VANCOUVER — New research suggests that the health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates elder-led circles and other cultural elements.The study from the University of British Columbia and Western University focused on nurses working with women individually over the course of six to eight months.Their treatment included weekly circles or group activities led by an elder, which involved sharing personal stories and aspects of Indigenous culture through ceremonies, cultural teachings and traditional crafts.Colleen Varcoe, a professor of nursing at UBC, says at the end of the program, the women reported significantly fewer symptoms of trauma and depression and a better quality of life compared with how they felt in the beginning.Study co-author and ’60s Scoop survivor Roberta Price says cultural teachings, stories and songs bring out the strength in women. Participants included 152 Indigenous women from different First Nations and language groups who were living in Vancouver and Surrey, B.C.Most had survived childhood abuse in a residential school, in addition to partner violence.The study did not include a control group that received treatment without elder-led circles or cultural elements and the results were self-reported.The program was tested in British Columbia, and is now being tested in three provinces to make sure it’s effective for all women.The Canadian Press
GODS LAKE NARROWS, Man. — RCMP in northern Manitoba say a two-year-old boy is dead after being attacked by dogs.Police in Gods Lake Narrows says they received a report of a dog attack on a child in the community early Monday afternoon.Officers found the child with life-threatening injuries in a wooded area not far from where he lived.He was pronounced dead on scene.Police believe the boy wandered away from his home and was attacked by several dogs.RCMP say community members were forced to shoot several dogs that were seen returning to the scene. The Canadian Press
7 June 2011The United Nations refugee agency has helped 38,000 people displaced by fighting in Pakistan’s tribal areas return to their homes over the past two months. The latest phase of the voluntary return operation, organized by the Pakistani Government, wrapped up on Sunday, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), whose staff monitored the process to ensure that returns were voluntary and funded the transport of returnees. Displacement from Pakistan’s tribal areas began in 2008 in the wake of a Government crackdown on insurgents. At the height of the displacement crisis in 2009, more than 21,000 families, or around 147,000 people, were registered in the Jalozai camp – the largest of the four camps in the tribal areas for internally displaced persons (IDPs).At the same time, around 90 per cent of the displaced lived outside camps, with friends, relatives or in rented accommodation. The 38,000 people that returned in the latest operation went back to homes in Bajaur and Mohmand agencies, both of which are in the northern part of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), bordering Afghanistan. In addition to monitoring the process and funding the transport of returnees, UNHCR also set up warehouses in both areas that provided returning families with basic household supplies. Tents were given to those whose homes were damaged in the conflict for use as temporary shelters while repairs are carried out. Other UN agencies are also providing help, with the World Food Programme (WFP) enrolling returnees in cash-for-work programmes, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) providing hygiene kits, and the World Health Organization (WHO) offering health care through a partner organization. An estimated 5,000 families – or about 26,000 individuals – remain in Jalozai, most of them residents of areas still considered unsafe for returns.
U.S. Steel’s Hamilton and Nanticoke plants may be saved by a company that has bailed out another struggling Canadian steel company in the past.Sources in the bidding process say India’s “Essar Steel Holdings” is looking to revive U.S. Steel Canada, which is currently under creditor protection, and is the only bidder wanting both Canadian sites.Sources also say Essar wants to put the Hamilton steel mill back into production.The company bought Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie when it left bankruptcy protection back in 2007.U.S. Steel purchased Stelco the same year after an earlier round of creditor protection. U.S. Steel Canada took the plants back into creditor protection last September.
