Body found near Pouce Coupe trestle bridge

first_imgAt this time, the case has been handed over to the Coroners Service and they are investigating the cause of death.The Coroners Service believes the incident is not suspicious.  The Coroners Service does not expect to release any further information on the case.The RCMP are not providing any further details as the case is not criminal in nature. POUCE COUPE, B.C. – RCMP and emergency crews were called to a scene near the public path and entrance to the Pouce Coupe trestle bridge after the discovery of a body on August 12.According to the B.C. Coroners Service, a body of a male in his teens was found at the Trestle Bridge.RCMP had asked that residents avoid the area as they were investigating the incident.last_img

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Keheliya insists no move to join hands with a fox

United National Party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been branded as a sly fox in the past. (Colombo Gazette) Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella insisted he has no intention of working with a fox and will only work with a lion.The former Minister was responding to reports he will join the United National Party in January. Rambukwella is a member of the joint opposition and supports former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.He was a Minister in Rajapaksa’s Government and prior to that he was a United National Party member.

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Photos from our first 50 Share your favourite memory of Brock

Student staff from Lowenberger Residence, 2006-07 Brock Alumni Relations is marking the University’s 50th anniversary with an alumni photo retrospective. All graduates are invited to submit their favourite photographs from their time at Brock – an athletic event, residence life, social activities or special friends. Let’s see that Bon Jovi hair, those acid wash jeans and most of all, the memories and people that made your time at Brock special.We’ve received over 40 photos so far, spanning everything from convocation to ‘brew parties’ dating back to 1978. You can view the photos on our Facebook page and also on Brock’s 50th anniversary website Brocku.ca/50 in the coming months. Visit our website for the official rules. Submitting your photos is easy.Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/brockalumniTwitter – @brockalumni, using the hashtag #BrockUOurFirst50Email – alumni@brocku.ca Every photo you submit gives you a chance to win an iPad mini. The draw will be held May 30, 2014. Help celebrate Brock’s First 50 – submit your photos and memories today! read more

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Funds shortfall threatens 500000 in Myanmar and Nepal – UN food agency

Facing a shortfall in donations, the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that its operations to feed 100,000 refugees in Nepal and nearly 400,000 people in Myanmar would be severely hampered unless contributions from international donor countries are secured by the end of the month.To date, WFP has received only 9 per cent of the resources needed to feed 100,000 Bhutanese refugees who are confined to seven camps in Nepal without access to official employment or land for domestic farming and entirely dependent on the agency’s food rations to meet their minimum nutritional needs.Without an additional $7.8 million, a disruption in the distribution of the rice will occur in August, followed shortly thereafter by shortages of other food.“After 12 years of uninterrupted supply of full rations – and given the high level of dependency on food aid in the camps – a break in food distribution in August could very well lead to social unrest and threaten any progress the Nepalese and Bhutanese governments might make in solving the refugee crisis,” WFP country director Erika Joergensen said. “It is critical that further pledges are made immediately.”In northern Myanmar, with only half of needed funding accounted for, WFP’s operation assisting nearly 400,000 vulnerable individuals, many of whom have recently been repatriated from refugee camps in Bangladesh, is also at risk of disruption.”There simply are not enough funds or supplies to meet all of our needs and as a result, several principal projects, including WFP’s school feeding programme, have already been affected,” WFP’s senior emergency co-ordinator in Myanmar, Bradley Guerrant, said. read more

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Georgia UNICEF provides aid to women and children fleeing fighting

Hundreds of displaced women and children from South Ossetia have been temporarily moved to the sanatoriums of Borjomi in southern Georgia and Tskaltubo in the country’s west. Over the weekend, a UNICEF official visited the displaced to define the scope of the assistance needed. Their urgent needs include basic hygienic items, basic drugs, clothes and sport and recreational equipment, the agency reported today.Nearly 800 displaced people, including 550 children, have received temporary accommodation in seven hotels and sanatoriums in Borjomi, Bakuriani, Tsemi and Ketchkhobi. The number includes 550 children under age of 18. An additional 120 children and 19 women have been brought to the Tskaltubo sanatorium.

