December 12

Community Capacity Building: Say what??

first_imgThe MFLN consists of several concentration areas including Community Capacity Building (CCB). But many people wonder…what is CCB? What do those words even mean? Our FDEI team began to explore this idea through the lens of early childhood special education (ECSE) and early intervention (EI), and we discovered not only what the term means, but also how it can be used as a force multiplier for young children and their families in the Family Readiness mission.CCB is often defined as “people who feel a sense of shared responsibility and apply their strengths to achieve desired results” (Mancini & Bowen, 2014). Ultimately the goal of CCB is for both informal and formal support systems to work together to achieve positive result for members of the community.In the field of EI/ECSE, the desired result of our community (professionals and families who work together on behalf of young children with disabilities) is to see children learn and grow to their full potential through nurturing, enriched relationships with caregivers.  The informal supports within this community are parents, caregivers, extended family, friends, and other individuals who interact with the child in relatively intimate relationships. Formal supports include YOU – the EI/ECSE professional! This symbiotic relationship between informal and formal supports for children is a force multiplier that enhances outcomes for children. Like a rock thrown into a pond,CCB has a ripple effect that spreads wide and deep.As an ECSE/EI professional, you are in the position to equip caregivers with skills and knowledge to nurture a child’s growth and development. And FDEI is here to help you do just that. Community Capacity Building at its best: All of us using our strengths to achieve desired results. When one part of this formula is missing, the capacity of all decreases…so let’s work together to achieve remarkable outcomes.Created by R. DiPietro-Wells; Images from CC0How can we help support you? What kinds of information do you need to help support the military families you serve? What questions do you have? What resources do you need? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below or email us at can learn even more about CCB and access an online training to increase your understanding of CCB here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

December 3

‘Referendum bid to disturb Punjab’s peace’

first_imgThe Communist Party of India has called the proposed ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’, slated to be held in the United Kingdom on August 12, an attempt to disturb the hard-earned peace in Punjab.“The talk of referendum is nothing but terrorism through other means,” Joginder Dayal, member of the CPI national council, said in a statement here.Condemning the move, Mr. Dayal said extraneous elements were clearly at work to disturb the peace in Punjab.“We oppose the idea of any kind of a theocratic State, be it the Hindutva idea of India that the RSS-BJP promotes, or any kind of religion-based secessionist movement like that of Khalistan,” said Mr. Dayal.‘No traction’ “All talk of the ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’ has been emerging from the soil of Canada or the United Kingdom. Both Ottawa and London are most welcome to carve out a Khalistan in any shape, form or fashion if they want to, since they are sovereign countries. As far as India is concerned, there is no traction for such a demand,” added Mr. Dayal.Meanwhile, radical outfit Dal Khalsa and Simranjeet Singh Mann-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has urged Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to clear the “vagueness and ambiguity” in its 2020 referendum proposal.SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjeet Singh Mann and Harpal Singh Cheema, president of the Dal Khalsa, in a letter to the SFJ leadership have asked it to spell out, during the event in London on August 12, how they were going to implement the proposal as there were many grey areas in it.last_img read more

November 29

Pacers lose Collison for 2-3 weeks with knee injury

first_imgDarren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers moves the ball upcourt against Tyler Ulis #8 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers will be without Darren Collison for two to three weeks after he arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.Coach Nate McMillan made the announcement before the start of Monday night’s game against Washington.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES McMillan said Collison suffered the injury during Saturday’s victory over Philadelphia. A subsequent MRI showed he needed surgery, and McMillan says the Pace hope to get Collison back shortly after the All-Star break.Collison is averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 43.2 percent on 3-pointers. Cory Joseph will replace Collison in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAn illness also will keep All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out of Monday’s game. He will be replaced by Lance Stephenson. Eagles get hero’s welcome after winning 1st Super Bowl title Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READlast_img read more