by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2015 11:43 am MDT CALGARY – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he’s hopeful mediators will be able to avert a strike by workers at Canadian Pacific Railway but if they don’t, the government will take action to make sure the economy doesn’t suffer.The union representing 1,800 safety and maintenance workers and another union which represents 3,300 locomotive engineers, conductors, trainmen and yardmen across Canada have issued a strike notice for early Sunday morning.The labour strife could hamper freight service across the country, but negotiations are ongoing in Montreal with the help of federal mediators.A spokesman for federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch confirmed the minister was in Montreal on Friday to “encourage all parties to work together to quickly reach agreements in the best interest of the Canadian economy.”In 2012, the federal government passed legislation to force an end to a nine-day strike by 4,800 striking members of the Teamsters union and CP Rail employees. Ottawa said at the time that a prolonged strike would cost the Canadian economy $540 million a week.Ritz said a long rail strike by CP (TSX:CP) would have a significant impact on western grain producers but also on the forestry, potash and coal sectors.“There’s still a lot of product to move so there’s never a lesser impact. It’s just a different degree of hurt,” said Ritz after a speech to the Western Barley Growers Association.“At the end of the day, as a government we will look at all the tools we have available to us to make sure the economy doesn’t suffer.”Ritz said it’s too early to think about whether the federal government should get involved if there is a work stoppage.“Hopefully not. As I said mediators on the ground are working hard and hopefully they’re making progress,” he said. “Those aren’t done in public and I’m not going to detail it in public either.”In the event of a strike, Canadian Pacific said this week it would “implement its extensive contingency plan by deploying qualified management employees to maintain a reduced freight service on its Canadian network.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter. With files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal agriculture minister ‘hopeful’ rail strike can be averted
The parents of a child actress who played Matilda in the musical are in dispute with Westminster council over her home schooling.Edward Hardy and Eileen Tracy may have to go to court if the council does not agree that their daughter is receiving a suitable education.Their daughter Lilian, 12, who played the title role in the West End production for six months until last September, has been educated at home all her life.Her parents have now been sent a school attendance order, which means they must enrol her at a local school within 15 days or prove that she is receiving an adequate education, otherwise they face prosecution or a fine.They told The Guardian that they had sent evidence of her progress, including samples of her work and explanation about her studies, to the local authority, but the council said this was not enough.The council only became aware of her situation when the Royal Shakespeare Company, which produces the show, applied for a child performance licence so Lilian could join the cast, said the report. The musical has proved popular in the West EndCredit:Cornershop PR 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. “Through home education, parents exercise their right to let their child develop at their own pace and cherry-pick their academic pursuits and other passions without confused outsiders breathing down their necks.“Local authorities have sufficient powers if they see a problem. But that ‘if’ is key. It’s to do with the fundamental British concept of presumption of innocence, which is enshrined in UK law. “If the state doesn’t have evidence of a problem, as in our case, then it’s really important that state officials don’t have the power to intervene, so that children and their families can be left in peace to work their own magic.”Home education has become an increasingly controversial topic as figures released last year showed that the number of home-educated children had doubled in six years.Neil Carmichael, the former chair of the Education Select Committee, told The Daily Telegraph at the time that he was “deeply concerned” by the data.In November the Government said it was working on tougher guidance for home schooling that could increase councils’ powers to intervene.A spokesman for Westminster council said: “Local authorities have a statutory obligation to ensure that resident children receive a suitable education. We have explained to Mr Hardy and Ms Tracy that we cannot solely rely on samples of their child’s work to form a view about the suitability of their education.” Ms Tracy told the newspaper: “Lilian has really thrived on being home-educated, in ways that have regularly surprised and delighted us and that have also clarified for me as an educator how children learn best – through being given freedom to follow their noses.