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Spotted Quoll mining contract bagged by Barminco

first_imgMining contractor Barminco continues to drive growth in its domestic market with the award of a three year, A$60million underground mining services contract for Western Areas’ Spotted Quoll nickel mine located 5 km from the Flying Fox underground complex and 80 km east of Hyden in Western Australia. Western Areas NL announced the decision to mine the Spotted Quoll underground mine in December 2010. The estimated mine life for Stage One of the underground mine is eight years.Barminco CEO Neil Warburton said decline development was scheduled to start mid April, with first ore production expected in February 2012. The three year Spotted Quoll contract (with two one year extension options) encompasses all underground mine operating activities including development and production, and complements Barminco’s existing contract with Western Areas at the Flying Fox mine.“We are very pleased to be extending our relationship with Western Areas and look forward to cooperating in realising operating synergies across both sites and delivering industry best safety and productivity performance,” Mr Warburton said. “Barminco is a leader in the underground mining services industry and we have a genuine commitment to delivering the highest standards to this project, and indeed across all projects. Winning the Spotted Quoll contract with such a high calibre client supports our commitment to maintaining a high performing domestic business which underpins our growth both domestically and internationally.”Barminco has also boosted the capabilities of its African subsidiary African Underground Mining Services (AUMS). It took delivery of two Atlas Copco MT6020 trucks for its work at Kinross Gold’s Akwaaba Deeps gold mine in Ghana. The two 60 t load trucks are predicted to increase the contractor’s haulage capacity by close to 20% over the existing fleet.last_img read more

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GEA redesigns its modular compact radiators

first_imgGEA has redesigned its modular compact radiators and has matched their efficiency to that of the individually configurable radiator ranges. The primary application for these Energy Modular Compact Radiators (EMCRs) is the cooling of stationary diesel power plants. The largest model offers cooling duty of more than 2.5 MW. In addition to basically re-engineered structural design – now with horizontal suction featuring single- or dual-row configuration (as required for high- or low-temperature applications) – this range profits from the modular design of the entire product group. With the aid of design software, it is now possible to assemble standard components to highly efficient systems. This standardization leads to favorable acquisition prices, low weight, and smaller dimensions. Sixty available unit lengths and two pre-determined enclosure widths enable a large number of possible enclosure sizes. These upgrades mean that the modular coolers satisfy customer expectations to the maximum feasible degree.For applications in which noise emissions or energy consumption are of prime importance, special software enables configuration of especially quiet or energy-saving models. A choice of fans is available to achieve low noise emissions. It is likewise possible to configure radiators with large fan diameters and elliptical air-intake. Means of achieving quiet operation include slowly revolving fan drives with variable frequency drive (VFD). More efficient rotor profiles for the fans represent an additional energy-saving option. Large fans also enable greater efficiency: the selection for EMCR models ranges from diameters of 1.2 to approx. 1.9 m. The large enclosures available as a result offer the benefit that fewer tube rows are required for the heat exchangers, which in turn means smaller external pressure drops. For the heat exchangers, high-efficiency finned tubes with PoluAl coating are also available. This coating offers effective protection in industrial environments and against salt-laden air.last_img read more

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France le marché de la téléphonie mobile en baisse au dernier trimestre

first_imgFrance : le marché de la téléphonie mobile en baisse au dernier trimestre France – Le marché de la téléphonie mobile a accusé une baisse au dernier trimestre. Voilà huit ans que cela n’était pas arrivé.Fin mars 2010, on comptait 5.100 abonnés mobiles de moins qu’en décembre 2009 en France. Cette très légère baisse serait due à la chute du marché des cartes prépayées.Ce secteur a perdu 600.000 clients en un trimestre. Le marché des MVNO (les opérateurs de réseau mobile virtuel) monte quant à lui en flèche, avec 115.000 clients de plus. Les opérateurs réseaux ont perdu 125.000 clients, lesquels ont pour la plupart migré vers les MVNO, d’où la quasi stagnation du nombre d’abonnés mobiles en France.Ces derniers sont actuellement 61,477 millions, contre 61,483 millions fin décembre 2009. Le taux de pénétration de la téléphonie mobile passe donc de 95,8% à 95,2%, selon l’Arcep (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes).Il faut tout de même signaler que le nombre de SMS envoyé est toujours en forte hausse. Il a atteint 22,3 milliards au premier trimestre 2010 (+ 2,8 milliards). Le 7 mai 2010 à 11:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gordon Ramsay bags 3 pythons in Miami for cooking show