November 26


first_img“Its about making sure my strokes are good and if I hit “Its about making sure my strokes are good and if I hit in the middle its generally going to go… Thats pretty much it,” Smith said. India being the number one of side and starting as overwhelming favourites, Smith said it had not eased their pressure. “We are playing in a World Cup and playing International cricket is always about pressure. Its about taking each game at a time and try to win every game. Its important to start the tournament really well. Were looking forward to the games that coming up.” Boasting an impressive record against India, Smith hoped that he strikes form once again. “It just happens sometimes you get on a bit of a roll against some opposition. Its hard to stop. It will be nice to come back and hit that roll once again.” “Its nice to score a few in the last game there. Its nice to spend a bit of time in the middle. I think its the kind what needed. Hope I will take that form into this tournament,” Smith who scored a match-winning 44 in their final T20I win over South Africa said. PTI TAP AH AHlast_img read more

November 26

Abbas says hes willing to head PCB if offered

first_imgKarachi, Apr 17 (PTI) Former captain and current ICC President Zaheer Abbas has joined the race to head the Pakistan Cricket Board following the calls for sacking the top brass after thenationalteams disastrous show in the Asia Cup and World T20. Abbas told reporters in Lahore at a function of Punjab Sports Board that he would be willing to head the PCB if given an offer. “I am always available for Pakistan in any capacity. My term as ICC President ends this year but even while I have the ICC post I can also head the Board if required,” he said. The former top batsman gave the examples of Indian Board officials who have held dual positions in the ICC and BCCI. “At the moment no one has approached me for any position in the Board but yes if I am approached and invited to head the PCB I will not back down,” he said. Abbas said the PCBs choice to appoint Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector was a wise one but Pakistan crickets system needed overhauling. “Inzamam should do a good job but at the same time we need the right people in other positions as well including the most important post of head coach,” he said. Abbas said that the recent performances of the Pakistan team had been disappointing for everyone but there was talent in the country and there was a need to set the system right. “We have to strengthen our domestic structure and also clearly designate job descriptions so that there is no confusion or meddling in other persons domain,” he added. PTI Cor PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

November 22

Haryana Chief Secy directs early completion of MPLADS projects

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 9 (PTI) Haryana Chief Secretary DS Dhesi today directed deputy commissioners and additional deputy commissioners to ensure completion of projects being carried out under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) at the earliest.Presiding over a meeting of the State Level Committee on MPLADS, he also directed the officials to ensure that information related to the scheme was uploaded on the websites in a timely manner.Besides presiding over the meeting, the Chief Secretary also addressed the deputy commissioners and additional deputy commissioners of various districts through video-conferencing.The meeting was informed that funds to the tune of Rs 138.85 crore had been released to members of Rajya Sabha and the 16th Lok Sabha under the scheme up to July 31.Out of this, Rs 87.67 crore have so far been spent on various projects. As many as 1,520 works have been completed and 610 were currently in progress, it was told.MPs present on the occasion gave their suggestions for effective implementation of the scheme.Those present at the meeting included MPs Ram Kumar Kashyap and Dharambir Singh, besides senior state government officials. PTI AKA RC ZMN RClast_img read more

