Sesame Street for Military Families Initiative

first_imgIn honor of April being MILITARY CHILD MONTH, we would like to talk about Sesame Street for Military Families initiative.Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street, is so excited to be partnering with Military Families Learning Network to support the great work practitioners do to support our military families.Our Sesame Street for Military Families initiative has been a 12-year-long initiative to support our military families with young children through all the milestones of their lives. All our resources are on a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website, Sesame Street for Military Families, where families can find information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, relocations, (visible and invisible) injuries, and grief.We are creating new resources based on what parents tell us they need and most recently we launched new topics on self-expression, routines, family health and wellness, and birthdays.  The For Providers section supports practitioners in their work supporting military families.   I am proud to be part of a team of educators, producers, researchers and more who create these valuable resources but the true test is in how the parents use them.Here is one mom, an Editor of Military Spouse magazine, Janine Boldin, on allowing Sesame Street to join her family on their military adventure:Sabrina Huda is Senior Project Manager with U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational producer behind Sesame Street.  She manages Sesame Workshop initiatives that reach the most vulnerable and underserved kids and their families through work with key partner organizations who are committed to helping all kids become smarter, stronger, and kinder.You Talked, We Listened, and My Military Family Felt ConnectedBetween balancing solo-parenting and many moves, military life can be exhausting for the spouse who is holding down the homefront. Our own Army family has experienced nine moves, four deployments, and many months separated because of field time. In all of the hurry, I sometimes struggled to find the right words to help my kids process the challenges of our military life.Enter: a helper.During my husband’s first deployment, Elmo was one of my helpers. He was a constant during the ups and downs of dad being gone. Elmo was patient and understanding, and seemed to have just the right words (and laughs) when I couldn’t seem to muster them. I even found myself smiling when I heard Elmo’s giggle.As we headed into deployment number two, I started looking around for more help. I found the Talk, Listen, Connect resources offered by Sesame Street. I had seen them at our Army Community Service building but only picked up a kit at a pre-deployment fair offered by my husband’s Army unit. When we watched the DVD, I remember feeling as if a weight had been lifted. Elmo’s words to my kids about how to face another year apart from dad were the ones we all needed to hear.Having written about military families for over a decade, I’ve been introduced to all types of resources and experiences aimed at helping our military community. With Sesame Street, I knew what to expect. I placed my trust in the materials Sesame was creating for my family.  Fuzzy, bright monsters, yes, they cheer-up or console our kids, but they also help mom and dad. My family was one of the earlier users of the Talk, Listen, Connect toolkits, but I can still remember looking over my children’s shoulders finding comfort in the words of the monsters and songs that were sung.Being the mom of military kids is an amazing adventure. I always try to help my kids focus on the goodness in our military life. I feel Sesame is in line with this same thought. Because, while the challenges can be hard, the love our family has for one another helps us get through them. Sometimes we just need a little help with the words, seeing how to make it happen, and a good giggle.Janine Boldrin is the Managing Editor of Military Spouse magazine. She is an Army spouse and mom to three military kids.last_img read more

Hockey: India finish with five defeats at Olympics

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: Naveen Kumar Stars as Dabang Delhi Begin Home Leg With Thrilling Win

first_img bengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcNaveen Kumarpawan sehrawat First Published: August 24, 2019, 10:37 PM IST New Delhi: Hosts Dabang Delhi on Saturday notched up a thrilling 33-31 win over defending champions Bengaluru Bulls in the first match of the Delhi leg of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here.Naveen Kumar was the star for the Delhi side who trailed for most parts of the match but inflicted a crucial All-Out in the final minutes on the Bulls to walk away with all the points. Bengaluru Bulls started the match on the front foot, racing to a 5-0 lead, with Pawan Sehrawat flying high. The Bulls piled on the pressure, backed by their defence, to inflict the first All-Out of the match on Dabang Delhi in the 11th minute and open a gap of six points.The defending champions continued to dominate with their defence, manned by Mahender Singh and Saurabh Nandal, thwarting all the raiders who came in their territory. The first half ended 19-11 in favour of the Bengaluru Bulls.The league’s top raider, Pawan Sehrawat started the second half with the same intensity, rushing to his Super 10 (10 raid points) within six minutes of resumption as the Bulls maintained their pressure on Delhi.The home team brought in Meraj Sheykh to add an extra dimension to their raids and the Iranian picked up bonus points to keep Debang Delhi in the game as the match edged closer to the final whistle.Three points by Naveen Kumar in two successive raids with five minutes remaining in the match helped him reach a Super 10 and make it a one-point game.The aggressive strategy saw Delhi force an All-Out on Bulls with 3 minutes remaining to take the lead.But Pawan Sehwarat’s two-point raid tied the match once again with just a minute remaining.Delhi then pulled off an important tackle in the final minute to win the first match of their home leg.Bengaluru will only have themselves to blame for allowing Delhi to clinch so many bonus points and finishing off the game when they were on top.The result saw Delhi move to second spot in the table. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

