“The budget was published in the spring, everybody’s had months and months to read it,” he said after question period.“There are no surprises.”Last spring’s controversial omnibus legislation, denounced by critics as a “Trojan horse” bill, amended dozens of laws and included provisions not mentioned at all in the budget, like an end to oversight for the Canadian Security Intelligence Agency.Critics fear the next bill will be no different.“Last spring, Conservatives presented a bill that not only killed more jobs than it created, it weakened environmental protection, gutted the Fisheries Act and further cut EI to Canadians,” NDP MP Nathan Cullen said during question period.“Across the country people were clear, this is not how Parliament should work.”The Conservatives defended the use of omnibus legislation in the spring as a legitimate tool to ensure speedy passage of economic measures and have argued that bill received extensive debate.That wasn’t enough for the opposition, which introduced hundreds of amendments to the bill as a form of protest, forcing a marathon 24-hour voting session in hopes of drawing awareness to the government’s tactics.The Tories accused them of stonewalling economic measures but NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said they were just doing their jobs — and will do so again if necessary.Without the amendments, most Canadians wouldn’t have known about the changes to EI, old Age Security or environmental legislation, Mulcair said.“So you can be sure that we will be doing that again if indeed they surprise us by not having a budget bill that deals only with job creation,” Mulcair said.The fact that changes to MP pensions will be included in the implementation bill will require a political balancing act for opposition parties who could be seen as protecting their own pocketbooks if they refuse to vote in favour.“We’re quite happy to see members paying more into their pension plan, quite happy to see changes that make the pension plan more fiscally sustainable and more responsible,” said interim Liberal leader Bob Rae.“How we vote on the whole legislation will obviously depend on the whole legislation.”The opposition had asked the Conservatives to hive off the provisions relating to MP pensions into a separate piece of legislation, but the government refused.A committee of Conservative backbenchers is crafting the pension reforms, which are expected to include boosting MPs’ contribution rate to 50 per cent from 14 per cent and raising the age of eligibility to 65 from 55. by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2012 6:07 pm MDT Opposition remains on guard as Flaherty promises no surprises in budget bill AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN agency airlifts lifesaving survival kits to displaced in hardtoreach areas of

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced yesterday that the first distribution of survival kits was delivered by helicopter, targeting an estimated 28,000 people displaced by the fighting with approximately 4,500 kits.Recent violence in South Sudan has affected an estimated 750,000 people in Greater Upper Nile and forced approximately 150,000 people to flee their homes, many to extremely remote areas. Most are rural households, forced to abandon their lands before they could plant this season’s main crops.As an emergency response, the UN humanitarian community developed portable, lifesaving survival kits, weighing just 9 kilograms, which include mosquito nets, short-maturity vegetable seeds, fishing supplies, water carrying containers, water purification tablets, oral rehydration salts, nutritional biscuits for children and kitchen sets with cups, spoons, pots and plates. “It is a top priority for FAO to reach these displaced communities, who in most cases have missed the planting season this year. This operation will provide people with a short-term capacity to survive,” said Karim Bah, FAO Deputy Representative in South Sudan.The Representative for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in South Sudan, Jonathan Veitch, said: “The majority of those who have fled recent violence are children who will not survive without basic necessities like food and clean water. This short-term response is crucial while we work on restoring services devastated by conflict.”FAO and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are closely coordinating the operation with support from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and development of the kits was a multi-agency effort, supported by FAO, IOM, UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners.Partner agencies working with the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps distribute the kits on the ground to ensure that the delivery of aid does not further expose beneficiaries to security risks, according to FAO.“The priority of all agencies working on the response is unrestricted access to displaced communities and the redeployment of full teams on the ground,” FAO said.More than 2.1 million people have been displaced by the crisis in South Sudan since December 2013. Nearly 1.9 million people have been reached with humanitarian assistance since January 2015, but $1 billion is needed to continue lifesaving operations to match the mounting needs across the country. read more

