The blast in the town of Mastung, near the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, came hours after another bomb killed at least four people at a campaign rally in Bannu in the country’s northwest. The death toll in an Islamic State-claimed suicide blast targeting a political rally in southwest Pakistan Friday jumped to 128, officials told AFP, in the deadliest attack in the country since 2014.Balochistan province’s home minister Agha Umar Bungalzai said the death toll in the town of Mastung “has risen to 128”. A senior provincial government official also confirmed the figure, adding that 150 others were injured in the attack. The ISIS group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the political rally, according to the group’s Amaq propaganda agency. (NDTV)
CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 3 cents per gallon (3.8 litres) over the past three weeks to $2.63.The price is 20 cents lower than what it was in mid-July.However, industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday she expects the trend to reverse after Saturday’s drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s key oil processing facility.There was no immediate impact on global oil prices from the attacks as markets were closed for the weekend, but analysts anticipate a price spike when markets reopen Monday.The highest average price in the nation is $3.62 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.11 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel is down a penny since August 23, to $2.99 per gallon.The Associated Press
Just back from Angola, Olara Otunnu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, hailed the “earthshaking good news” that the conflict was over. “For the first time after years of war, Angolans feel that peace is definitive and whatever problems they might encounter along the way, there is no prospect of returning to war,” he told a press briefing in New York.After 30 years of “very bitter and acrimonious” civil war, national unity was evident, the envoy said. “I was also very struck by the eagerness of the Angolan population to reach out to each other across the previous dividing line and to begin a very genuine and serious process of reconciliation.”Despite the “cruelly devastating” impact of the war on children, young people in the country were demonstrating “remarkable” resilience and hope, he said.At the same time, Mr. Otunnu cited a number of grim statistics. The vast majority of the country’s 4 million internally displaced people were children, and some 100,000 youngsters had been separated from their families. During the war, 5,000 schools had been destroyed, and today, more than 50 per cent of Angola’s children had no access to education. The majority of the country’s hospitals and health facilities had also been levelled during the fighting. “It is no wonder that today so many kids are suffering from malaria, measles, malnutrition and preventable diseases,” he said. The envoy called for immediate action to respond to Angola’s grave humanitarian crisis. “I have issued in Luanda – I repeat here – an appeal to the Government of Angola and the international humanitarian community, in this urgent matter of saving lives, to join hands to mount a major and immediate mobilization of food, medicine, water and shelter for the population emerging from the previously UNITA-controlled areas,” Mr. Otunnu said, referring to parts of the country that had been held by rebels. He also called on the Government and the international community to begin immediately rehabilitating key social services, particularly in the areas of education, health and nutrition.
by News Staff Posted Apr 27, 2012 2:12 pm MDT More patients won’t have a doctor if province forces fee cuts on physicians: OMA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s doctors are warning that patients will have to wait longer for health care if the governing Liberals forge ahead with cuts to fees that doctors are paid â€” the latest salvo in the contentious talks over a new labour contract.Ontario is short more than 1,000 doctors and 927,000 patients still don’t have a family physician, the Ontario Medical Association said Friday.That list will grow if the government succeeds in forcing doctors to pay for Ontario’s growing health-care needs, which will reduce the province’s ability to recruit and retain doctors, said OMA president Stewart Kennedy.“With the current ministry’s proposal to cut $1 billion from the physician health-care budget, that’s going to have a major impact on further access to services,” he warned.“Waiting lists here in the emergency department, they’re going to be increased. Waiting lists here in the family doctor’s office are going to increase. Waiting lists for specialists are going to increase.”Labour negotiations reached an impasse earlier this week, with the OMA accusing the government of refusing to continue talks with the help of a conciliator.The government wants to freeze wages for the broader public sector to eliminate a $15-billion deficit, but rejected the proposal by doctors to freeze their fees for two years and find an additional $250 million in savings, he said.It’s threatening to unilaterally cut fees and programs if doctors refuse to absorb the costs and plans to table regulatory changes to do so over the next few days, Kennedy said.The OMA has climbed down twice during its talks with the government and now it’s time for the Liberals to do the same, he said.But Health Minister Deb Matthews won’t back down, saying doctors must accept that the government can’t afford any new pay increases.She also rejected Kennedy’s warning that patients would suffer, calling it an “absurd” and “misleading” argument.About 93 per cent of Ontarians have access to a family doctor â€” 2.1 million more than when the Liberals took office in 2003, Matthews said.“We’ve come a long way, and we are adding 550 more doctors every year,” she said in an interview. “But if we pay doctors more that’s actually going to reduce our ability to pay the new doctors.”The OMA offered to freeze their fees, but wants the government â€” which already spends $11 billion a year on doctors’ fees â€” to pay for the rising costs of health care as the population ages, she said.To eliminate the deficit in 2017, the Liberals plan to reduce annual growth in health-care spending to 2.1 per cent a year from the current 6.1 per cent.The government took a much different approach with doctors in these contract talks than it has in the past, because it has to meet its deficit-reduction targets, Matthews said.Doctors must find savings to pay for the increasing use of physicians, so that the government can put any extra money towards home care and community care, she said.And the province shouldn’t have any trouble retaining doctors when they’re already the best paid in Canada, earning on average $358,00 a year, Matthews said.But the OMA disputes that claim, saying Ontario doctors actually rank seventh in the country in terms of their fees, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information.Much of the money they receive from the province pays for overhead costs, such as staff and rent, said Kennedy, a family doctor based in Thunder Bay, Ont.The Liberals warned last month that they’re prepared to legislate wage freezes for the province’s broader public sector â€” including teachers, nurses and civil servants â€” if they can’t do it through collective bargaining.The Progressive Conservatives want the Liberals to take it a step further and introduce legislation to force a pay freeze immediately to reduce the size and cost of government.“That would be the fairest approach and everybody would know where the province stands,” said Tory critic Monte McNaughton.Kennedy said the OMA isn’t currently contemplating any measures that would disrupt health-care services to put pressure the government.“This dispute is with government, not with our patients,” he said. “We will continue to deliver the high-quality service to our patients in Ontario.”