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A celebrity chef went on a hunt for pythons in South Florida.Gordon Ramsay and his son joined local hunters to kill and then cook Burmese pythons in West Miami-Dade.The group bagged three pythons, bringing the total captured by district hunters over the last four months to 317.It’s the state’s most successful hunt yet.Ramsay’s adventure will air in an upcoming episode of his new series “The F Word,” airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Channel 7.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Communities Dodge Worst Case Scenarios as Army Spreads out Force Reductions

first_imgAll but a few Army installations will be able to avoid dramatic force reductions after the service on Thursday announced its latest round of restructuring needed to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers in response to stringent spending caps imposed since fiscal 2013.The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment the Army released in June 2014 listed 30 installations that potentially could lose an aggregate of between 2,500 and 16,000 military and civilian personnel by the end of this second round of personnel cuts, but the bulk of communities avoided the worst case outcomes. Only three installations would lose more than 2,500 military personnel, and only six would lose more than 1,000 soldiers, officials said.The force structure reductions will occur over the next several years, with the Army’s active-duty end strength dropping to 450,000 by the end of FY 2018. The cuts in military personnel will be accompanied by a reduction of 17,000 Army civilians over the same timeframe, the Army News Service reported.A total of 10 posts will suffer a loss of more than 500 soldiers (all are installations with brigade combat teams, except for Fort Leonard Wood):Fort Benning, Ga. — (net loss of) 3,402 soldiersFort Hood, Texas — 3,350Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska — 2,631Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — 1,251Fort Bliss, Texas — 1,219Schofield Barracks, Hawaii — 1,214Fort Stewart, Ga. — 947Fort Bragg, N.C. — 842Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. — 774Fort Riley, Kan. — 615Of the 30 installations at risk of suffering significant force reductions, 26 are slated to lose at least 25 soldiers. But the changes will affect nearly every installation in the continental United States and overseas, officials said.“Budget constraints are forcing us to reduce the Total Army,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Army deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7. “These were very difficult decisions to make as all of our installations and their communities offer tremendous value to our Army and the nation. In the end, we had to make decisions based on a number of strategic factors, to include readiness impacts, mission command and cost.”Cuts to the force are coming from five areas, officials explained:reductions within every headquarters from battalion through Department of the Army, focusing on two-star and above headquarters;reduction of brigade combat teams;implementation of the Aviation Restructure Initiative;operational force design changes; andreduction to enabler and generating forces.The Army will try to draw down the active force end strength gradually in order to “minimize the turbulence we have with soldiers and their families,” Brig. Gen. Randy George, the service’s director of force management, told reporters. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Glebe Island Expo tenderer revealed

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Sydney Harbour Expo @Glebe Island has been selected as the preferred tenderer to build and eventually remove the interim exhibition space at Glebe Island, with construction set to begin March 2013.Leading event and equipment hire company, Pages, is the company that formed Sydney Harbour Expo @Glebe Island, which houses its own in-house design and manufacturing capabilities.In order to cater to all of Sydney’s major exhibitions, Infrastructure NSW revealed that the temporary events facility will be larger than originally planned, at no extra cost to the government.“Previously, we asked tenderers for 15,000 sqm of enclosed space, with the extra 10,000 sqm to be available on a temporary basis for the larger shows,” Infrastructure NSW project director Tim Parker said.“With Pages on board, we are able to create a fully-enclosed and fully-serviced, marquee-style structure of 25,000 sqm – almost replicating the current exhibition space at Darling Harbour,” Mr Parker said. The NSW Government will also place emphasis on public transport to Glebe Island Expo, introducing shuttle services, ferries from Darling Harbour and buses from the CBD when events occur.“Our interim solution will provide a platform for transition when the new, world-class facilities at Darling Harbour open in late 2016,” Mr Parker said.Glebe Island’s role as an important port facility will continue while Glebe Island Expo is in use and port activities will continue once the temporary facility is removed.The new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) at Darling Harbour will be constructed between late 2013 to late 2016. Sydney Harbour Expo @Glebe Island will build and remove the interim facility.last_img read more