November 7

Aussies Four From Four After Day One

first_img18’s GirlsAustralia has held out a tough New Zealand 18’s Girls team, taking the opening match of the series 5-4 today. New Zealand proved that they were going to be tough to beat from the outset, scoring a touchdown in the opening set of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. It looked as though New Zealand would further extend their in the seventh minute, but their touchdown was disallowed. Mistakes from Australia early in the match saw New Zealand dominate the first half of the poening term, but Australia soon found their rhythm. The Australians levelled the game up at 1-all in the 12th minute, when Chloe Crotty scored on the wing off an overlap. The Australians took the lead for the first time in the game in the 17th minute, when a great acting half run from Madison Regan saw captain Laura Peattie score to take a 2-1 lead. Australian vice-captain Yasmin Meakes scored on the far wing shortly before half-time to extend Australia’s lead to two and take a 3-1 lead into half-time. New Zealand were quick to hit back after half-time, with Jess Mahar using her speed to score in the second minute of the game to bring them back to 3-2, before Crotty scored her second on the wing for Australia in the next set, with the visitors taking a 4-2 lead. Breannan Singman extended Australia’s lead just after the midway mark of the half, to take a 5-3 lead. New Zealand then scored two quick touchdowns, to get back to a one touchdown deficit with minutes remaining, but were unable to continue their comeback, with Australia claiming the game 5-4. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the match – 18’s BoysThe second match of the day was keenly fought from the opening whistle with the 2011 Champions New Zealand trying to keep hold of the only title won by the Kiwis in the last tournament.Australia started in the best possible way with a touchdown out wide on their first set. Jason Norford benefitted from some smart lead-up play and made no mistake in crossing over.It wasn’t an immediate response form New Zealand but after a few minutes of finding their way, Ethan Hunt got the home team on the scoreboard in an emphatic fashion, diving over in the middle.Touchdowns to each team then followed with neither being able to gain any ascendancy. Isaac Walker scored a nice touchdown in the middle for NZ to go 3-2 up.The play of the half then belonged to Mackenzie Haugh who ran down an Australian intercept and dived for the saving touch with just 1 metre before the Touchdown would have been made by Theo Majid.Jason Norford, Majid and James Western then piled on three touchdowns for Australia to turn the game on its head. Western and Majid’s were worthy of a highlight real and in a flash New Zealand were on the back foot going into the halftime break.Australia stretched its lead to 6-3 early in the second half but the Kiwis stayed in it with one of their own. Australia’s Jackson Luke then took an intercept to give his team a 3-touchdown buffer again. Both teams then traded Touchdowns once moreBoth teams then traded Touchdowns once moreIt was then New Zealand’s turn to go on a run of Touchdowns with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and William Raea scoring to make it 7-8.A final Touchdown to Australia was enough to seal the match 9-7 but New Zealand showed enough this afternoon to suggest that this series will be tightly fought. 20’s GirlsThe Australians made it onto the scoreboard early in the game, when Catherine Sargent scored in the third minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Both team’s defence held strong for the next 10 minutes, with the game going from end to end, before Rebecca Mounsey scored on the wing for Australia to take a 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. A beautiful long ball from co-captain Rachel Beck in the 18th minute saw Tracy Hill score on the wing, before New Zealand scored their first touchdown of the match in the next set, then Australia scored their fourth of the match to take a 4-1 lead into half-time. Australia extended their lead to three just after the break, when Melissa Peters scored of the tap-off move in the first set to take a 5-1 advantage. They were back on the scoreboard shortly after when Toni Wells scored in the second minute of the half to take a 6-1 lead. Maddie Studdon made it 7-1 at the midway mark of the first half, before Chloe Williamson scored New Zealand’s first touchdown of the half with just under five minutes remaining. Peters hit back to claim her second touchdown of the game in the next set, to take a six touchdown lead and the win, 8-2.  20’s BoysThe marquee event for the day was the Under 21 Men’s match; both teams had plenty of experience to match their youthful exuberance and it was Australia who took the challenge to New Zealand with an opening onslaught of three Touchdowns.Wesley Sefuiva, Scott Bundy and Simon Lang were all at the end of some good lead-up play  and made no mistake in their execution. With the platform laid by Australia, New Zealand were forced to play catch-up and eventually got one back through Tyson Johnson.New Zealand were soon back on attack and looking for a second score when Cohan Guerra anticipated the kiwi pass to the millimetre, intercepted and then with a freakish show of speed, streaked away to score.With the score 4-1 at halftime, the kiwis had a mountain to climb and Henry Tuatea took the first couple of steps with a touchdown in the middle of the park to keep his team in it.From thereon in though, it was all the green and gold. Oscar Sanft was first to score and not long after Wesley Sefuiva provided a nice inside ball to Matthew Goodrope to further extend the lead. Adam Pryde also got into the act and by full-time a dominant Austrlia had racked up 10 touchdowns to go out big winners and provide New Zealand with a lot of questions to answer leading into Game 2 tomorrow.ResultsDay One Results18’s GirlsAustralia 5 defeated New Zealand 418’s BoysAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 720’s GirlsAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 220’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 2Related LinksDay One Resultslast_img read more