Relaxed Buckeyes take down Ball State

The Buckeyes have had their midweek struggles through the season, losing three of their last four prior to Wednesday night’s home game against the Ball State Cardinals.But Ohio State (26-19, 9-9) was able to add enough late offense to defeat the visiting Cardinals (24-24, 15-6 in the Mid-American Conference) 8-4 on a chilly night at Bill Davis Stadium. “We played with some intensity, but we played more relaxed,” said coach Bob Todd. “Overall, this is the way we should be playing.”Shortstop Tyler Engle hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to give OSU a 5-2 lead, but two Ball State runs in the eighth inning from a throwing error and a based-loaded walk made it a one-run game at 5-4.The Buckeyes added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth, one from a dropped ball in the outfield that allowed third baseman Brad Hallberg to score, and two from an RBI single from second baseman Cory Kovanda to push the lead to 8-4.OSU scored in each of the first three innings, and made the score 4-1.in the fifth inning when Kovanda, who went 2-for-4 in the game, sacrificed in left fielder Zach Hurley.Hurley said that the team has been more relaxed lately, ever since the incident where the baseball team reportedly sacrificed a chicken, following in the footsteps of the baseball movie “Major League.”“If you don’t have fun, what’s the point of being out there?” Hurley said. “For me, if we were going to keep losing, I didn’t want to be miserable.”One of the players who has been more relaxed lately for Ohio State has been catcher Dan Burkhart, who went 3-for-4 in the win.“I’ve just been a little more relaxed after I was pressing earlier in the year,” Burkhart said. Right-handed reliever Jared Strayer pitched five strong innings for the Buckeyes, giving up only one run on four hits. “He really has a resilient arm,” Todd said. “He actually threw more innings than we wanted to tonight.”Strayer had been working on altering his delivery, and the results showed in his performance on the mound for the Buckeyes.“It was definitely a transition process,” Strayer said. “And I kept working at it because success isn’t easy.”OSU will travel to Iowa for a three-game series with the Hawkeyes beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m., when they will look to reclaim first place in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes are currently fifth in the conference, one game back of Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota, and Northwestern, who are tied for the lead.One question is whether or not the chicken from Sunday’s win against Illinois will be making the trip.“We might be bringing our chicken with us,” Burkhart said. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State seniors look back as NCAA tournament approaches

Ohio State senior forward Eleanor Gabriel (8) dribbles the ball down the field in the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 21. Ohio State won 2-1. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternIt’s not over until it’s over.Six graduating seniors on Ohio State’s women’s soccer team (9-5-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) know the meaning only too well. Ohio State fell just short of the Big Ten semifinals, tying Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament on Sunday. But the season is not quite complete as the Buckeyes will enter the NCAA tournament, facing Wake Forest in the first round. But this does not keep the seniors from looking back at their time in scarlet and gray. “Coming off of last season where we had a record-breaking season program, I think that came so easily to us” senior forward Eleanor Gabriel said. “We didn’t have as much adversity last year, but I think this year I’m really proud of how the team was able to overcome early-season injuries and still able to be competitive down the stretch.”Gabriel had an impressive breakout match early on this season, scoring two goals for the Buckeyes in a 2-0 victory over Illinois and notching 12 total shots on goal this year. In her junior season, she scored two goals in Ohio State’s win over Buffalo, two goals against Maryland and a goal against both Illinois and Iowa.Ohio State’s most successful wins this season appeared in games against Morehead State, with an 8-0 victory, and a 2-1 win against Wisconsin in the last match of the regular season. Offense seemed to be a struggle for the Buckeyes, tallying 22 total goals, eight of which were against the Eagles, along with carrying out 88 total corner kicks against opponents. A major contributor to the Buckeyes’ steady defense this season comes from senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr, who secured 19 clean sheets in her career, No. 3 in Ohio State history.Kerr said she hopes she has left a positive impact on the younger players on the team. “I hope that they are able to look up to me,” Kerr said, “and the things I’ve done on the field and off the field, and not just me, other seniors on our team as well.”After winning nine games, including six on the road, the Buckeyes earned the No. 3 seed with an opportunity to play in the Big Ten tournament, and also a chance to fight for a position in the NCAA tournament.However, the road was not always easy for the Buckeyes. Ohio State played 11 of 18 games away from home, suffering two losses to Duke and North Carolina at the start of the season and losing the battle against Nebraska for a spot in the Big Ten semifinals. The strength for the Buckeyes was their defense, which allowed 14 goals in 18 games. Despite this season’s chaos, the team still found a way to rally together, and gain some momentum throughout the season.  Senior midfielder Sarah Roberts said being part of a team like this one means something bigger than herself and that the team is what she will miss the most. “As my season comes to an end,” Roberts said, “it makes me really grateful that I’ve been able to challenge myself, and play with some of the best teammates that I’ve ever had the privilege to play with, so it really means a lot.”Entering this season with a moderately young Buckeye team, the senior leadership proved to be crucial on the team’s mission to the top of the Big Ten conference. As the seniors look back on their journeys throughout the years, Gabriel said her advice to the players heading into next year is just to have fun. “Honestly, this time is such a short amount of time,” Gabriel said. “Though there are days when it seems like you can’t keep going any longer, just remember that you only get four short years here, and it’s always best to make the most of the time that you have.”Other seniors leaving the team after this season include midfielder Arden Holden, midfielder and defender Brianna Gazmarian and defender Kylie Knight. Ohio State might not achieve the same success the team achieved in the previous season. But the six Buckeye seniors and the rest of the players on the 2018 Ohio State women’s soccer team will walk away with something much more memorable — an unbreakable bond that will never be forgotten. “We never gave up on each other,” Roberts said. “And I think that’s something to really be proud of.”Ohio State has a chance to keep its season alive in the NCAA tournament against Wake Forest at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9. read more