What distracted Eugenie Bouchard during her first round Wimbledon win

first_imgCanada’s Eugenie Bouchard was trolled for posting a sexist comment on Twitter following her first round victory in the Wimbledon on Tuesday.Bouchard, who had to play the qualifiers to make it to the main draw, defeated British wildcard Gabriella Taylor 6-0 4-6 6-3 in the opening round of the match.The 188th ranked Bouchard witnessed something unusual throughout the game where one of the ball boys’ shorts were unzipped and she couldn’t take her eyes off it.”One of the ballboys on my court today had his fly unzipped. Every time he gave me balls to serve I couldn’t help staring at it ???? #wimbledon,” she tweeted.One of the ballboys on my court today had his fly unzipped. Every time he gave me balls to serve I couldnt help staring at it #wimbledonGenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) July 3, 2018She further also asked her fans whether she should have told the boy who was unaware.”I kept wondering if I should tell him lol. Do you think I should have?”I kept wondering if I should tell him lol. Do you think I should have?Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) July 3, 2018She will face Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty in the second round hoping to continue her return from her gloomy descent.Imagine hysteria if a male player said a sexual comment about a ball girl. Would never hear the end of itFrankieS62 (@FrankieS62) July 4, 2018Was this really necessary to tweet out? Trying to be funny and looking for reactions when the decent thing to do is not to embarrass the poor kid publicly?advertisementAurora (@scorpio1641) July 4, 2018If you had any class, you wouldn’t post about it.Jane Sparks (@sparx9er) July 3, 2018This is inappropriateQueenie (@Queenie08245634) July 4, 2018Hope they fine you your prize money for these comments.PATH (@PATH818) July 4, 2018After what she described as a “perfect” first set she was pegged back but finished the job in style in glorious sunshine.”I feel a lot more comfortable on the court. I feel a little bit more like myself,” Bouchard told reporters.”I have always deep down had the belief in the tough moments of the match. I have that more and more now.”Bouchard also reached the Australian Open and French Open semi-finals in 2014 but her fall from grace has been steep.Injuries, a loss of form and a court case with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) after she slipped and suffered concussion at the 2015 U.S. Open have not helped.The USTA reached a settlement with Bouchard earlier this year and after reaching a low point it now seems the Canadian, once dubbed the next big thing in women’s tennis, finally appears to be allowing her talent to flourish again.”I definitely think I have improved over the past couple months,” said Bouchard, who is working with coach Robert Lansdorp. “I wasn’t able to play tournaments for a little bit, which was super frustrating, but it almost motivated me more as soon as I came back. I feel good right now.”I have learned that life is great. Being Genie is great. Tennis is so fun, and I’m lucky to do it as my job.”Another former runner-up who battled through three rounds of qualifying perished in the first round on Tuesday.Vera Zvonareva, runner-up to Serena Williams in 2010, was beaten 7-5 6-3 by 11th seed and 2016 finalist Angelique Kerber.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Apple’s 2020 iPhones to come with flexible OLED panels from LG

first_imgApple is expected to launch the Apple iPhone XI consisting of the iPhone XIR, the iPhone XI and the iPhone XI Max in September this year. But even before the company unveils its 2019 iPhones, details about the company’s 2020 iPhone models – possibly iPhone 12 or iPhone XII – have already started doing rounds on the internet. Now, a new report suggests that Apple will use OLED displays by LG in its 2020 iPhones.Apple is said to ditch the LCD display in its 2020 iPhones and opt for expensive OLED displays in all its iPhone models scheduled for next year. Now a new report by a Korea-based news channel, ETNews, says that Apple is planning to include flexible OLED panels by LG in its 2020 iPhones.As per the report, the Korean tech giant will begin the mass production of its flexibled OLED panel in the third quarter of this year and it will supply the flexible OLED panels to some models of Apple’s 2020 iPhone models. In addition to this, LG is also expected to supply, in small quanities, flexible OLED panels to some iPhone models scheduled to be released later this year.As far as the 2020 iPhones are concerned, reports over the past couple of months have detailed a number of features – besides 5G connectivity — that will make it to the Cupertino, California based company’s phone next year. For starters, a report by DigiTimes earlier this month stated that Apple’s 2020 iPhones are likely to come with 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensors at the back. At present, the company users ToF sensors in the front, which are used for a varety of features such as face recognition and Animoji. Including ToF sensors at the back would increase the range of the phone’s rear camera and allow the device to measure an area up to 4.5 meters, which is longer than what Android phones can measure right now.advertisementA separate report by Ice Universe suggests that Apple may use displays with a refresh rate of 120GHz in its 2020 iPhones. Apple first offered refresh rates of up to 120GHz in its 12.5-inch iPad Pro models that featured ProMotion display.ALSO READ: | 2020 iPhones may come with a 3D ToF sensor at the backALSO READ: | 2020 iPhone may get 120Hz display like iPad Pro, Apple in talks with Samsung and LGALSO READ: | Apple will launch two 5G iPhones in 2020 with 5.4-inch, 6.7-inch OLED panel: Analystlast_img read more