October 25

Virat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning

first_imgVirat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morningIndia tour of West Indies 2019: India captain Virat Kohli said that the team is keen on moving on from the World Cup disappointment and that the players are looking forward to the action in the West Indies. advertisement India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 10:55 IST India were ousted from World Cup 2019 after semi-final defeat to New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said India’s World Cup semi-final exit was difficult to digestThe first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult: Virat KohliIndia begin their preparations for next year’s T20 World Cup vs West IndiesIndia captain Virat Kohli conceded that the semi-final defeat to New Zealand at World Cup 2019 was a difficult pill to swallow, saying the players found it quite difficult to handle the disappointment in the first few days of their exit.Virat Kohli added that India are keen on hitting the refresh button and focussing on the task in hand in the upcoming full-tour of the West Indies. India begin their T20I series against West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday.Kohli also revealed that he and his teammates felt good after a fielding session on Friday and that the entire unit is looking foward to being back on the field.”The first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult. Till the time the tournament got over, every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning. Then through the day you do things and sort of get on with your life,” Virat Kohli told the press on the eve of the 1st T20I.Kohli added: “We are professionals. We move ahead. Every team has to move on.”So we are quite okay with what happened in the World Cup. Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible.”advertisementThe India captain, who will be without the services of some of the established stars including Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, also said the West Indies tour is a good opportunity for youngsters to step up and grab their opportunities.India will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs before starting their World Test Championships campaign against the West Indies later this month. The likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant along with Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar will be keen on proving their mettle and seal spots ahead of next year’s World T20.”We have 25-26 games before the T20 World Cup and we want to look at all the games to build a solid combination – conditions-based, obviously, because when you play in Australia, the combination will be different. And according to your team’s strength, and how a player is performing in different conditions, this is what we’re trying to figure ou,” Kohli said.”It’s a very normal process in cricket at this level that whatever games you have, you use it to build towards that global tournament,” he added.Also Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence great opportunity for Rishabh Pant to become a consistent performer: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow India tour of West Indies 2019last_img read more

October 25

MS Dhoni understands when he should retire: Shikhar Dhawan

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 14:30 IST MS Dhoni last played for India at World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan said MS Dhoni knows when he should bow out from international cricketHe knows the potential of every player, and knows to what extent a player should be backed: DhawanRishabh is very talented and I am sure he will have a long career for India: DhawanThe decision to call time on his illustrious international career is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sole prerogative as he knows a thing or two about taking important decisions, feels senior opener Shikhar Dhawan.The 33-year-old made his international debut under Dhoni’s captaincy and swears by the former India skipper’s penchant for understanding each and every player’s strength.”Dhoni has been playing for so long, I feel he understands when he should retire. This should be his decision. He has taken very important decisions so far for India in his career and I’m sure he will make the call when the time comes,” Dhawan told India TV.There was no one better than Dhoni when it came to optimising each and every player’s potential.”That’s the quality of a big leader. He knows the potential of every player, and knows to what extent a player should be backed. He knows how to make a champion out of a player. India’s success during his captaincy justifies this. His (Dhoni’s) control is his biggest quality,” Dhawan said.The members of the current team, including skipper Virat Kohli, has immense reverence for the Jharkhand dasher, said Dhawan.”Dhoni bhai has been quite successful as the captain of the side. We are all very grateful to him and we respect him a lot, and the same goes for Virat,” he said.Dhawan also spoke about the strong bond that Kohli and Dhoni share.”When Virat was young, he guided him immensely. Even when he became the captain, Dhoni bhai was always there to help him. This is the quality of a leader. It’s good to see that Virat is showing his gratitude to him now,” he said.advertisementThe southpaw also backed under-fire Delhi teammate Rishabh Pant, whose performance has come under the scanner lately.”Rishabh is very talented and I am sure he will have a long career for India. He is trying hard. There are situations when you don’t score, but then you learn from them. It happens with everyone and I’m sure he will learn from it.”He (Pant) is a good player and we need to back good players. Even I went through rough patches in my life, and I still do. It is part and parcel of this game,” Dhawan said in an assuring tone.Also Read | Struggled to hold back my tears when MS Dhoni got out in World Cup semi-final: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Rohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rishabh PantFollow India national cricket team MS Dhoni understands when he should retire: Shikhar DhawanIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan said he and his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, respect MS Dhoni and that the veteran wicketkeeper knows when to retire from international cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