Social media bullying drove schoolgirl to attack pupils with knife court hears

first_imgSocial media bullying drove a 12-year-old schoolgirl to attack two fellow pupils with a knife, a court has heard.  She held a knife to the necks of the two pupils, Llandudno youth court in North Wales was told, after telling one on Snapchat: “shut up or I will stab you.”The girl claims to have been subjected to social media and other bullying after a family tragedy.  Her mother told the that her daughter was a “good kid” and that the school in Conwy county had failed to act following “disgusting” messages. “The bullying was going on for ages. I was ringing the school and they suggested she needed a counsellor. I was phoning the school in tears most of the time,” she said, adding “I am not justifying at all what she has done.”The girl admitted having a dagger on school premises and two common assaults.A ten months referral order was made and both victims were awarded £75 compensation. Forfeiture of the dagger was ordered.James Neary, prosecuting, said a boy of 13 had been on Snapchat when the girl sent a message warning him: “Shut up or I will bring a knife to school and stab you.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The next day at school she had produced the knife and put it to the boy’s throat. Other pupils witnessed what happened and many were frightened, Mr Neary said.The knife came into contact with the boy’s finger, causing a small cut. “He now feels numb about what happened. He realises somebody could have been seriously injured,” Mr Neary explained.The prosecutor said the girl had also run towards a female friend and the incident was filmed on mobile phones. The accused had threatened to “f-ing kill” her friend if she didn’t kiss a boy. The knife was held against her neck and a small cut was suffered to the thumb when the shocked and scared victim grabbed the blade.A teacher had been alerted and the headteacher and police were informed about what happened.Mr Neary added that the girl said she took the knife into school to frighten bullies and was “messing about” when she put it to her friend’s throat. She had insisted that “at no point did she intend to hurt anyone,” the prosecutor said.Graham Parry, defending, said the girl “had no idea of the serious nature of what she was about to embark on.”last_img read more