The new report, according to a news release from OHRLLS, highlights how progress towards graduation from the LDC category has accelerated, with 10 LDCs currently in the graduation process. Positive developments are apparent in mobile cellular subscriptions, which have almost doubled and access to clean water which increased from 60 per cent in 2005 to 68 per cent in 2014. LDCs have made substantial progress in child mortality and gender parity in primary education.Despite these, challenges to the sustainable development of LDCs persist, with new and increasing risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, the news release noted, including volatile commodity prices, major natural disasters, climate change impacts and health epidemics with associated ongoing economic consequences. “Business as usual would not help us implement both SDGs and IPoA. We need a paradigm shift in the way we work on development issues,” Mr. Acharya said at the news conference. The High Representative also cited some specific policy recommendations in the report on how to accelerate implementation of the IPoA while building coherence and synergy with Agenda 2030.The policy recommendations include: Development partners need to fulfil at the earliest their commitment to provide the equivalent of 0.15 – 0.2 per cent of their gross national income as official development assistance (ODA) to LDCs and possibly increase ODA.Investment promotion regimes for LDCs should complement their efforts to enhance their business and regulatory environment to attract larger and more diversified FDI flows.The monitoring processes of the IPoA as well as in the 2030 Agenda should be aligned as much as possible, so as to avoid duplication and excessive reporting burden on national systems, he said.More disaggregated data are needed in order to bring about transformative change in all regions and groups within LDCs – especially rural populations, women, youth, children and the disabled – and ensure that no one is left behind, he said.The current list of LDCs includes 48 countries (the newest member being South Sudan), with 34 in Africa, 13 in Asia and the Pacific and one in Latin America. For LDC country profiles, click here. The world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a new United Nations report released today.“This report is important on two counts,” the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Gyan Chandra Acharya, told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, where he launched the report, entitled ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2016.’First, he said, the timing of the report’s launch was important as this year marked the first year of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and also a half-way through the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), which was adopted in 2011 as the international community’s vision and strategy for the sustainable development of LDCs for the next decade.Second, he said, the report was also important as it discusses the synergies in the implementation of the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda in the coming five years. According to the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), the category of LDCs, which represent the poorest and weakest segment of the international community, was officially established in 1971 by the General Assembly with a view to attracting special international support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the UN family. Their low level of socio-economic development is characterized by weak human and institutional capacities, low and unequally distributed income and scarcity of domestic financial resources. They often suffer from governance crisis, political instability and, in some cases, internal and external conflicts. Their largely agrarian economies are affected by a vicious cycle of low productivity and low investment. A health worker measures a baby’s arm during the launch of the joint nutrition response plan in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
Tiger Woods, out since the spring following back surgery, has progressed enough in his recovery to extend his swing, his agent said Tuesday, creating optimism that he might be able to compete in next month’s British Open.Woods already has missed two majors this year while he recovers from a microdiscectomy on his back on March 31. He last played on March 9 at Doral, when he closed with a 78 despite the pain in his lower back. Woods has said he has no idea when he will be healthy enough to return to competition.A report on Golf Channel’s morning show said he was taking full swings at the Medalist Golf Club in South Florida.”Tiger is progressing like he expected,” Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management said in an email. ”Feeling good each day. As each day passes and he feels that way, he lengthens the swing a bit.”Woods is the tournament host next week for the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. It is not expected that he will play. The deadline to enter is Friday. This is the first year of title sponsorship for the Detroit-based company.The next major is the British Open on July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool, where Woods won in 2006.The last time Woods missed two majors in one year because of injuries was in 2011, when he sat out the U.S. Open and British Open to let his leg fully recover. That year, he returned at Bridgestone Invitational in early August, a World Golf Championship that has no cut.In a promotional day for Quicken Loans last month, Woods said he was chipping and putting in a way that did not require rotation in his back. That was four weeks ago.He said he did not know how much time it would take for him to be ready for a tournament once he could take full swings with no pain.”The more time you give me, I think the better I’ll be,” he said. ”The great thing about what I’ve done so far and all my other previous surgeries, is that I worked on my short game. Once I start expanding from there and start competing and playing, if I start spraying it all over the lot and not hitting it that great, at least my short game is solid. That’s one of the positives to it.”Woods has slipped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the world ranking, and he is likely to fall a couple of more spots in coming weeks. He is at No. 207 in the FedEx Cup standings – having finished 72 holes only once this year – and the top 125 get into the playoffs that start Aug. 21.The news comes one day after Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open with the second-lowest score in history at 271. The overnight rating for NBC Sports was 3.3, down 46 percent from the previous year at Merion.