October 17

RCMP probe of indigenous teen deaths not necessary Thunder Bay Ont police

first_imgTHUNDER BAY, Ont. – The acting police chief of Thunder Bay, Ont., says she doesn’t believe it’s “practical or necessary” for RCMP to investigate the recent deaths of indigenous teens in the city.Three First Nations chiefs called last week for the Mounties to intervene and also for increased oversight of the police services board in Thunder Bay.They said the deaths of Tammy Keeash and Josiah Begg — whose bodies were pulled from local waterways last month — continue what they call an ongoing trend of indifference on the part of Thunder Bay police.Acting Chief Sylvie Hauth told a news conference on Wednesday that the Office of the Independent Police Review Director will be reviewing the two death investigations as part of their current review.Hauth says the force is co-operating with the OIPRD — a civilian agency that oversees all public complaints about police in Ontario.The First Nations leaders said the deaths of Keeash and Begg, as well as the 2015 death of 41-year-old Stacy DeBungee, point to what they called a “policing crisis” around river deaths in Thunder Bay.“I don’t see our situation as a crisis,” Hauth said.“For us, currently though what we see is business as usual,” she said. “It has been a challenging period for us, however we need to continue as an agency to do what we do best, and that is to serve and protect our citizens.”Hauth said the solution involves all members of the community, not just the police.“We can’t, just as a service alone, fix everything that needs to be addressed,” she said, noting that witnesses not being willing to come forward can impede investigations.“We need to keep working on those relationships, ensuring that that trust is there,” Hauth said.The body of the 17-year-old Keeash, from North Caribou Lake First Nation, was found in the Neebing-McIntyre floodway on May 7. Less than two weeks later the body of Begg, a 14-year-old from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, was also found in the river.DeBungee, from Rainy River First Nation, was found in the river on Oct. 19, 2015.The chiefs said the affected families support and deserve an independent and professional investigation into the deaths.And they said the RCMP is the best placed investigative agency to complete the investigations and provide a credible report.“At this time, we do not believe that this is a practical or necessary action to take,” Hauth said of the chiefs’ call.“We currently have a review process underway,” she said, adding “NAN (Nishnawbe-Aski Nation) leadership itself has expressed that they have confidence in the OIPRD review and we will continue to co-operate with the director and follow that course of action.”— By Peter Cameron in Torontolast_img read more