Argentinas gold mining boom a lustrous trend – Agua Rica Cerro Morro

first_imgBy Marc Davis, www.BNWnews.ca  Since the overhaul of Argentina’s protectionist mining laws in 1993, gold production has seen a parabolic rise from a paltry 36,000 oz to 1.40 Moz in 2008. (Data for 2009 has not yet been made public). This makes Argentina the third most prolific producer in Latin America. Only Peru and Brazil posted better numbers at 5.78 Moz and 1.55 Moz of gold, respectively.However, of these three gold-rich nations, only Argentina has seen a dramatic rise in its output in recent years. In sharp contrast, Brazil’s gold production peaked at 3.30 Moz just over 20 years ago and it has since dwindled to about half that figure. Even Peru’s prolific numbers have begun to dip a little lower over the last several years.These statistics point to the fact that unlike its South American peers, Argentina’s gold fields are far from mature in terms of their development cycles. Also, much of its wealth of buried gold has yet to see any meaningful development. All of which translates into a booming domestic gold sector that is still experiencing a pronounced growth curve.This reality is especially well illustrated by how it now measures up against its equally geologically fertile neighbour, Chile. World-renowned for its huge copper/gold mines, Chile produced 1.35 Moz gold in 2008 – which was slightly less than Argentina. But Chile is struggling to keep pace with its nearest rival. As evidence, Chile’s production figures have been mostly static for nearly 15 years, yet they still eclipsed Argentina’s output for most of this time frame. And by nearly as much as 4,000% as far back as 1995.Argentina’s lustrous trend of exponential growth for its gold output should continue as a handful of Western mining companies, large and small, strive to monetize their gold discoveries in an environment of record bullion prices. Among them is Yamana Gold, a mid tier Toronto-based high-flyer that is targeting a 2011 commercialisation of its Agua Rica mine-in-the-making in Catamarca Province in northern Argentina. This worldclass deposit hosts at least 6 Moz gold and maybe as much as 10 Moz, as well as copious amounts of silver, copper and molybdenum. Its mine life is projected to be over a quarter of a century and its initial gold output is anticipated to be 135,000 oz per annum.Another key gold discovery that is scheduled for a production decision as early as this summer is the extraordinarily high-grade Cerro Morro gold deposit in Santa Cruz Province in southern Argentina’s Patagonia region. Discovered in 2006 by Vancouver-based Exeter Resource Corp, Cerro Morro is in good company. It is situated only 130 km from the Cerro Vanguardia gold-silver mine and benefits from a similar geological environment.Hosting 5.7 Moz of gold and 66 Moz silver, Cerro Vanguardia is 92.5% owned by the world’s second largest gold miner, Johannesburg-based AngloGold, with the balance owned by the regional government. It produces about 200,000 oz/y gold and around 2.1 Moz of silver.Cerro Morro also exhibits the geological potential to become a multi-million ounce gold discovery, according to Exeter’s management. To date, an Inferred resource of 646,000 oz of gold ‘equivalent’ (the value of the gold and silver combined) at a grade of 18 g/t has been outlined. The stated resource includes the deposit’s jewel in the crown, the ‘bonanza’ grade Escondida vein, where 518,000 oz of gold equivalent have been located, grading 34 g/t.Notably, there are not that many emerging gold discoveries around the world that benefit from such “well above average (gold) grades,” according to Wendell Zerb, a senior mining analyst for the Vancouver brokerage firm Canaccord Adams. “This initial resource is a great start for a junior gold company,” he adds. “From an early standpoint, there is a good possibility that they will be able to have a mining operation there.“So it’s a great start and if they have some additional success through exploration you can start to piece together a mining operation there. Also, that particular area is wide open for additional discoveries.”The existing resource estimate for Cerro Morro only factors-in drill results for 2008 and earlier. All of Exeter’s subsequent exploration work last year and in early 2010, consisting of nearly 25 miles (40 km) worth of drilling over 327 drill holes, will form the basis of an updated resource estimate that is scheduled to be announced in mid April. Fortunately for Exeter, there has been a continuation of lustrous gold grades, including such highlights as 5.38 m of 149.9 g/t of gold equivalent, as well as other comparable drilling intersections. All of which should go a long way towards adding additional gold ounces in the ground.Exeter’s Chairman Yale Simpson says that his company will continue drilling with the objective of a resource upgrade to around 1 Moz, but the deposit has plenty of further scope for expansion well beyond this figure. However, because Cerro Morro’s rich concentrations of gold are near surface and are easily accessible, a production decision is likely to be made as early as this summer, he suggests. “The deposit doesn’t need to grow significantly in size to offer the prospect of becoming one of the most profitable gold mines in the industry, relative to its size,” Simpson says.Zerb concurs that globally there are a number of gold deposits of less than 1 Moz that are very profitable and that: “A ten-year mine life at about 100,000 oz/y is a nice round number that the investment community likes for a mining operation. With good grades at potentially high margins, that would be a very attractive scenario for (Cerro Morro).”If all goes according to plan, the deposit is expected to be commercialised in 2012, with an initial production target of 100,000 oz/y, Simpson says. Furthermore, the advent of steady cash flow should pay for the further expansion of the mine, with an ultimate target of three to five million ounces, he adds.However, Exeter Resource already has its hands full with the development of its monster Caspiche gold-copper deposit in neighboring Chile. It weighs-in at 19.6 Moz gold, 4.84 billion pounds of copper and 40 Moz silver (or 33.7 Moz gold equivalent). Furthermore six drill rigs are turning to further define the size of the discovery.last_img read more