Marcell Ateman Nearing Major Checkpoint in Recovery; Redshirt still an Option

first_imgOklahoma State’s leading receiver from a year ago, Marcell Ateman, still has not played a snap in the 2016 season after suffering a foot injury just before the season.Ateman has been released to return to running, according to Mike Gundy, but only in straight lines. The next step in his road to recovery is expected to come later this week, where he will progress to making cuts. Something that sounds promising to hear, but coaches are approaching with caution.“You can’t predict whether he’ll be sore or not,” Mike Gundy said via The Oklahoman. “They all progress differently from that injury.”Even with clear progress being made in Ateman’s recovery process, with six games down and a game this weekend likely to be missed, Oklahoma State coaches know that a return would need to happen quick before a decision to place a redshirt on him is decided.Ateman is a senior and could return for the final games, pending his recovery, or he could be redshirted by OSU and return next season, a decision Gundy already has in his mind.“If he can’t comfortably make cuts within a couple of weeks, we have to get together and talk about, ‘Do you want to burn another year?’” Gundy said. “If not, you bring him back [via a redshirt].”If Ateman were to take a redshirt this year, he could return as the senior leader and perhaps No. 1 receiver in 2017, depending on James Washington’s NFL draft stock and if he decides to stay. Here’s a look at the talented bunch of scholarship receivers who could be on the OSU roster next season:· Marcell Ateman· James Washington· Tyron Johnson· Dillon Stoner· Tyrell Alexander· Jalen McCleskey· Chris Lacy· Tylan Wallace (2017 commit)· Braydon Johnson (2017 commit)· LC Greenwood (2017 commit)Ateman’s potential return will ultimately be his decision, but if he doesn’t end up returning very quickly, he will have only a handful of games left to play and make a big impact before testing the NFL waters. So the decision could be made for him, depending on his expectations at the next level.We’ll know a lot more in the next few weeks, but at the moment it seems that a redshirt for the 6-foot-4 pass catcher is a very viable option at this point in his recovery.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

‘Maguire must justify £80m fee before taking armband’

first_imgHarry Maguire may not be ready to take the Manchester United captaincy on the back of his record-breaking £80 million ($96m) transfer, says Rio Ferdinand.The former Red Devils centre-half knows all about big-money deals, having become the most expensive defender in world football when making a move to Old Trafford from Leeds in 2002.Maguire is now the holder of that title, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having seen his board dig deep to get a deal done with Leicester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It has been suggested that, with United looking for someone to take the armband for 2019-20, the England international could immediately be appointed as skipper in new surroundings.Ferdinand is, however, wary of such a decision being taken, with it important that the new arrival is given time to justify his hefty price tag before worrying too much about leadership.He told BT Sport of Maguire: “It’s huge pressure. I remember when I went to United and every training session you are thinking about the price tag.“That’s what he would have been brought in for that [the captaincy]. Initially though he has enough pressure just to perform, let alone to be captain. He needs to perform first.“Every day in training people will be wondering if £80m is worth it. From people I’ve spoken to he will handle the pressure and has broad shoulders.”Daniel James Manchester United AC Milan International Champions Cup 2019Maguire is one of three high-profile additions to have been made to the United squad.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have also joined the ranks, with Ferdinand pleased to see the Red Devils bringing the club’s “DNA” back by buying young and British.He told talkSPORT: “I really hope this season is a step in the right direction.“From what I have been seeing in the media, from the manager, from some of the players, is the team look fitter, they look stronger, and they are understand what the needs are now from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Our era wouldn’t understand not being fit. That was part and parcel – you have to be fit from day one – but certain managers have a certain style of play and that has all been upped since he has been in there.“I think the philosophy in terms of their transfer signings has been a good step in the right direction. They are younger, fresher, hungrier players. All British boys as well, which has always been a mainstay at Manchester United.“Part of the fabric has been having young British hungry players who understand the club and the DNA and these boys will be shown that straight away.”United are expected to hand out competitive bows to their new boys when they open their 2019-20 campaign with a home date against Chelsea on Sunday.last_img read more