October 17

Wind turbine catches fire at Nova Scotia wind farm blaze now under

first_imgWEST PUBNICO, N.S. — A towering wind turbine went up in flames Friday at a wind farm located at the edge of a southern Nova Scotia community.The West Pubnico fire department responded just after 5 p.m. to monitor the rotating blades and make sure flaming debris did not start additional fires on the ground.Fire department chief Gordon Amiro said the fire burned itself out after about an hour, once all flammable materials had burned up.Amiro lives a few kilometres away from the wind farm and said he arrived about five minutes after the call. The tower, which he estimated at over 90 metres tall, was “all aflame.”“It was something we’d never seen, for sure. And we couldn’t get near it,” he said.Firefighters were unable to get close enough to put the fire out directly because of the turbine’s height and movement of the blades — and it couldn’t be turned off with the gearbox on fire.“It was too dangerous to get close to it,” Amiro said. “Because of the length of the blades and the blades were turning, you didn’t know where they were going to go when they fell.”The department was stationed a few hundred metres away, watching as material burned off and fell from the turbine, advising curious onlookers from the nearby residential area to keep away.Amiro said only the frame was left standing when he left the scene.He said the incident could have been worse in summer or early fall when the dry ground is more flammable.The 17-turbine wind farm is located on the southern tip of Pubnico Point in Nova Scotia’s Yarmouth County.Amiro said the fire was the first he had heard of at the wind farm since it started providing power in the mid-2000s but research suggests fires are a surprisingly common yet underreported challenge facing the wind farm industry.A 2014 paper from researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London found that fires are the second most common accident affecting wind turbines, following blade failure.The turbines are surprisingly susceptible to fires, given the flammable materials on the body and fuel in the nacelle, or the main gearbox — and once fires catch, they most often destroy the turbine, given the challenges of fighting them from the ground.The researchers noted there are poor statistical records of the phenomenon, however, making research and data collection difficult.– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 12

Security arrangements dominate UNbacked talks between DR Congo and rebels

“We have been going into details of elements of the security arrangements such as a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities agreements,” co-mediator and former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa said at the close of today’s discussions. The Nairobi talks, between the Government and the rebel National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP), began last month with the goal of ending the ongoing conflict, which has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August on top of the 800,000 already displaced in the region, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda.Mr. Mkapa later met and briefed his co-mediator Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and former president of Nigeria, who was returning from three days of consultations with key players Kinshasa, Kigali and eastern DRC. The talks are set to resume tomorrow under the chairmanship of the Kenyan Foreign Minister, Moses Wetangula, representing President Mwai Kibaki. 9 January 2009United Nations-backed talks aimed at bringing an end to the deadly conflict between the Government and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been focusing on security matters, including a possible ceasefire, since resuming earlier this week in Nairobi, a senior official said today. read more

October 8

Kabir Hashim refuses to fly business class on Srilankan flight

The minister, however, took a selfie with his wife while strapped down in the economy section. Next time a VIP asks for a free upgrade on the national carrier, the answer is a firm “no,” Hashim has said. (Colombo Gazette) State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim may have set a bad precedent for his cabinet colleagues and directors of the national carrier Sri Lankan airlines who travel business class at tax payers’ expense, the Economy News website reported.When Kabir Hashim and his wife Nazly travelled to neighbouring India this week, they boarded a Sri Lankan flight, but refused an upgrade to business class even though he is the minister in charge of the airline. read more

October 6

DR of Congo Annan welcomes approval of multinational emergency force

“The Secretary-General is grateful to France for having assumed the role of lead nation and for contributing roughly half the troops for the force, on which the people of Bunia, and indeed of all of the north-eastern region, count to help them restore normalcy to their lives,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement issued in New York.The statement added that with advance elements scheduled to be deployed in a matter of days, and full deployment to begin in two weeks, the multinational force offers the parties in the DRC “a chance to rebuild the peace process” in that country, which is essential to the stability of central Africa.“The Secretary-General urges them to cooperate fully with the force as well as with United Nations peacekeepers in pursuit of that goal,” the statement said. read more

October 6

Somalia UN envoy calls for enhanced efforts to promote peace and development

Ambassador Francois Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, asked members of the International Contact Group to consider what additional and better coordinated support the international community might provide to the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs). Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991. A transitional Government was recently set up in Baidoa while forces of the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts took over the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Ambassador Fall called on the international community to urge the TFIs and the Islamic Courts to enter into meaningful dialogue without preconditions, which should lead to a complete cessation of hostilities. read more