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MH370 China Australia pick up pings

first_imgBoth Australia and China have received acoustic ‘pings’ or signals, which could be broadcasts from the black box of missing Malaysian flight MH370. Australia’s ship Ocean Shield detected one of the ultrasonic ‘pings’ of a frequency the same as that of a flight black box recorder last Sunday, the Guardian reported. Mr Houston said that the search was getting ever closer to where a blackbox signal might be picked up. The Australian detection comes off the back of reports that Chinese search ship Haixun 1 picked up a remote signal last Friday. Mr Houston also said that the satellite data being utilised to determine the flight path and therefore search zone for crash wreckage took second priority to ‘pinger’ leads. “Underwater the environment is quite difficult,” Mr Houston said. “There will be lots of occasions when noises will be transmitted over long distance, depending on the temperature layers in the water.”center_img Relatives of the 229 people on board have had their hopes raised and crushed with several reported sightings of MH370 wreckage. Both detections occurred two kilometres apart. Aviation experts have said that the black box could admit a signal for between another 15-30 days.  Former Australian Defence Chief, Angus Houston, who is leading the international search for the plane, said that the area that Haixun 1 is searching is four and a half kilometres deep, so any recovery operation would be dangerous and highly difficult. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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Rep Webber encourages local residents to fish for free on Feb 13

first_img01Feb Rep. Webber encourages local residents to fish for free on Feb. 13 and 14 Categories: News,Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber encourages anglers to get out to the nearest lake to participate in Free Fishing Weekend, which will take place on Feb. 13 and 14.Free Fishing Weekend is an event hosted twice each year by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources – once in February, and again in June. On Feb. 13 and 14, fishermen and women are not required to carry a license while fishing. As most Michigan lakes are frozen solid in February, the winter weekend event is traditionally used for ice fishing.“Even though it’s cold outside, ice fishing is a great way to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “The DNR’s Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to get out there with friends, family and young ones.”Because Michigan temperatures were generally mild until mid-January, Rep. Webber encourages anglers to take extra safety precautions when venturing out onto the ice to drop a line.A full listing of current and upcoming Free Fishing Weekend activities can be found online at www.michigan.gov/freefishing.###last_img read more

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Rep Kahle bill to protect human trafficking victims approved

first_img Legislation from state Rep. Bronna Kahle, which expands “safe harbor” protections to victims of human trafficking, was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today. Kahle was joined by Adrian resident Kelly Castleberry, who serves on the Southern Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, in testifying before the committee today.House Bill 4219 will enact a recommendation of the Human Trafficking Commission by updating the deferred sentencing laws regarding human trafficking to protect more victims from criminal prosecution. The current law gives courts the flexibility to place an adult arrested for prostitution-type offenses to participate in a deferred sentencing program if he or she is determined to be a victim of human trafficking. This allows victims to receive counseling and avoid a criminal conviction on their record.“This is a common-sense solution to help protect the victims of human trafficking,” Kahle said. “We need to ensure that all victims of these heinous crimes are treated like victims, not like criminals, and give them the opportunity to put the criminal behavior associated with this awful crime in their past.”House Bill 4219 advances to the full House for consideration. 07Mar Rep. Kahle bill to protect human trafficking victims approved Categories: Kahle News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Hoitenga invites residents to office hours

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News 04Nov Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to office hours State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her November office hours schedule for the residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties.“Local office hours are very important,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “Accessibility and communication are essential components in our government, and I am determined to be available for all the people I represent.”The office hours schedule is as follows:Friday, Nov. 1011:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cranker’s Coney Island, 213 S. State St. in Big Rapids; and4 to 5:30 p.m. at Burke’s Waterfront Restaurant, 2403 Sunnyside Drive in Cadillac.No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Hoitenga’s office at (517) 373-1747, or email at MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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Rep Brann and Michigan House approve more money for road repairs

first_img Tags: road funding Categories: Brann News 21Feb Rep. Brann and Michigan House approve more money for road repairscenter_img Plan includes money specifically for West MichiganRoads in Kent County would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Tommy Brann and the Michigan House.The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer.“Taxpayers shouldn’t have to dodge potholes while driving around our state,” said Brann, of Wyoming. “With repeated freezes and thaws taking a toll on our roads this winter, the potholes are only going to get worse. We must prioritize funding to give our road repairs a boost right now before any more vehicles are damaged.”In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. Estimated local allocations include Kent County ($3,337,648) and the City of Wyoming ($536,440), among others.The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes providing more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