LSU vs. Texas Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_imgA closeup of a Texas Longhorns football helmet.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: A detailed view of a Texas Longhorns helmet with a sitcker remembering those affected by Hurricane Harvey before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The marquee game of college football Week 2 will undoubtedly be LSU vs. Texas, and ESPN is rolling out the red carpet for it. The two teams are ranked No. 6 and No. 9 respectively in this non-conference clash of titans.Both teams won their openers by multiple touchdowns, and looked completely deserving of their top rankings. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had five touchdowns against Georgia Southern, while Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger had four of his own against Louisiana Tech.Texas will be hosting LSU at Darrell K. Royal, but the Longhorns are a rare home underdog for the game. In fact, the line has only gotten more lopsided in favor of the Tigers over the past few days.Here are the details for the game:Game Time: 7:30 PM ETChannel: ABCSpread: LSU -6.5Over/Under: 57.5Announcers: Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria TaylorTexas and LSU both have College Football Playoff ambitions, and will need to overcome a dominant program in their conferences to have a chance of getting there.Unfortunately, the loser of this game will have a very tough time getting into the four-team event.It should come as no surprise that for a game with stakes this high, the tickets prices are exploding on the secondary market.last_img read more

MOL Wins Newbuilding Charter Contract

first_imgzoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has received a newbuilding charter contract for two methanol carriers from Atlantic Methanol Production Company LLC (AMPCO) based on an offer tendered in 2013. The vessels will be built at Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and engaged in methanol transport for AMPCO.The ships will operate under a long-term charter and the new contract will play a vital role in MOL’s strategy of strengthening long-term business.AMPCO, based in Equatorial Guinea, is a leading methanol producer, and the new vessels are expected to serve on trades from Equatorial Guinea to various ports in Europe and the United States. Backed by expanding global demand for methanol, MOL will continue expanding its services to meet the needs of a wide variety of customers by leveraging its accumulated experience and know-how as one of the world’s largest methanol carriers.MOL, February 19, 2014last_img read more

Pacific Basin Spends USD 1046 Mn on Bulker Quintet

first_imgzoom Dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has inked a conditional agreement to acquire five dry bulk vessels worth USD 104.6 million availing of the attractive secondhand prices on the market.The acquisitions relate to two 2014-built Supramaxes worth USD 34 million, a 2014-built Handysize worth USD 21.1 million, a 2016-built Supramax worth USD 23.5 million and one resale newbuilding Supramax due for delivery in January 2018 worth USD 26 million.As disclosed, the consideration will take the form of 216,9 million of new Pacific Basin shares to be issued to the ships’ sellers amounting to USD 46.1 million, USD 38 million of cash, conditionally raised through a placing of new Pacific Basin shares to institutional investors, and USD 20.5 million from the group’s cash.The acquisition of the ships and the share placing are all conditional upon the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s approval of the listing of the vessel consideration shares and the placing shares respectively.The company said it expects the approval to be granted within several days.The fleet additions are slated for delivery between mid-August and end of December this year.“These ship purchases represent attractive opportunities to grow and renew our fleet with modern, efficient vessels built by large, reputable shipbuilders Imabari and Tsuneishi. They are of the best design for our trades and will enhance our fleet for the long term.“We are increasing our relatively low proportion of owned vs chartered in Supramaxes at what we consider an attractive time.The Handysize ship we are buying is currently under our long-term time charter, so our purchase of this vessel would replace our charter cost with significantly lower operating and depreciation costs, and thus benefit our operating cash flow,” Mats Berglund, CEO of Pacific Basin, said.As at 30 June 2017, the company’s fleet of operated ships comprised about 250 dry bulk ships of which 101 are owned and 156 are chartered.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Closer to More LongTermCare Beds

first_imgNova Scotians are another step closer to more long-term-care beds. On April 5, the province issued part one of a request for proposal for 804 new long-term-care beds. The completed process will close on Thursday, August 23, at 2 p.m. The results are expected in the fall. “These new beds will help more seniors stay closer to their loved ones,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “I am extremely pleased this project is moving forward on time.” All interested and qualified parties are invited to reply to the request for proposal, which is being released in three parts. The first outlines the locations of the beds, response requirements, and the assessment process. Part two, which will be released on Wednesday, June 13, will provide draft information on design, space, program and financial requirements. Part three will be released on Wednesday, July 25, and will include final information on the elements included in part two. The request for proposal can be found on the Nova Scotia Procurement Tender Website. Those interested in responding should monitor the site for additional information. Information sessions will also be held to help those interested in responding better understand the process. Sessions are scheduled in Truro on Thursday, June 14, and Thursday, July 26, to correspond with the release of parts two and three. The Continuing Care Strategy is a 10-year plan to enhance and expand Nova Scotia’s continuing-care system. By building on community support, increasing local solutions, and ensuring care options are available when and where they are needed, the strategy aims to create a system that supports Nova Scotians in their desire to live well in a place they can call home. More information on the strategy and the request for proposal process is available on the website . For a copy of the request for proposal see the website .last_img read more