September 21

Man 64 dies in collision between truck and two cars

first_img Mar 16th 2019, 8:08 AM Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 8:08 AM By Órla Ryan Share112 Tweet Email Man (64) dies in collision between truck and two cars The incident happened in Co Mayo yesterday. 18,145 Views Image: PA Archive/PA Imagescenter_img File photo Image: PA Archive/PA Images 2 Comments File photo A 64-YEAR-OLD man has died in a collision between a truck and two cars in Co Mayo.The collision happened at Carracanada, Swinford, at about 12.15pm yesterday.The man who died was driving one of the cars. He was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for a post-mortem examination.The male driver of the second car received minor injuries.This stretch of road was closed to facilitate an examination by garda forensic collision investigators but has since reopened.Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094 925 2990, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

September 20

Doctor Who Episode 10 What Season Finale Lacks TARDIS Fam Makes Up

first_img This article contains spoilers for “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos,” episode 10 of Doctor Who season 11.Well, that was a bit disappointing, eh?After nine weeks of alien intruders, historical figures, and parallel worlds, I expected more oomph from this season’s finale—especially after Chris Chibnall’s (spoiler alert!) Broadchurch series one twist.Instead, Whovians were treated on Sunday to just another episode in a series of uneven escapades.Responding to nine distress signals coming from one planet, Team TARDIS meet a conflict-scarred survivor who can’t remember his name and a bleeding heart Ux under the spell of her false god—Tzim-Sha.That’s right, Tim Shaw is back.Jodie Whittaker always brings the element of surprise (via BBC)The toothy villain, last seen fleeing Sheffield for his home planet, landed “halfway across the universe” on Ranskoor Av Kolos.Mistaken by Andinio (Phyllis Logan) as Ux “creator,” the Stenza warrior was nursed back to health, but confined to the bleak planet by a life support machine.Over the next 3,000 years, the Ux serve his demands, using their Jedi-like powers to take revenge on those races that humiliated him by shrinking their planets to the size of trinkets on a shelf.Many have tried—and failed—to fight Tzim-Sha, their ships littering Ranskoor Av Kolos (which translates to “disintegrator of the soul”). Only by tricking Ux Andinio and Delph (Percelle Ascott) into seeing the truth was the ever-clever Doctor able to triumph.Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Paltraki (Mark Addy) are on a mission (via BBC)“The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos” is by no means bad: Mark Addy’s turn as the slightly sinister Paltraki (I spent much of the hour sure he’d turn out to be the bad guy) was another guest-star triumph; the Game of Thrones actor brings a certain paternal charm to the team.And while Yaz was criminally underused this entire series, it was nice to see her and the Doctor team up for an inspiring girl-power rescue.But where was the heart-pounding action? The edge-of-my-seat excitement? The I-still-tear-up-thinking-of-Rose-and-the-Doctor-parting emotion?This story—which, just as the series opener, was written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs—comes full circle, giving some closure to Grace’s tragic death in the premiere.Criminally underused Yaz (Mandip Gill) (via BBC)But Graham’s steely determination to avenge his wife and kill Tim Shaw felt somewhat out of place, even as a character development. More than just the comic relief, Bradley Walsh is a surprisingly capable actor, often serving as the group’s moral anchor.So there’s no question of whether he can play vengeful. The question, however, is whether he should.I did wonder if Graham would actually go through with it; whether he would ignore the Doctor’s warning (pull that trigger and you’re off the team) and become an intergalactic killer (no thanks to Ryan’s saccharine confession).Ux Delph (Percelle Ascott) is basically a Jedi in training (via BBC)In the end, something was missing. Something big. Maybe Chibnall’s saving it for New Year’s Day? Maybe he didn’t want to leave on a cliffhanger he may not have returned to conclude? (More on that later.)Either way, showrunner Chibnall, producer Matt Strevens, Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker, and the entire cast and crew of Doctor Who deserve a pat on the back.They have imbued a real sense of magic, modernity, and joy in this year’s relaunch, securing a new generation of fans while encouraging old ones to see things in a new light.Missed episode nine of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “It Takes You Away.” Also, check out these gifts for the ultimate Whovian.Doctor Who glossary (for all your British-to-American English needs):Wellies: Short for wellington, a knee-high waterproof rubber bootIn a bad way: In trouble Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