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After Infiltrating PETA SeaWorld Evolves Will End Captive Breeding of Orca Whales

first_imgShare99TweetShareEmail99 SharesMarch 17, 2016; Washington PostSea World announced yesterday that it would end “all orca breeding” immediately, which means the whales in its care “will be the last generation of orcas at SeaWorld.” As readers will remember, the theme park has been under fire for years for what animal rights activists, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), describe as inhumane treatment of the animals.“Why the big news?” the company said in a statement. “SeaWorld has been listening and we’re changing. Society is changing and we’re changing with it. SeaWorld is finding new ways to continue to deliver on our purpose to inspire all our guest to take action to protect wild animals and wild places.”One might think from this statement that it has been a natural and gentle evolution, but perhaps not! Pressure has only intensified since the airing of a 2013 documentary, Blackfish. Revenue and attendance had been in steady decline for months when and the company’s CEO resigned in December 2014 and 300 workers were laid off, and then, in 2015, its killer whale shows in San Diego were discontinued. In California, the Coastal Commission decided that at least in that state, SeaWorld was disallowed from breeding the animals in captivity, though at the same time it approved an expansion of the tanks used to hold them. Sea World protested and filed suit in response to the decision about breeding.Then, last month, SeaWorld admitted that it infiltrated PETA for “security purposes,” declaring on its website:Following the completion of an investigation conducted by independent outside counsel, the board has directed that the company’s management team end a practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists in connection with efforts to maintain the safety and security of company employees, customers, and animals in the face of credible threats that the company had received.One covert operations SeaWorld employee was alleged to have been inciting aggressive action by PETA.“SeaWorld knows that the public is rejecting its cruel orca prisons and is so desperate that it created a corporate espionage campaign,” wrote PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange in a statement. “Instead of creating a dirty tricks department, SeaWorld should put its resources into releasing the orcas into coastal sanctuaries.”Meanwhile, the company reported a fourth-quarter loss of $11 million.Still, the company would have you believe that they have simply evolved from where they were last month. “This announcement reaffirms our commitment to not collect marine mammals from the wild,” the company said. “After all, we haven’t collected an orca from the wild in almost 40 years, and the orcas at SeaWorld were either born there or have spent almost their entire lives in human care.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare99TweetShareEmail99 Shareslast_img read more

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Landmark UN Ruling Calls On Ireland to Reform Abortion Laws

first_imgShare10TweetShareEmail10 SharesTen Thousand People Attended A Rally In Dublin In Memory Of Savita Halappanavar / William MurphyJune 9, 2016; The GuardianIn a landmark ruling last week, the UN’s Human Rights Committee has found Ireland’s policy prohibiting abortion is a violation of women’s human rights and is calling on the country to revise its law. The ruling was made based on a complaint for a case from 2011, wherein a woman alleges that the consequences of Ireland’s abortion laws amounted to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment [that] encroached on her dignity and physical and mental integrity.” In the Republic of Ireland, abortion is illegal unless the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s life, including suicide. While Northern Ireland is part of the UK, it also only permits abortions under strict circumstances, such as when the mother’s life is in danger. Ireland is the largest Western country that still criminalizes abortion. In this specific case, Amanda Mellet and her husband discovered their fetus had congenital heart defects and would likely die in utero or soon following birth. She was given the option to carry the fetus to term, knowing it would not survive, or travel overseas to a country where she could get an abortion at her own expense. According to the woman’s complaint, the health personnel refused to provide her the care she needed, including grief counseling after the termination. The woman could not wait in the UK to bring the remains of the fetus back with her; instead, she unceremoniously received them in the mail three weeks later.Not only did the woman have to manage the emotional toll of terminating her pregnancy in a foreign country without the physical presence and support of her family, but she also experienced the stigma of undergoing an abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the complaint to the committee on behalf of Mellet. In its ruling, the committee recommends:The State party should amend its law on voluntary termination of pregnancy, including if necessary its Constitution, to ensure compliance with the Covenant, including ensuring effective, timely and accessible procedures for pregnancy termination in Ireland, and take measures to ensure that health-care providers are in a position to supply full information on safe abortion services without fearing being subjected to criminal sanctions, as indicated in these Views of the Committee.According to the ruling, as Ireland has signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it is obligated to compensate Mellet and to ensure similar violations do not take place in the future. As such, this obligation takes the ruling from an abstract statement of ethics to a document that could spur real change. The executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, said, “The Irish government must act promptly. Ireland’s constitution is no excuse. It must be changed to allow the reforms required by this ruling.”This is exactly what some advocates are hoping for, particularly in other similar countries that also restrict access to abortion. “The decision is so significant that lawyers who are working with women who have been denied access to abortion across the world will be very encouraged and will be using it in their work to seek justice for their clients and legal change in countries where access to abortion services is criminalized,” said Leah Hoctor, who is the regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Mellet responded similarly to the decision, hoping it may prevent another woman from undergoing the same trauma.I hope the day will soon come when women in Ireland will be able to access the health services they need in our own country, where we can be with our loved ones, with our own medical team, and where we have our own familiar bed to go home and cry in. Subjecting women to so much additional pain and trauma simply must not continue.Ireland’s abortion policies have been scrutinized for several years now, with Amnesty International dedicating campaigns to bring attention to the issue. In April, a Northern Ireland 19-year-old woman received a suspended three-month prison sentence after her housemates reported her to the police when she bought drugs online to miscarry her pregnancy because she did not have access to a healthcare provider who provides abortions. (Unlike Mellet, this young woman could not afford the trip to the UK.) Last November, a High Court in Belfast ruled that Northern Irish abortion laws violate human rights when they fail to provide exemptions in cases of sexual assault or fetal abnormalities. However, the judge also left the matter up to the lawmakers to reform the law. In America, where abortion is legal, decreased accessibility to clinics equipped to conduct abortions is also already having a perceptible impact on women’s health. As NPQ reported, self-induced abortions are on the rise in Texas, where a 2013 law closed all but a handful of clinics in the state. If nothing else, we may see his ruling continue and empower reproductive rights activism in Ireland and abroad.—Shafaq HasanShare10TweetShareEmail10 Shareslast_img read more