Ottawa posts 11billion surplus for June boosted by gain in revenue

first_imgOTTAWA – Ottawa ran a surplus of $1.11 billion in June, compared with a surplus of $16 million in the same month last year, boosted by higher income tax revenue, employment insurance premiums and other revenue.According to the monthly fiscal monitor report from the Department of Finance, revenue totalled $27.13 billion in June, up from $24.98 billion in the same month last year.Program spending totalled $23.81 billion, up from $22.94 billion, while public debt charges for the month totalled $2.21 billion, up from $2.04 billion.For the April-to-June period, the federal government posted a surplus of $4.29 billion, compared with a surplus of $83 million reported in the same period of 2017–18.The government’s February budget predicted a deficit of $18.1 billion for the current 2018-19 fiscal yearThe fiscal monitor said the financial results so far are broadly in line with the fiscal projection for 2018–19 presented in the budget with expenses expected to be concentrated later in the fiscal year.last_img read more

Ottawa continues to fail First Nations Auditor General

first_img(Auditor General Sheila Frasher. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Canada’s auditor general called for major changes to the relationship between First Nations, Ottawa and provincial governments to break the persistent and growing gap between quality of life on reserves and the rest of the country.After 10 years issuing reports on the performance of government departments, Auditor General Sheila Fraser said the existing system dealing with First Nations was not working.“I believe that First Nations, the federal government, and in some cases the provinces, have to rethink their relationship with each other,” said Fraser. “First Nations people have waited far too long to have the quality of services Canadians receive every day and take for granted.”Fraser said she has done 29 audits that directly or indirectly dealt with First Nations people and has seen very little change in the social conditions afflicting reserves.She said reserves have fallen behind over the last 40 years and the federal government has failed to do anything about it.“The conditions on many reserves remain poor and progress is slow. Some communities are making significant progress, but they are the exception rather than the rule,” said Fraser. “Services on reserves have not kept pace with services in municipal governments…The federal government has not been identifying and funding comparable services on reserves in any systemic fashion.”Fraser said her office had uncovered government failures in education, water quality, housing and child and family services.She also highlighted that her office had found that reporting requirements for First Nations, some with fewer than 500 members, have been “excessive.” She said some of the reports were never reviewed by Indian Affairs or didn’t serve any purpose.She said another report on the government’s response to her office’s concerns around comprehensive land claims will come out in May.Akwesasne Mohawk Council Grand Chief Mike Mitchell thanked Fraser for her work and said his community is mired in required audit reports.Mitchell said his council receives $74 million for programs and services and is required to file 77 audits.“They put you through the ringer,” said Mitchell. “And all the times you (Fraser) have made recommendations and observations it blows out the window the next day.”Alluding to the swirling controversy around the Canadian Taxpayers Federation campaign over the levels of reserve politician salaries, Mitchell then said, “But when First Nations people get accused for something, it just stays in the air for a long time.”last_img read more

Hundreds gather for Aboriginal veterans day in Vancouver

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s still not a widely recognized day on the calendar.But Indigenous veterans know all about Nov. 8.The day marks Aboriginal veterans day.APTN’s Tina House reports on the ceremony in Vancouver.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Thunder Bay deaths that could be reopened if police follow OIPRD recommendations