September 16

Soy Growers Join New Initiative to Protect Modernize NAFTA for the 21st

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) supports the Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a new coalition of growers, producers, suppliers and consumers dedicated to preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).NAFTA has greatly benefited the U.S. through strong job growth, higher wages and low consumer prices, and has particularly enabled a booming agricultural and energy export economy that has upheld America’s independence. But its livelihood is at stake.The mission of AFF is to educate policymakers on the best way to modernize NAFTA to fit America’s evolving needs. Improvements to NAFTA should be pursued by policymakers to ensure fair and balanced trade with our partners that benefits American exporters, consumers and helps create and grow American jobs.To be an impactful voice in the debate over the future of NAFTA and change perceptions about the trade agreement, the coalition will focus on supporting the negotiations with political grasstops, coalition building and earned media campaigns in Republican-leaning states across the nation. Mobilizing a unique coalition of our industry and supporters of President Donald Trump and Republican governors, senators and members of Congress will be critical to success of the negotiations.last_img read more

September 15

MiamiDade police officer looking for blood marrow donor for son

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Beach Police Department teamed up with One Blood, Thursday, to help a Miami-Dade County police officer find a blood marrow donor for his son.The officer’s 2-year-old son has leukemia and needs a transplant.Everyone involved is hoping the search will have positive results.“The match process is not over,” Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said. “We need to get as many people to get tested as possible to hopefully find a match for baby Alex. If you’re not a match for baby Alex, you may be a match for someone else. There’s so many people who are in need right now, and this is an example of different law enforcement agencies coming together for one common goal, and that is to save lives.”Visit for more information and testing locations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 11

Greg Bendel Announces Hes Stepping Down As Head Coach Of Shawsheen Techs

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Greg Bendel announced Friday he was stepping down as Head Coach of the Shawsheen Tech’s Boys Varsity Basketball Team.“Recently, I informed our Athletic Director that I have made the very difficult decision not to apply for the Head Basketball Coaching job for next season,” wrote Bendel in his announcement. “I have decided that now is the right time for me to spend more time with my two young children.”Bendel was coming off arguably the best coaching performance of his career, leading the Rams to a 17-3 record and a share of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Large School championship. Bendel was named the 2018-2019 CAC Coach of the Year.“I have enjoyed the past fifteen years as a basketball coach here at Shawsheen more than words can describe,” continued Bendel. “It has been one of the highlights of my life to serve as the Head Basketball Coach of the school where I was once a four-year player, but now is the right time for me to step away from coaching for awhile.”Bendel is thankful to Athletic Director Al Costabile; former head coach Bob Hodnett; assistant coaches Joe Gore, Larry Bradley, Joel Mignault, and Matt Bruno; and the alumni for their support.“Most importantly, I would like to thank all the kids that I have had the privilege to coach over the past fifteen years,” wrote Bendel. “I am so proud of you all and I can’t thank you enough for making me a better person. I’m forever grateful for the relationships we have formed over the years and I know that they will continue.”Bendel will be replaced by assistant coach Joe Gore, whom Bendel called “one of the greatest players in Shawsheen Basketball history and an even better coach.”“I stand ready to support him in anyway that I can, and I look forward to all his future successes,” added Bendel. “I urge everyone in the Shawsheen community to join me in supporting our new coach.”“I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have served as coach at such a great school,” stressed Bendel. “It has truly been an honor. Go Rams!”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Robert Peterson Sr. Supports Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more