A UNION representing fire and emergency services workers has asked a junior minister to withdraw comments where he said firefighters who work on a part-time ‘retained’ basis were not “official” fire staff.In a debate on fire services in the Seanad this week, junior minister Fergus O’Dowd said some counties operated a policy where some staff were “retained firemen”.“While they wouldn’t be officially firemen, they are available to come out – and are trained to come out – in the event of a serious fire,” O’Dowd said.The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association this evening criticised the characterisation of part-time firefighters as unofficial firemen.“This comment goes to show the little regard that both Minister O’Dowd and Minister [Phil] Hogan,” who is responsible for local authorities and therefore for fire services, “have for frontline personnel across the country,” said IFESA chairman John Kidd.“Part-time retained professionals are exactly the same as full time professional fire-fighters and make up two-thirds of all fire-fighters in Ireland,” he said.Kidd said that with the exception of major cities and a few large towns, these part-time staff were “the only type of operational fire-fighters available”, adding:Retained fire fighters and their families feel completely undermined and insulted by these comments which show no understanding of the level of sacrifice made by them and their families 24 hours a day to provide a full time service at a part time rate.IFESA has in the past been vocally critical of systems where part-time firefighters in some counties are excluded from applying for social welfare because they are considered unavailable to take up full-time work – by virtue of the hours they must devote to being ready for a fire call.The association has called for the creation of a single national fire service, ending the system where each local authority fire area has its own chief fire officer and a high number of assistant chiefs.Kidd said last week he had been barred from all Dublin Fire Brigade stations over his association’s stance on the current public pay talks.Read: Firefighter union chief says he’s been barred from all Dublin fire stations
The first round of Microsoft Kinect reviews are in and so far things are looking OK. The consensus seems to be that Kinect for Xb0x 360 has potential but it’s far from fulfilling it at the moment. The launch was weak thanks to some kinks in the firmware and lag, but everyone is confident that things will improve over time. Finally, almost everyone pointed out that you need a lot of room to use this thing, so apartment dwellers beware.Engadget – 6/10“The Kinect as hardware is great, but there’s plenty of room for software engineers and UI designers to improve.”Gizmodo“It’s also hard to justify the $150 price tag right now—especially when you need to purchase a whole raft of new games at $50 a pop just to use the thing.”PC World – 3/5“Intrepid but flawed, Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensor for Xbox 360 offers true controller-free gaming at a reasonable price, but suffers from serious accuracy and tracking issues.”Shack News“Kinect lands a solid hit with the tech but its real-world practicality remains in question to me… When Kinect becomes the device that lets me sit on the couch and interact with my 360 and some games it will earn a permanent place on my gaming center, until then it’s reserved for group game night.”Galaxy Next Door“No, we can’t scan skateboards into the system or change avatar clothes with friends in Norway, or hell even jack into the Matrix. But what Kinect does do is pull off an amazingly accurate job of capturing the human body… As I said, you’re banking on potential with Kinect, and with Microsoft’s massive support for the wonder sensor – the future of motion gaming on the Xbox 360 is only limited by the power of the game designers behind it.” Tech Radar – 3.5/5“We like Kinect a lot. But it’s not a perfect product by any means, and many hardcore gamers out there are going to be disappointed by it.”Joystiq“If Kinect does work for you, congratulations: you have what amounts — for now — to a novelty peripheral that is in no way geared towards the day-one buyer or “core” gamer.”Kotaku“Kinect doesn’t replace the Wii any more than it does an Xbox controller. It’s not even a sure thing as a games platform, not until it has its first great game. But it doesn’t have to be. If Kinect becomes nothing more than a replacement for the TV remote, it’ll prove to be a winner.” CVG – 8.8“If you’re after motion gaming that can truly rival the joypad… I’d give it time. Those Kinect Hub skeletal scan demos are inarguably very exciting, but, for now, they’re just tantalising tastes of what’s possible. The launch software can’t match up… However, if you’re looking for a gizmo that will… offer mouth-moisturising long-term promise into the bargain, you can’t go far wrong.”If you are limited on time but want to get a full review (or two) under your belt, I’d recommending checking out those at Kotaku and Joystiq. Kotaku’s is insightful and Joystiq’s is one of the more negative ones, but reflects a lot of the hesitation I have with motion control. Their coverage of the Kinect’s single stand-out game, Dance Central, was more positive.AdChoices广告