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Temporary or Permanent Housing for the Homeless Is More Than a Policy

first_imgShare27TweetShare3Email30 SharesBLOCK CONDOS TODAY TO BUILD SOCIAL HOUSING TOMORROW / Kenny McdonaldAugust 15, 2016; Los Angeles TimesThrough agencies like the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), federal program dollars are being shifted from shelters and transitional services for the homeless to permanent housing. This policy has formed around the notion that temporary housing may create a habitually homeless client. In order to meet this current focus, some emergency and traditional shelters are closing or converting to permanent accommodations in Los Angeles County where the homelessness problem is the worst in the nation.But the shift toward permanent housing has had a cost: As money has been directed away from programs that combine services with shorter-term housing, the region’s homelessness problem has gotten worse.The county’s overall homeless population was roughly unchanged from 2015 to 2016. But the “unsheltered population”—those literally living on the street—increased by about 1,400, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s annual count.The change has been abrupt. For decades, the Panama Hotel on Skid Row provided shelter for up to 90 days in 220 rooms, along with resources and case managers. While it is still listed on the website of the nonprofit SRO Housing Corporation, which owns the hotel, it is now closed. The Panama will reopen next year, after renovation, to offer only 72 units of permanent housing.“We tried to transition as many as we could and farm out to other agencies,” said SRO Chief Executive Anita Nelson. “Unfortunately, some people went back on the street.”As we reported last month, old motels have been converted to transition housing for the homeless in California. It remains to be seen how the funding will continue for those nonprofit organizations that also provide transitional services in the converted motels. The homeless authority in L.A. cut the funding for transitional housing last year—2,000 fewer beds in 58 organizations—and more cuts are expected.To put this into perspective, Los Angeles County, with a population of 10 million, had approximately 45,000 homeless people in January, and a disturbing 31,000 of those individuals had no shelter. In comparison, New York City has a population of 8.5 million, and had 60,042 homeless in June…but a much lower proportion, 15,000, had no shelter. New York City has more homeless people than Los Angeles County per capita, but this may be influenced by the fact that NYC is legally required to provide housing for those without it. And, while NYC has more people without homes, there are shelter beds for the majority of those individuals.It should also be noted that among those seeking emergency placement across the country are victims of domestic violence and their children, for whom a shelter may be the only alternative to sleeping in a car in order to escape from an abuser. Transitional services are critical for that population, and a wait-list for permanent housing will not be helpful in the short term. Let us hope that Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority includes them in their calculations.—Marian ConwayShare27TweetShare3Email30 Shareslast_img read more

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