Voith couplings improve AFC performance at Chang Ping coal mine

first_imgThe Jin Cheng Coal Group, one of the biggest coal groups in China, has employed new Voith Fluid Couplings on its armoured face conveyor (AFC) drives to reduce downtime and raise productivity of the Chang Ping coal mine. In the past, the mine experienced problems with its AFC drives equipped with two two-speed motors. The group opted to replace the two-speed motors with Voith Fluid Couplings (type 562 DTPKWL2), in order to prevent chain breaks as well as gearbox and motor break downs in the future.The Voith couplings provide several benefits for AFC drives. “Based on the hydrodynamic principle, the fluid couplings protect the whole drive train from overload situations, which often happen at Chang Ping coal mine”, Mao Weihong, Head of the Mechanical and Electrical Department of Chang Ping Coal Mine, reports. The 562 DTPKWL2-1000 couplings are powerful enough to easily handle blockages of the AFC without downtime or damage of the equipment. The customer also mentioned the reliability of the couplings and their soft start function. Since the installation of the couplings in 2009, there have been no AFC chain breaks. This also means significantly reduced maintenance. Currently the 225 m wide and 1,000 m long coal panels produce an output of 3 Mt/y.last_img read more

Bausch and Lomb workers facing pay cuts should face stark reality IDA

first_imgTHE CEO OF IDA Ireland has said that workers at the Bausch and Lomb plant in Waterford must face the “stark reality” that pay cuts have to be made to ensure the plant remains in the south-east.Barry O’Leary told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that, after a merger last August, it was clear that the multinational was to cut 1,700 jobs globally and that it is now clear that 200 Irish jobs going are part of that restructuring.Bausch and Lomb is currently the largest employer in the county, with just over 1,100 staff.SIPTU has said that it is asking for a meeting with the company over the job cuts and threats of a 20% pay cut to the salaries of remaining staff.Asked about whether the staff at the company could afford to take on pay cuts in the context of increasing property taxes and water charges, O’Leary said multinationals do not consider such local issues. His advice to workers is that the alternative would be worse: I’d say its like everything, you have to weigh up what the options are. Unfortunately the stark reality of this is that if cost savings are not achieved then the operation will not be there. That’s the stark reality that people have to make the judgement call, however, bitter that pill may be to swallow.“I’d urge people have to look to the medium-term future and long-term future, it has a huge impact in the south-east and it would be a tragedy to lose it,” he said.“You have to look at what’s happening around the globe rather than locally, their global savings are going to be achieved no matter what, so the question is which facility and where the jobs losses will be.” Bausch and Lomb plant in Waterford.Final decisionO’Leary said it has been “public knowledge” that Bausch and Lomb were planning on cutting 15% of their global workforce and that the IDA have been working with the company over the last 10 months to try and protect the company’s Irish operation.Their final plans only took shape in the last week, he said:When you’re integrating an 11,000 person company with all their global operations, it takes a substantial amount of time for their plans to become solid so it’s only in the last couple of months that this process accelerated.Their final decision was outlined last Wednesday.“Two senior executives came form the states on Wednesday and laid out what their final plans were going to be, because up until then they’ve so many global operations they were doing many ‘what if’ scenarios,” he added.Read: Waterford’s biggest employer is seeking as many as 200 redundancies >Read: SIPTU for meeting with Bausch and Lomb over jobs and 20% pay cut >last_img read more

Irishfounded tech startup Qstream raises 15m in a major funding round

first_img Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 9:30 AM Image: Youtube Qstream co-founder and CEO Duncan Lennox Image: Youtube http://jrnl.ie/3116374 9,243 Views Dec 4th 2016, 9:30 AM Take me to Fora Share Tweet Email2 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:center_img Qstream co-founder and CEO Duncan Lennox 5 Comments IRISH-FOUNDED SOFTWARE startup Qstream is set to rapidly expand in Europe and the US after raising $15 million in a major funding round.The company, which designs a platform to improve the skills of salespeople, announced today that it has $15 million (€14.1 million) Series B round of funding led by US-based Polaris Partners, which also has offices in Dublin.Existing investors Frontline Ventures, Launchpad Venture Group, and Excel Venture Management all also took part in the funding round.This brings the total of venture capital funding invested in Qstream to date to $23 million.Qstream said and will be used to help the company “more rapidly increase US and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) market share”. As part of the funding, Gary Swart, a partner at Polaris, will join the Qstream board of directors.As previously explained by Fora, as part of our ‘How My Business Works’ series, Qstream’s software allows users to build quick, five-minute quizzes that test employees and aim to improve their knowledge or skills in particular areas.So far, the firm has focused on using the software to measure the performance of sales staff working in tech, pharmaceutical and financial services companies, although in theory it could be used in any field. An example of how Qstream’s software works Source: YoutubeClick here for a larger imageIrish connectionThe company was co-founded by Dubliner and UCD graduate Duncan Lennox in 2011 with a handful of employees.Although the company is based in the US, as are most of its customers, the company has a large Irish operation. Its European headquarters, based in Ranelagh, Dublin, has over 30 employees.Lennox, who serves as Qstream CEO, told Fora in June that Qstream had just broken the $10 million mark for turnover. Qstream co-founder and CEO Duncan Lennox Source: Andrea JoliatHe said that the firm is hoping to pass the $100 million turnover milestone within the next five years – which he thinks would see the company’s value top $1 billion.ExpertiseIn a statement today, Lennox said that Qstream is “tremendously honoured to have the validation of Polaris Partners”, which he said will complement the skills of the company’s existing investors.“Sales processes remain ripe for disruption and, with the addition of this funding and expertise, Qstream’s singular ability to address the human side of sales is well-positioned to change how enterprises achieve sales optimisation now and into the foreseeable future,” he said.Qstream said that 14 of the world’s top-15 pharmaceutical companies use the company’s software to improve the abilities of their sales teams and front-line managers.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Irish-founded tech startup Qstream raises $15m in a major funding round The software company, co-founded by Dubliner Duncan Lennox, is set to expand rapidly in the US and Europe. Short URL By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