← Previous Story Women’s EHF EUR0 2010 (Round 2): Four teams in TOP 12 Next Story → Brothers Gilles refused a new contracts with HSV! Polish Champion, Vive Targi Kielce, obviously hasn’t problem with money. After two big sponsors who got a place in their name, the best Polish team with a great ambition in Europe in next a few years, sign the biggest sponsorship with a company from – Uganda, Africa , even bigger than two main sponsors, Vive and Targi has.The name of the company is Riham and their Management thinks that investment in one of the most succesfull Polish sport team is a great start for entering Polish market.Vive Kielce still has a chance to qualify for TOP 16 phase of the EHF Champions League. Vive Targi Kielce
Nacho Fernandez has revealed plans to see out his playing career at Real MadridThe Spanish full-back has been on the club books since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut in a 6–3 away win against Valencia in April 2011.Since then, Nacho has made 161 appearances in all competitions for Real and was a valuable member of the squad last season that sealed the Champions League title for a third season in succession.Like past greats, such as Francisco Totti and Paolo Maldini, the 28-year-old intends to remain a one-club player by seeing out the remainder of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.“My plan is to finish my career at home,” he said in an interview with GQ, via Marca.“In the career of any athlete there are stages where you do not do everything you would like, fortunately I’ve had two spectacular years on a personal and professional level and there is no better place for me than Real Madrid.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The demand is the highest, but my idea is to keep the pace and finish my career at home.”Nacho missed out on Spain’s golden era that saw the national side claim the World Cup title in 2010, as well as back-to-back European crowns in 2008 and 2012.The left-back made his debut for the national side in September 2013.“I would like to get rid of the thorn of the last World Cup and win an important tournament with Spain,” he said.Nacho currently has under two years left on his current contract at Real.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Highway Patrol troopers remain on the scene, Tuesday, of a truck that rolled over on the Turnpike in Hollywood.According to the FHP, at around 10 a.m., a truck hauling a trailer full of bags of mulch rolled over on the southbound lanes of the Turnpike, south of Hollywood Boulevard.Three people who were inside the truck were transported to a nearby hospital.Their conditions are unknown.Only one left lane remains open as the cleanup process continues, but officials said they expect to re-open all lanes before 1 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The magazine will feature expanded edit content for the food and cooking categories, a larger contributor pool and a larger trim size and better paper stock. The 6x frequency, previously set according to the growing season—more issues published in the spring and summer—has been reset to a true bimonthly schedule, said the spokesperson. The relaunch is being dedicated to Ardath Harter Rodale, wife of former CEO Bob Rodale and a former Rodale CEO herself, who passed away last December. Rodale’s Organic Gardening is bucking the cost-cutting trends pervading the print industry. The company is set to “relaunch” the bimonthly magazine for its February/March issue with upgraded design, paper stock and rate base.According to Rodale, ad pages for the new issue, hitting newsstands tomorrow, have increased 17 percent versus the same period last year. Subscriptions are also up, said a spokesperson, prompting a 5 percent rate base increase to 275,00 from 260,000—the magazine’s third in four years.”Interest in both organics and gardening is growing at staggering rates and consumers seek products and companies who help them on the path to live a more natural lifestyle,” said senior vice president and publisher Mary Murcko in a statement.