first_imgMany of the deaths of Indigenous people in Thunder Bay occurred in or along the McIntyre River (pictured above). File photo.APTN NewsOn Wednesday the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) released its long-anticipated report on the relationship between the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) and Indigenous people.The two-year investigation, led by Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly, found “significant deficiencies” due in part to racism in the police force.Among the report’s recommendations is that police reinvestigate nine sudden death cases involving Indigenous people.Those individuals are not formally named in the OIRPD report, but APTN News matched the dates of the cases in the report with known names in Thunder Bay.Jethro AndersonJethro Anderson, a 15-year-old from Kasabonika Lake First Nation, disappeared in Thunder Bay on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000. His body was found in the Kaministiquia River two weeks later, on Nov. 11. Police determined the death was not suspicious.The 2016 inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students found the cause of Anderson’s death to be “undetermined”.“It’s still a mystery,” Anderson’s aunt Dora Morris told APTN News of her nephew’s death. “We don’t know what happened to him. I guess he just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.”Curran StrangCurran Strang, an 18-year-old student from Pikangikum First Nation, went missing in 2005. His body was found in Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River on Sept. 26 of that year.The inquest determined Strang drowned “with ethanol intoxication”. His death was determined an accident.Strang was pulled from the river with his pants undone and lowered, the sweatshirt he was last seen wearing was also missing.Kyle MorrisseauThe body of 17-year-old Kyle Morrisseau of Keewaywin First Nation was found in the McIntyre River on Nov. 10, 2009. He had been missing for two weeks.“It wasn’t like him to not call home. He called almost every day,” Christie Kakegumic, Morrisseau’s sister, told APTN.A coroner determined Morrisseau too had drowned “with acute ethanol intoxication.”The cause of Morriseau’s drowning was deemed an “accident” by the inquest.Jordan Wabasse was found dead in May 2011. File photo.Jordan WabasseJordan Wabasse, a 15-year-old from Webequie First Nation, was pulled from the Kaministiquia River on May 10, 2011.Two days after police ruled Wabasse’s death not suspicious they received a tip that the youth may have been murdered. The inquest determined Wabasse had drowned but found the cause of his drowning to be “undetermined”.Christina GliddyChristina Gliddy, a 28-year-old mother from Wunnumin Lake First Nation, was found unconscious near a bridge over the McIntyre River.She died later that morning, on March 29, 2016. The coroner and police said Gliddy died of exposure.Gliddy’s mother and sister both told APTN last year they doesn’t believe Christina’s case was properly investigated by police.Marie SpenceThunder Bay police were called to a wooded area, near a bike path just off the Trans Canada on April 30, 2016.The officer who took charge of the scene noted that Spence was on her back with her legs bent to the left. He also noted the following:The officer who took charge of the scene reported that death was obvious, and that the deceased was lying on her back with her legs bent to the left.He also observed that: Her elbows were bent with her hands palm up next to her head, her left hand was clutching a clump of grass, Her right hand was holding a small branch, Her pants were pulled down below her buttocks, but her underwear was in place. Two hospital bands were located on her right wrist (these were from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre) and there were cigarette burns on both palms.The coroner concluded:“The autopsy report listed significant findings as ethanol intoxication – post-mortem toxicology detected a non-fatal level of ethanol in the post-mortem blood. It can increase the risk of hypothermia. Ketoacidosis – this may occur in diabetics and individuals who are dependent on ethanol consumption.”The Thunder Bay police then released this news release.“A post mortem was conducted in Toronto yesterday on the deceased female whose body was discovered on April 30, 2016 in a wooded area behind Brant Street. Based on the evidence examined to date, her death does not appear to be criminal in nature. The woman had been deceased for a few days prior to the discovery of her.”According to Gerry McNeilly, police didn’t do the work properly.“Ms. E.F.’s (Spence) death may or may not have been related to intoxication (blood alcohol level of 244 mg/100 mL) leading to hypothermia. Ms. E.F.’s recent injuries may or may not have been attributable, in whole or in part, to stumbling or crawling. However, the investigation fell significantly short of what was required to enable those conclusions to be drawn.”Arron LoonThe body of 20-year-old Arron Loon was found in the snow near a pathway in Thunder Bay on March 25, 2015. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue arrived first on the scene and told a police officer who later arrived that it appeared Loon may have been in a fight. There were abrasions and blood on parts of his body, though this was not mentioned in any police report.Loon’s cause of death was listed as hypothermia in the autopsy report, and Loon was said to have had an “elevated blood ethanol concentration.”“This is but one of a number of cases in which an Indigenous person was presumed by TBPS to have died suddenly as a result of hypothermia or drowning,” the OIPRD report reads. “In a number of these cases, police failed to recognize that findings of hypothermia or drowning did not relieve them of their obligation to determine the circumstances under which these individuals froze to death or drowned, including the role, if any, played by others in contributing to their deaths.”The report found the investigation into Loon’s death was “deficient in important areas,” which “prevents a proper determination as to whether it was or was not attributable to accident and unrelated to foul play.“A reinvestigation is required.”Stacy DeBungee died in October 2015. File photo.Stacy DeBungeeThe death of 41-year-old Rainy River First Nation man Stacy DeBungee in 2015 prompted the OIPRD investigation.On Oct. 19 DeBungee’s body was pulled from the McIntyre River. Thunder Bay police immediately ruled his death accidental and caused by alcohol before the completion of a post mortem.An independent investigation into DeBungee’s death determined that police failed to properly investigate and follow leads, including one that claimed DeBungee’s debit card was used after his death.  “What the DeBungee family has been put through by the TBPS is unforgiveable,” said Chief Robin McGinnis, Rainy River First Nations where DeBungee was from. “The findings by the Director that there is overwhelming evidence of racism at the Thunder Bay Police Service vindicates this long battle.”McNeilly is also calling for the Thunder Bay police service to put in place what he’s calling a multi-disciplinary team together to decide whether other cases should be reopened.last_img read more