LOMS retire la transidentité de la liste des troubles mentaux

first_imgL’OMS retire la transidentité de la liste des troubles mentauxCe lundi, l’OMS a officiellement retiré la transidentité de sa liste des troubles mentaux, une victoire pour les associations LGBTQ. Une victoire pour la communauté LGBTQAprès des années de combat, les militants peuvent se réjouir, l’OMS a retiré la transidentité de sa liste des troubles mentaux et l’a ajouté à sa liste sur la santé sexuelle : “Nous avons une meilleure connaissance de la transidentité et la laisser dans cette liste n’était pas un signe positif. C’est pourquoi pour ne plus envoyer de signaux négatifs tout en laissant un accès aux informations dont les gens avaient besoin, nous l’avons déplacé dans la catégorie ‘santé sexuelle'”.Une mise en place tardiveÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette nouvelle version ne sera pas mise en place immédiatement, elle doit passer par un vote de l’Assemblée mondiale de la Santé qui de déroulera en 2019. Elle sera donc mise en vigueur autour de 2022 pour laisser le temps aux pays de s’adapter à ce nouveau texte. À lire aussi L’OMS ajoute l’addiction aux jeux vidéo dans sa liste des troubles mentauxComment aider une personne en dépression ? Le 21 juin 2018 à 12:52 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Sherwood man charged in crash that killed 2-year-old

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Sherwood man has been charged with manslaughter and other crimes in connection with a crash that killed a toddler and left several other people injured in Deschutes County.David William Fincher was arraigned Monday on charges of manslaughter, assault and driving under the influence related to the Sept. 11 crash.Authorities say the 46-year-old man lost control of a Toyota Tacoma as it turned a corner on Highway 20 and then crossed into oncoming traffic.The Tacoma collided with a Volkswagen Jetta carrying the 2-year-old girl, who died at the scene. The driver of the Jetta and a 7-year-old boy in the car were taken to a hospital for treatment.Fincher’s vehicle also hit a Dodge Charger, resulting in two more people being taken to the hospital.last_img read more

Former Newcastle owner talks about Mike Ashley

first_imgFor him, the current owner of the Magpies is better off leaving the club soon as he is not welcomed by any of the supportersMike Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle United started in 2007, and since then, he has had may fight with different managers.He also fell out of favor with the club’s supporters and recently is being said he will sell the club.Many fans blame Hall for selling the club to Ashley but he insists he believed Ashley bought the club with the ‘best intentions’ for Newcastle.“Mike came with the best intentions. I firmly believe that,” said former owner Sir John Hall to The Chronicle Live.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He wanted to globalize Newcastle and to use the club to market his brand of goods in the Far East.”“But he fell out with supporters pretty quickly and for too many years now, it’s been a holding operation,” he added.“The club is in limbo. Mike’s had enough and for everyone’s sake, the sooner he moves on the better. That’s my fervent wish for 2019.”“But it’s imperative whoever he sells to has the finance to take this magnificent club forward,” he added.“It’s not just about coughing up £300m – and from what I hear, there’s nothing yet on the table – but having the resources to change the whole club and buy players who can take us to where we should be.”last_img read more