The challenge of needing to find a new job every few years is a significant burden for military spouses, but there are strategies that can make their plight easier.To avoid extended gaps in their employment history, spouses should consider taking advantage of volunteering opportunities, said Shonte Gonzalez, an Airmen and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist who counsels job hunting spouses at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.“It’s not paid, but it’s a job,” Gonzalez told the Dayton Daily News.“Their gaps in employment are probably one of the biggest things that are stressful to them,” she said. Many Dayton area employers, however, understand the work history gaps that may accompany military life as a spouse.Gillian Russell, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation associate with the Hiring Our Heroes program, emphasized the need for military spouses to highlight the contributions they make outside of the workplace.“They might not be working, they might have flaws in their resume, but what they are doing is they are volunteering, they are helping to run the bases, they’re helping to make sure that families are looked after while service members are away, and all of these skills make them absolutely fantastic employees,” Russell said.Military spouses have organizational and leadership skills that employers seek, said Chris Phillips, a PNC Bank diversity specialist who recruits military spouses.“They’re the caregiver, they’re the ones that manage the household so they’ve very loyal to an employer and it makes good business sense to us,” Phillips said.To be sure, military spouses face a number of hurdles to find a job, according to the story. A 2013 study found that 90 percent of female spouses of active-duty service members were underemployed, or had more education and experience than needed for their jobs, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.“That was the biggest finding and probably gave a broader picture of the employment situation of a military spouse,” said Rosalinda Maury, the institute’s director of applied research and analytics. “It’s not just unemployment, it’s underemployment.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
French President Emmanuel MacronReutersFrench President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Ottawa and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the 44th G7 Summit to be held on Friday. The summit comes amid trade differences between the US and its allies.The meeting between Macron and Trudeau will help the two leaders to agree on and create a common front against America, after US President Donald Trump, decided to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Europe and Japan.Macron, accompanied by his wife, Brigitte, arrived here at 3.20 p.m. on Wednesday and shortly after met Trudeau in the Canadian Parliament, Efe news reported.On Thursday, the two will meet again before proceeding to Montreal to meet with Philippe Couillard, the Premier of the French-speaking province Quebec.Later in the day, Macron plans to travel to a luxury hotel in La Malbaie, about 140 km east of Quebec City, where the G7 Summit will begin with the leaders of Germany, Canada, the US, France, Italy, Japan and the UK, among others, participating.The summit has gained importance because of growing tensions between the Western allies.US tariffs and punitive actions taken by the European Union and Canada have widened the gap between leaders threatening the start of a trade war.Trudeau on Tuesday said the discussions at the G7 Summit, should have dealt primarily with sustainable and equitable economic growth and gender issues, instead it will be “straightforward and at times difficult” because of Trump’s policies.[ Source- IANS]
Police on Thursday used sound stimulators to disperse some left-leaning political party activists who took to the streets to enforce a half-day nationwide general strike.Ganatantrik Bam Morcha, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and the Socialist Party of Bangladesh (BSD) jointly called the general strike to protest against the electricity price hike.On 23 November, the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) raised the power tariff on average by 5.3 per cent or Tk. 0.35 per unit.Witnesses said police used the sound stimulator named Hyper-Spike to generate a high frequency deafening sound when a group of pro-hartal activists started gathering at the Shahbagh intersection in the morning.Pro-hartal activists could not tolerate the sound and, at one stage, left the spot.Police use sound stimulator to disperse pro-hartal activists. Photo: Prothom aloThe pro-hartal activists termed the police’s new tactic to disperse the public gathering, ‘sound-terrorism’.“It seemed the sound would tear the eardrums,” said an activist of the Progressive Student Alliance, Zilani Shuvo.Asked about the reason behind the use of this deafening sound, Ramna police deputy commissioner Maruf Hossain Sarder said, “We used the sound stimulator so that they [pro-hartal activists] cannot sit on the streets.”The eight-hour shutdown beginning at 6:00am protesting at the fresh power price hike was observed on Thursday in a slacked manner.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) backed the nationwide general strike called by the country’s left-leaning political parties.