There’s something to be said for the informed consumer. Over the last year there has been a truly impressive surge of large groups in action on the Internet. These users have figured out that they can use the web, and the various social networks therein, to affect change in one way or another.I’ve seen it on a small scale, where users request features or removal of features in masse. I’ve seen in it on a massive scale, where it felt like half of the web itself went dark in protest of a political decision or a potentially offensive law about to pass. The mid scales, however, have been a troubling area to watch.These events are usually spawned by the same communal desire to see change as the others, but are propelled by the wrong motives. In some cases, it’s a social networking tactic sponsored by a company, or a call to action sponsored by misinformation or misunderstanding. The most current of these that I have seen over the last week is the Boycott Apple movement.It’s not hard to imagine that there are plenty of people out there right now upset at the recent decision to ban the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US. The Nexus is not only a popular phone, but a tactical vehicle with which Google plans to spread the latest version of their operating system. I’ve seen Apple’s decision to sue Samsung for violating this particular patent be called cowardly, shameful, and downright evil.Conversations on this topic between Android users and iOS users, neither of which are typically students of patent law, quickly dive into some of the most hateful, vitriolic commentary I have ever seen in regards to a smartphone. This disproportionate emotion is fueled even further by a lack of commentary from Samsung, Google, or Apple. The few people who have actually read the court briefings seed the information they deem relevant into the world, and what happens next is the most broken game of Telephone I have seen since my time as a pre-school summer camp instructor.The more I read on the subject, the more I find myself returning to the exact same place. The problem here has very little to do with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, or any other company currently suing another company for patent infringement. Every single time it seems like the problem boils down to the same conclusion: the patent system in the US is horrendously broken.Every tech company, from corporate giants like Apple and Google down to startups that make screen covers for these smartphones, is playing the patent game right now. During CTIA in New Orleans, when I walked the busy halls from booth to booth in search of the next cool little gadget, I heard one statement more than anything: “We have a terrific patent portfolio to back up our work.” Why is that part of your PR pitch, little company? Why did you feel it was necessary to tell me that? The reason was more simple than I had imagined. The guy in the booth three aisles over was showing off a dangerously similar product, and this first company was already suing that company.It’s not just Apple. Google/Motorola is currently suing Microsoft in a case that could result in the ban of the Xbox 360, using the exact same tactic that Apple is currently using against Samsung. It’s everywhere, all around us. Dyson has a commercial on air right now bragging to millions of people that Dyson vacuums are unlike anything else out there because they have hundreds of patents on their design and functionality.The basic concepts of technology, software, and hardware have changed drastically. Unfortunately, the law has not really changed with it. The original purpose of a patent was to protect your invention from being out and out stolen by another company, but at some point these companies figured out that they could use these patents as swords instead of shields, and the US Patent and Trade Office just sat back and watched.Like most things that have to do with technology and the law, I find myself looking to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for a well thought out solution. Not only did they have a solution, but they felt it was necessary to create a website specifically for their stance on the issue. The aptly named Defend Innovation site is a basic layout of seven changes that the EFF feels need to be made to the US patent system in order to right the ship.These concepts include things like how long a software patent should be enforceable, a requirement for an example of running code for the patent to be granted, and damage limitation standards. Reading through the list, there’s nothing that sounds particularly extreme, and all sound like they would be beneficial in every situation. Basically, a plan to return the patent system to a state where companies acquire a patent to protect an invention.Imagine what would happen if the energy that has been put into the angry Boycott Apple protest were to be educated and funneled into protests that involved calling Congress members or even just continuing the social network assault, the difference would be immense. The EFF’s Defend Innovation site has an area where you can join the signature collection they have gathered for Congress. Unfortunately, while the #boycottapple hashtag appears to be travelling at about 45 posts per second, the EFF’s signature collection site has only seen about 500 new signatures in the last three days.I think we need to stop blaming Apple for behaving like a company, and start holding the USPTO responsible for allowing these kinds of patents to get approved in the first place.
Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 2:43 PM http://jrnl.ie/3109386 Short URL Image: William Murphy/CC/Flickr 17,874 Views No Comments Share3 Tweet Email Mother allegedly gave daughter toxic level of sedative, court hears Bernadette Scully is on trial for the manslaughter of her daughter Emily Barut at their home. Image: William Murphy/CC/Flickr Nov 29th 2016, 2:43 PM Updated 6.50pmA MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL has been told that an Offaly GP gave her 11-year-old, disabled daughter a toxic level of a sedative before taking an overdose herself.The Central Criminal Court jury was hearing the opening speech in the trial of 58-year-old Bernadette Scully.Bernadette Scully is charged with unlawfully killing Emily Barut at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore. It’s alleged that she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate on 15 September, 2012. She has pleaded not guilty and went on trial this morning.Duty of care Tara Burns SC opened the case for the State, telling the jury that the prosecution had to prove that Scully had a duty of care to the deceased on the basis of being both her mother and GP and that she was in breach of that duty.She said the prosecution’s case was that there was gross negligence. She said that Bernadette Scully would have realised, if she thought about it at all, that there was a risk of harm.She explained that Emily was born with profound physical and learning disabilities, including microcephaly and epilepsy, and that her mother had acted as her GP throughout her life.“Emily was very well cared for at home,” she said.She said that, two weeks before her death, Emily had a surgical procedure to replace a peg in her stomach, through which she was fed and given her medication. She was in a lot of pain and sleeping poorly following this. She said that Scully was in an exhausted state as a result.15 SeptemberShe said that on 15 September, Bernadette Scully sent her partner to the pharmacy for anti-depressants and sedatives. He hadn’t seen Emily before going. When he returned, she sent him out for food. He still hadn’t seen Emily when Scully went to have a sleep that afternoon.He found Bernadette Scully in a deep sleep around 7pm, but didn’t wake her. He checked on Emily two hours later and found her cold. He called an ambulance and both mother and daughter were taken to hospital, where Emily was pronounced dead.“Ms Scully had taken an overdose,” she explained.A post-mortem exam was carried out on Emily and a metabolite of a sedative, chloral hydrate, was found in her blood at a level of 200 micrograms per ml. Burns said that, if given at the correct dose, a level of between 10 and 20 micrograms would be expected.“But 200 was found. You’ll hear that level is beyond the therapeutic level and within the toxic range,” she said.Burns said that Bernadette Scully went to a garda station a few days later and gave an account of what had happened in the early hours of that Saturday. She said that Emily was upset, crying in pain and woke at 2am and 6am. She administered chloral hydrate both times.She said Emily had a significant fit at 11am and that she gave her chloral hydrate again.“She accepted she gave her too much,” said Ms Burns.State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy testified that she carried out the post-mortem exam. She knew that Emily was severely disabled from birth, that she was cared for at home by her mother and attended a special needs school daily.She had been told that she was on a number of medications and that chloral hydrate was one of the medicines found at the scene.She examined the child’s body and found that her brain showed maldevelopment. She also found that her lungs were water-logged.Another expert examined her brain and found damage resulting from multiple seizures, along with evidence of a hypoxic episode in the six to eight hours before her death.Toxicology tests showed that she had 220 micrograms of trichloroethanol in her blood. She said that deaths had occurred with levels of 20 to 240 micrograms.She said there was no evidence of pressure sores or contractions of the limbs, which could occur when a patient had limited movement.“She appears to have been very well cared for and was developing normally despite her disabilities,” she said.She said that death was due to chloral hydrate intoxication. She explained that this was a sedative used for the treatment of epilepsy. She said that children may be given a maximum single dose and that the half life in children was 10 hours.She said that Emily was at risk of a potentially fatal seizure at any time and that epilepsy was not excluded as a possible cause of death. However, the level of chloral hydrate in her blood was such that she gave the cause of death as chloral hydrate intoxication. Contributory factors were microcephaly, abnormality of her brain, epilepsy and acute inflammation of the lungs.Cross-examinationUnder cross examination by Kenneth Fogarty SC, defending, she agreed that her expert colleague had found evidence of a hypoxic episode at least six hours before her death. He noted that his client had told gardaí that her daughter had three seizures, at 2am, 6am and 11am“Any one of those seizures could have resulted in the damage to the brain,” said the professor. “The seizure didn’t cause her death, but was a very significant seizure that caused this hypoxic change… That would be a major seizure.”He asked if she could have passed away from the seizure, notwithstanding the chloral hydrate levels.“Yes, she could have had a terminal seizure,” she replied.She said that a seizure could cause death at the time or some time later.She said that the waterlogging in her lungs could be due to heart failure, which could be due to the chloral hydrate but could also be due to hypoxic changes in the brain.She was asked if chloral hydrate was taken out of the equation, was there ‘still sufficient there to cause her death’.