Ban welcomes appointment of new European leaders

20 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced the hope for increased cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations following the appointment of Herman van Rompuy as the first EU President and Catherine Ashton as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. “The Secretary-General hopes that the process of EU integration, which has already brought peace, security and prosperity to the continent, will further strengthen the European Union’s support for global efforts in the areas of peace, security, human rights and sustainable development,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said.“The Secretary-General looks forward to working closely with both Mr. van Rompuy and Ms. Ashton in strengthening cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations.” read more

Thailand must fight mounting human trafficking more effectively UN expert warns

“Thailand faces significant challenges as a source, transit and destination country,” the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, said in Bangkok at the end of a 12-day mission to the country on 19 August, calling on the Government to promote zero tolerance to corruption. “The trend of trafficking for forced labour is growing in scale in the agricultural, construction and fishing industries,” she added, urging the Government to cooperate with neighbouring countries more effectively in preventing and combating trafficking in persons. Ms. Ezeilo, who works in an independent, unpaid capacity and reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, also found that “internal trafficking in children is rampant,” particularly highlighting the vulnerability of migrant, stateless and refugee children, including those belonging to hill tribes, to trafficking and exploitation. While commending the enactment of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2008 in line with relevant international standards, she warned that the implementation and enforcement of the law remains “weak and fragmented,” often hampered by the deep-rooted corruption, especially among low-cadre law enforcement officers at provincial and local levels.“Root causes of trafficking, particularly demands for cheap and exploitative labour provided by migrant workers, are not being effectively addressed,” Ms. Ezeilo said.She voiced concerns at the frequent misidentification of trafficked persons as irregular migrants subject to arrest, detention and deportation, as well as long stays at shelters, turning the shelters into “detention centres and a vehicle for violations of human rights, especially the right to freedom of movement and to earn an income and live a decent life.” The Government should scale up capacity building trainings for all actors, especially law enforcement and immigration officials and labour inspectors. As a prevention measure, she called on the Government to review its labour and immigration laws and increase safe migration options to eliminate the vulnerabilities of migrants to trafficking. 22 August 2011Thailand must do more to effectively combat the rising rate in human trafficking and protect migrant workers who are increasingly vulnerable to forced and exploitative labour, a United Nations expert has said, warning that deep-rooted corruption is impeding the battle. read more

Football Ohio State thumps Nebraska 623

OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber pushes a defender away during the Buckeyes game against Nebraska. OSU won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor Urban Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff were confident in their team, even though fans were clamoring following an unconvincing 24-20 win over Northwestern. Although the team had the backing of the play-callers, there was an overall mystery to how the team would perform.In short, the Buckeyes did not disappoint.“I didn’t see that one coming,” Meyer said.There should be few questions surrounding the offense of No. 6 OSU following the team’s 62-3 thumping of No. 10 Nebraska. The defense was equally impressive, setting a single-season record for defensive touchdowns during the game. Although the Buckeyes finally showed life as a dominating team for the first time in weeks, the game was far from all roses.Nebraska senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. suffered a scary injury during the second quarter of Saturday’s game. After being chased to the sideline by redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker, Armstrong took an awkward fall and struck his head sharply on the ground. A cart was taken out for the Nebraska quarterback while he was strapped to a backboard, but the team released a statement later saying the move was precautionary.Ohio Stadium chanted his name as he was carted off. Later in the game, Armstrong returned in street clothes to his team’s sideline, with “Tommy” chants filling the stadium.In the first half, the Buckeyes moved the ball with ease as redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett picked up two touchdowns. The second of his scores, which he tossed to junior H-back Curtis Samuel, was on an Urban Meyer classic: the “jump pass,” a maneuver made famous by former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.A healthy dose of both redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and Samuel quickly wore down the Cornhuskers “Blackshirts,” the nickname for Nebraska’s defensive unit. Weber rumbled for 44 yard on eight carries, while Samuel sprinted ahead for 41 yards on five carries.“We had a rough game a couple weeks ago,” junior tackle Jamarco Jones said. “That’s not who we are. We just got back to the basics in practice. Coach Stud (offensive line coach Greg Studrawa) got on us, we fixed some things and we were able to execute pretty well tonight.”The defense for OSU was solid as can be in the opening frame, as well as throughout the game. The Buckeyes allowed just 123 first-half yards, while also keeping Nebraska from the end zone. It was the same story in the second, as the lack of Armstrong at quarterback stalled any chance of starting a run. Senior Ryker Fyfe went just 5-for-18 with 52 yards in his time at quarterback. During halftime, the OSU band honored Sam Foltz, a punter for Nebraska who lost his life in a tragic car accident earlier this year. The band formed a number 27 in the middle of the field with the initials “SF” above it. Block “O” also did its own honor for the late punter, as the students held up colored cards that formed an image of a punter with the number 27 on his jersey.In the second half, it became apparent OSU was not done with the romp just yet. On the very first play from scrimmage, Barrett threw a strike to Samuel for 75 yards and a Buckeye touchdown. An offense that looked scared of testing opponents’ cornerbacks and safeties had no problems with hoisting the deep ball throughout the night.“I know he misfired on a couple, too, but J.T. played fantastic and he was very sharp,” Meyer said. “(He spread the ball, (and) spread the entire — we finally hit some downtown shots, too. To Curtis, and Curtis was outstanding.”Samuel was a sparkplug for OSU all night, providing most of the team’s offense with 178 total yards and two receiving touchdowns. After fading away against Penn State and being given the ball just 10 times, the junior has become the centerpiece for the Buckeyes with 27 touches in the last two games.The defense for OSU was just as good in the second frame as it was in the first, giving Fyfe almost no time to find receivers and smothering senior running back Terrell Newby. The chunk plays that seemed to plague the team against the Nittany Lions and Northwestern last week were nowhere to be seen.The secondary for OSU played especially well, limiting the combination of Armstrong and Fyfe to just 126 passing yards, and kept the entire Nebraska offensive roster out of the end zone for all 60 minutes. Long passes, which had been a bit of a thorn in the side of the defense in the last few weeks, were easily covered by the secondary.Junior cornerback Damon Webb and redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker picked up interceptions returned for touchdowns. The first one by Webb set a single-season defensive touchdowns record for the Buckeyes, which now stands at six with three games in the regular season left.“A defensive score gives momentum to the offense and that’s what we try to do every time,” redshirt cornerback Marshon Lattimore said.With only a handful of games left and a loss on Saturday by No. 4 Texas A&M, the convincing win by the Buckeyes could very well thrust the team into the College Football Playoff discussion with such a dominating and complete performance.OSU will be traveling to Maryland to face the Terrapins next Saturday. Kickoff will be at either noon or 3:30 p.m. read more