Share Austin Price / The Texas TribuneState Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, listens to the Gonzales family speak against SB 3 and SB 91, the “bathroom bills,” before the Senate State Affairs Committee on July 21, 2017.A lawsuit filed in state district court Monday alleges that the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission improperly fired one of its sergeants after he told federal law enforcement that state Sen. Joan Huffman had blocked an investigation into a Longview bar she and her husband partially owned.The whistleblower lawsuit against the TABC — where the former sergeant, Marcus Stokke, worked for 16 years — says that last year Stokke told the FBI, a federal prosecutor and the agency’s internal affairs department that Huffman interfered in an investigation into Graham Central Station. The bar had drawn scrutiny for failing to report multiple “breaches of the peace” that took place on or near its premises, including a sexual assault, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Austin.In a statement to the Tribune, Huffman, R-Houston, wrote, “These claims are false and have no merit, and are not deserving of any further comment.” Huffman, who chairs the Senate State Affairs Committee, did not respond to questions about the extent of her ownership stake in Graham Central Station, which no longer appears to be open.Bill Miller, a consultant representing Huffman’s husband, Keith Lawyer, said Lawyer sold his interest in the bar in 2015, two years before the lawsuit claims the interference took place. TABC spokesman Chris Porter said the agency is unable to comment on pending litigation.According to the lawsuit, agency officials told Stokke to discontinue an investigation into Graham Central Station and erase digital and print records documenting the bar’s alleged wrongdoing.Stokke, who the lawsuit says oversaw 24 counties in northeast Texas for the liquor agency, contacted law enforcement authorities in May 2017 and lost his job the following October. Stokke provided the Tribune with a copy of his termination letter which outlines a number of reasons for his dismissal, including insubordination and unethical conduct. The lawsuit says those claims are false.“It was total retaliation,” Stokke said in an interview. He is seeking at least $200,000 in damages as well as reinstatement to his old job at the TABC.Asked how he knew Huffman had interfered in the investigation, Stokke said he does “not have any evidence that she actually, you know, conspired or told anybody to falsify records or delete records or anything like that.”But, he said, the reason the agency officials gave when they instructed him to end the investigation was, “this is really political and there’s a state senator involved.”On Friday afternoon, Rita Lucido, a Democrat running to replace Huffman in November, released a statement calling on the Texas Rangers to open an investigation into Huffman’s conduct. “In a page taken straight from the Ken Paxton-Trump Administration playbook, Joan Huffman has demonstrated a clear contempt for transparency, ethical guidelines, and the public interest by engaging in shockingly corrupt practices to protect her and her husband’s business interests,” Lucido wrote.Last year, a series of high-level officials left the TABC after the Tribune reported that agency employees had used taxpayer funds to take extravagant trips to out-of-state resorts where they rubbed shoulders with industry groups. A new executive director, Adrian Bentley Nettles, took over the embattled agency in July 2017.Huffman has served in the Texas Senate since 2008.
Money is scarce for Tiana White, who lives in a homeless shelter and says she’s unable to work her retail job due to chronic back pain from a car accident. The mother of three, working on her GED at Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School in Northeast, estimates she spends $50 a week commuting on trains and buses from her home in Northwest Washington, and she wants the city council to help defray the costs of commuting for adult students.Students met with D.C. Councilman Grosso and Anne Robinson, senior legislative counsel for the committee on education, on Sept. 29.As part of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, White and some of her fellow students met with D.C. councilmembers David Grosso and Elissa Silverman to lobby for more educational resources. White told council members adult students should ride the Metro and trains for free — it’s a perk D.C. school children already enjoy.“That would really help me out,” White said.Adult education is sometimes seen as an afterthought and that’s why the school spent the week, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, raising awareness about the need and value of adult education, said Lecester Johnson, the school’s chief executive officer. Social issues often interrupt an adult’s education and force them to drop out, she said.Johnson said 21 percent of working-age adults in the District don’t have a high school diploma. By 2018, she said, nearly three quarters of all jobs will demand education beyond a high school diploma.Academy of Hope has been around since 1985 and operates eight adult charter schools in D.C. It offers adult education, students can earn GEDs or, if students prefer, certification through the National External Diploma Program. “We treat it as a second-chance program,” Johnson said. “I really think many adults didn’t have a first chance . . . these are sort of the forgotten kids who have come back.”The students had a wide-ranging conversation with the councilmembers about their issues, but were not looking for a firm commitment from them. It was more about raising issues of awareness to them and being heard.White, 36, had her first child during her senior year of high school —and he was born the day after she would have graduated. After taking three months off to look after her son, White returned to night school to earn her high school diploma. She failed the functional test she needed to secure her diploma — by seven points. Struggles with homelessness and medical problems continue to dog her, but she’s excited about her future.Today, White is studying for her GED in hopes of becoming an entry-level medical assistant. In doing so, she’s teaching her children an important lesson about staying the course. “I’m trying to hurry up and get that piece of paper so I can get a good job as quick[ly] as possible,” White said. “It’s like I’m starting all over again, but it’s worth it in the end.”