“Yes,” she replied.The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five menComments are closed as this case is before the courts.Read: Denis O’Brien alleges that TDs prejudiced his case against RTÉ with Dáil speeches> By Natasha Reid Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Apr 30th 2017, 8:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan 6 Comments Share Tweet Email1 10,796 Views ‘Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide’ Senator Joan Freeman talks to us about mental health services and being ‘a pain in the government’s neck’. Short URL Joan Freeman Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ieTHERE’S SOMETHING VERY powerful about a large group of people coming together to walk out of the darkness and into the light.Evocative images of Darkness Into Light (DIL) from Ireland and beyond are now synonymous with suicide prevention and awareness.Ahead of Pieta House’s annual flagship event, which is happening next Saturday, Pieta founder and former CEO Joan Freeman spoke to TheJournal.ie about why DIL has caught the public’s imagination, and the state of mental health services in Ireland.Freeman, a Senator since last year, tells us she first came up with the idea for DIL about nine years ago, after she took part in the Dublin marathon“I’ll swifty add, it was walking,” she laughs.Shortly after the race she was on a plane from Dublin to Kerry and struck up a conversation with a woman who told her she had ran 12 marathons, with one of her favourites being a night run in Boston.Freeman liked the idea of organising a nighttime or early morning event and mentioned it to her colleagues at Pieta.“I thought, ‘Why don’t we do something not at nighttime but in the morning, something shorter, a 5k or whatever’. A committee was formed and the first ever DIL was held in 2009.“It was 400 people in the Phoenix Park the first year, we didn’t even have t-shirts,” Joan recalls.Some 120,000 people took part in the event last year in over 150 venues on four continents. A similar number of people are expected to take part next weekend. Freeman acknowledges it’s been a “phenomenal success”.“The fact that it was taking place at night highlighted the issue of suicide,” she says. Source: Electric Ireland/YouTubeFreeman believes the event caught people’s imaginations as it “gave people permission to talk about [suicide]“.“Every single person who takes part in it, particularly the people who took part in the early years, have all lost someone to suicide and are doing this walk in memory of the person they lost.It’s a soothing ointment for that terrible wound. People are also selflessly doing it to stop it happening to other families, that’s the extraordinary generosity of the Irish.“For one day of the year, the whole country comes together at 4.15 in the morning, in every single county, towns and villages across Ireland, and in other countries too, as a united force – that’s an extraordinary thing.“Pieta is a success because of the public, Pieta belongs to the country,” Freeman tells us.Console scandal The Irish charity sector has been rocked by a number of controversies in recent years, and notably the Console scandal last year.The suicide prevention charity was wound down in 2016 after it emerged through an RTÉ investigation that its founders spent donated money on personal expenses.An audit found that half a million euro was spent on foreign trips, designer clothes, eating out and other expenses between 2012 and 2014 – while another half a million was spent on salaries and cars for CEO Paul Kelly and his wife Patricia.Earlier this month it emerged that 58 employees who worked for Console have not been paid and are unlikely to be in the future.Pieta House took on Console’s services and some of its employees after the scandal emerged, something Freeman says was the “best solution” to a difficult situation.“Pieta took over clients so there was no loss of support … We took over the staff too, so they weren’t just thrown aside. They’re innocent in all of this, that’s important to remember.“All those people who had fundraised, their money was not lost in vain. Pieta took up the mantel and took up the baton.Don’t lose your trust in charities, our country would be lost without charities. There are so many that are there – such as the Society of St Vincent de Paul and Barnardos – that if we didn’t have them, where would the country be without them?“The government can’t provide all of the services they do.“There’s corruption at every level of society, charities aren’t immune to this,” Freeman says, adding that she hopes the Charities Regulator will ensure what transpired at Console will “never happen again”.‘A pain in the government’s neck’Freeman was named as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees to the Seanad last May, after being chosen by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.Soon afterwards, she announced she would be donating her €65,000 salary to Pieta.How could I in fairness ask people to get up at 4.15 in the morning … and receive two salaries? I couldn’t, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. The most sensible option was to give it to Pieta. I wanted to show people I’m as committed to Pieta as they are.Pieta House has helped more than 25,000 people since 2006, and is extending its services in the US, something Freeman says many Irish people living there have supported. People taking part in last year’s DIL event at the Phoenix Park, Dublin Source: Sasko Lasarov/RollingNews.ieFreeman has enjoyed her first year in the Seanad.“I love it. There are so many mixed emotions, I’m so proud that I’m working for my country. It would never dawn on me to do anything like this. What it has given me first of all is an insight, it has also put me nearer to the government.I’m there pecking away, being a pain in the neck. I’m working so hard on mental health issues, which are treated like Cinderella by the government. Any budget for mental health, lumps of it are taken away to fill gaps in other areas, without even batting an eyelid.Freeman says mental health issues are often “shrugged off”, despite almost half of people in Ireland using mental health services for themselves or a member of their family at some point.“They’re the most neglected services you can imagine, in particular child mental health services.”‘Child psychiatry is dying’ Freeman singles out child psychiatry in particular here, saying it’s “dying” as there simply aren’t enough people working in the area.The issue of children being admitted to adult mental health units has been raised repeatedly, with the Mental Health Commission criticising it again in recent weeks.This issue was raised at the Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM recently, where doctors said there needs to be greater clarity over the definition of a ‘child’ when it comes to mental health services.Dr Matthew Sadlier, a consultant psychiatrist, questioned if it was appropriate for a 17-year-old to receive treatment in the same mental health service setting as a 30-year-old or, indeed, a 12-year-old.Freeman thinks the practice of admitting under 18s to adult wards needs to cease.Over the next few months, I’ll bring forward legislation to make it illegal for children to be placed in adult psychiatry wards. Children aged 16-18 should have to consent to the treatment they receive, at the moment they don’t, but they do with physical health.Ongoing rows over water charges and the national maternity hospital, to name but two, have made the government look somewhat unstable in recent times, as has Enda Kenny’s upcoming exit as Taoiseach.Freeman is aware the government may fall “by the end of the year”, giving her an added push to try to get the legislation through as soon as possible.Young people’s experiences Freeman is also in the process of compiling a report on young people’s experiences of mental health services.