Gallery Mens Hockey vs Minnesota

Senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo looks down the ice during the second period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The Lantern The Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey team took on Minnesota on Feb. 15 and Ohio State lost 4-3 Photos by Nick Hudak

Equinox Gold reports startup and dry testing of primary jaw crusher at

first_imgPre-production mining is nearing completionMore than 6.4 Mt of material moved730,000 t of ore stockpiled and ready for commissioning Equinox Gold reports that the new primary jaw crusher at its Aurizona Gold Mine in Brazil has been energised and dry tested with the expectation of putting first ore through the system in early January 2019. The project is nearly complete and on schedule to achieve commercial production around the end of Q1-2019. The mining contractor at the operation is U&M Mineração e Construção S/A (U&M) and the EPCM contractor is Ausenco Engineering Canada.The ROM ore is trucked from the open pits and dumped directly into the ROM surge bin with 700 mm spacing bars, or stockpiled on the ROM storage pad and then reclaimed by a FEL to the surge bin. Any ore coarser than 700 mm is broken down by a mobile breaker. The ore in the surge bin is reclaimed by the 1,500 mm wide by 9 m long apron feeder. The ROM ore is fed onto the vibrating grizzly feeder, where the screen oversize coarser than 115 mm is directed to the jaw crusher, which crushes the screen oversize to a P80 of approximately 150 mm. The crushed ore reports to the surge bin feed conveyor which also receives the vibrating screen undersize. The combined crushed ore and the screen undersize will be conveyed to the SAG mill feed surge bin.Project update summary:Crusher circuit including vibrating feeder has been energised and dry testedCommissioning team ramping up and training programs are underwayEngineering and procurement activities are completeTailings storage facility is completePowerline sub-station upgrades are complete and awaiting final verification by the state utilityAncillary buildings and facilities are completeAt the end of November, processing plant construction was 90% completeConcrete work is completeStructural steel erection is 96% completeEquipment and plate work installation is 86% completePiping is 76% completeElectrical and instrumentation is 50% complete The construction team is focused on piping, electrical and instrumentation. The main transmission line is ready to provide full energization to all equipment, and site-wide distribution circuits to local electrical rooms are being commissioned to enable testing of individual equipment components.Equinox Gold commenced full-scale construction at Aurizona in January 2018 and pre-production mining in April 2018. Approximately $116 million was spent at the end of November 30, 2018, including fiscal 2017 spending related to construction activities. The project remains fully funded. In addition to existing cash reserves, the company has $10 million remaining to draw against its $85 million construction credit facility.last_img read more