“I’m asking the public to tell me their stories. What has it been like for them using the mental health services, in particular for children?,” she explains.The Seanad Public Consultation Committee is inviting written submissions from interested groups or individuals.The committee will consider the submissions and may invite some contributors to public hearings, which will take place in the Seanad chamber. When this public process is complete, the committee will publish a report which will be presented to the Oireachtas.“They won’t be able to ignore that,” Freeman says.If you wish to tell your story, email email@example.com. The closing date for receipt of submissions has been extended to 4pm on Friday, 12 May. More information can be read here.Darkness Into Light is taking place on Saturday, 6 May and is supported by Electric Ireland. For more information, visit Pieta House’s website. If you need to talk, contact:Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (suicide, self-harm)Samaritans 116 123 or email email@example.comAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)Read: Pieta House founder will donate €65k senator salary to the charityRead: Pieta House calls for ban on children being admitted to adult-only psychiatric unitsRead: FactCheck: Has the government actually cut the mental health budget by €20 million? Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 8:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3357544
L’élevage des poules en batterie bientôt interdit en EuropeLa Commission européenne a indiqué que des procès-verbaux pourraient prochainement être dressés contre les Etats de l’Union européenne (UE) qui élèvent leurs poules dans des cages non aménagées. En tout, 51 millions de poules pondeuses à travers 11 pays sont concernées.Dès le premier janvier 2012, une loi européenne prévoyant l’interdiction des cages de batterie conventionnelles pour les poules pondeuses doit entrer en vigueur. Ainsi, au moins 51 millions d’ovins, dans 11 Etats européens, deviendront hors-la-loi dans la mesure où leurs cages n’auront pas été correctement aménagées.Cette nouvelle loi vise à permettre aux poules d’être élevées dans des conditions un peu plus décentes qu’elles ne le sont aujourd’hui. Elle a surtout pour but d’éviter que les poules soient cantonnées à vivre sur une surface ne dépassant pas la taille d’une feuille de format A4 comme c’est encore parfois le cas.La nouvelle loi prévoit que la surface minimale accordée à chaque poule soit d’au moins 750 centimètres carrés ou que les cages aménagées disposent d’un nid ou d’un perchoir dans la mesure où l’élevage au sol ou en liberté n’est pas pratiqué. “La Commission commencera à ouvrir les procédures d’infractions dans les cas de non conformité le plus vite possible”, a averti le commissaire européen chargé de la Santé, John Dalli, au cours d’une réunion des ministres européens de l’Agriculture à Bruxelles.Ces oeufs ne seront plus commercialisables À lire aussiL’étonnante éclosion d’œufs du crapaud de SurinamM. Dalli a également précisé qu’un courrier allait être adressé aux 11 Etats concernés que sont la Belgique, la Bulgarie, Chypre, la France, la Grèce, la Hongrie, l’Italie, la Lettonie, la Pologne, le Portugal et la Roumanie, pour savoir comment ils comptaient faire face à ce problème, rapporte TV5monde. L’Espagne pourrait faire partie du lot mais la Commission a indiqué ne pas disposer de suffisamment d’informations fiables la concernant pour le moment.”Il y a eu plusieurs années pour s’y conformer, et c’est pourquoi j’attends que les autres pays le mettent en œuvre rapidement. Sinon les œufs ne seront pas commercialisables”, a précisé la ministre allemande Ilse Aigner, dont le pays a déjà appliqué le texte.Toutefois conscient qu’il n’était pas possible de faire détruire des milliers de tonnes d’œufs, M. Dalli avait proposé il y a quelques semaines de commercialiser de façon limitée les œufs produits dans l’illégalité. Ceux-ci ne pourraient pas être vendus au détail et leur utilisation serait limitée à l’industrie à l’intérieur de l’Etat où ils sont produits.Le 15 novembre 2011 à 15:18 • Maxime Lambert
SEATTLE — BNSF Railway will study the use of physical covers for coal and petroleum coke trains as part of a tentative agreement reached Tuesday with environmental groups that sued alleging that coal spilled from trains pollutes waterways in Washington state.BNSF denied any violations of the federal environmental law but also agreed to pay $1 million in environmental projects in the state and to clean up certain hotspots where coal has accumulated along tracks near waterways.The settlement is expected to be finalized in the next 60 days and, in the meantime, postpones a trial that began Nov. 7 in federal court in Seattle.Seven environmental groups including the Sierra Club and National Resources Defense Council sued BNSF in 2013, arguing that it violated the federal Clean Water Act by allowing its trains to discharge coal and other pollutants into state rivers and waterways without a permit.“This puts them on a path to the ultimate solution to stop the discharge of coal into our nation’s waterways,” said Charlie Tebbutt, lead attorney representing the plaintiffs.
Fireworks sales are officially permitted in Clark County starting Thursday at noon. Stands can operate from noon to 11 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 29 through July 4.In the county launching of personal fireworks is permitted from noon to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 29 through July 3 and 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4. Within Vancouver city limits, launching of personal fireworks is permitted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from July 1 through July 3 and 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.Visit http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm or http://www.cityofvancouver.us/4thOfJuly.asp for more information.
The National Security Agency has recommended the White House abandon a controversial program that collects and analyzes data on millions of Americans’ domestic calls and texts, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.The recommendation against renewing the program represents a dramatic reversal from the longstanding position of the agency, which had argued that the program was vital to identifying and disrupting terrorist activities. The program, which was put in place after the 2001 terrorist attacks, has legal and logistical burdens that outweigh its value to national security, sources told the Journal.The reported recommendation comes a little more than a month after a national security advisor revealed that the NSA hasn’t used the system in months. Luke Murray, an advisor for Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarty of California, also said at the time the White House might not seek to renew its legal authority to operate the program.The NSA had been collecting large amounts of metadata, the digital information that accompanies electronic communications, under a controversial national security policy put in place by the Patriot Act in 2001. That information included what phone numbers were on the call, when the call was placed and how long it lasted, which was then saved in a database.The already heated debate over the Patriot Act programs intensified in 2013 when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing the ways in which the secretive US government agency was collecting data. A new system put in place by Congress in 2015 required federal agencies to seek a court order on a case-by-case basis to obtain call data from telephone companies.The USA Freedom Act of 2015, legislation designed to curtail the federal government’s sweeping surveillance of millions of Americans’ phone records, is set to expire at the end of year, if the Trump administration doesn’t ask Congress to renew its authority to continue the program.The NSA and White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. 6 Now playing: Watch this: 4:25 NSA Security Tech Industry Share your voice Comments Yes, Facebook is still tracking you (The 3:59, Ep. 541) Tags
“The guy just froze,” says Julie Doerschlag, Marty’s wife, who was with him for all of these incidents. “It was probably 15 years before. And [the waiter] said, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’” Doerschlag began to recognize his talent well into adulthood, after a series of strange encounters and sightings. There was the man he recognized in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, someone he’d sat behind three years earlier at a Michigan vs. Ohio State football game. (Doerschlag remembered the man but not the score of the game.) There were the company Christmas parties where he could always remember exactly who was whose spouse. And there was the time he asked a waiter serving him in a Las Vegas restaurant if he’d also served tables many years earlier at a particular restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Every day, Marty Doerschlag moves through the world armed with what amounts to a low-level superpower: He can remember a face forever. But here’s the thing. Just as some humans are spectacularly skilled at recognizing faces, others are completely incompetent. Read the whole story: NPR “If I spend about 30 seconds looking at somebody, I will remember their face for years and years and years,” he says.
Zapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current can improve a form of memory – enough to make them perform like 20-year-olds – scientists say. Someday, people might visit clinics to boost that ability, which declines both in normal ageing and in dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, said Robert Reinhart, researcher at Boston University in the US. The treatment is aimed at “working memory,” the ability to hold information in mind for a matter of seconds as you perform a task, such as doing math in your head. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSometimes called the workbench or scratchpad of the mind, it’s crucial for things like taking medications, paying bills, buying groceries or planning, Reinhart said in a statement. The study is not the first to show that stimulating the brain can boost working memory. The research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, showed success in older people and because the memory boost persisted for nearly an hour minimum after the brain stimulation ended. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s a superb first step” toward demonstrating a way to improve mental performance, said Barry Gordon, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. More research is needed before it can be formally tested as a treatment, researchers said. The electrical current was administered through a tight-fitting cap that also monitored each subject’s brainwaves. For study participants, that current felt like a slight tingling, itching or poking sensation under the electrodes for about 30 seconds, Reinhart said. The researchers’ idea was to improve communication between the brain’s prefrontal cortex in the front and the temporal cortex on the left side, because the rhythms of activity in those two regions had fallen out of sync with each other. So the researchers applied the current to those two regions to nudge the activity cycles back into a matching pattern. The results provided new evidence that a breakdown in that communication causes the loss of working memory with age, Reinhart said. Part of the study included 42 participants in their 20s, plus 42 others aged 60 to 76. First they were tested on a measure of working memory. It involved viewing an image such as a harmonica or broken egg on a computer screen, then a blank screen for three seconds, and then a second image that was either identical to the first or slightly modified.
Today, Colin campaigns for the NFL to move the kickoff to the 50-yard line. He explains why change can be a good thing in a career, and why Bob Stoops should ditch Oklahoma to take the LSU job. Jared Goff’s career could be ruined by Hard Knocks because first impressions last, and Greg Cosell is in the house breaking down film from NFL Week 1. Come for the sports, stay for the UFO talk with bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, Ben Mezrich. Today, in The Herd.“Great wide receivers are the luxury sports cars of the NFL, but they aren’t worth a point without a good quarterback.”Guests:Greg Cosell – Senior Producer NFL Films. Meat sandwich time on Mr. Cosell’s first visit of the year. He’s breaking down the tape from Garoppolo, Prescott, and Wentz, why people who know think Wentz has huge upside, and what he saw that he liked from Brock Osweiler. Colin is happier than a kid on Christmas.Matt Leinart – Heisman Trophy Winner and Fox Sports College Football Analyst explains why Urban Meyer is a quarterback whisperer, his favorite offensive coordinators during his career, what’s wrong with USC, and why he tells kids they probably won’t be professional athletes.Jerry Jones – Dallas Cowboys Owner joins the show to have word with Colin about Dak Prescott. He explains why he likes Dak, why he doesn’t worry about Dez Bryant as an intimidating presence for a young QB, and how business is business in the NFL, even when you’ve established relationships.Ben Mezrich – Author of Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook joins the show to discuss his new book The 37th Parallel, how his opinions on UFO’s have changed since he began writing it, and what Hollywood megastars are going to star in the movie adaptation.
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